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6th Grade Course Descriptions 
2017-2018 School Year
 
CORE SUBJECTS-6th 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS 6 
This course teaches comprehension skills and vocabulary within the context of guided and independent reading.   Process writing provides practice in a variety of purposes and models and the context for instruction in the grammatical and mechanical skills of language. 
 
PRE-AP LANGUAGE ARTS 6 
This course builds on the range of basic content from the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth.  This course also prepares students for entry into additional Pre-AP courses in middle school and further into high school. 
 
SCIENCE 6 (Physical Science) 
This course provides students with the skills to apply science concepts to their daily life.  Science instruction involves teaching students to answer questions and solve problems, to become skilled in collecting information and data, to organize it in an effective manner, draw conclusions by analyzing this data, and to become knowledgeable in the content of science. 
 
PRE-AP SCIENCE 6 (Physical Science) 
This course builds on the range of concepts from the on-level course, and has students investigate science in more depth.  The students are required to do science research projects that reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life. 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES 6 (World Cultures) 
This course studies the people and places of the contemporary world.   This course is multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology.   It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts. 
 
PRE-AP SOCIAL STUDIES 6 (World Cultures) 
This course builds on the range of concepts covered in the on-level course and requires students to investigate social studies in more depth.  Like the on-level course, Pre-AP social studies is multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology.  It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts. 
 
MATH 6 
Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced.   Students learn to simplify expressions containing parenthesis as the first step in solving multiple-step equations and are introduced to exponents, square roots, and geometric formulas.   Students work extensively with rations, percents, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals. 
 
PRE-AP MATH 6 
Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics are introduced and developed incrementally.  This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios; perimeter, circumference, area, and volume; exponents, scientific notations, and signed numbers.   Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems. 
 
***Pre-AP Requirements Open Enrollment Parent/Teacher/Student Contract*** 
 
 

ELECTIVES-6th

 

Art 1

This course is designed to develop critical thinking and the imagination and to introduce students to various media through the exploration of different art forms.

 

Band

This course is designed for students who wish to learn to play a wind or percussion instrument. The course will focus on the basic techniques of tone production, reading notation, and ensemble performance.

 

Beginning Choir

This course introduces students to the basics of choral singing. Students learn proper singing posture, basic vocal technique, skills for sight reading music, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of a year, as well as performances in the community and at school functions.

 

Keyboarding with Career Focus

This course develops basic computer skills, with an emphasis on the mastery of touch mastery of touch-typing on the keyboard. This course will also allow students to explore potential career options. This course is one semester.

 

Learning Strategies 1
Learning Strategies provides effective reading acceleration for students in 6-8 grades. The course combines research-validated strategy instruction in different goal-setting, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Students will become fluent, competent, and confident readers who can interact with a variety of texts at increasing levels of difficulty throughout the course. Outcomes of this course include an increased reading proficiency and nurturing a lifelong love of reading.

 

Physical Education

This course assists student in developing lifetime recreational interest and fitness habits that improve their quality of life. Through developmental and movement activities, students are provided opportunities to interact with other students, in both cooperative and competitive activities, develop skills necessary to participate in games, sports, gymnastics, and rhythmic activities, and increase perceptual awareness, develop a positive self-image. Requirements include suiting out, personal hygiene and daily participation. This course is required of all 6th grade students for the duration of the school year.

 

Robotics 1

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Robotics and Engineering. Students will implement high level project based learning through engineering challenges, robot construction, computer programming, and the basics of computer coding.

 

Theater Arts 1

This class will provide an opportunity for students to explore and master skills in creative dramatics. Classroom activities include pantomime, improvisation, characterization, role playing, original dialogue, puppetry, introduction to technical theatre and play production. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of in class performances and presentations. Students will have the opportunity to audition for productions and/or participate in tournaments; these events will require additional preparation after school hours.

 

Writers Workshop

This course focuses on a study of various forms and genres of prose and poetry. Students will read and write in both poetry and in prose. There will be in class writing exercises as well as opportunities for exploring how writing can be integrated into the rest of the student’s life. This course is required of all 6th grade students. This course is one semester.

