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Language Arts

English 6 (1 credit)

Provides middle school students a strong foundation in grammar and the writing process. It emphasizes simple but useful composition and language mechanics strategies along with multiple opportunities for modeling practical, real-world writing situations that will enable students to improve their written communication skills quickly. Writing labs where students compose extended essays and other genres with an emphasis on non-fiction.

Through a variety of grade appropriate reading selections, students will develop a clear understanding of key literary genres and their distinguishing characteristics. These lessons and accompanying assignments, which allow students to compose their own literary pieces, will lay the groundwork for interpreting and appreciating literature in future courses. (32 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 7 labs)
(32 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 7 labs)

English 7

Integrates the study of writing and literature through the examination of a variety of genres. Students will identify the elements of composition in the reading selections to understand their function and effect on the reader. Practice is provided in narrative and expository writing.

Topics include comparison and contrast, persuasive, and cause and effect essays, as well as descriptive and figurative language. Lessons are supplemented with vocabulary development, grammar, and syntax exercises, along with an introduction to verbal phrases and research tools. (36 lessons and submissions, 8 labs, 4 exams)
(36 submissions, 4 exams)

Reading 7

Improves students comprehension skills and introduces the elements of literature. Exercises accompanying reading selections develop habits of careful reading and analysis of both prose and poetry. Students define and learn to recognize and employ literary devices such as metaphors, similes, alliteration, dialogue, point of view, and personification. They are taught to distinguish between fact and opinion in non-fiction. The course provides opportunities for students to improve their own writing and to expand vocabulary.
(36 submissions, 4 exams)

English 8

Extends the skills developed in English 7 through detailed study of parts of sentences and paragraphs to understand their importance to good writing. Students will also acquire study skills such as time management and test-taking strategies. Other topics include punctuation, word choice, syntax, varying sentence structure, subordination and coordination, detail and elaboration, effective use of reference materials, and proofreading. (36 lessons and submissions, 9 labs, 4 exams)
(36 lessons and submissions, 9 labs, 4 exams)

Reading 8

Reinforces and expands the reading skills developed in Reading 7. Emphasis in this course is on critical thinking and understanding the relationships that exist between people, ideas, and events. Readings are excerpts and short selections of fiction and non-fiction, including biographies, autobiographies, and personal essays. The more complex literary devices, such as irony, exaggeration and understatement, allusion, tone, and style are studied. Students continue vocabulary building with special attention to distinguishing between connotation and denotation.
(36 lessons and submissions, 9 labs, 4 exams)

English I (2011 edition)

English I (2011 edition), represents a completely new version of ninth grade language arts. A balance of literature and composition lessons will challenge high achieving students while providing the necessary support and skill-development opportunities for those who need additional assistance with mastery. High interest reading selections, exercises that call for self-reflection, and extension activities that apply what is learned to real world situations combine to keep students actively involved in this standards-based course.
English I (2011 edition) introduces a new system feature: a journaling item type called the Ink Tank.

English I (1 Credit)-Nineth Grade English Class

Introduces the elements of writing demonstrated in poems, short stories, plays, and essays. Grammar skills are enhanced by the study of sentence structure and style and by student composition of paragraphs and short essays. Topics include narration, exposition, description, argumentation, punctuation, usage, spelling, and sentence and paragraph structure.
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

English II (1 Credit)-Tenth Grade English Class

Focuses on using personal experiences, opinions, and interests as a foundation for writing. Skills acquired in English I are reinforced and polished. Literary models are provided to demonstrate paragraph unity and a more sophisticated word choice. A research paper is required for completion of course. Topics include grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, organizing compositions, and the research paper. (36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 1 paper)
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 1 paper)

American Literature/English III (1 credit)

Surveys American authors and the historical development of literature in America. The course illustrates how the events in history and the cultural heritage of the times influenced the work of authors. The ability to analyze literary works is stressed. Topics include Puritanism, Deism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, and Naturalism. (36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

English Literature/English IV * (1 credit)

Studies British literature in order of the historical time periods and shows the influence of cultural and historical change on the authors’ themes. Composition skills are expanded with an emphasis on analyzing literary works. Topics include Chaucer and the Middle Ages, Shakespeare, the Cavalier Poets, and the Romantic, Victorian and Modern eras. (34 lessons and submissions, 4 exams) *Requires Shakespeare's Henry V
(30 submissions, 4 exams)

British Literature/English IV (1 credit)

A new edition of English Literature/English. It provides a comprehensive look at the evolution of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Modern Age. The course emphasizes the cultural and historical elements that shape literary movements. Twenty-six of the thirty-four lessons focus on literary analysis. Writing lessons focus on real-world documents, analytical essays, and research papers. Language lessons focus on usage, mechanics, and critical thinking. All course readings and literary texts are provided online. (34 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(34 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

