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Elective Selections

2022-2023 Elective Course Options

The following descriptions are for the elective courses that are listed on your child’s Request Verification Form, and/or the Core and Elective Registration Form for each grade level.

We will do our best to give your child their requested course; however, we cannot guarantee that the course chosen will be available or offered.

 

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE POWERPOINT PARENT INFORMATION THAT WAS SHARED IN FEBRUARY 2022 AT THE VIRTUAL MEETING.

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Click on the links under each section to view the videos created by the electives teachers.


 


Visual Art
https://youtube.com/watch?v=RBvwSvaZnTg&feature=share
The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students to the rigor and routine of the art production process including: planning, producing, and reflecting on art. With an emphasis on studio arts, students explore a wide range of 2D and 3D media, skills and techniques, as related to contemporary and historical art perspectives. Projects may include but not be limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pottery, and sculpture. Students develop technical skills, foster their expressive abilities and employ the use of the elements of art throughout the production process.


Music Courses
https://youtu.be/ftxHTtwJCn0
Beginning Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th , or 8th grade students who have no previous band experience. They will develop their basic musicianship while performing in three concerts per year. Instrument selection will be done the first two weeks of school, and instrument rentals are available. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, music, clinicians, professional fees, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website for more information.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Concert Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th , or 8th grade students who have at least one year prior band experience. They will continue to develop their musicianship while performing at least three times a year. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website.
https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Jazz Band – This full-year course is designed as an enrichment performance group, open to intermediate level band students. This class is an introduction to jazz improvisation, swing, blues, rock, and Latin music. There will be three concerts per year. Students must take Concert Band or Symphonic Band in addition to Jazz Band unless the director approves. There is no extra fair share for this class, unless this is the student’s only band class.

Guitar 1
https://youtu.be/dqVTsBkWvuU

This is a full year course designed for students with no previous guitar experience. Students will perform in three concerts over the course of the school year. Students will learn how to play chords/strum their guitar along to popular music, learn how to read standard notation as well as guitar tablature, and will perform cooperatively with one another. Students will need to provide their own guitar. Mr. Price can provide recommendations about purchasing the right guitar for your child if needed. Students will have a very small number of after school commitments to demonstrate their growth via performances (2-3 the entire year.) There will be a small fair share fee which will cover instructional materials as well as a guitar class t shirt.

Chorus 1
https://youtu.be/s5M2_GSBCm0
Students with little or no choral experience will develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Public performances serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.


Drama/Theatre Courses
Drama 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55EeMo58D8

The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students to the basics of building a character through such activities as pantomime, improvisation, and effective speaking using articulation, projection, and breathing. Students also learn the importance of technical theatre and explore the use of such elements as costumes, props, and scenery. Students practice writing for the theatre and explore various theatre roles and functions. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend and assess learning in the classroom.


Critical Thinking

https://youtu.be/PmHeTu34qpg
The purpose of this full-year course is to enable students to develop learning strategies, critical-thinking skills, and problem-solving skills to enhance their performance in academic and nonacademic endeavors. This course will engage students in engineering design process, project-based learning, and STEM challenges. Through various hands-on activities, students will hone their communication skills, problem solving skills, and creativity. There will be a nominal materials fee for this course.


6th Grade Required Elective Courses
REQUIRED FOR ALL SIXTH GRADERS

Physical Education (Year long)
https://vimeo.com/512773242
This fitness course is designed for 6th grade students. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the health and skill-related components of physical fitness, which are critical for students’ success including educational gymnastics and dance sequences in a variety of settings. “Educational” gymnastics is intended to have an emphasis on body awareness, body management, maximum participation, high success rates, and open-ended responses from students. Integrating fitness throughout the content is critical to the success of the course.

Computer Science Discoveries
https://www.loom.com/share/565e8e8939ba48819e86a8b736b47b92
Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory course that empowers students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun! The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems.


Optional Course – FSA Data will be used for placement
Intensive Reading
https://vimeo.com/513425007

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write middle grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity.



