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2012-2013 Elective Course Descriptions
Reading Improvement Dyslexia
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Meet District Guidelines
Reading Improvement offers targeted reading intervention instruction designed to improve reading comprehension, fluency, and study skills for students who meet district guidelines. Instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills developed for Reading Improvement and focuses on the following: use of a variety of word recognition strategies; vocabulary development through reading and systematic word study; reading with fluency and understanding in increasingly demanding texts; and comprehension strategies and skills to gain meaning from whatever is read. This course meets state guidelines for dyslexia intervention.

Reading (Adolescent Literature)
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: Full Year or Semester
This elective reading course combines group reading and individualized reading experiences for the purpose of improving critical thinking skills and overall reading ability. Instruction includes the following: motivating students to read; providing reading materials for varying interests and abilities; conferencing with students to assess individual response to various reading experiences; and providing reading strategy instruction based on pleasurable and informative material. The primary goal of the course is to promote and enhance reading comprehension.

Physical Education $
Grade 6, 7 or 8
Two years of physical education are required in the Intermediate school. It is recommended that the first year be taken in grade 6. The course is includes some combination of the following areas: basketball, volleyball, softball, football, track, weight training, calisthenics, aerobic dancing, tennis, flag football, soccer, and physical fitness series.

P.E. Athletics/Boys $
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Coach Recommendation
The sports offered are football, basketball, track, cross country, tennis and swimming. Boys participating in football, basketball or track may be scheduled into an athletic period. Some workouts will be held after school. Students can double in two sports at the same time if it can be coordinated with the coaches.

P.E. Athletics/Girls $
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Coach Recommendation
The sports offered are volleyball, basketball, track, cross country, tennis and swimming. Girls participating in volleyball, basketball or track will be scheduled into an athletic period. Some workouts will be held before and/or after school. Students can double in two sports at the same time if it can be coordinated with the coaches.

Crafts $
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
This course emphasizes visual perception and fine motor skills through the production of projects that use a variety of craft techniques and materials. Students will furnish or pay for materials used in individual projects. THIS COURSE WILL NOT SATISFY THE FINE ARTS REQUIREMENT.

Number Sense
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: Full Year or Semester
This course will focus on developing number sense and problem solving skills through the study of such topics as "mental math," use of calculators, number theory, probability and statistics, and history of math. This course is for students interested in developing speed and accuracy in doing mental mathematical calculations and especially useful for students interested in math competition. This is not a remedial math class.


Office Aide
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Counselor Approval ("C" average in each class taken)
Course Length: Full year or Semester
These students work in the attendance office, the counselors' office, the library, and the clinic. They perform sorting, filing, and other office tasks, organize materials, operate the copying machine and other audio-visual equipment, and assist other students in a variety of ways. A student must exhibit satisfactory conduct, grades and behavior and have good attendance to be an office aide. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM IS REQUIRED. Applications are available from the counselors' office. A student may take office aide in grade 7 or 8 but may not take office aide both years.

Art, Beginning Level $
Grade 6
This course emphasizes the following: awareness and sensitivity to natural and human-made environments through the examination and application of art elements and principles; inventive and imaginative expression using art materials, tools and techniques (drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing and modeling 3-D forms, and manipulating fibers); understanding of the place of art in a society's cultural heritage; art careers; and the development of visual discrimination and judgment when evaluating the artwork of students, and major artists. Students are responsible for the costs of materials used in products they make and may take home.

Art, Introductory $
Grade 7, 8
This course emphasizes the same general areas as those included in the sixth grade beginning art class, which are intended to develop awareness and sensitivity to natural and human-made environments through the examination and application of art elements and principles; inventive and imaginative expression using art materials, tools and techniques (drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing and modeling 3-D forms, and manipulating fibers); understanding of the place of art in a society's cultural heritage; art careers; and the development of visual discrimination and judgment when evaluating the artwork of students, and major artists. Students are responsible for the costs of materials used in products they make and may take home.

