Special Education Course Descriptions

Special Education Course Descriptions

Special Education

 

English 9, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade  9

 

The ninth grade CC English curriculum lays the foundation for the overall four-year program. Ninth grade CC students will write in a variety of forms, building on earlier experiences in written expression while exploring and correctly using the conventions of language and vocabulary. Students will learn and use techniques of oral communication and critical/strategic reading skills exploring mythology and the variety of literary genres. Students will also participate in a student service learning project. CM students will pursue more depth and will be required to more thoroughly use 'the skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.

 

ENGLISH 10, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 10

 

Building on the fundamental concepts taught in ninth grade, the tenth grade CC English curriculum further assists students in developing an awareness of the diversity of cultures in the global community as reflected in literature. Tenth grade CC students will write in various forms to demonstrate skills of evaluation and analysis while refining the usage of language conventions and vocabulary. Students will explore the principles and techniques of literary criticism, conduct research, document career options, and participate in a student service learning project. Tenth grade CC students are expected to refine and apply, in depth, their analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.  

 

ENGLISH 11, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 11

 

Eleventh grade CC students will continue to develop techniques of discussion and written expression through critical reading of American authors and poets with emphasis on an analysis of the interrelationships of culture and literature. Students will write more sophisticated compositions in a variety of forms and create a significant writing product requiring basic mastery of research, documentation, and synthesis of ideas from a variety of sources. Techniques of oral communication will be strengthened. English 11 CC students study the required content in more depth and will continue to refine skills of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.

 

ENGLISH 12, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 12

 

The twelfth grade CC English curriculum is the culmination of the students' study of language, literature, and writing in high school. Students will explore primarily the works of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth to refine skills in critical reading, literary analysis, and written expression.  Students will be required to write a number of compositions that apply critical reading skills and various methods of literary criticism, as well as compositions to inform and persuade. English 12 CC students will study the required content in more depth and will continue 'to refine skills of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.  

 

EARTH SCIENCE, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 9

 

This course develops an understanding of the earth and space, the interrelationships between them, and the forces that influence each. Through a laboratory-oriented program, the investigative processes of science, as well as the concepts and principles of astronomy, physical geology, historical geology, meteorology, oceanography, and ecology are developed. Earth Science CC will study the required content in more depth than Earth Science and will also require more application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation by the students.  Successful completion of this course earns one required science credit.  

 

BIOLOGY, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 10-12

 

This course investigates the characteristics of living organisms through a laboratory-oriented program that includes the nature of life, the continuity of life, and the diversity of life. Biology CC will study the required content in more depth than Biology and will also require more application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation by the students. Successful completion of this course earns one required science credit.  

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 11-12

 

This course is the study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment.  Origins and solutions of environmental problems will be investigated using laboratory and field studies. Topics of study include ecosystems, interaction of flora and fauna, population dynamics, air and water quality, resource management, waste management and other environmental issues, and the decision-making process.  Environmental Science CC will study the required content in more depth than Environmental Science and will also require more application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation by the student. Successful  completion of this course earns one required science credit.

 

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA1A, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 9-12

 

This course introduces students to mathematical expressions, equations, inequalities, patterns, and functions. Data analysis, probability, statistics, synthetic geometry, problem solving and applications of algebra to real-life situations are infused into the course. Successful completion of this course earns one mathematics credit for graduation.

 

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA 1B, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 9-12

 

This course continues development of the concepts of algebra. Emphasis will be placed on functions, graphic representations, polynomial expressions, and applications of the Pythagorean Theorem. Data analysis, probability, statistics, synthetic geometry, problem solving, and applications of algebra to real-life situations are infused into the course. The completion of this course is sufficient preparation for Integrated Geometry. Successful completion of this course earns one mathematics credit for graduation.  

 

GEOMETRY, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 9-12

 

This course emphasizes the identification, construction, and properties of lines, angles, polygons, and circles. Area, volume, and right triangle trigonometry are also emphasized. Mathematical reasoning and applications of geometry to real-life situations are infused into the course. This is not a college preparatory course and does not satisfy the prerequisite for Integrated Algebra 2. Successful completion of this course earns one mathematics credit for graduation.  

 

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 9

 

This course is designed to meet one credit of the state graduation requirement for American Government. Students actively engage in the study of the concepts of responsibility, authority, justice, and participation as they relate to the form and function of government.

 

WORLD HISTORY, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 10

 

This course will cover the period from the Renaissance to the present. The student studies the people and events that have shaped our world since the early Middle Ages. The course culminates with a study of the twentieth century. Successful completion of this course meets the State world history requirement.

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grade 11

 

This course will cover the period of United States History from 1865 to the present. It is designed to increase student understanding of how the nation grew in power and prestige throughout the last 125 years. Successful completion of this course earns the required United States History credit. United States History CC will study the required content in more depth and will require more application, synthesis, outside reading, writing activity, and evaluation by students.

 

STUDY SKILLS, Collaborative/Cooperative
Grades 9-12

 

This course provides students with the necessary study skills and learning strategies to be more successful in all courses. Instruction includes general organization skills, reading strategies such as SQ3R, note taking, outlining, summarizing, research skills, paraphrasing, report writing, and preparing for and taking tests. Students are taught practice methods for improving listening skills, reading comprehension, increasing and varying reading rate, learning vocabulary, remembering content, and thinking skills.