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  • Pueblo West High School IB World School

    COURSE GUIDE 2018 2019

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    Table of Contents:

    English Courses Pages 3-8 Math Courses Pages 9-14 Science Courses Pages 14-19 Social Studies Courses Pages 19-27 World Language Courses Pages 28-32 Business/Technology Pages 32-36 Industrial Art Courses Pages 36-37 Physical Education Courses Pages 37-38 Art Courses Pages 38-41 Drama Courses Pages 41-42 Music Courses Pages 42-44 JROTC Courses Pages 44-46 International Baccalaureate Information Pages 46-49 v This symbol designates those courses that are weighted. Courses not approved by NCAA are noted.

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    LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE OFFERINGS English courses at Pueblo West High School prepare students for learning beyond high school. Required English courses will incorporate all of the Colorado Core Content standards for Reading, Writing and Communicating. Elective courses offer learning and enrichment in specific areas of language arts as well as offer Seniors more English alternatives. Accelerated courses require more extensive reading, writing and application of skills in language arts. Homework in the accelerated, AP, and IB courses is determined with the assumption that students are reading at a certain proficiency level. All students are welcome to challenge themselves in any of these courses, but should understand that a skill deficit in reading will result in longer periods of homework than was intended by the instructor. Students must complete a minimum of four (4) credits of required English courses to graduate. English 1 Grade: 9 1 credit Prerequisite: None Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This course is designed to introduce and support reading skills and strategies; critical thinking strategies, and the multiple genres of writing that may be used across the curriculum. Instruction will center on commonly chosen thematic units, vocabulary development, learning strategies, and grammar instruction. Students will be assessed through both traditional and performance-based methods. Students will have the opportunity to work individually, to develop the skills necessary for the successful group projects, and to learn how to integrate technology as a learning and organizational tool. Accelerated English 1 (AP/IB) v Grade: 9 1 credit Prerequisite: Strong command rating on State assessments Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This course is designed for entering students who have demonstrated a high degree of mastery of eighth grade language arts standards. Objectives for this course include ninth grade curriculum material plus accelerated study in standard formal grammar usage, discussion leadership and oral presentation, mastery of expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive essays as well as performing limited research. Summer reading is generally required and can be obtained either on-line or from the instructor before the preceding year concludes. English 2 Grade: 10 1 credit Prerequisite: English 1 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This course is designed to extend and refine the skills learned in English 1. Students will demonstrate the ability to write about literary genres including essays, poems, novels, and plays. Students will build skills in formal grammar usage and vocabulary usage in order to write expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive essays. Assessment will include traditional and performance-based methods; the integration of technology will be more prevalent as students become more adept in using these resources. Accelerated English 2 (AP/IB) v Grade: 10 1 credit Prerequisite: C or better in English 1/Accelerated English 1/Strong command rating on State assessments Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4

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    This course is designed for entering students who have demonstrated a high degree of mastery of ninth grade language arts standards. Objectives for this course include tenth grade curriculum material with added enrichment in the study of standard formal grammar usage, discussion leadership and oral presentation, mastery of essay writing, and success strategies for pre-collegiate achievement tests. Summer reading is generally required and can be obtained either on-line or from the instructor before the preceding year concludes. English 3 Grade: 11 1 credit Prerequisite: English 1 and English 2 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This course is designed to extend and build upon the skills developed in previous language arts courses in order to formulate an in-depth study of American literature and its significance in the modern world. This course will be directed toward recognition of American writing as a record of the diverse development of the country politically and economically. In addition to critical reading skills, analytic writing skills will be developed. Students will have the opportunity to develop the skills to read and write at the college level and be given opportunities to prepare for the SAT exam in April. College Prep English 3 Grade: 11 1 credit Prerequisite: English 2 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This is a college preparatory course which continues to build upon the skills developed in previous language arts courses in order to make an in depth study of American literature and its significance in the modern world. This course will be directed toward recognition of American writing as a record of the diverse development of the country politically and economically. In addition to critical reading skills, analytic writing skills will be developed. In addition to preparing students to read and write at the college level, students will be given opportunities to prepare for the SAT exam in April. IB English 11 & 12 HL v Grade: 11-12 1 or 2 credits Prerequisite: C or better in Accelerated English 1 and Accelerated English 2 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This is a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year for students who are interested in receiving credit through the International Baccalaureate diploma program. The course includes studying genres of literature -novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. The focus is on literary analysis with a view to multi-culturalism; that is, exploring the ways different cultures have of expressing and addressing their beliefs about human endeavors. The composition focus includes writing about literature in the persuasive and expository modes, creative writing and speaking, and personal commentary both written and verbal. Preparation for the SAT test is also part of the course. Students wishing to earn the college credit associated with this class may choose to sit for the IB exam in May of their senior year. The cost to take one IB exam is approximately $291. Additional IB exams are $119. IB testing fees are due by October 1st of the senior year.

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    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition v Grade: 11-12 1 credit Prerequisite: C or better in English 2/Accelerated English 2/strong command rating on State assessments Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of literature written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writers purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Although preparation for the AP Exam is a focus of this course, there are other objectives which are emphasized just as heavily: skills in literary analysis and criticism, analytical writing, close reading skills, and literary research (especially as dealt with in complicated texts); the recognition of critical analysis skills and an understanding of what text and literacy are: as they are currently defined and how they will change in response to developing technology will be invaluable in this course, the work force and college readiness. Summer reading is generally required and can be obtained either on-line or from the instructor before the preceding year concludes. This course is offered for Concurrent Enrollment credit through CSU-P for ENG 130. Fees are required to take the AP exam as well as college credit. English 4 Grade: 12 1 credit Prerequisite: C or better English 3 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicating 1-4 Students will use a variety of world literature selections as well as film and artwork to further develop analytic skills. Writing emphasis will be on formal descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive essays for the college-bound student. Other writing emphasis will include resume, college application essays, and a multi-faceted research paper. This course is designed to familiarize students with the expectations of college-level course work, reading strategies for comprehending complicated texts, and crafting appropriate and relevant responses to analytic prompts. College Prep English 4 Grade: 12 1 credit Prerequisite: English 3 Standards Addressed: Reading, Writing and Communicati