Art, Intermediate Level $
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Art, Beginning or Introductory
This course combines classroom instruction in the elements and principles of art with studio activities that provide opportunities to examine and explore line, color, value, texture, shape, form, and space. It also provides for the application of principles of unity, emphasis, balance, variety, harmony, and proportion while using inventive and imaginative expression in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and crafts. Students are provided opportunities to increase their understanding of art history and appreciation of art, to gain skill in evaluating the artworks of students and major artists, and to apply aesthetic judgment. Students are responsible for the costs of materials used in products they make and may take home.

Art, Advanced Level $
Grade 8
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art, Intermediate and Portfolio Review
This course is a continuation of the study begun in Intermediate Art. It combines classroom instruction in the elements and principles of art with studio activities that provide opportunities for students to study art concepts, media, techniques, culture, and history and to apply aesthetic judgments in a wide variety of art production, appreciation, and evaluation activities. Students will work with design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and crafts such as weaving, batik, soft sculpture, and ceramics. Students are responsible for the costs of materials used in products they make and may take home.

Theatre Arts, Beginning
Grade 6
This course introduces a basic understanding of the theatre as well as knowledge and skills that can be demonstrated through creative expression and limited performance. Students will explore the relationship of theatre to history, society, and culture and respond to theatre and theatrical performance.

Theatre Arts, Introductory
Grade 7, 8
This course, like the sixth grade course, emphasizes a basic understanding of the theatre as well as knowledge and skills that can be demonstrated through creative expression and limited performance. Students will explore the relationship of theatre to history, society, and culture and respond to theatre and theatrical performance.

Theatre Arts, Intermediate
Grade 7, 8
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Theatre Arts, Beginning or Introductory
This course builds on student understanding of the theatre as well as knowledge acquired from the beginning or introductory theatre course. The skills that students will demonstrate through creative expression and limited performance require a higher level of creativity and skill than those in the first level theatre class. Students will continue to explore the relationship of theatre to history, society, and culture and respond to theatre and theatrical performance.

Theatre Arts, Advanced
Grade 8
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Theatre Arts, Intermediate
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Theatre Arts. It provides an opportunity for students to move beyond a basic understanding of the theatre as they continue to acquire knowledge and improve their skills. Students will demonstrate through creative expression and performance a higher level of creativity and skill than those demonstrated in the first and second levels of theatre arts. Students will continue to explore the relationship of theatre to history, society, and culture and respond to theatre and theatrical performance.

Technical Theatre, Introductory
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
This course is designed to introduce students to the many aspects of Technical Theatre. Units of study will include play stage management; set; costume, makeup and lighting design; publicity and theatre management; basic construction tools and techniques; and backstage safety. Instruction will include hands on activities and projects.

Band/Choir/Orchestra $
Grade 6, 7, or 8
The Music program is open to all students with little or no previous musical experience. Instruction is provided with emphasis placed on learned the fundamentals of playing the instrument or using your voice and performing many different types of music. As students progress through our music programs additional levels of instruction are offered through audition to match the student’s interest and abilities. Students interested in band and orchestra must provide their own instrument.

Exploratory Language
Grade 7, 8
This course is designed to introduce students to the following languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and a brief survey of other world languages. Students will be introduced to novicelow proficiencies in each language. They will develop an understanding of basic vocabulary and the peoples, customs, and cultures of the languages studied. This course does not meet any high school language requirement.

French 1
Grade 7, 8
High School Credit: 1
This course provides opportunities for students to acquire novice-low to novice-mid proficiency in French and explore Francophone culture. Audio and video materials provide practice and reinforcement. This course satisfies the requirement for the first year of study in the same language for the Recommended Graduation Plan.

French 1B
Grade 8
Prerequisite: 80 Average in French 1A Recommended
High School Credit: 1A+1B=1
This course provides opportunities for students to acquire novice-low to novice-mid proficiency in French and explore Francophone culture. Audio and video materials provide practice and reinforcement. It is designed to continue the development of skills introduced in French 1A. Students who successfully complete French 1A and French 1B at the intermediate school level will satisfy the requirement for the first year of study in the same language for the Recommended Graduation Plan. These students will also be eligible for enrollment in French 2 in the high school.

