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Course Descriptions 2019-2020

LANGUAGE ARTS

Language Arts Graduation Requirements

  • Four credits required
  • One credit each year (Grades 9-12)
  • No substitutions

Language Arts Course Descriptions

LANGUAGE ARTS

English 10

  • Full year class

  • Students will read and discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts with the emphasis in World Literature and will write in a variety of formats: including narrative, expository, and argumentative. Other study will emphasize speaking/listening and language/usage skills.

 

English 10 Honors

  • Full year class

  • This accelerated and challenging class will include an in-depth focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Specifically, students will analyze a variety of literature and non-fiction texts with the emphasis of World Literature and will become proficient in narrative, expository, and argumentative writing.

 

English 11

  • Full year class

  • This class provides further practice in both oral and written expression. Students will review ACT-related language skills and read and write expository, narrative, and argumentative pieces while reviewing usage skills. Analytical and critical thinking are practiced while surveying American Literature, providing opportunity for exploration of the philosophies that have shaped America.

 

English 11 Honors

  • Full year class

  • Concentrating on American Literature, this class is an accelerated, intensive, advanced course for juniors. Students will review ACT-related language skills and write, examine and use the fundamental skills involved in the writing of scholarly papers with a focus on expository, narrative, and argumentative pieces.

 

 

English 12

  • Full year class

  • This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, creative and critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will read and analyze a range of challenging fiction and informational texts, write personal and expository essays, practice speech and presentation skills, and apply key concepts to analyze media works.

 

AP English Literature/Language

  • Full year class

  • English 12 Credit

  • Students completing the AP 12 English Literature and Language courses will be prepared to take the AP English Literature and AP English Language exams. The course is designed for accelerated seniors who wish to work for college credit. Coursework includes analytical writing skills, in-depth study of classical literature, fiction, and non-fiction, and extensive preparation for the two English exams.

 

CE English 1010- Introduction to College Writing

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit

  • ACT Score Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • This course will teach students to find, evaluate, and understand sources while emphasizing that sources exist as part of an ongoing conversation. This course is divided into three related sections: reading and summarizing professional texts, synthesizing the information learned, and producing two formal literature reviews.

     

CE English 2010- Intermediate College Writing

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit

  • ACT Score Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • This course builds upon skills developed in CE English 1010. The overarching goal is for students to participate in intellectual communities by reading, synthesizing, and responding to professional texts. Students will create two argumentative essays, one synthesis and response, and three smaller essays of choice. Students must have an ACT score of 29 in English and 29 in Reading OR have completed CE English 1010 with a C or higher.

 

CE English 2200- Introduction to Literature

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit

  • ACT Score Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • This class is intended to provide you with some of the fundamentals of critical reading and interpretation by looking at a series of, mostly, English and American poems, short stories, novels, and plays. You will be exposed to an impressive array of well and lesser known writers.

 

Humanities

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit or Elective Credit

  • During this semester-long senior English class, this course will focus on the question, “What makes us human?”  Through reading, writing, speaking and viewing/listening, students will investigate how Music, Theater, Literature, History, Art, Dance, and Religion/Philosophy enhance human experience.  Using a “hands-on” approach, students will (virtually) visit the great museums of the world, listen to music masterpieces, and watch great theater/film while exploring our collective humanity.

  • While all senior students are welcome, this class may appeal most to students involved in the visual and performing arts.

 

 

Creative Writing

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit or Elective Credit

  • This course introduces beginning writers to elements of effective writing while studying the basic ingredients of good stories, poems, and prose.

 

Creative Writing 2

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit or Elective Credit

  • This course is for students who have completed Creative Writing I and wish to continue to improve their craft in an advanced setting with peers dedicated to writing. Students will refine their skills as they explore descriptive, narrative, fictional, and poetic modes of writing.