Visual Art
https://youtube.com/watch?v=RBvwSvaZnTg&feature=share
3D Art – The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students to the rigor and routine of the art production process including: planning, producing, and reflecting on art. With an emphasis on studio arts, students explore a wide range of 2D and 3D media, skills and techniques, as related to contemporary and historical art perspectives. Projects may include but not be limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pottery, and sculpture. Students develop technical skills, foster their expressive abilities and employ the use of the elements of art throughout the production process.


Music Courses
https://youtu.be/ftxHTtwJCn0

Beginning Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students who have no previous band experience. They will develop their basic musicianship while performing in three concerts per year. Instrument selection will be done the first two weeks of school, and instrument rentals are available. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, music, clinicians, professional fees, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website for more information.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Concert Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students who have at least one year prior band experience. They will continue to develop their musicianship while performing at least three times a year. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Jazz Band – This full-year course is designed as an enrichment performance group, open to intermediate level band students. This class is an introduction to jazz improvisation, swing, blues, rock, and Latin music. There will be three concerts per year. Students must take Concert Band or Symphonic Band in addition to Jazz Band unless the director approves. There is no extra fair share for this class, unless this is the student’s only band class.

Guitar 1
https://youtu.be/dqVTsBkWvuU
This is a full year course designed for students with no previous guitar experience. Students will perform in three concerts over the course of the school year. Students will learn how to play chords/strum their guitar along to popular music, learn how to read standard notation as well as guitar tablature, and will perform cooperatively with one another. Students will need to provide their own guitar. Mr. Price can provide recommendations about purchasing the right guitar for your child if needed. Students will have a very small number of after school commitments to demonstrate their growth via performances (2-3 the entire year.) There will be a small fair share fee which will cover instructional materials as well as a guitar class t shirt.

Chorus 1
https://youtu.be/s5M2_GSBCm0
Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Public performances serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.


Drama and Theatre Courses
Drama 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55EeMo58D8

The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students with no prior drama experience to the basics of building a character through such activities as pantomime, improvisation, and effective speaking using articulation, projection, and breathing. Students also learn the importance of technical theatre and explore the use of such elements as costumes, props, and scenery. Students practice writing for the theatre and explore various theatre roles and functions. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend and assess learning in the classroom.

Drama 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55EeMo58D8

This full-year course is designed for students with previous theatre experience and instruction to continue to study acting, design, and dramatic literature to increase the enjoyment and understanding of what is required to prepare plays for the public. Students explore theatre history, study the great American playwrights, examine the cultural and historical contributions to theatre, and begin to use the information to inform and improve their theatre knowledge and skills. Students begin to use the basic elements of theatre design through practical application and projects. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Musical Theatre 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlKrJUSJmrg
Student’s coursework focuses on, but is not limited to, basic acting, basic vocal performance, basic dance/movement, non-dance movement, and staging, which transfer readily to musical theatre literature.  Students will survey the current trends in musical theatre by studying representative literature.  Students will explore the unique staging and technical demands of musicals in contrast to non-musical plays.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.


Computer Education Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Essentials 1
https://www.loom.com/share/86f294ef361f4a40bd43285de3ee1f57

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the computer, digital, and information technology skills necessary for success in their future academic and occupational goals. In addition to fundamental computer information, the content includes but is not limited to

  • Identify computer components and their functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different operating systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Internet safety and ethics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using the Internet to locate information.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using word processing software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using presentation software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using graphics software.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of email.

Students will also be given opportunities to pass certification tests.


Spanish Course
https://vimeo.com/512960354
This full-year course is to introduce students to the Spanish language and its culture. Students who complete two years in middle school have the option after the 2nd year to convert those two years to high school credit.


7th Grade Required Elective Course
REQUIRED FOR ALL SEVENTH GRADERS

Physical Education (Year-long)
https://vimeo.com/512773242
This fitness course is designed for 7th grade students. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the health and skill-related components of physical fitness, which are critical for students’ success including team sports.