Spanish 1
Grade 7, 8
High School Credit: 1
This course provides opportunities for students to acquire novice-low to novice-mid proficiency in Spanish and explore Spanish culture. Audio and video materials provide practice and reinforcement. This course satisfies the requirement for the first year of study in the same language for the Recommended graduation plan.

Spanish 1B
Grade 8
Prerequisite: 80 Average in Spanish 1A Recommended
High School Credit: 1A+1B=1
This course provides opportunities for students to learn novice-mid to novice-high proficiency levels in Spanish. The student will acquire novice level proficiency in Spanish and explore Spanish culture. Audio and video materials provide practice and reinforcement. This course satisfies the requirement for the first year of study in the same language for the Recommended Graduation Plan.

Spanish 1 for Native Speakers
Grade 7
Prerequisite: Placement Test Score
High School Credit: 1
This course is for the Spanish speaker who has been educated in English and whose primary language for reading and writing is English. This course will be the beginning of the student’s formal study of the Spanish language of his/her ethnic and cultural heritage. The student will have demonstrated on a placement test use of informal Spanish at the novice-low to novice-mid proficiency level. A student is placed in the course by scoring points on a listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish placement test. The textbook is written in Spanish and the student will read Spanish literature. Instructional emphasis is on accelerated language acquisition with expansion and systematic strengthening of the student’s informal Spanish language proficiency and knowledge of Hispanic culture. This course satisfies the requirement for the first year of study in the same language for the Recommended Graduation Plan.

Spanish 2 for Native Speakers
Grade 8
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 for Native Speakers
High School Credit: 1
This course is for the student who has successfully completed Spanish 1 for Native Speakers and has demonstrated proficiency at the novice-mid to novice-high levels in Spanish for Spanish speakers. Instructional emphasis will continue to be on accelerated language acquisition with expansion and systematic strengthening of the student’s informal Spanish language proficiency and knowledge of Hispanic culture and literature. The student will develop novice-high to intermediate-low proficiency in Spanish for Spanish speakers. This course satisfies the requirement for the second year of study in the same language for the Recommended Graduation Plan.


Communication Applications
Grade 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
High School Credit: .5
Students enrolled in Communication Applications will be expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations. The course emphasizes the application of verbal and nonverbal skills and critical-thinking and problem-solving processes. This course satisfies the requirement for .5 speech credit for the Recommended Graduation Plan.

Health
Grade 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
High School Credit: .5
This course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of health education. Emphasis will be on relating personal behavior to wellness. Topics of study shall include personal responsibility for wellness; first aid principles and skills; effects on personal health from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases. During the course of instruction in this class, the textbooks, audio-visual materials, and lectures will include instruction and information concerning human growth and development. These topics are designed to inform and instruct only and not to enforce or diminish the individual's personal or religious attitudes.


Principles of Human Services $
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
High School Credit: .5
This comprehensive laboratory course provides the knowledge and skills related to personal human development. It will enable students to investigate careers in the human services career cluster, including early childhood development, family and community, mental health and personal care services. Content includes decision-making, positive relationships, child development, nutrition and food production, finance, and personal grooming as it relates to personal and professional settings. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials and/or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Professional Communications/Career Focus
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
High School Credit: .5
This is an activity based career development course in which students will develop an understanding of professional communications through exploration of the career clusters. Students will explore a variety of career options and activities including formal and informal presentations, resume writing, and job interviewing. Students will exhibit public relations skills, leadership characteristics, knowledge of the global economy, and information technology applications. This course satisfies the requirement for .5 Speech credit for the Recommended Graduation Plan

Touch System Data Entry $
Grade 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
High School Credit: .5
This course will train students to create documents and input data using the “touch system” of keyboarding. Emphasis is placed on student accuracy, speed and production of business documents using the touch system. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course