  • Prerequisite: Creative Writing

 

Journalism

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit or Elective Credit

 

CE Communications 2110- Interpersonal and Small Group Communications

  • Semester

  • English 12 Credit

  • GPA Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • This course focuses on interpersonal and small group communication. The class requires a small group component and a required eight-hour service learning group project. This interactive and Canvas-centered class includes active discussions and addresses critical life and workplace skills. CE Communications fulfills 3 semester hours of Humanities for General Education requirement at WSU.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics Graduation Requirements

  • Three credits required
  • Students must complete Secondary Math 1 and Secondary Math 2
  • There are many options for the third year of math
  • Not all third year math options fulfill the requirements for the Regents scholarship or NCAA eligibility
  • Math Lab is elective credit; it does not count towards math credit

Mathematics Course Descriptions

MATHEMATICS

Secondary Math 2

  • Full year class

  • Required course for those students who have successfully completed Secondary Math I (Grades of C and above). DESK standards and content taught in this class are on the district website. Students will be required to have a graphing calculator. Rentals are available. (Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 strongly recommended.)

 

Secondary Math 2 Honors

  • Full year class

  • Specifically, for those students who have completed Secondary Math I Honors. This course will help prepare students for Secondary III Honors and then AP Calculus. DESK standards and content taught in this class can be found on the district website. Students will be required to have a graphing calculator. Rentals are available.  (Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 strongly recommended.)

 

Secondary Math 3

  • Full year class

  • This course is for students who have successfully completed Secondary Math II (Grades of C and above). This course will lead students to CE Math 1010, 1030 or 1050. DESK standards and content taught in this class can be found on the district website. Students will be required to have a graphing calculator. Rentals are available.  (Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 strongly recommended.)

 

Secondary Math 3 Honors

  • Full year class

  • Specifically, for those students who have successfully completed Secondary Math II Honors. This course will help prepare students for AP Calculus. DESK standards and content taught in this class can be found on the district website. Students will be required to have a graphing calculator.  Rentals are available.  (Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 strongly recommended.)

 

College Prep Math

  • Full year class

  • Third year math option after Secondary Math III

  • This course is designed as an option for students who have not yet qualified for Math 1010 or 1030, but are planning to attend college after graduation.  Concepts are focused on topics covered on the ACT and building skills to help students be able to qualify for 1010 or 1030 when they enter college the next fall.

 

Math of Decision Making

  • Semester class or full year class

  • Third year math option instead of Secondary Math III.

  • This course is for students who have completed Secondary Math II but are not prepared for Secondary Math III. (Grades below C).  It will introduce students to topics in mathematics as they are applied to real-world situations. This course is intended to help students develop an understanding of how mathematics describes and explains the world in which they live.

 

Accounting 1

  • Semester class

  • Third year math option

  • This class will fulfill the 3rd year of math credit needed for graduation. This class is for students who prefer not to take Secondary Math III, or who have had Secondary Math II and need an additional math credit for graduation.

  • You will gain an understanding of how a business operates and how to keep track of the money the business earns and spends. You will use the computer to create business records doing double-entry accounting to manage the money for a small, one-owner service business. You will be analyzing daily business transactions, tracking earnings and expenses, calculating profit or loss, and managing a business checking account. You will have the skills to help you get a great part-time job as an accounting clerk. Students can earn a state skills certificate upon successful completion of state competencies.

  • Students taking both Accounting 1 & Accounting 2 can receive a 3rd year math credit. Membership in FBLA is encouraged.

Accounting 2

  • Semester class

  • Third year math option

  • Prerequisite Accounting 1

  • In Accounting 2, you will review and expand on the skills you gained in Accounting 1. You will manage the financial records for a merchandising corporation. You will create and maintain payroll records for employees; use the computer to journalize transactions for purchasing and selling merchandise, adjustments, depreciation, and uncollectible accounts. You will also be able to analyze corporate financial statements. You will be well prepared for entry-level accounting clerk positions, and you can earn a state skills certificate upon successful completion of state competencies.

  • Students taking both Accounting 1 & Accounting 2 can receive a 3rd year math credit. Membership in FBLA is encouraged.

AP Statistics

  • Full year class

  • This course is for students who have completed AP Calculus as juniors, or juniors who want to complete AP Statistics before graduation.  This course would also be taken concurrently with AP Calculus. 

  • Students will be exposed to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will explore data, plan a study, anticipate patterns, provide statistical inferences, and explore theoretical probability in this course. Students will be required to have a graphing calculator.  Rentals are available.  (Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 strongly recommended.)

