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SHS Humanities Classes

In order to fulfill the Humanities State Standards, all classes listed in the humanities category must cover the following in their individual disciplines:

  1. History and Culture
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Performance

Spanish 1 A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: B in English recommended; C required

This course will include listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. It will include a study of the Spanish speaking countries around the world; their culture, history, and cuisine.

4/13/17


Spanish 2 A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: B average in Spanish I

This course will involve a continuing acquisition of the basic linguistic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. It will include a study of the Spanish speaking countries around the world; their culture, history, and cuisine.

4/13/17


German I A-B
**This course will only be taught every other year beginning in 2016 – 2017**
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

This course will be taught as a year-long college prep class for those who are gaining language credit to satisfy college entrance requirements. Both the spoken and written language will be emphasized. Following the class, each student will be familiar with basic grammar structure and usage. Activities, videos, listening tapes, and other in-and-out of class projects will help to teach the common conversational vocabulary used by the teen-age student. Each student will be required to pass a conversation test at the end of the year. There will be additional opportunities for those who are interested.

4/13/17


German 2 A-B
**This course will only be taught every other year beginning in 2016 – 2017**
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: German I or permission of instructor

This is a continuation of German I, using the conversation patterns of everyday life of the teenager. The course will emphasize speaking and listening. Activities will include visual and student group involved projects to strengthen the language skills learned in the first year. This course will prepare students for upper level college German courses. Possibility of a trip to Germany with successful completion of the class.

4/13/17


World Cultures
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

“Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of human spirit” – Matthew Arnold.

World civilizations and cultures is an in-depth study of multiple prominent civilizations and the unique aspects of their cultures throughout the world. Students will be actively engaged in learning characteristics of civilizations such as: Origins, History, Traditions, Religions, Customs, Language, Food, etc. Interactive discussions, group work and self-paced individual learning will be the main catalysts for learning throughout this course. Much of the material for the course will come from assigned readings and other accepted / reliable sources. Additionally, students will be expected to organize and present a self-driven project. The primary goal of this course is to give students a better understanding of the many diversified civilizations and cultures that inhabit our world.

4/13/17


Intro to Acting
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

This single semester class introduces students to acting and theater arts. Students will learn stage types, different roles in theater production, stage directions, and have a taste of theater history. Additionally, students will learn basic improvisation skills and work in pairs/groups to perform memorized and improvised scenes. All students are required to perform on stage in front of their classmates. Participation and preparation for these performances, as well as occasional written assignments and quizzes/tests, will make up the bulk of students’ grades. The mandatory class fee will pay for in-class projects as well as a field trip to see a play/musical at a local university or community theater each semester (attendance at the field trip is not mandatory, but strongly recommended).

4/13/17


Advanced Drama A-B
1 Credit
1 Semester Class
Prerequisite: Application/Teacher Approval

In this semester length class, students will continue to build on basics of acting and theater arts education learned in Beginning Drama. These students will study advanced techniques, “The Twelve Guideposts,” from Michael Shurtliff’s Audition (Guideposts 1-6 will be studied first semester, and Guideposts 7-12 will be the focus for second semester). Additionally, students will work in a Project-Based Learning style (scene work, monologues, script writing, stage makeups, etc.) to develop skills and prepare for in-class presentations, competitions, and a mandatory evening performance – one per semester – to showcase their efforts and learning to family, friends, and the community. Participation and preparation for in-class performances, competitions, school productions, along with occasional writing assignments, quizzes, and tests will make up the bulk of students’ grades. Each semester, Advanced Drama students will attend a local university or community theater production as well as participate in local drama competitions (tickets/entrance fees and transportation should be covered by the mandatory class fee). Admission to this class requires an application and teacher approval.

4/13/17


Intro to Psychology / PSYC 155
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:

This is a concurrent credit course.  3 college credits can be earned from Northwest Nazarene University at $65/credit.

This course we will focus on the science of human behavior. This introductory course offers an overview of the entire field of Psychology. We will look at the History of Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, and Personality Psychology. This course will be a lot of hands on learning as we conduct various Psychology experiments. We will learn all about humans and their behavior!

4/13/17


Social Problems
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  11-12

This course provides an in depth study of current social issues from a psychological and sociological approch. Students will look at the causes, consequences and possible solutions to varied social problems and situations. Students will participate in a project/discussion based learning environment and will be encouraged in developing their awn creative solutions to the problems presented in the class.