Digital Design and Media Production $
Grade 8
Prerequisite: Proficiency in the knowledge and skills relating to Technology Applications. No more than 2 U’s for any Technology Applications grade during 6th and 7th grade
High School Credit: 1
Digital Design and Media Production students are required to have advanced technology skills to work in this high school level project-based classroom, focused on learning design theory and additional technology skills to produce effective print, visual, and audio products. Students who have mastered keyboarding and have mastered the K-8 Technology Applications TEKS will demonstrate a thorough understanding of digital design principles that is transferable to other disciplines. Digital Design and Media Production combines the skills of electronic design, editing, and production of a product using a variety of hardware and software tools. This project-based course focuses on real-world audiences as customers. Students will learn to use a collection of software tools and design techniques to create products using print, online, photography and videography skills. Students are responsible for the costs of materials used in products they take home and other consumables. See counselor for Technology Applications Lab Fee Schedule.


HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT COURSES
The following are courses which receive high school credit and descriptions of these courses are included in the previous pages. When choosing to take a high school credit class, the following should be considered
1. The credit earned in each course will be recorded on the high school transcript.
2. Final exams will be given on a specific day and attendance is mandatory. The only exception is illness verified by a physician’s statement.
3. Students must adhere to high school attendance guidelines. If a student is absent more than 9 days per semester, credit may be denied.
4. High school credit courses taken at the intermediate level follow the same curriculum and objectives as classes taught on the high school campus.

Spanish 1/French 1 1.0 credit
Spanish 1A+1B/French 1A+1B 1 credit
Digital Design and Media Production 1.0 credit
Communication Applications.5 credit
Health .5 credit
Principles of Human Services.5 credit
Touch System Data Entry.5 credit
Professional Communications/Career Focus .5 credit

NOTES
1. All electives are full year courses unless otherwise stated
2. There are not prerequisites unless otherwise stated
3. One year of Physical Education/Athletics must be taken in grade 6 and either grade 7 or grade 8 giving the
student a total of 2 PE units. Only one PE/Athletic course may be taken in a school year.
4. A fine arts course must be taken in grades 6, 7, or 8 beginning with the 6th grade class of 2010-2011.
5. High School courses will be given high school credit but grade point values earned will not be included in the student’s high school class rank. One semester HS credit is denoted by .5.
6. An elective with a $ means there is a fee associated with the course.


Reading Improvement Reading Improvement offers targeted reading intervention instruction designed to improve reading comprehension, fluency, and study skills for students who meet district guidelines.
Math Improvement Math Improvement offers targeted reading intervention instruction designed to improve math comprehension, fluency, and study skills for students who meet district guidelines.

Pre-Advanced Placement Program
Pre AP courses are designed to challenge motivated students and prepare them for success in college level course work in high school and college. These courses typically move at a faster pace, and are more academically challenging, and require more independent learning and homework than regular academic courses.

The decision to enroll in Pre AP courses ultimately rests with parents and students. The school can provide powerful input through teacher recommendation, communication with parents regarding the challenges of the Pre AP curriculum, and information about indicators of student success.

A few important factors to keep in mind when considering Pre AP courses are:
• Klein ISD’s academic curriculum is a college-bound curriculum.
• While Pre AP courses are designed to better prepare students for AP courses, Pre AP courses are not a requirement for enrolling in AP courses.
• Pre AP is not “all or nothing”. Students may take from one to all of their core classes as Pre AP.
• Students develop academic readiness at different rates and may not be ready for Pre AP at the same time as their friends or classmates.

Profile of a Successful Pre AP Student
• Develop and maintains excellent study skills and habits
• Perseveres when faced with challenging material
• Asks questions and participates in class
• Carefully considers time commitments and balances academic load with family life or outside commitments
• Asks for assistance when needed
• Plans and works ahead on long term projects
• Professes interest in subject selected

Students who may be struggling academically in Pre AP courses may choose to exit during the first six-weeks grading period or at the end of the first semester. Students should consider exiting a course at the end of the first semester if they do not maintain at least a “C” average for the semester.