9-12 Grade Level Courses

ELA

 High School Reading/Acuity Course Description

The purpose of Reading/ Acuity is to expand student's knowledge for essential reading skills of various genres for purposeful application. Areas addressed in Reading/Acuity include comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and inferencing practice. They will read both short and longer works of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts and relate them to themselves, the world, and other texts. Students will work to improve their reading ability for recreation and academic work.

 

High School Reading/Acuity Course Rationale

Comprehension, fluency, vocabulary recognition, and inferencing are all essential reading skills every High School student should acquire. Students who struggle with these essential skills need a class that is dedicated to building and assessing their progress in reading. With this Reading/Acuity class, students will be provided with a safe environment to explore all of the challenges they face when they read. The rationale for Reading is to help prepare struggling readers for success in higher level English classes and their lives. 

 Language Arts 1 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 1 is to develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 1 include listening, oral language, reading, writing, editing, researching, and using different types of sources.

Language Arts 1 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 1 instruction provides knowledge and skills development in these areas. Therefore, the rationale for the Language Arts 1 course in the East Buchanan C-1 District is to provide students with the foundation for the development of these skills.

 Language Arts 2 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 2 is to further develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 2 include organization, researching, speaking/listening, writing, and editing skills, and media utilization to supplement learning.

Language Arts 2 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 2 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 1. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning. 

 Language Arts 3 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 3 is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 3 include reading short non-fiction selections, novels and/or autobiography/biographies; and implementing thorough researching skills with proper MLA citation format.

Language Arts 3 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 3 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 2. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and real world application.

 Language Arts 4 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 4 is to expand on the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 4 include reading a variety of poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and novels. The literature will help further their critical thinking skills as they apply the information and ideas presented in the works into a multi-modal project of their own.

Language Arts 4 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 4 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 3. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and application they might use in college and/or the workplace.

 Creative Writing Course Description

The purpose of Creative Writing is to provide the opportunities to explore writing as a medium of creativity. Areas addressed in Creative Writing include: various media formats; creating writing of poetry, essays, and short stories; and reading works of published authors to reinforce writing skills.

Creative Writing Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The ability to effectively communicate ideas in various forms for various audiences is a tool for success in all avenues of life. The rationale for Creative Writing courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop their own ideas and styles of writing. 

College Prep English Course Description

The purpose of College Prep English is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in College Prep English include exploration of responses to reading and writing, the development of written projects including necessary essay skills students will need in a college setting, and an examination of various forms of writing.

College Prep English Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The application of analytical and critical thinking skills to formulate and communicate ideas is essential for success in higher education. The rationale for College Prep English courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to establish these skills through intensive reading and writing.

English Literature Course Description

The purpose of English Literature is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in English Literature include exploration of ideas presented by historical and modern English authors. This exploration will help them to understand cultural references and build their analyzation skills through multi-modal projects.

English Literature Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The rationale for English Literature courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through cultural, historical, and literary analysis.

 Applied Communication Course Description

The purpose of Applied Communication is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communications from the classroom to the workplace. Areas addressed in Applied Communications include various situations for the classroom (paragraphs, essays, etc.) with an emphasis on those found on the job (memos, letters, resumes, vocabulary, literature, etc.).

Applied Communication Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Communication skills are central to success in the classroom and in the workplace. Applied Communications instruction provides for knowledge and skills development in areas carried from the classroom into the workplace. The rationale for Applied Communication courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the development of effective oral and written communication skills to lead to successful career experiences.

English 104/108 Course Description

Collaborative Dual Enrollment English 104 and 108 are online courses with supplemental instruction and support provided by classroom Facilitators. University instructions will provide all required syllabi, lessons, materials, assignments, exams, feedback, and grades via Canvas. Classroom Facilitators will be provided with training to prepare them to support students on a daily basis (Miller).

English 104/108 Course Rationale

The English 104/108 classes are intended as a continuation of students' experiences with writing. The dual credit courses prepare students for much of the writing they will be expected to do in college, whether their major is literature, business, nursing, etc. Some of the goals for these classes include analytical reading skills and the ability to closely read texts, critical writing skills in a variety of genres and modes, using research and credible sources in the students' writing, and learning to write with a greater awareness of and focus on their audience and purpose (Miller).

MATH

 

Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1 Course Description

Algebra is a year-long course designed for students to obtain a fundamental working knowledge of the basic principles of Algebra and its role in other subjects. This course will involve the study of, but not limited to, functions, linear inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations, polynomials, quadratic equations and functions and exponential functions. 

Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1 Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Algebra 1 courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students the knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations including linear and non-linear functions.

Basic Geometry, Geometry Course Description

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations, and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and application to the real world are stressed. This course also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

Basic Geometry, Geometry Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Geometry courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to provide students with a foundation for relationships among geometric figures and their properties that is essential for future math and science courses.

Algebra 2 Course Description

Algebra II is a year-long course designed for students to deepen their fundamental working knowledge of the basic principles of Algebra and its role in other subjects. This course will involve the study of, but not limited to, functions, linear functions and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations and functions, exponential equations and functions, statistics and probability, sequences, basic trigonometry and logarithms.

Algebra 2 Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Algebra II courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations including linear and non-linear functions.

College Algebra (Math 110) Course Description

The purpose of College Algebra 110 is to provide students with the necessary math skills to prepare them for the rigors of college math. Areas addressed in College Algebra 110 include linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, functions, exponential and lograighmic functions, and matrix operations.

College Algebra (Math 110) Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for College Algebra courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations to prepare them for the rigors of additional college math courses.

Trigonometry (Math 125) Course Description

The purpose of College Trigonometry is to provide students with a continuation of college math skills. Areas addressed in College Trigonometry include learning about and graphing trigonometric functions, solving trigonometric equations and using trigonometric identities.

Trigonometry Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Trigonometry courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations involving trigonometric functions.

Statistics Course Description

Statistics is an area of mathematics with a wide range of applications in today's careers. Students will be asked to describe and display data in multiple ways. Students will work with probability, sampling, regression, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Statistics Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. The rationale for Statistics course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop mathematics skills that would be necessary in post-secondary math programs and careers. Students are expected to apply math skills to statistical reasoning and modeling that could be used in a wide range of careers.

Advanced Math Course Description

Advanced Math is a cumulative math overview of algebra and trigonometry. Students will be asked to solve equations, work with functions, apply the properties of logarithms, graph, and solve problems involving trigonometric functions. Advanced Math should work as either the conclusion to high school math education or as a bridge from Algebra 2 to college level math coursework.

Advanced Math Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. The rationale for Advanced Math courses at East Buchanan is to develop mathematics skills that would be necessary in post-secondary math programs and careers. Students are expected to advance the skills they have learned through Algebra 2.

Calculus (Math 210) Course Description

The purpose of Math 210/Calculus is to introduce students to limit theory dealing with polynomial and trigonometric functions. Areas addressed in Math 210/Calculus include instantaneous velocity/acceleration through differentiation, area under a curve through definite/indefinite integration, and skills dealing with the limit process. 

Calculus (Math 210) Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Calculus courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations involving limits, derivations, and integrals.

 
 

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