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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