World Literature * (1 credit)

Provides the student with a selection of the world's best and most well-known literature. Lesson notes supplement reading assignments and emphasize common themes found across cultures and historical timelines. Submissions use a combination of objective multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as subjective questions that require students to support their opinions. Finally, two full-length paper assignments ask students to apply their knowledge in essay form. (23 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(23 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Structure of Writing (½ Credit)

Focuses on the fundamentals of grammar and usage to strengthen writing skills. Journal assignments and expository and narrative writing are required. Topics include vocabulary; spelling; coordination and subordination; simple, compound, and complex sentences; and the construction of clearly written paragraphs and essays. (18 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(17 submissions, 2 exams)

Modern and Classical Languages

Spanish I (1 Credit)

This initial entry in a planned program of multi-levels of languages, introduces a wide variety of new instructional features to our system. Through the study of Spanish I, students will have an opportunity to learn to speak the language and to experience the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The primary focus of the course is to foster skills that will enable students to interact in daily life with other Spanish speakers and to communicate when traveling to Spanish-speaking regions.

Each lesson in Spanish I has interactive quizzes and games, and the entire course has audio support with over 1500 audio files. Students will be able to practice and test themselves as they read each lesson before taking the submission. The scope of this course will include mastery of the present tense and essential rules grammar, along with the development of an extensive vocabulary for use in both oral and written expression.

For this course, students and teachers will need computers with either audio speakers or headphones. (31 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 3 labs)
(31 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 3 labs)

Spanish II (1 Credit)

(1 credit) Students are taken beyond the introduction to the Spanish language and culture found in Spanish I and their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary extended. It begins with a quick review of basic vocabulary and grammar. Subsequent lessons are organized thematically to build vocabulary common to events and activities encountered in daily life. Students will learn the preterite and imperfect tenses and when to use each, as well as the future and progressive tenses. Also studied are the proper use of object pronouns, appropriate word endings to indicate gender and size, and a variety of conventions found in Spanish. A cultural component is tied into each lesson's theme. Frequent opportunities to complete practice exercises offer formative assessments of students' grasp of the material. Audio clips of speakers from various Spanish-speaking regions allow students to hear and model pronunciation of new vocabulary and conversations. Interactive quizzes and activities, along with engaging labs, support and extend the student's mastery of Spanish. (27 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 3 labs)
(27 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 3 labs)

Mathematics

Math 6 (1 credit)

(1 credit) Explores basic math concepts and their applications. Students will increase their skill with decimals, fractions, percents, and ratios. The course provides tools for problem solving and includes an introduction to algebra and geometry. Among the topics studied are discrete math and probability, surface area, equations, statistics, and data analysis. (36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Math 7 (1 credit)

(1 credit) Builds on material learned in earlier grades, including fractions, decimals, and percentages and introduces students to concepts students will continue to use throughout their study of mathematics. Among these are surface area, volume, and probability. Real-world applications facilitate understanding, and students are provided multiple opportunities to master these skills through practice problems within lessons, homework drills, and graded assignments within the STARS system. (36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Consumer/Business Math (1 Credit)

Focuses on reviewing and applying arithmetic skills utilized at home and in business. Students learn how to budget, spend, invest, and make everyday financial decisions. Topics include budgeting, computing income and property taxes, investing in the stock market, finding interest rates, analyzing statistics, and balancing financial accounts.
(36 submissions, 4 exams)

Pre-Algebra (1 Credit)

Sharpens students arithmetic skills and illustrates abstract concepts by introducing linear equations, number patterns, the order of operations, linear inequalities, fractions, exponents, and factoring. Some basic components of geometry are discussed.
(36 submissions, 4 exams)

Algebra 1 - Part A

This course includes 25 lessons and submissions, two midterm exams, and two semester exams. Concepts covered include order of operations, variables, simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing linear equations.

Each lesson begins with a brief introduction. The lessons are divided into sections of content that relate to measurable, standards-based objectives. Each section includes detailed explanations, as well as examples that show students how to apply new concepts. Practice problems are given throughout the lesson to give students a chance to work with new material before moving on to other parts of the lesson. The end of each lesson includes an enrichment activity. This activity invites students to explore connections between the concepts they have just learned and more advanced mathematical concepts or real-world applications.

    By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • identify the parts of a lesson
  • describe the difference between homework and practice problems
  • locate the solutions to homework problems

The Difference Between Practice Problems and Homework
Practice problems give students a chance to self-check their work. At the end of each group of practice problems, students can click on a "check answers" button to reveal solutions as well as detailed explanations of how the answers are found.

