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Computer science fosters creativity and teaches students critical thinking skills to become proactive learners, so elementary school is the ideal time for students to be introduced to Computer Science.

Our six Computer Science Fundamentals courses are flexibly designed for teachers new to CS who want to offer accessible and equitable introductory CS courses to their students.

As part of your classroom schedule, you will have weekly lab or library time, supporting lessons for math and language arts, or to make creative projects.

Social Studies  is a  study of social relationships and the functioning of society and usually made up of courses in history, government, economics, civics, sociology, geography, and anthropology.

While external cues are used in the earlier grades, emphasis now shifts to the use of internal word cues. Students are required to understand and explain the figurative and metaphorical meaning of words and to use them in context. In addition, standards at this level require students to understand the different meanings of commonly used words which have multiple meanings.

Although direct teaching of word meanings is effective, extensive independent reading is the primary means for increasing vocabulary knowledge.

This one-semester course is intended to help you familiarize yourself with the basic and essential concepts of personal finance. 

Additionally, there is one Course Activity that you need to work on throughout the duration of the course. This activity is a long-term project spread over the length of the course. The due date for this activity is to be determined by the course instructor.

This course covers the fundamentals of personal finance, role of consumers in the economic system of the United States, financial planning in personal life, ways to manage finances, and different investment strategies. It also covers various career options available in the field of personal finance.

You will submit the Unit Activity documents and Course Activities to your teacher, and you will grade your work in the Lesson Activities by comparing them with given sample responses. The Unit Activities, Course Activity (submitted to the teacher), and the Lesson Activities (self- checked) are the major components of this course. There are other assessment components, namely the mastery test questions that feature along with the lesson; the pre- and post-test questions that come at the beginning and end of the unit, respectively; and an end-of-semester test. All of these tests are a combination of simple multiple-choice questions and technology- enhanced (TE) questions.

Course Overview

This one-semester course is intended for you to familiarize yourself with the concepts and theories of psychology. This course has 13 lessons and 5 Course Activities. Each lesson contains one or more Lesson Activities.

In Psychology, Semester A, you will trace the history of psychology and examine key psychological theories. You will discuss human development and explain how the nervous and endocrine systems affect human development and behavior. You will explain various theories related to language development and acquisition. You will discuss the influence of heredity, environment, society, and culture on human behavior.

Your instructor will grade your work on the Course Activities, and you will grade your work on the Lesson Activities by comparing them with the given sample responses. 

The Course Activities (submitted to the instructor) and the Lesson Activities (self-checked) are major components of this course. 

There are other assessment components, namely the mastery test questions that feature along with the lessons and an end-of-semester test.

These tests are a combination of simple multiple-choice questions and technology-enhanced (TE) questions.

This course will cover the structure of the human body systems and their functions. It will also include medical terminology related to diseases, disorders, medical procedures, and treatment for each body system.

Social issues affect everyone—they are issues which revolve around governmental policy and enforcement of laws on the civilian population. These laws and policies can have any number of significant outcomes. They can protect minorities and women from discrimination, regulate drug use, give aid to the poor, provide guidelines for education, and much more. Social issues are often controversial and debated, so having the ability to form an educated opinion on them is an important part of your citizenship.

This one-semester elective course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to introduce you to the field of music appreciation. You’ll first identify elements and patterns in music and learn to identify various elements of musical notation. Next, you’ll explore the history and evolution of music from the Middle Ages through to the modern era. Then, you’ll learn about the influence of music on society and culture. Finally, in the last few lessons you’ll learn of the various compositional and expressive devices and how to evaluate a concert.

This single semester elective course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to help you understand the world of social media and how individuals, social groups, and businesses are using different types of social media. You will discuss various types of social media and the technologies that spawned them in the initial two lessons. In the lessons that follow, you will take a closer look at different types of social media—from social and professional networks to geolocation and photo-sharing services. Finally, in the last few lessons you will discuss how technological advances (specifically in mobile devices) and the legal environment impact social media and how businesses use social media in their marketing activities.

Theater, Cinema, and Film Production is a single-semester course that describes the processes of theater, cinema, and film production. The course begins by introducing theater and film and their different genres and subgenres. The course also helps you understand the creative side of theater and film production, such as screenplay writing, directing set design, acting, makeup, and wardrobe styling and costume design. In this course, you will also learn about technical aspects in theater and film productions, such as lighting, sound, and camerawork. The course also covers the pre-production, production, and post-production processes involved in plays and films. Finally, you will learn about audiences for plays and films, and how they impact these productions.

This course will cover basic knowledge about nutrition and wellness such as basic concepts of nutrition, the digestive and metabolic processes, nutrient requirements, dietary guidelines, importance of physical fitness, community health issues, food management, and careers in the field of nutrition and wellness.

This one-semester course is intended as a practical guide to help you understand the subject matter of philosophy, its main branches, and the major ideas and issues discussed in each branch.

This one-semester course is intended to help you familiarize yourself with the basic and essential concepts of personal finance. 

