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Academics

9th Grade Course Guide

9 TH Grade

ENGLISH 9
1 credit
English 1 utilizes Common Core standards with a thematic analysis to improve reading, writing, media, and speech communication. Reading covers selections of both fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres and time periods. Compositions include persuasive, expository, and narrative essays. Students will also be learning comparison and contrast techniques and improving on finding evidence to support answers. The research process is introduced through the completion of small research projects using MLA and/or APA format and current technology. Effective communication is honed through attention to grammar, mechanics, usage, and style.

English 9 Honors
1 credit
English 1 utilizes Common Core standards with a thematic analysis to improve reading, writing, media, and speech communication. Reading covers selections of both fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres and time periods. Compositions include persuasive, expository, and narrative essays. Students will also be learning comparison and contrast techniques and improving on finding evidence to support answers. The research process is introduced through the completion of small research projects using MLA and/or APA format and current technology. Effective communication is honed through attention to grammar, mechanics, usage, and style. *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

9 TH – 12TH FOCUS

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
.5 credit (9th Grade)
1 credit (HS) *Elective Course*
A beginning level course designed to introduce students to theatre. Introspection into a brief history of theatre is the foundation of this course. Students will be introduced to the different genres of theatre as well as master the skills of basic stage terminology. This is a general elective course.

BAND
1 credit *Elective Course*
Band is a one year course which offers the student an opportunity to rehearse and perform in marching band and concert band. Emphasis is placed on proper playing technique, marching fundamentals, ensemble fundamentals, and the study of concert band literature. Band also offers the student the opportunity to play in additional ensembles, pep band, and jazz band. Mandatory marching band rehearsals begin three weeks before school opens to prepare for the marching band season. It then meets daily during the school year. Band is a performance based course and participation in scheduled activities is mandatory.

9 TH-12TH SPANISH I
1 credit *Elective Course*
Foundation course of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish and introduction to the cultures of Spain and Spanish America.

FRENCH I
1 credit *Elective Course*
Foundation course for understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French and introduction to the culture of France. Students will develop skills in conversation, grammar, and culture.

HEALTH
.5 Credit *Elective Course*
Health is a required course which includes the study of body systems, substance abuse, human sexuality, (including transmitted diseases) C.P.R. and basic first aid. A special emphasis is placed on contemporary health problems of adolescents including alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and other relevant topics. All classes are co-educational.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXEMPTION (Board Policy IGAFA) A student who, during high school, has participated in JROTC, interscholastic athletics, marching band or cheerleading for at least two full seasons is not required to complete any physical education course to graduate. However, the student is required to complete one-half unit, consisting of at least 60 hours of instruction in another course of study.

JROTC I
1 credit *Elective Course*
JROTC prepares you for life NOT for the military. Junior ROTC is a high school course given during regular school hours, but includes many out-of-classroom activities. The basics in the following topics are taught: history, government, technology awareness, current events, leadership, and personal skills (how to study, take tests, interview for jobs, etc.). Extracurricular activities include drill team, honor guard, and color guard. Students have the opportunity to go to a JROTC summer camp to train on confidence courses, play team sports, learn land navigation, and water safety techniques. JROTC cadets are obligated to develop and improve in ways schools generally don’t offer. JROTC does not promote the military lifestyle, but military skills are used to teach self-discipline, confidence and pride in a job well done.

ALGEBRA I
1 credit
This course is the foundation for all future math courses. In this course, algebra topics are integrated with applications, statistics, probability, and geometry. Graphing lines, and the study of functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, and square roots are elements of the course. Many topics are woven together with the study of geometry, and applications are emphasized throughout.

ALGEBRA 1 HONORS
1 credit
This course is the foundation for all future math courses. In this course, algebra topics are integrated with applications, statistics, probability, and geometry. Graphing lines, and the study of functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, and square roots are elements of the course. Many topics are woven together with the study of geometry, and applications are emphasized throughout. *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
1 credit
Have you ever looked up at the sky and seen a shooting star? How fast does it move? Where did it come from and where is it going? This course will explore the solar system, the physical properties of matter and the forces of energy. This course will include experiments in order to better understand the forces of motion and properties of atoms.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE Honors
1 credit
Have you ever looked up at the sky and seen a shooting star? How fast does it move? Where did it come from and where is it going? This course will explore the solar system, the physical properties of matter and the forces of energy. This course will include experiments in order to better understand the forces of motion and properties of atoms. *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

WORLD STUDIES
1 credit
This course is for ninth grade students to study the chronological study of world history in the age of revolutions through the 20th Century. Incorporating each of the seven standards, students study historic eras, consider the influence of geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic systems and various forms of government. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of citizens and continue to develop their research skills.

WORLD STUDIES Honors
1 credit
This course is for ninth grade students to study the chronological study of world history in the age of revolutions through the 20th Century. Incorporating each of the seven standards, students study historic eras, consider the influence of geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic systems and various forms of government. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of citizens and continue to develop their research skills. *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

College and Career Readiness/ (9th only)
Microcomputer Applications Designed to provide students with a working knowledge of computer concepts and essential skills necessary for work and communication in today’s society. Students will learn safety, security, and ethical issues in computing and social networking. Students will also learn about input/output systems, computer hardware and operating systems, and office applications.

Strategies for Creating College Success
An introductory interactive course designed to teach strategies for creating success in college and in life and improving academic performance. Topics include personal responsibility, motivation, goal setting, learning styles, study skills, decision-making, problem solving, and priority management.
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