Algebra 1 - Part B

The newest addition to the course list is Algebra 1 Part B. This two semester long course is comprised of 29 lessons and submissions, two midterm exams, and two semester exams covering concepts including Coordinate Planes and Linear Equations, Solving Quadratic Equations, Proportions and Percents, and Counting and Probability.

What’s New?
Algebra 1 Part B along with Algebra 1 Part A, is an alternative track to Algebra 1 2010. Spread out over the course of two semesters, this course is ideal for students that require a slower pace. Teachers will need to determine if Algebra 1 Part B is appropriate for a student. Content is the same used in Algebra 1 2010 but the math problems are entirely new and different.

Every lesson includes a warm up activity designed to introduce concepts for each lesson. This ensures students understand how individual concepts will be applied in the lesson. In addition, there is increased focus on example and test problems, which are provided with step-by-step instructions.

Algebra 1 Part B maintains the basic structure of previous course. Lessons are divided into sections of content that relate to measurable, standards-based objectives. Every lesson features a reading guide and homework. Learner assessments within Algebra 1 Part B are consistent with other courses ED Anywhere offers.

Algebra I (1 Credit)

Represents a comprehensive study of all of the concepts of Algebra I required to meet state academic standards. With multiple opportunities for practice and review, students will easily master skills ranging from variables, linear equations, quadratic equations, function notation, and exponential functions. Homework assignments in addition to self-check practice problems found throughout each lesson reinforce the carefully guided instruction of the course. Enrichment activities invite students to explore connections between the concepts they have just learned and more advanced mathematical concepts or real-world applications. Math games and interactive graphs that students can manipulate to solve problems engage students in the learning process and strengthen their understanding of algebraic theory. (30 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(30 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Algebra I, Part I* (1 Credit)

Covers the material of the first semester of Algebra I over a full year (or a 35-lesson) time frame. This course is intended to assist those students who require additional time or practice to grasp algebraic concepts. (16 lessons and submissions, 4 exams) *Textbook Required
(16 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Algebra I, Part 2 * (1 Credit)

Covers the material of the second semester of Algebra I over a full year (or a 32-lesson) time frame. This course is intended to assist those students who require additional time or practice to grasp algebraic concepts. (32 lessons and submissions, 4 exams) *Textbook
(32 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Precalculus (1 credit)

Precalculus is a full-credit course that builds on algebraic concepts to prepare students for calculus. The course begins with a review of basic algebraic concepts and moves into operations with functions. Students will manipulate functions and their graphs. Precalculus also provides a detailed look at trigonometric functions, their graphs, the trigonometric identities, and the unit circle. Finally, students will be introduced to polar coordinates, parametric equations, and limits. (29 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(29 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Geometry (1 Credit)

Introduces the principal concepts of geometric terms and processes, as well as problem solving and logic. Topics discussed are lines, planes, triangles, circles, theorems, constructions, the measurement of solid figures, coordinates, and proofs.
(36 submissions, 4 exams)

Algebra II (1 Credit)

Extends the algebraic functions learned in Algebra I by bringing in concepts of linear, quadratic, and simultaneous equations; laws of exponents; progression; binomial theorems; and logarithms. Prerequisite – Successful completion of Algebra I and at least one semester of Geometry (35 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(35 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Integrated Mathematics (1 credit)

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of Algebra I and Geometry. It covers linear equations, graphing lines, quadratic equations, function notation, rational expressions and equations, mathematical thinking, points, lines and planes, rays and angles, two column proofs, parallel lines, congruent triangles, inequalities, quadrilaterals, similarity, trigonometric relations, polygons and circles, geometric solids, coordinate geometry, graphing equations, counting and probability, and data analysis.
(36 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Sciences

Middle School Biology (1 credit)

Presents a detailed introduction to life sciences, including ecology and the environment, the basics of the cell, the theory of evolution, kingdoms of life (and viruses), and the human body systems. Students are guided through the scientific concepts and terminology with clear explanations and real-world examples that facilitate mastery. Practice problems and homework assignments reinforce the concepts and provide opportunities to apply new knowledge to personal experience, while labs and other exercises foster critical thinking. (31 lessons and submissions, 6 labs, 4 exams)
(31 lessons and submissions, 6 labs, 4 exams)

Biology (1 credit)

The 2010 version of high school Biology comprises units on ecology, cells, genetics, diversity of life, and human physiology. Within the units are multiple lessons that allow students to develop a clear understanding of the sometimes complex concepts at the root of life science. Students are kept engaged by a series of regular components such as “A Closer Look,” which adds to the lesson content by correcting common misconceptions, using science to explain mythology, or suggesting other activities and topics for students to consider. “Think About It” sections pose questions to encourage students to reflect on the role of science in their lives and future, and labs offer opportunities for students to have hands-on experience with the concepts presented in previous lessons. Each lesson is complete in and of itself, but the concepts build on each other as the course progresses. Animations and interactive graphic elements keep students actively involved in the learning process. (30 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 4 labs)
(30 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 4 labs)