 

Yearbook

This course has been designed to provide students with the journalism skills and the ability to apply those skills to the actual production of the yearbook. Components of the course include: teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, social media, sales, marketing, campaigns, advertising and distribution. Because of the intense deadlines, placement on yearbook class and staff is subject to an application, samples, and an audition.

 
 
 
 
 
7th Grade Course Descriptions 
2017-2018 School Year
 
CORE SUBJECTS-7th 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS -- WRITING 7  (co-requisite for LANGUAGE ARTS -- READING 7)
This course focuses on writing as a process while students further their written communication skills. An array of genres will be explored while students practice producing pieces that exhibit depth of development, focus and coherence, organization, voice, and command of conventions. 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS -- READING 7  (co-requisite for LANGUAGE ARTS -- WRITING 7)
Guided and independent  multicultural reading, hand in hand with writing, will also cover a variety of genres and encourage critical thinking skills, extensive class discussions, and literary analysis.  
 
PRE-AP LANGUAGE ARTS 7 
This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school. Students will be challenged to develop advanced skills in reading, composition, oral communication and logical argument. The grammatical, mechanical and syntactical skills of language are taught within the meaningful context of the writing process. Extensive in and out of class reading, individual and group research projects, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.   
 
SCIENCE 7 (Life and Environmental Science) 
This course focuses on life on planet Earth and stresses the interrelationships and interdependence between living organisms and the physical, chemical and earth science world. Learning in each of these topics will be accomplished through the presentation of complex concepts and explanations of science related phenomena and additional laboratory activities. 
 
PRE-AP SCIENCE 7 (Life and Environmental Science)   
This course builds on the range of basic content from the on-level course, and has students investigate science in more depth through additional lab activities and content. The students are required to do science research projects that reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life. This course also prepares students for entry into pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school.   
 
SOCIAL STUDIES 7 (Texas History)   
This course will help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and geography of Texas as well as the state’s cultural heritage from its early years to the present. 
 
PRE-AP SOCIAL STUDIES 7 (Texas History) 
This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate Texas history in more depth. This course will help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history and geography of Texas as well as the state's cultural heritage from the early times to the present.  
 
MATH 7 
Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics courses are introduced and developed incrementally. This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, ratios, perimeter, circumference, area, and volume. 
 
PRE-AP MATH 7 
Emphasis is placed on problem solving utilizing rational numbers, probability and statistics, and algebraic reasoning skills associated with variable manipulation and graphical representations. A RIGOROUS study of concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics courses is provided and expected. 
 
***Pre-AP Requirements Open Enrollment Parent/Teacher/Student Contract*** 
 
 
ELECTIVES-7th
Art 2
Students will continue to develop skills and techniques through the use of a variety of art media while learning the elements and principles of art. Students will develop skills in perception, creative expression, historical and cultural heritage.

Athletics (Boys and Girls)
This course is designed for students interested in participating in competitive sports. Students must be available before school, after school, evenings and Saturdays for practice sessions and games. A physical examination is required. Students who are not selected for a team will be assigned to an off-season conditioning class until the beginning of a new sport.
 
Concert Band
This course for second and third year band member’s focuses on building the fundamental skills necessary for successful tone production, notation reading, and basic instrumental technique. Placement in this ensemble is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience.

Concert Women’s Choir
For experienced 8th grade girls and advanced 7th grade girls. Students continue improving vocal technique, advancing sight skills, and performing more challenging concert pieces. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well performances in the community and school functions. As this is an advanced ensemble, placement in this choir is subject to the discretion of the director, and may include a vocal audition.
 
Conversational Spanish
Students will learn the social protocol of speaking Spanish. They will learn the numbers, days, vocabulary, etc. Students will be able to have a dialogue with simple sentences.
 
Digital citizenship 
This course provides an introduction to the foundation concepts of digital literacy and citizenship, including online safety, critical evaluation and use of online information, and ethical participation in the digital world. This course is one semester.

