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Language Arts 9 /strategic Reading and writing

Strategic Reading: develop a strong foundation in core language arts/ reading skills by using prior knowledge and clues from the texts to become good readers in content areas; conduct exploratory observations out-of-doors and record in journals.  Strategic Writing: develop a strong foundation in core language arts/ writing skills by learning the craft of telling stories in clear and concise language, using proper spelling and good grammar, and with the 6 +1 traits of writing.  (taught by Steve Painter)

Language Arts 10

Content Literacy:   students learn to use content-area literacy strategies when reading and responding to texts–techniques for determining important information, making inferences, asking questions, and summarizing;  then apply these strategies to reading content in science, history, and math.  (taught by Joseph Mais)

Language Arts 11

Rhetoric and Nature:  by studying visual images, fiction and non-fiction, students learn just how logical, emotional, and ethical strategies of communication play a powerful role in shaping public opinions, particularly about the natural environment.   (taught by Joseph Mais)

Language Arts 12

Literature and the Urban Worlds:   the world is getting smaller, but in literary terms it remains vast and mostly unexplored;  students will read and study short fiction by writers from across the globe, with a special emphasis on work that brings news of how political, economic, and cultural change is affecting the lives of ordinary people and how globalism itself is a factor in these dynamics.  (taught by Joseph Mais)

French 1

Designed to introduce students to French language and culture, French I emphasizes basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. French culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the French-speaking people.  (taught by Manney Bustos)

Language Arts Laboratory / Comparative Language arts

Students in this class will develop their English language skills by comparing the grammar and structure of English in relation to French vocabulary and structure.  Course content will include dual-language materials that develop literacy and an understanding of how language works.  Students will provide dual-language translations of the words commonly used across the curriculum–for example, foods grown in the school gardens and prepared in the kitchen, desert plants and animals, mathematical terms, etc.  (taught by Manney Bustos)

Issues of Western Humanities

Students in this class will study the cultural heritage of human beings and have an opportunity to explore our fundamental humanity. The content of the course will include readings in history, literature, comparative religion, philosophy, art, music, and architecture.  By discussing the readings during directed conversation in class, students are asked to analyze and clarify their sense of themselves, examine and clarify their responsibilities in relation to those of others, and examine philosophies concerning moral / ethical responsibility for the future. (taught by Manney Bustos)