Physical Science v. 2 (1 credit)

The new edition eliminates the need for a separate textbook and provides numerous improvements over version one. In addition to units on physics and chemistry, the natural sciences that deal with non-living energy and matter, Version Two extends the study of inanimate matter to topics in astronomy and geology and broadens the student’s understanding of the states of matter by applying them to weather and atmosphere. Each lesson concludes with a real world application of the lesson content so that students will come away from their study able to explain how that aspect of physical science affects their lives or the world about them. Many lessons provide a Try This side-bar section, with hands-on application of the content. (25 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(25 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Earth Science (1 credit)

Surveys basic physical sciences such as geology, biology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, botany, and physics and their impact on the earth and its processes. Students are guided to a better understanding of how the earth and the universe are structured. (34 lessons and submissions, 6 labs, 4 exams)
(34 lessons and submissions, 6 labs, 4 exams)

Chemistry (1 Credit)

Covers chemical theory, descriptive chemistry, and the changes in matter and its properties. Students learn how to classify the different states of matter as well as how atoms and compounds are structured. Additional areas of discussion include chemical energetics, measurements, bonding, stoichiometry, ionization, hydrocarbons, oxidation and reduction. Simple lab experiments are required.
(33 lessons and submissions, 14 labs, 4 exams)

Physics (1 credit)

Introduces students to the physics of motion, properties of matter, force, heat, vector, light, and sound. Students learn the history of physics from the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to modern-day physicists. The course focuses more on explanation than calculation and will prepare the student for introductory quantitative physics at the college level. Additional areas of discussion include gases and liquids, atoms, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. (24 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(24 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Health (½ credit)

Teaches human anatomy and physiology and increases student awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of physical fitness. Topics discussed include nutrition; fitness fundamentals; mental and emotional well-being; the effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; the environment; and public health and infectious diseases, as well as safety, accident prevention, and first aid. (8 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(8 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)

Middle School Earth Science

Middle School Earth Science combines clearly stated, comprehensive text and exciting interactive elements to keep students engaged and facilitate their mastery of required concepts and skills in the four areas of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Within each of these units will be lessons on environmental science as well, to help students understand how living and non-living systems interact.

Students will find the course structure easy to navigate, as lesson topics are labeled with essential questions for which students will discover answers as they go through the readings and complete various activities. Teachers will appreciate the many opportunities available for students to evaluate their understanding of the material in each lesson through self-check practice exercises. Other features to direct students are interactive graphics, printable reading guides, and homework assignments. “Think About It” and “Making Connections” sections ask students to reflect on the lesson material and examine how it relates to their personal experiences. “A Closer Look” sections offer interesting side topics, such as correcting a common misconception about the topic, provide interesting trivia, or using science to explain mythology. They may contain any number of other activities and topics. Middle School Earth Science includes optional labs that extend student understanding of the course content and allow students hands-on experiences.
(35 submissions, 5 labs, 4 exams)

Social Studies

Geography: An Introduction (½ credit)

Introduces students to basic geographic terms and regions of the world. Within each region, the student will examine various aspects of physical and human geography. Special attention will be paid to understanding how the different regions interact in an increasingly global world. Practice exercises provide opportunities for students to apply these concepts to real life scenarios. (17 lessons and submissions, 2 labs, 2 exams)
(17 lessons and submissions, 2 labs, 2 exams)

Middle School U.S. History

This two-semester course instructs learners on Physical Geography and Settlement of the Americas, Human Cultures, Exploration and Settlement, Colonization, Tension Between European Powers, the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and much more.

Middle School U.S. History has been designed to engage learners. Like the most recent courses, this course has more lessons per semester than past courses and each lesson is shorter and is aligned with Core Learning Objectives. There are 30 lessons per semester each with a matching submission. Some students may find certain lessons more difficult so teachers are encouraged to determine an appropriate timeline that meets the needs of their individual students.

Some course lesson features which are unique to this course include: clearly defined objectives, main idea highlighting, practice questions for formative assessment, Skill Building, Think About It, and Take a Closer Look sections, and homework assignments for additional practice.

Each lesson begins with a set of objectives collected from state and national standards for U.S. History at the Middle School level. Main Idea Highlighting is intended for students who need extra help with note-taking. By default, this feature is disabled. Practice Questions each lesson provide an opportunity for assessment prior to the actual submission. Skill Building, Think About It, and Take a Closer Look Sections help students develop critical skills for research and high level thinking.