Graphic Design 1
Students gain insight into the exciting world of digital and commercial art. As students become proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator they develop a keen eye for refined design which effects the quality of their work in all content areas.

Human Services
We learn nutrition, leadership skills, valuable interpersonal communication skills and the importance of family and recognizing and building positive relationships with those around us. We will incorporate the hospitality food and beverage industries. Membership in FCCLA is strongly encouraged.

Intermediate Women’s Choir
For 7th grade girls and 8th grade girls who are new to choir. Students learn/review singing posture, vocal technique, mid-level sight-reading passages and skills, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well performances in the community and school functions.

Jazz Band
Open to any 7th or 8th grade band student who is interested in exploring Latin, swing, funk, and rock styles of music. Students will learn jazz performance and improvisation techniques in an ensemble setting. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or director approval. Students wishing to participate on guitar, bass guitar, or drum set must audition.
 
Learning Strategies 2 
Learning Strategies provides effective reading acceleration for students in 6-8 grades. The course combines research-validated strategy instruction in different goal-setting, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Students will become fluent, competent, and confident readers who can interact with a variety of texts at increasing levels of difficulty throughout the course. Outcomes of this course include an increased reading proficiency and nurturing a lifelong love of reading.

Men’s Choir
7th & 8th grade boys. Students learn/review singing posture, vocal technique, sight-reading skills, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well performances in the community and school functions.

PAL 7
Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) is a program that teaches students leadership skills through class activities and service projects. Class activities include team building exercises and problem solving activities, public speaking practice such as speeches and debates, a and reflection activities such as journaling. The class also creates and plans service projects. Past activities have included food drives and working with students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Placement in the PAL program requires the completion of an application process.

Physical Education
This course assists student in developing lifetime recreational interest and fitness habits that improve their quality of life. Through developmental and movement activities, students are provided opportunities to interact with other students, in both cooperative and competitive activities, develop skills necessary to participate in sports. Requirements include suiting out, personal hygiene and daily participation.
 
Robotics 2
In this course students will work on the knowledge of the fundamentals of Robotics and Engineering. Students will be introduced to high level project based learning through engineering challenges, robot construction, computer programming and the basics of computer coding.

Robotic Application
In this course students will prepare to compete with other districts, will need to stay after school and weekends to build their robots. By teacher approval only.

Symphonic Band
This course is designed for second and third year band students and focuses on expanding individual and ensemble performance techniques. Placement in this ensemble is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience
 
Technology Applications
Students will gain an understanding of Microsoft Office applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases, as well as digital technologies and will be able to use them effectively by developing skills for success in the workplace. This course is one semester.

Theater Arts 2
This course is a continuation and progression of the Beginning Theatre Arts course. Students will be given more challenging, higher-level activities involving acting, oral interpretation, improvisation, technical aspects of staging performances, and audience etiquette.

Theater Productions
This advanced course is for eighth-grade students who have a desire to be involved with play productions and compete in theatre events at tournaments. This course is a continuation and progression of the theatre arts curriculum including Shakespeare, Commedia Dell'Arte and in-depth technical theatre. The nature of this course will require participation in after school rehearsals and competitive events which could take place on Saturdays. By teacher approval only.

Wind Ensemble
This course is for advanced second and third year band members and focuses on advanced individual and ensemble performance techniques. This course prepares students to successfully enter the Hutto High School Band program. Placement in the Wind Ensemble course is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be additional financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience.

Yearbook
This course has been designed to provide students with the journalism skills and the ability to apply those skills to the actual production of the yearbook. Components of this course include: teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, social media, sales, marketing, campaigns, advertising and distribution. Because of the intense deadlines, placement in yearbook class is subject to an application, samples and an audition.
 
 
 
 
 
8th Grade Course Descriptions 
2017-2018 School Year
 
 
CORE SUBJECTS-8th  
 
LANGUAGE ARTS 8   
This course focuses on writing as a process while students further their written communication skills. An array of genres will be explored while students practice producing pieces that exhibit depth of development, focus and coherence, organization, voice, and command of conventions. Guided and independent multicultural reading, hand in hand with writing, will also encourage critical thinking skills, extensive class discussions, and literary analysis. 
 
