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Spanish I

COURSE: Spanish I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None for Spanish I
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to guide students toward functional communicative proficiency while developing a general insight into how languages work. The goals are to enable students to function in a Spanish-speaking culture, use the language for a lifetime of personal enjoyment and enrichment, appreciate the role of Hispanic cultures in a global context, and to continue expanding their communicative proficiency for further education or for the workplace. Even if students never speak the language after leaving school, they will for a lifetime retain the cross-cultural skills and knowledge, the insight, and the access to a world beyond traditional borders.

Teacher: Mr.Morgan

Spanish II


COURSE: Spanish II
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Spanish I
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed as a continuation of Spanish I. Students will be guided toward functional communicative proficiency while developing a general insight into how languages work. The goals are to enable students to function in a Spanish-speaking culture, use the language for a lifetime of personal enjoyment and enrichment, appreciate the role of Hispanic cultures in a global context, and to continue expanding their communicative proficiency for further education or for the workplace. Even if students never speak the language after leaving school, they will for a lifetime retain the cross-cultural skills and knowledge, the insight, and the access to a world beyond traditional borders.

Teacher: Mr.Morgan

Spanish III

COURSE: Spanish III
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Spanish I and Spanish II
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed as a continuation of Spanish I and Spanish II. Students will be guided toward functional communicative proficiency while developing a general insight into how languages work. The goals are to enable students to function in a Spanish-speaking culture, use the language for a lifetime of personal enjoyment and enrichment, appreciate the role of Hispanic cultures in a global context, and to continue expanding their communicative proficiency for further education or for the workplace. By studying another language, students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the cultures that use that language. By learning another language students will make connections between their native language and a foreign language, which will enable them to develop greater insight into their own language and culture and realize that multiple ways of viewing the world exist.

Teacher: Mr.Morgan

Spanish IV

COURSE: Spanish IV
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITES: Spanish I - III
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed as a continuation of Spanish I, II & III. Students will be guided toward functional communicative proficiency. The goals are to enable students to function in a Spanish-speaking culture, use the language for a lifetime of personal enjoyment and enrichment, appreciate the role of Hispanic cultures in a global context, and to continue expanding their communicative proficiency for further education or for the workplace. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the cultures that use the target language. Students will make connections between their native language and the target language. Multiple ways of viewing the world will increase within the students cognitive realm.

Teacher: Mr.Morgan

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an introduction to the art of rhetoric and a variety of opportunities to develop their public speaking skills. Through formal informative and persuasive speeches, value and policy debates, and informal class presentations and discussions, students will not only cultivate their speaking and listening abilities, but they will enhance their critical, analytical and evaluative thinking skills as well. Focused work on spoken presentations will be supported by a variety of reading, research and writing activities as well as vocabulary enrichment

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Textiles and Apparel

COURSE: Textiles and Apparel
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This is a super sewing class that allows students to learn how to operate a sewing machine, create patterns, use technology with the computer sewing machines, and develop a solid understanding of how apparel are made. Students gain knowledge in fiber identification, care of clothing, and buying habits. Students will create 3-4 projects within the semester.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Themes in Literature

COURSE: Themes in Literature
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will study several genres centered on various themes, making connections between the literature and thematic elements of culture, society, and life. Students will write argumentative, informative, and narrative essays, participate in discussions, give presentations, and create projects based on the themes uncovered in the works they read. In addition, students will research current events that pertain to the themes in the various works read; these themes may deal with prejudice, race, stereotypes, war, grief, loss, or personal growth.

Themes is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with in-depth opportunities for critical reading and analytical and reflective writing. Students will engage in a variety of materials that are centered on a particular theme. Class discussion and focused writing exercises will cultivate not only the critical, analytical, and evaluative literacy skills that students develop during their English studies at SGHS, but their imaginative and sympathetic reading and writing sensibilities as well.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Themes In Literature

COURSE: Themes in Literature
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will study several genres centered on various themes, making connections between the literature and thematic elements of culture, society, and life. Students will write argumentative, informative, and narrative essays, participate in discussions, give presentations, and create projects based on the themes uncovered in the works they read. In addition, students will research current events that pertain to the themes in the various works read; these themes may deal with prejudice, race, stereotypes, war, grief, loss, or personal growth.

Themes is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with in-depth opportunities for critical reading and analytical and reflective writing. Students will engage in a variety of materials that are centered on a particular theme. Class discussion and focused writing exercises will cultivate not only the critical, analytical, and evaluative literacy skills that students develop during their English studies at SGHS, but their imaginative and sympathetic reading and writing sensibilities as well.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

World Geography

This class will focus on the five themes of geography: location, place, regions, movement, and human-environment interaction. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the physical and cultural characteristics of the regions and countries of the world. The use of current events to bring perspective to our study will be a part of the course.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY I – Offered in the fall, this class will focus on the regions of US/Canada, Europe & Russia, China, East Asia, Antarctica, Australia, and Oceania.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY II – Offered in the spring, this class will focus on the regions of Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World History - Ancient World History

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class covers Pre-history through Ancient civilizations from Egypt to China and the Americas; including classical Greece and Rome. The time frame includes the ancient civilizations to approximately 500 AD.

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

World History—Revolution and the Modern World

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class includes the years between 1400 and early 1900’s. Course content focuses on the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, European expansion, the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism.

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

World History—World Movements

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class begins with Persia and Byzantium around 200 AD and moves through the development of Islam, imperial China, new empires in Asia, feudalism, and the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, through approximately 1700 AD.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World History—Cold War to the present

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will cover most of the twentieth century through the present, this course will enlist a global perspective in exploring WW I and WW II, changing political boundaries, regional alliances, the Cold War, technological advances, and the “global community.”

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World Lit. II

World Literature II is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with in-depth opportunities for critical reading and analytical and reflective writing. Students will also gain an overview of historical, cultural and literary events from non-Western traditions. Students will engage with a variety of materials from the following regions: Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, India, Asia, and Australia. Class discussion and focused writing exercises will cultivate not only critical, analytical and evaluative literacy skills that students develop during their English studies at SGHS, but their imaginative and sympathetic reading and writing sensibilities as well.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

World Literature I

World Literature will explore poetry, short stories, plays, essays and novels. This semester long class focuses on Classical European literature. Students will learn about the cultural and historical events that have shaped the development and growth of literature from Europe. We will use different techniques to critically analyze our reading with regards to culture, events, etc. that help to shape each country’s literature and perspective.

We will explore different literary styles and themes and compare them to our own lives and experiences. Grammar and vocabulary will a part of the learning process and incorporated into all writing assignments and projects.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

World Music

COURSE: World Music
GRADE: 9 -12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

World Music is designed for all students curious in learning more about non-western cultures and their music. This course focuses on playing as a means to better understand cultures and music.

The class will focus on the music of Africa, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Native America.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Yearbook/Publishing

Yearbook: Publishing and Management
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Keyboarding Applications
CREDIT: 1 (Full Year Course)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class will culminate with the creation of an 80 - 100 page yearbook --- SGHS Timberline (with deadlines throughout the school year). This is a year long elective in vocational education - computer department. This class is open to grades 10-12. We encourage participation for a broad coverage of student life. Topics covered include: photography basics (35mm and digital), scanner applications, photo editing, layout and design applications, advertising sales and production, record keeping and sales.

Teacher: Mrs.Messer-Epperson

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