Additionally, there is one Course Activity that you need to work on throughout the duration of the course. This activity is a long-term project spread over the length of the course. The due date for this activity is to be determined by the course instructor.

This course covers the fundamentals of personal finance, role of consumers in the economic system of the United States, financial planning in personal life, ways to manage finances, and different investment strategies. It also covers various career options available in the field of personal finance.

You will submit the Unit Activity documents and Course Activities to your teacher, and you will grade your work in the Lesson Activities by comparing them with given sample responses. The Unit Activities, Course Activity (submitted to the teacher), and the Lesson Activities (self- checked) are the major components of this course. There are other assessment components, namely the mastery test questions that feature along with the lesson; the pre- and post-test questions that come at the beginning and end of the unit, respectively; and an end-of-semester test. All of these tests are a combination of simple multiple-choice questions and technology- enhanced (TE) questions.


In Introduction to Visual Arts, you will trace the history of art and describe various art forms. You will identify the elements of art and examine the principles of design. You will analyze the parameters in evaluating and critiquing art. You will examine copyright laws and discuss the ethical use of art.

Your teacher will grade your work on the Course Activities, and you will grade your work on the Lesson Activities by comparing them with the given sample responses. The Course Activities (submitted to the teacher) and the Lesson Activities (self-checked) are major components of this course. There are other assessment components, namely the mastery test questions that feature along with the lesson and an end-of-semester test. These tests are a c

In the Introduction to Marine Biology course you will explore the fundamental concepts of marine biology. You will learn about the formation and characteristic features of the oceans. You will also learn about the scientific method and explore careers available in marine biology. The course will introduce you to the characteristic features of different taxonomic groups found in the ocean. You will learn about the different habitats, life forms, and ecosystems that exist in the oceans and explore the different types of adaptations marine creatures possess to survive in the ocean. You will learn about succession and the flow of energy in marine ecosystems. Finally, you will also learn about the resources that the oceans provide and the threats that the oceans face from human activities.

Course Overview

This one-semester course is intended for you to familiarize yourself with the concepts and theories of psychology. This course has 13 lessons and 5 Course Activities. Each lesson contains one or more Lesson Activities.

In Psychology, Semester A, you will trace the history of psychology and examine key psychological theories. You will discuss human development and explain how the nervous and endocrine systems affect human development and behavior. You will explain various theories related to language development and acquisition. You will discuss the influence of heredity, environment, society, and culture on human behavior.

Your teacher will grade your work on the Course Activities, and you will grade your work on the Lesson Activities by comparing them with the given sample responses. The Course Activities (submitted to the teacher) and the Lesson Activities (self-checked) are major components of this course. There are other assessment components, namely the mastery test questions that feature along with the lesson and an end-of-semester test. These tests are a combination of simple multiple-choice questions and technology-enhanced (TE) questions.

This one-semester elective course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to introduce you to the field of sociology. You will explore the evolution of sociology as a distinct social science, learn about sociological concepts and processes, and discuss how the individual relates to society. You will also learn about the influence of culture, social structure, socialization, and social change in today's society.

This one-semester course is intended as an engaging and practical survey of the field of archeology.

In Introduction to Forensic Science, you will learn about the importance and limitations of forensic science and explore different career options in this field. You will also learn to process a crime scene, collect and preserve evidence, and analyze biological evidence such as fingerprints, blood spatter, and DNA. Moreover, you will learn to determine the time and cause of death in homicides and analyze ballistic evidence and human remains at a crime scene. Finally, you will learn about forensic investigative methods used in arson, computer crimes, financial crimes, and forgeries.

This one-semester elective course is intended as a practical guide to introduce you to the field of anthropology. You will explore the evolution of anthropology as a distinct discipline, learn about anthropological terms, concepts and theories, and discuss the evolution of humans and human society and culture. Students will also learn about social institutions, such as marriage, economy, religion, and polity. The target audience for this course is high school students.

A course in descriptive astronomy which covers the entire panorama of the universe from the origin and structure of the solar system, to the properties, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and cosmology.


Financial Mathematics, Semester A, is a single-semester course designed to introduce
you to the basics of financial algebra. This course includes lessons that focus on
planning for expenses and developing financial goals. You’ll learn to use algebraic
expressions that model growth that’s due to interest. You’ll also describe investments in
terms of their cost, risks, and returns. 

Economics is the social science of studying the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services and It is a complex social science that spans from mathematics to psychology. 

The purpose of Introduction to Creative Writing is to introduce
students to the craft of creative writing. In part, that means learning the conventions of some of the major genres of creative writing, such as fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. 

Throughout US history, African Americans have faced great adversity in the form of enslavement and institutional racism. They fought for their freedom and worked to right a broken system, but their struggle continues today. This course studies the treatment of enslaved Africans as they were brought to America, the prejudices African Americans have experienced, and their important role in the social, political, and economic development of the United States.

In this course, you will learn and practice first aid procedures for a variety of common conditions, including muscular, skeletal, and soft tissue injuries. This course will cover how to appropriately respond to a variety of emergency situations. You will also be learning the procedures for choking and CPR for infants, children, and adults.