PRE-AP LANGUAGE ARTS 8   
This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school. Students will be challenged to develop advanced skills in reading, composition, oral communication and logical argument. The grammatical, mechanical and syntactical skills of language are taught within the meaningful context of the writing process. Extensive in and out of class reading, individual and group research projects, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.   
 
SCIENCE 8   
This course stresses the interrelationships and interdependence between living organisms and the physical, chemical and earth science world. Learning in each of these topics will be accomplished through the presentation of complex concepts and explanations of science related phenomena and additional laboratory activities.     
 
PRE-AP SCIENCE 8   
This course focuses on students' understanding of basic scientific concepts such as chemical reactions, forces and motion, and genetics. Students will use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to help prepare them for high school science courses. In addition to daily learning experiences related to content and laboratory-oriented activities, the students will be required to do a science research project. This project is intended to increase the student's appreciation of science and reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem-solving approach to daily life.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES 8 (United States History) 
This course will help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and politics of the United State as well as the contributing factors which led to the establishment of our country. 
 
PRE-AP SOCIAL STUDIES 8 (United States History) 
This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate history in more depth. This course presents a detailed study of history from the early colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will be required to research major themes and/or to develop creative projects for historical periods covered. Knowledge of the founding documents will be stressed as well as the skills and attitudes of responsible citizenship     
 
MATH 8 
Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics courses are introduced and developed incrementally. This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, ratios, perimeter, circumference, area, and volume. 
 
ALGEBRA I (Must meet district criteria for enrollment) 
This course will expand existing quantitative skills to include algebraic and symbolic reasoning. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between equations and functions, problem-solving skills, linear functions, and the use of graphing technology. Other topics include systems of linear equations, quadratic, and other nonlinear functions. 
 
***Pre-AP Requirements Open Enrollment Parent/Teacher/Student Contract*** 
 
ELECTIVES-8th  
 
This course is one semester.
 
ART 2
Students will continue to develop skills and techniques through the use of a variety of art media while learning the elements and principles of art. Students will develop skills in perception, creative expression, historical and cultural heritage.

ART 3
This course introduces the elements and principles of art, with emphasis on creative visual problem solving. Students design, develop and create original art by working in the areas of drawing, painting, media, art appreciation and critique.

Athletics (Boys and Girls)
This course is designed for students interested in participating in competitive sports. Students must be available before school, after school, evenings and Saturdays for practice sessions and games. A physical examination is required. Students who are not selected for a team will be assigned to an off-season conditioning class until the beginning of a new sport.
 
Career Investigation
Introduction to the 16 Career Clusters, focusing on the couple that are offered at HHS. In this class we learn the importance of communication and leadership in the workplace. This course is one semester.

Concert Band
This course for second and third year band members focuses on building the fundamental skills necessary for successful tone production, notation reading, and basic instrumental technique. Placement in this ensemble is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience.

Concert Women’s Choir
For experienced 8th grade girls and advanced 7th grade girls. Students continue improving vocal technique, advancing sight skills, and performing more challenging concert pieces. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well as performances in the community and school functions. As this is an advanced ensemble, placement in this choir is subject to the discretion of the director, and may include a vocal audition.

Graphic Design 1
Students gain insight into the exciting world of digital and commercial art. As students become proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator they develop a keen eye for refined design which effects the quality of their work in all content areas.

Graphic Design 2
This course builds upon the skills, knowledge and concepts acquired in Graphic Design 1. It emphasizes applied problem solving and professional solutions for graphic designers. Prerequisite: successful completion of Graphic Design 1.

Health
Seeks to expand not only students’ understanding of basic health concepts, but for the students’ to learn about health issues that affect them and the world today. The health education course will teach the students’ how to live a healthy lifestyle, build health skills and character, and learn how to deal with mental and emotional problems, in addition to other topics. This course is one semester.