Middle School World History (1 credit)

An engaging, standards-based course offering students an in-depth, but easily understood, view of the human experience from the earliest civilizations through the Age of Enlightenment. Interactive features allow students to apply their mastery of lessons through such activities as customizing maps and designing feudal villages. An audio pronunciation guide will assist students' ability to say and remember the names of unfamiliar people and places. Frequent self-check practice questions and homework assignments within the lessons prepare students for the accompanying submissions, while numerous brief- and extended-writing opportunities encourage students to reflect on new knowledge and to expand their critical thinking skills. (14 lessons and submissions, 2 exams, 9 labs)
(14 lessons and submissions, 2 exams, 9 labs)

World History V.1 (1 credit)

Provides a thorough overview of the world’s history from pre-historic times to the present. The focus is on major events, including the growth of political powers, social and economic developments, and the rise of civilization. The course identifies the inventions, historical figures, and ideas of the past which influence the present and future. Topics include the ancient world, the development of major religions, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the World Wars. (35 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(35 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

World History Before 1815 (½ credit)

In this semester-long course, students study human events from the first use of agriculture 15,000 years ago through the end of the French Revolution in 1815. Included are lessons on the ancient civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Later lessons examine the great periods of global exploration and expansion, as well as scientific discovery. Also studied are the revolutions in England, America, and France. Another course, World History Since 1815, continues from 1815 to the present. Both of these courses are independent, stand-alone courses which may be taken separately or in sequence. (20 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(20 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)

World History Since 1815 (½ credit)

This semester-long course follows human history from the end of the French Revolution until the present day. Topics covered before the midterm include the Industrial Revolution, the African and Asian colonial experience, the rise of European Nationalism, and the horrors of World War I. In the second half students read about the rise of totalitarian ideologies of Fascism and Communism, World War II, the Cold War, Post-Colonial Africa, the Rise of Asian Economies, and the Global War on Terror. We recommend that students take this course after completing our World History Before 1815 course, but it can be taken as an independent course. For states where a full credit is earned for study of the time period covered in this course, teachers may easily supplement the lessons with special projects and research assignments to meet the requirement for additional instructional time. (19 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(19 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)

World History Since 1500 (1 credit)

This year-long course follows human history from the Renaissance at the end of the Middle Ages until the present day. Topics covered in the first semester include the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, the African and Asian colonial experience, the rise of European Nationalism, and the horrors of World War I. In the second half students read about the rise of totalitarian ideologies of Fascism and Communism, World War II, the Cold War, Post-Colonial Africa, the Rise of Asian Economies, and the Global War on Terror. (25 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 4 exams)
(25 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 4 exams)

American History (1 credit)

Examines the founding and development of the United States from the start of European exploration and settling of the original colonies to how they grew and became a powerful united nation. Topics covered include the pre-colonial cultures of Indigenous peoples, the arrival and impact of Europeans in North America, the Revolutionary War, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the United States in the 20th Century, and the influence of immigration on American society and culture. Also incorporated are instruction in the development of economics, politics, society, and the culture of America. (23 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(23 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

American Government (1 credit)

Introduces students to a comprehensive survey of the operation and development of federal, state, county and city governments. The course examines all aspects of government: its statute making, diplomacy, labor policies, public finance, and the contrasts between national, state and local levels of government. Topics emphasize the branches of government, the checks and balance system of the national government, the separation of power, and the role of the government in promoting the interests of the people and involving itself in current topics. Other areas of discussion include the Constitution; civil rights and equality; the legislative, judicial and executive branches; the Federal Reserve System, and foreign policy. (24 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(24 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Economics (1 credit)

Introduces students to how decisions are made in the four areas of production. Topics include saving, spending, and borrowing; the law of supply and demand, the Federal Reserve System; sources of money supply; and how the government plays a unique role in an open market economy. (20 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(20 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Geography: A Comprehensive Study (1 credit)

This course offering builds upon Geography: An Introduction, which was released during the 2008 term. The comprehensive study expands the lessons in the introductory course with case studies focusing on specific (and current) geography issues around the globe. Like the half-credit introduction, this newest geography course also includes a number of interactive maps as well as animations that enhance student understanding.

Native American Studies: Historical Perspectives (½ credit)

Examines the history of Native American people and tribes in North America from pre-Colonial times. The primary objective for this course is to enrich the knowledge and understanding of Native American people from a Native American perspective. For too long, the story of the Native American experience has been told from the viewpoint of the colonizer in American text books. In this course, we confront false images, stereotypes, inaccurate myths and distortions. This course is designed for both Native American and non-Native American students so everyone can better understand human similarities and differences as well as recognize the contributions that Native American people and cultures have made to the world. (18 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 2 exams)
(18 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 2 exams)

Native American Studies: Contemporary Perspectives (½ credit)