In addition to emergency response, you will also explore personal, household, and outdoor safety, and disaster preparedness.

English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language.

In English 1A, you will explore different elements of fiction such as theme, characters, setting, and plot. You will also improve your writing by developing skills required for academic writing. You will evaluate how change affects society and an individual’s personal growth by analyzing various informational texts. In addition, you will conduct a group discussion on the topic of change. In the latter part of the course, you will examine various poetic devices and elements of drama. You will also compare a dramatic text to its film version. In the final unit, you will analyze elements of writing such as tone, audience, purpose, and structure in informational texts.

Welcome to the first semester of seventh-grade social studies. 

What is Combined Science

Double Award Science (also known as ‘Combined Science’ or ‘Trilogy’) is where students study all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Students will study combined Science through the “Trilogy route”. Units will be split into Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

It is a broad and detailed course of study that develops student’s knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds, as well as the skills required to investigate concepts through practical application.

The course is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

Knowledge – to have an understanding of the key concepts within

BIOLOGY:

1. Cell biology

2. Organization

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

PHYSICS:

1. Forces

2. Energy

3. Waves

4. Electricity

5. Magnetism & Electromagnetism

6. Particle model of matter

7. Atomic structure

CHEMISTRY:

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Chemistry of the atmosphere

8. Using Earth’s resources

Skills acquired:

  • understanding of the effects of Science on society
  • knowledge of the material, physical and living worlds
  • how to use hypothesis and evidence to understand Science
  • observational, enquiry and problem-solving skills
  • skills in communication, mathematics and technology
This is a linear course and all at school mock examinations will be sat at the end of Year 12. There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. 

Each paper will be 1 hour and 15 minutes and has equal weighting. 

There are also 16 required practical experiments that students will complete through-out the course. 

Aspects of required practical work, including correct use of equipment and analysis of outcome are also assessed in the exams.

Useful resources and websites for this course: 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/specification-at-a-glance

Kerboodle.com; Senecalearning.com; Planet-science.com

Potential Career Options

The combined Sciences course can lead on to study at A-Level, access to vocational and apprenticeship courses, and lead into a wide range of employment opportunities & higher education. Careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Mid-Wifery, Child Care, Sports Science, Meteorology, Architecture, Chemical Engineering and Horticulture are al accessible through successful completion of this course.

Physics is one of the three main fields of science, along with biology and chemistry. 

If asked what biology and chemistry deal with, most of us can come up with a one-word answer: life and chemicals respectively. Physics though, often seems like a grab bag of topics, including motion, magnets, machines, light, sound, and electrical circuits. 

The common thread running through all these things is that they each illustrate some basic mathematical laws in our physical world. In brief, physics is the scientific study of matter, energy, and their most fundamental physical interactions, including attractions, repulsions, and collisions. 

In Physics B/C, you will use your physical understanding of motion, forces and energy and apply that knowledge to some important, specialized topics in physics: the behavior of waves, applications of wave theory to light and optics, the interaction of electrical and magnetic forces, and the special “non-Newtonian” properties of energy and matter described by quantum theory.

Course Overview 

This biology course is designed to strengthen your knowledge of basic biology

The course covers 3 Units.

The first unit provides an introduction to biology and biochemistry. It focuses on the roles of and differences between plant and animal cells. 

In our second unit, you’ll learn about the functions of different organ systems. 

The third unit covers cell division and the role of DNA and chromosomes in passing traits from parents to offspring. 

Introduction

What do you think of when you hear the word "geography"? Some people could think it refers to the location of different countries in the world. Others might think of different mountains or rivers that they have heard of throughout their lives.

The subjects listed above are only a small fraction of the material that geography includes. Geography covers a wide range of focuses and topics. People who have a strong knowledge of geography will be able to analyze the cultures, economic patterns, and climates in a region. For instance, understanding geography would not only help a person locate a mountain range on a map, but it could also show what effect that mountain range has on local industry and culture. 

Geography is crucial to comprehending your surroundings and the world at large. This lesson will provide you with key points about geography. These points will allow you to identify, understand, and explain the principles of geography. 


Assessment information

This assessment and evaluation course will asks students to answer questions that measure the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their grade.  

Assessments & Evaluations have a dual purpose.  

1. They serve to measure the effectiveness of teaching & their learning activities and:

2. They serve as mechanisms to chronicle student learning.

An assessment plan

1. Defines the methods to keep learners on track.

2. Outlines the expectations and performance of a learner. 

3. Outlines the monitoring and checkpoints methods.

Blake Academy - English & Mathematics Framework Across Content Areas 

Literary text 30% 

Informational text 70%

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Number, Properties and Operations 10% 

Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability 25% 

Measurement and Geometry* 30% 

Algebra 35% 

* These two content areas at grade 12 are combined because “this reflects the fact that the majority of measurement topics suitable for twelfth grade students are geometric in nature” 

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