     

 

CE Math 1010

  • Semester class

  • ACT Score or GPA Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • Students must have at least a C average grade in Secondary Math I, II, and III or an ACT math score of at least 21 to be eligible to register for the course. This class prepares students to take MATH 1050. Students who take Math 1010 after taking Math III will not meet the requirements for the Utah Regents Scholarship without also taking Math 1050.

 

CE Math 1030

  • Semester class

  • ACT Score or GPA Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • CE 1030 is a college math course offered by Weber State University. Students earn quantitative literacy (GE math) credit with successful completion of the course (at final grade of a C or better with at least a 65% weighted average on WSU’s midterm and final exams). Students must have at least a C average grade in Secondary Math I, II, and III or an ACT math score of at least 21 to be eligible to register for the course. Course topics include set theory, counting and probability, modeling with math, financial math and statistics.  

 

CE Math 1050

  • Semester class

  • ACT Score and GPA Prerequisite

  • Concurrent enrollment fees required

  • CE 1050 is a college algebra course offered by Weber State University. Students earn quantitative analysis (GE math) credit with successful completion of the course (at least a C grade). Students must have at least a C average grade in Secondary Math I, II and III and a qualifying test score, at least a 23 ACT math score or at least a 60 Accuplacer test score, by January to be eligible to register for the course from WSU. Students will take a comprehensive midterm and final test written and corrected by WSU. Graphing calculators are not allowed by WSU. Students may use a scientific calculator.

 

AP Calculus AB

  • Full year class

  • Full year calculus lab required in addition to the class

  • This college course is a requirement for a degree in the exact sciences, medicine, law, economics, business, etc. The four topics covered in this course are derivatives, limits, indefinite and definite integrals and their applications. (Passing the AP exam fulfills the math competency requirements for college graduation. TI-84 graphing calculators are required for this course. Enrollment in AB Lab is required concurrently, and you will automatically be enrolled for two class periods.)

 

AP Calculus BC

  • Full year class

  • Full year calculus lab required in addition to the class

  • Calculus BC includes all topics covered in Calculus AB plus additional topics. This class is equivalent to two semesters of College Calculus and is designed to qualify you for placement and credit in a course that is one course beyond what is granted for Calculus AB. (Passing the AP exam fulfills the math competency requirements for college graduation. TI-84 graphing calculators are required for this course. Enrollment in the calculus BC Lab is required concurrently and you will automatically be enrolled for two class periods.)

 

AP Calculus Lab AB or BC

  • Full year class

  • Taken in conjunction with AP Calculus

FINE ARTS

Fine Arts Graduation Requirements

  • One and a half  (1.5) credits of Fine Arts are required for graduation
  • Students must pick from the selections listed below.

Visual Arts Course Descriptions

VISUAL ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

1200 Painting 1

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $20.00

Prerequisite: None

 

This is an excellent course where students develop fun painting techniques using a variety of mediums. Students can paint on a variety of surfaces and learn how to mix and blend colors beautifully. Students learn how to use a variety of brushes and implements to capture a variety of different textures.

 

1205  Painting 2 (Advanced)

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $20.00

Prerequisite: Painting I

 

Student must have taken a DHS painting class prior to taking this course. Students will continue to develop painting techniques using a variety of mediums and surfaces. Students will expand on skills learned in Painting I, including mixing and blending color, as well as creating texture. Students are encouraged to create original art.

 

1190 Art Foundations

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $20.00

Prerequisite: None

 

This is a fun course where students develop a wide range of art techniques, with an emphasis on fundamentals. Students will explore a wide variety of artistic mediums and surfaces, including charcoal, colored pencil, paint, 3-D sculpture, collage, and print-making. Students are encouraged to create original art.

 

1230 Drawing 1

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $15.00 per semester

Drawing 1 is an introductory class. No experience is necessary! It is a semester class which will cover the following:

  • Learning to draw what the eye sees. This makes our drawings look real.

  • Drawing and shading to create the illusion of form (3-D)

  • Gaining skill in various media which may include, pencil, scratchboard, pastels, charcoal and colored pencil.

  • Learning the basics of linear perspective.

 

1232 Drawing 2

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $15.00 per semester

Prerequisite: Drawing 1

Drawing 2 will build on the skills learned in Drawing 1. You will continue to build your observational skills and become more competent in various media. You will also focus on creating artistic drawings that exhibit creativity, beautiful mark making and good design principles.