As a complement to Native American Studies: Historical Perspectives, this course takes a thematic approach to traditions and issues surrounding the Native American experience, including worldviews, spirituality, language, health, socio-economics, art, images in the media, contemporary professionals and organizations, veterans, and modern-day pow- wows. The last lesson expands to examine a global perspective by introducing issues of indigenous people worldwide. (15 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 2 exams)
(15 lessons and submissions, 4 labs, 2 exams)

African American Studies: Historical Perspectives (½ credit)

African American Studies is a semester-long course that traces the experiences of Africans in the Americas from their first arrival in 1500 to the present day. In this course, students explore history, politics, and culture. Though the course proceeds in chronological order, the lessons are grouped thematically. Practice questions within the lessons offer students no-fault, periodic checks for understanding. “In Their Own Words” sections provide students interesting reading or audio excerpts from primary sources. Labs afford students additional experiences with original documents and sources by asking them to think creatively in response to writing assignments and other projects. Interactive games, maps, and timelines, along with video clips add high interest in the material. (16 lessons and submissions, 2 exams, 5 labs)
(16 lessons and submissions, 2 exams, 5 labs)

Consolidated Government (½ credit)

Provides and overview of the operation and development of federal, state, county and city governments. It examines statute making, diplomacy, labor policies, public finance, and the contrasts between national, state and local levels of government. Topics emphasize the branches of government, the checks and balance system of the national government, the separation of power, and the role of the government in promoting the interests of the people and involving itself in current topics. Other areas of discussion include the Constitution; civil rights and equality; the legislative, judicial and executive branches; the Federal Reserve System, and foreign policy. This one-semester course presents the essentials of government. (8 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(8 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)

Career Exploration (½ credit)

This semester course provides students opportunities to set personal and career goals while developing employability skills. Students are guided through exercises that teach them about career clusters and paths, educational options after high school, and practical job-seeking strategies such as completing applications, composing effective resumes and cover letters, and navigating the interview process. Students conduct research throughout the course and present their findings written and oral projects. (17 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)
(17 lessons and submissions, 2 exams)

Social Issues (½ credit)

questions and concerns confronting individuals and society today. It requires students to be able to employ higher level thinking skills. Each lesson creates a framework for an objective look at a single contemporary problem and asks students to identify, read, and digest recent literature covering that topic. Students are guided to read critically in order to develop and support an opinion about the issue.

Because the topics studied in this course require some maturity, Social Issues is best suited for juniors and seniors. Teachers are encouraged to study the Note to Teachers and the Table of Contents before enrolling students to determine the appropriateness of the content for their school and students. (16 lessons and submissions, 1 lab, 2 exams)

Social Issues is not recommended for Pre-Assessment or CRAM.
(16 lessons and submissions, 1 lab, 2 exams)

Art History (1 credit)

Introduces students to the principles required for an analysis and evaluation of art. The first semester of the course offers a survey of developments in art from ancient India, China, and Japan; the Islamic civilization; Egyptian civilization, and Africa. It also examines Western art, beginning with Ancient Greece and ending with the High Renaissance in Western Europe. The second semester identifies major trends and movements in art and architecture since the Northern Renaissance and examines historical events and social movements that contributed to the development of periods, styles, and approaches to art. There are also lessons devoted to the rapid movement toward abstraction which occurred during the 20th century. Throughout the course, students are provided opportunities to analyze and think about art in critical and intelligent ways. (31 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)
(31 lessons and submissions, 4 exams)

Personal Finance

About Personal Finance (27 lessons, 27 submissions, 3 labs, 1 midterm exam, 1 final exam )

You may never again have a course as practical and useful as Personal Finance. Throughout your life you will make money and spend money. With luck and good financial management, you will save and invest money as well. Over the years you will have cause to return to the concepts and methods introduced in Personal Finance. Other courses—in math, science, history, or auto mechanics—will provide you with skills to earn money. This course teaches how to use that money wisely.

    By the end of this class, students will be able to:
  • explain the organization of the course
  • describe the format of the lessons and submissions
  • access the glossary
  • master concepts and methods by using interactive calculators and practice questions

Personal Finance is a semester-long course with 27 lessons. Each lesson has a submission which will test on the concepts in the lesson. Note that Personal Finance and other courses from 2011 and later have more lessons per semester than past courses. Each lesson is shorter and aligned with fewer objectives. In addition, there are four labs, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Most of these elements will be described in more detail below.
  • 27 lessons
  • 27 submissions
  • 3 labs
  • 1 midterm exam
  • 1 final exam

Managing money well does not require complicated math. This course will require you to add up earnings and subtract expenses. Some lessons require a little multiplication and division, including some percents. However, many lessons have little or no math at all. You do not have to be good at math to excel at personal finance. Furthermore, many math geniuses do not manage their money well. To budget your money right, you mainly need the courage and patience to do a little math every month. If you develop good habits early, managing money will be easy. You just need persistence.