4/13/17


Art I
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

“…But I can’t draw!”
Well, that’s why you take Art class! Bring in your stick figures and we’ll turn them into Mona Lisas. This intro class will focus on teaching basic elements and principles of art, expand your creativity, and give you confidence in your art skills.

4/13/17


Advanced Art
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: C or better in Art I, Grades 10-12

You know the basics, now let’s have some fun! This class will focus on more advanced techniques and technical projects. Students in this class will participate in painting a mural somewhere in the community.

4/13/17


Pottery and Sculpture
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: C or better in Art I

Play with mud and make artwork! It doesn’t get much better than that. This class focuses on hand building techniques and sculpture techniques as well as throwing clay on the pottery wheel.

4/13/17


Advanced Sculpture
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  Pottery and Sculpture and Teacher Approval

Explore advanced techniques in sculpture creation. Students will learn armature building, working in various types of clay and materials, mold making, and casting.

4/13/17


Film Studies
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

Students who participate in this single semester course will gain a better understanding of American society from the early 20th century to the present through a historical survey of motion pictures as well as entertainment in America before movies, such as vaudeville, minstrel shows, music halls, etc. Through viewing classic films, students will develop film literacy, including film devices such as frame story, plot structure, irony, foreshadowing, symbolism, allegory and climax while experiencing top-rated examples of various genres (western, romantic comedy, musical, science fiction, mystery, film noir, foreign films, etc.). Participation in discussions, daily notes/journal entries, movie responses and critiques, as well as quizzes, tests, and a research project will make up the bulk of the students’ grades. Please note: students will be required to check their cell phones or devices at the door for this class. All films above a rating of PG are edited for content in accordance with laws allowing edited movies in schools. A list of films to be viewed is available upon request.

4/13/17


Music Exploration
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

This class is for students who have an appreciation for music but don’t want to participate in a performance-based course. Discussion of music history, theory, culture, and performers is combined with the development of critical listening skills and exposure to all eras of musical development in the Western World.

4/13/17


Drum Line A – B
1 or 2 Credits
Semester or Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

Opportunity for percussionists. Students will study basic fundamental drumming techniques and rudiments. This class will focus on drum line marching and performing. Students will study a variety of percussion instruments and styles. All students will be required to buy their own sticks specified by the teacher. Drums and drum pads will be provided during class instruction. Students will be required to perform at sporting events, district events, other high school functions, and collaborations within the music department.

4/13/17


Jazz Band A – B
1 or 2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: All brass, woodwind, string, and vocal students must be enrolled in a separate music course.
Fee: $50 rental fee for school instruments

This class is an opportunity to study a variety of music styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, and Latin Music. Students will learn music forms, music history, and basic improvising techniques. Instruments needed include, Bass, Guitar, Percussion (drum set and auxiliary percussion), Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone (Other instruments are allowed upon asking the instructor). Students will be required to perform for sporting events, school functions, district events, and collaborations in the music department.

4/13/17


Band A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: Must Have One Year of Band
Fee: $50 rental fee for school instruments

Students will learn music theory, history, instrumental and practice techniques. This is also a performance-based class. Attendance to rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Students will be required to perform for sporting events, school functions, district events, and collaborations in the music department.

4/13/17


String Orchestra A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: Must have one year of orchestra or be enrolled in private music lessons

So much fun! It is best to have some experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Private lessons is a great supplement for students at any level of playing, particularly if they are beginners. Students will need to furnish their own instrument, method book, and any accessories required by the director. Student will be expected to participate in evening concerts, district clinics, and district festivals.

4/13/17


Show Choir A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: By audition only

Show Choir is offered to all students. This choir performs around the community, festivals, games, and clinics. Show Choir includes dancing and choreography. Students will learn theory, sight reading, and aural skills. In order to be a member, students will need to audition.
Costume Fee: Boys: $35, Girls: $75

4/13/17


Concert Choir A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite:

Bel Contos is offered to all female students. Music focuses on a wide variety of selections. Students will learn theory, sight reading, intervals, and aural skills. Performances include singing at games, festivals, clinics, and community performances.
Costume Fee: Approx. $57

4/13/17

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