Human Services
We learn nutrition, leadership skills, valuable interpersonal communication skills and the importance of family and recognizing and building positive relationships with those around us. We will incorporate the hospitality food and beverage industries. Membership in FCCLA is strongly encouraged.
 
Intermediate Women’s Choir
For 7th grade girls and 8th grade girls who are new to choir. Students learn/review singing posture, vocal technique, mid-level sight-reading passages and skills, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well performances in the community and school functions.

Jazz Band
Open to any 7th or 8th grade band student who is interested in exploring Latin, swing, funk, and rock styles of music. Students will learn jazz performance and improvisation techniques in an ensemble setting. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or director approval. Students wishing to participate on guitar, bass guitar, or drum set must audition.
 
Learning Strategies 2 & 3
Learning Strategies provides effective reading acceleration for students in 6-8 grades. The course combines research-validated strategy instruction in different goal-setting, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Students will become fluent, competent, and confident readers who can interact with a variety of texts at increasing levels of difficulty throughout the course. Outcomes of this course include an increased reading proficiency and nurturing a lifelong love of reading.

Men’s Choir
7th & 8th grade boys. Students learn/review singing posture, vocal technique, sight –reading skills, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of the year, including UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, as well performances in the community and school functions.
 
Peer Mediators/Office Aide
This is a course that teaches students leadership skills through class activities. Class activities include team-building exercises and problem solving activities, public speaking practice such as speeches and debates, and several reflection activities such as journaling. Students in this class will be trained as Peer Mediators who will help students work through disagreements and conflicts. All peer mediators will assist in the front office and assist in helping resolve student issues. Placement in this class requires the completion of an application process. This class will take the place of two electives.

Physical Education
This course assists student in developing lifetime recreational interest and fitness habits that improve their quality of life. Through developmental and movement activities, students are provided opportunities to interact with other students, in both cooperative and competitive activities, develop skills necessary to participate in sports. Requirements include suiting out, personal hygiene and daily participation.
 
Robotics 2 & 3
In this course, students will continue the knowledge of the fundamentals of Robotics and Engineering. Students will be introduced to high level project based learning through engineering challenges, robot construction, computer programming and the basics of computer coding.

Robotics Application: In this course students will prepare to compete with other districts, will need to stay after school and weekends to build their robots. By teacher approval only.

Spanish
As first year students you can expect to complete five chapters of your Spanish textbook: Realidades, Level 1. The course includes a variety of activities that will help you gain a basic understanding of the Spanish language and some of the people who speak it. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in order to communicate in Spanish. Throughout the course you will be introduced to different forms of Hispanic culture, from everyday life to art and literature.
 
Symphonic Band
This course is designed for second and third year band students and focuses on expanding individual and ensemble performance techniques. Placement in this ensemble is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be extra financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience
 
Theater Arts 2 & 3
This course is a continuation and progression of the Beginning Theatre Arts course. Students will be given more challenging, higher-level activities involving acting, oral interpretation, improvisation, technical aspects of staging performances, and audience etiquette. This theatre course is designed for students who are planning to participate in all aspects of play production and forensic competition which usually take place after school and on Saturdays.

Theater Productions
This advanced course is for students who have a desire to be involved with play productions and compete in theatre events at tournaments. This course is a continuation and progression of the theatre arts curriculum including Shakespeare, Commedia Dell'Arte and in-depth technical theatre. The nature of this course will require participation in after school rehearsals and competitive events which could take place on Saturdays.

Wind Ensemble
This course is for advanced second and third year band members and focuses on advanced individual and ensemble performance techniques. This course prepares students to successfully enter the Hutto High School Band program. Placement in the Wind Ensemble course is through audition only. Students in this course will maintain an active performance schedule and will have some extracurricular commitments as well. There may be additional financial obligations associated with this course, though financial aid is available for qualifying students. Prerequisite: One year of school band experience.

Yearbook: This course has been designed to provide students with the journalism skills and the ability to apply those skills to the actual production of the yearbook. Components of this course include teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, social media, sales, marketing, campaigns, advertising and distribution. Because of the intense deadlines, placement in yearbook class is subject to an application, samples and an audition.