 

1231 Studio Art for the Non-Art Major
ART 1030 CE Weber State University

College credits: (3)

(11-12) Semester

Fee $20.00 per semester

A general education course for non-art majors that primarily includes a series of hands-on art experiences (such as drawing and sculpture). Class discussion draws from the disciplines of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics as guides through visual presentations. For students desiring to broaden their academic background in the area of visual literacy and problem solving.

 

1110 Ceramics 1 

Fine Art Credit

(11-12) Semester 

Fee $20.00

Course content and projects instruct students in creative process and thoughtful design with one of the most exciting artistic mediums: kiln fired clay. Students learn basic skills of wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics in this one semester studio art course. Students develop a beginning portfolio of several completed ceramics projects. 

1115/1116 Ceramics 2 and 3

Fine Art Credit

(11-12) Semester each

Fee $20.00 semester

Prerequisite: take Ceramics 1, 2 & 3 in order.     

Students continue studio art experience in clay and sculpture with wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics projects. Basic skills are enhanced with continued studio practice. Students are encouraged to develop projects particular to individual interests. Intermediate level 3D art ortfolios may be developed.

 

1120/1125 Jewelry 1 and 2

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Semester

Fee $20.00 each Semester

Prerequisite: Jewelry 1 required before taking Jewelry 2

Jewelry Design allows students the opportunity to combine art education with small metals. Techniques include silver soldering, metal forming, lost wax casting and glass fusing. Jewelry 1 and 2 are one semester each.

1151 AP Art History and Criticism

Fine Art Credit

(10-12) Year

The Advanced Placement offering in the History of Art is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary students as those provided by an introductory college course in Art History. Other benefits include an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts.

Students receive advanced placement credit by passing the AP exam at the end of the year. No prior experience in the history of art is assumed for those students who take the course. The course does require a high degree of commitment to academic work and to the purposes of the program designed to meet college standards.

1193  Art Foundations 2 Honors – Pre AP

Fine Art Credit

(11-12) Semester (may take multiple semesters )

Fee $20.00 per semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two of the following 2D art classes: Drawing 1, Drawing 2, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, Art Foundations 2, or permission of the instructor. Although listed as a semester course for registration, students may take as many sections as they would like.

This class is designed for advanced art students who have accepted the challenge of a rigorous artistic curriculum and are interested in

  • Developing a portfolio with the objective of applying for post high school art scholarships and being prepared for university level art major and minor programs, or

  • Developing advanced art skills for personal goals and enjoyment.   

     

    The class will focus on producing creative and original works of art that exhibit effective use of the principles of design and skill in using various media. Students are allowed more freedom in choosing subjects and media than other classes. However, it will also require more initiative and decision-making ability.  The class requires most students to do significant and regular work outside of class. All work must be original as prescribed by AP guidelines.

     

    Students interested in completing and submitting an AP Studio Art Portfolio with the aim of getting general education and elective college credit, must enroll in this class. Most students need 3-4 semesters combined of Art Foundations 2 Honors and AP Studio Art to complete the AP portfolio.

 

 

1236    AP Studio Art – 2D Design/Drawing

(11-12) Semester (may take multiple semesters )

Fee $20.00 per semester

Prerequisite:  Students must be enrolled in Art Foundations 2 Honors - Pre AP to be considered. AP classes are integrated into the Honors – Pre AP class. Their registration will be changed to AP Studio Art during the year they submit their AP portfolio. Although listed as a semester class for registration, students are encouraged to take as many sections as they can. Most students need 3-4 semesters of Art Foundations Honors and AP Studio art to complete the AP portfolio.

Only students in the Art Foundations 2 Honors – Pre AP will be registered for this course.  course who have:

  • completed sufficient AP quality work to form the foundation of an AP breadth portfolio, and

  • exhibited the commitment to meet deadlines and work in and outside of class

They are added by administration with teacher recommendation.  Once enrolled, students will work with the instructor to develop a production schedule and meet those deadlines as they work toward the completion and submission of either the AP Studio Art Drawing or AP Studio Art - 2D Design Portfolio. Each will focus on creating original artwork that exhibits creativity, proficient mark making and/or superior design principles. All work must be original as prescribed by AP guidelines.

 

 

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