Visual Art Courses
https://youtube.com/watch?v=RBvwSvaZnTg&feature=share
3D Art – The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students new to art to the rigor and routine of the art production process including: planning, producing, and reflecting on art. With an emphasis on studio arts, students explore a wide range of 2D and 3D media, skills and techniques, as related to contemporary and historical art perspectives. Projects may include but not be limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pottery, and sculpture. Students develop technical skills, foster their expressive abilities and employ the use of the elements of art throughout the production process.

Visual Art – This full-year course is designed for 8th grade students to use advanced level techniques to create a variety of 2-D and 3-D artworks through developing skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, and pottery. Students proficiently manipulate the structural elements of art with increasing independence to promote creative risk-taking in their artwork. Investigation of artworks from Western and non-Western cultures provide a means for students to expand their understanding and appreciation of the role of art in global culture. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works.


Music Courses
https://youtu.be/ftxHTtwJCn0

Beginning Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students who have no previous band experience. They will develop their basic musicianship while performing in three concerts per year. Instrument selection will be done the first two weeks of school, and instrument rentals are available. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, music, clinicians, professional fees, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website for more information.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Concert Band – This full-year course is designed for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students who have at least one year prior band experience. They will continue to develop their musicianship while performing at least three times a year. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Symphonic Band – This full-year course is designed for 8th grade students who have at least two years prior band experience. They will continue to develop their musicianship while performing music at least three times a year. Financial obligations and occasional time commitments outside of school hours are part of this course. There will be a fair share fee for this course which covers uniform shirt, band books, binder, small accessories, reeds, rewards and other class essentials. Before making this selection, parents are encouraged to visit our music page on our website.  https://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zentz-l/band/

Jazz Band 1 – This full-year course is designed as an enrichment performance group, open to intermediate level band students. This class is an introduction to jazz improvisation, swing, blues, rock, and Latin music. There will be three concerts per year. Students must take Concert Band or Symphonic Band in addition to Jazz Band unless the director approves. There is no extra fair share for this class, unless this is the student’s only band class.

Jazz Band 2 – This full-year course is designed as an enrichment performance group, open to students who have one year of jazz band experience or director recommendation. This course continues working on fundamentals of jazz. There will be three concerts per year. Students must take Concert Band or Symphonic Band in addition to Jazz Band unless the director approves. There is no extra fair share for this class, unless this is the student’s only band class.

Guitar 1
https://youtu.be/dqVTsBkWvuU
This is a full year course designed for students with no previous guitar experience. Students will perform in three concerts over the course of the school year. Students will learn how to play chords/strum their guitar along to popular music, learn how to read standard notation as well as guitar tablature, and will perform cooperatively with one another. Students will need to provide their own guitar. Mr. Price can provide recommendations about purchasing the right guitar for your child if needed. Students will have a very small number of after school commitments to demonstrate their growth via performances (2-3 the entire year.) There will be a small fair share fee which will cover instructional materials as well as a guitar class t shirt.

Chorus 1
https://youtu.be/s5M2_GSBCm0
Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Public performances serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.


Computer Courses
Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Essentials 1
https://www.loom.com/share/86f294ef361f4a40bd43285de3ee1f57
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the computer, digital, and information technology skills necessary for success in their future academic and occupational goals. In addition to fundamental computer information, the content includes but is not limited to

  • Identify computer components and their functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different operating systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Internet safety and ethics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using the Internet to locate information.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using word processing software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using presentation software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using graphics software.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of email.

Students will also be given opportunities to pass certification tests.