One way to be persistent is to keep good records. Many lessons will talk about forms and records that you should keep within a separate box called File This! For example, here is a File This! section showing the types of items people keep in safe deposit boxes.

Unless otherwise directed by your teacher, students can use calculators during submissions and exams. You can also use calculators on your computer or available on Web sites. To answer some questions, you will need to do some basic math, but the course does not test on the math. In real life, too, you can and should use calculators and computers to make decisions about personal finance. After all, the government will not fail your tax return if you use a calculator.

Perhaps the most important math for a course is the course grade. How will your progress be measured? Teachers have some discretion over what material will or will not count for a grade. However, the submissions and exams form the majority of the grade. The practice questions in the lesson prepare you for the type of questions in the submission, but they are not part of the course grade. Use the practices to learn and prepare for submissions and exams. Your careful completion of labs and homework can also be a major part of the final course grade. Your teacher should read the Note to Teachers and inform you which parts of the course are mandatory and graded.

Personal Finance covers topics in the order in which they will affect your personal life. Even in high school, students work to earn spending money. Then they shop and begin interacting with the financial world. As people get older, they save for cars, education, and houses. As people advance in their careers, they invest and save for retirement.

Personal Finance - Course Structure

  • Lesson 1:
    The first lesson introduces some basic economic terms. Economists look at the world slightly differently from most people. Since the other lessons will use economic terms to examine spending and saving, students will need to know some of the ways economists think.
  • Lessons 2 and 3:
    The next topic is working and building a career. How are people paid? What skills are valued? How are employees and employers protected by the law? How are people paid in ways besides money? How do people choose careers?
  • Lessons 4-12:
    Now that you have earned your money, should you go out and spend it? These lessons are about what to do with money. First, lessons describe how to make a budget to figure out how much to spend and to save. Then the course enters the world of shopping, advertising, and consumer rights. Can a company say anything in an ad, even if it is a lie? What rights do you have as a consumer when you buy things? Does it matter if you buy something in a store or online? Finally, a few lessons explore the world of banking, saving, and investing. How do banks make money? Are all banks the same?
    Does it cost more to use a debit or credit card instead of cash?
  • Lessons 13-16:
    The next lessons are about credit and loans--spending money you do not have. What are the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards? Is buying things on credit always bad? Loans can help you afford expensive items, such as a college education or a car. Most people use a loan called a mortgage when they buy a house or apartment.
  • Lessons 17-19:
    The topics get more complicated in the next lessons, which discuss income taxes, insurance, and housing. How do people file their taxes with the government? How should you fill out a W-4 form? Is it good to have the government withhold more money and get a big refund or not? When does it make sense to buy life insurance? Is it always a good idea to buy a house instead of renting?
  • Lessons 20-25:
    These lessons describe the long-term goals of good personal finance: having a solid financial future for yourself and your family and not ending up bankrupt and broke. How do people save for retirement? How do families afford to send their children to college? To prepare for retirement and for educating one's children, many people find it essential to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. These lessons navigate through the worlds of investing, but they also explore what happens when people spend beyond their means and end up in crisis. What do people do when they cannot pay all their debts?
  • Lessons 26 and 27:
    The final lessons step back and look at the big picture—how do individual financial decisions affect the whole country and the whole world? These lessons return to the economic terms and concepts of the first lesson and explain some of the headlines about current events. Can the actions of the president and the Congress affect your decision to buy a house? What does it mean to say the dollar is strong? Is inflation good for anyone? Do car owners pay for the air pollution from their cars?

Elements in the Lessons:
Every lesson has common elements, such as practice questions, File This!, Connections, homework, pictures, and interactive activities.

After the lesson objectives and an introduction, the content is presented in between two and five sections. Glossary terms such as stocks are in bolded blue text. When you hover the cursor over these terms, their definitions are displayed above. If you click on them, the entire glossary page is opened to that entry. Other important terms in the lesson are bolded, such as preferred stock. You can use this bold font to find places where key concepts are discussed in the lesson.

After every section, practice questions test you on the mastery of the material in the section. Practice questions may give you some idea of the format of the questions in the submission, but it is unlikely that any of the exact questions will show up on a submission or an exam.

An example of the File This! box appeared in the first section of this introduction. Students should do the activities in the File This! sections, because the information in them may appear in submissions and exams.

The other separate box in the lessons is the Connections box, which links the lesson topics with other branches of knowledge, such as art, history, literature, chemistry, or even astronomy. Connections give you a different and fun way to look at this material. The content in these boxes can explain and clarify material in the lesson and therefore help you in submissions and exams. However, you will NOT be tested on the new material in Connections boxes.

Physical Education

Physical Education (½ credit)

Welcome to Physical Education. This course explores a wide variety of topics that address physical education. It also includes information about health and wellness, as they are directly correlated to physical education. The goals of this course are to provide students with basic knowledge about the benefits of physical activity and to encourage them to participate in exercises that improve their health and well-being. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to
  • explain the benefits of physical fitness on good health
  • compare and contrast health- and skill-related fitness
  • examine the roles of motivation and self-discipline in fitness development
  • analyze and explain the role of diet, support, and time management in a fitness program
  • create a personalized schedule for physical fitness
(10 submissions, 2 exams)

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness (.5 to 2 Credits)

Students must be supervised by any staff or trainer who is not a relative and over the age of 21. Students can attend a health club, fitness class, YMCA, community center, sports center, sporting facility, or participate on a sports team. The Physical Education Attendance Form (link below) documents the student’s hours and approved activity:

http://www.educationanywhere.com/documents/PE_Attendence_Form.pdf

  • 45 hours of activity = .5 credit
  • 90 hours of activity = 1 credit
  • 135 hours of activity = 1.5 credits
  • 180 hours of activity = 2 credits

Program of Studies for Middle School & High School

A Program of Study

A Program of Study is created individually for each student based on their academic abilities, approved credits transferred to ED Anywhere from a previous high school or home school curriculum, and personal interests. Learn More...

Keyboarding

Keyboarding (1 Credit/ Applied Art)

Using the computer software program, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (link below), students must achieve typing 40 words per minute with 90% accuracy. This proficiency is documented by the Certificate of Completion located within the software program:

Typing Instruction Program

Volunteer / Community Service Hours

Volunteer / Community Service Hours

ED Anywhere requires students to complete 20 hours of volunteer service with a non-profit agency; such as community/public services, religious organizations or national/international assistance agencies. Volunteer hours are documented on the Community Service Form (link below):

COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT

Electives

Social Issues (½ credit)

Social Issues is a semester-long elective course. This course is designed to help students understand current issues. Students will also learn to form their own opinions on controversies in the news as of 2006. The social issues described in this course have been around for hundreds of years. They will most likely continue to present challenges to lawmakers and citizens in the future. The specifics of the issues, however, change daily. Due to the nature of this course, it will be outdated as soon as it is published. Much of the work for this course will involve searching for current articles about the issues presented here.

By the end of this introduction, students will be able to:
  • determine the difference between facts and opinions
  • list the parts of a standard five paragraph essay
  • select the proper citation form for newspaper or magazine articles
  • write proper citations for newspaper or magazine articles
  • list three types of persuasive arguments

(17 lessons and submissions, 2 labs, 2 exams)

Computer Technology: An Introduction (½ credit)

This semester-long technology course follows the history and development of computers and related technology. In it, students will learn how computers have evolved over hundreds of years to form the products that millions of people all over the world use today for work, research, and entertainment. Students will also learn how to effectively utilize these products in their everyday life.

The course is divided into four sections:
  • Computer History and Basic Concepts
  • Using the Internet and World Wide Web
  • Emerging Technology and Careers
  • Computer Productivity Tools

Each of these sections focuses on different aspects of the computing world.
(17 lessons and submissions, 2 labs, 2 exams)

ED Anywhere and the Lexile Framework

Text Measurement Report

To respond to client inquiries regarding reading levels of our program, ED Anywhere provides Lexile measures for all of our courseware. The Lexile Framework® for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring a student’s reading ability and the difficulty level of reading materials. As the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles are found in the reading and testing programs of states, school districts, and the U.S. Department of Education’s “America Reads” program.

Those states and individual school districts across the country that have already identified students’ Lexile measures through their assessment process will be able to use the Lexile measures of reading difficulty for Stars Suite courses to individualize student instruction.

Schools that do not employ Lexile measures for student reading ability may want to learn more about this tool by visiting Lexile online at: http://www.lexile.com

Algebra I (2010)970
Algebra I pt 1 870
Algebra I pt 2 880
American Government1200
American History v21210
American Literature1080
Art History v2 1090
Biology 1010
British Lit 990
Career Explorations 1190
Chemistry 1120
Consolidated Government 1110
Consumer Math v2 990
Earth Science990
Economics 990
English 1 940
English 2 980
English 6 850
English 7 880
English 8 v2 910
English Lit 1120
English Lit 1120
GED Duo 1080
Geography: A Comprehensive Study 1040
Geography an Introduction 1010
Geometry v2 970
Health 950
HS Prep 910
Math 6 820
Math 7 890
Math 8 860
MS Biology 860
MS World History 970
Native American Contemporary 1190
Native Historical 1200
Physical Science v2 960
Physics 1000
Precalculus 960
Spanish I 800
Structure of Writing 1050
Social Issues 990
TestPak English 1020
TestPak Math 940
World History Before 1815 1200
World History Since 1500 1100
World History Since 1815 1090






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