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Essentials 2
https://www.loom.com/share/58c1fab18e1347a58084e868a9ff0873
This course builds on the previous course of ICT 1 and provides greater depth and more complex concepts and the skills/knowledge to master these concepts.  Students will be provided opportunities to extend their skills with various software applications by creating more complex documents and using more complex functions. The content includes but is not limited to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety and privacy practices for online communication.
  • Develop and apply fundamental spreadsheet skills.
  • Develop and apply database skills.
  • Demonstrate skill in using video editing software and equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using audio editing software (e.g., Audacity).
  • Demonstrate proficiency locating, gathering, and preparing textual, graphical, and image-based web content.
  • Use Web 2.0 or Internet-based collaborative technology to facilitate a web development or research project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer networks.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in webpage development.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in game development.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic programming.

Students will also be given opportunities to pass certification tests.


Drama and Theatre Courses

Drama 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55EeMo58D8
The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students with no prior drama experience to the basics of building a character through such activities as pantomime, improvisation, and effective speaking using articulation, projection, and breathing. Students also learn the importance of technical theatre and explore the use of such elements as costumes, props, and scenery. Students practice writing for the theatre and explore various theatre roles and functions. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend and assess learning in the classroom.

Drama 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-55EeMo58D8
This full-year course is designed for students with previous theatre experience and instruction to continue to study acting, design, and dramatic literature to increase the enjoyment and understanding of what is required to prepare plays for the public. Students explore theatre history, study the great American playwrights, examine the cultural and historical contributions to theatre, and begin to use the information to inform and improve their theatre knowledge and skills. Students begin to use the basic elements of theatre design through practical application and projects. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Drama 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbXPSbAbpgU
This full-year course is designed for students who have had 2 prior years of drama experience. Students will continue to build skills and knowledge as they explore aspects of theatre. Students will explore theatre history, study the great American playwrights, examine the cultural and historical contributions to theatre, and improve their theatre knowledge and skills. Students learn about and begin to use the basic elements of theatre design through practical application and projects. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Musical Theatre 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlKrJUSJmrg
Student’s coursework focuses on, but is not limited to, basic acting, basic vocal performance, basic dance/movement, non-dance movement, and staging, which transfer readily to musical theatre literature.  Students will survey the current trends in musical theatre by studying representative literature.  Students will explore the unique staging and technical demands of musicals in contrast to non-musical plays.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.


Leadership/WEB

This full-year course is designed for students to develop leadership, personal, and business skills. They will learn to develop a healthy self-concept and healthy relationships, and to understand personal responsibility. Students will develop skills in public speaking and communication, and an understanding of personal image. They will come to understand the concept of principle-based decision making and develop their own personal mission statement. Students will practice and develop skills for conflict resolution and acquire an understanding of the effects of peer pressure. Students may also practice leadership through an internship at various locations around the school. There will be a nominal materials fee for this course.


Journalism 1 – Yearbook
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the production of journalism across print, multimedia, web, and broadcast/radio platforms and to become aware of journalism history, careers, ethics use, and management techniques related to the production of journalistic media.  The students in this course will produce the 2022-23 yearbook for FCA.


Spanish Courses
https://vimeo.com/512960354

Beginning Spanish
This full-year course is to introduce students to the Spanish language and its culture.

Intermediate Spanish
This full-year course is a continuation of Beginning Spanish. Students will expand their knowledge of the language and its culture. After successful completion of two years of middle school Spanish, students have the option to exchange these two years towards ONE high school credit.


TV Production
https://vimeo.com/user101422664/review/511427805/50d8ab3111
The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students to the basics of TV production, digital tools used in production, communication, and broadcasting skills. Students in this elective will assist with the creation of the school closed-circuit morning news along with other broadcasting opportunities. (One teacher recommendation will be required- details forthcoming.) Students will only be able to take a maximum of two years of TV Pro, so if they have already taken it in 6th and 7th grade they will not be allowed to take it in 8th grade.


PE (Physical Education)
https://vimeo.com/512773242
This fitness course is designed for 8th grade students. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the health and skill-related components of physical fitness, which are critical for students’ success including individual and dual sports.

Optional Course – FSA Data will be used for placement
Intensive Reading
https://vimeo.com/513425007
The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write middle grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity.