Class Descriptions

Junior High History/LA: This class will expose your student to different viewpoints through reading and examining primary, secondary, and historian sources as well as fiction, biographies, and relevant classic literature. Students will engage in active learning through hands-on activities and map work. Rather than passively learning, your student will discover history like a historian. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills through inquiry, analysis, logical reasoning, evaluation of historical events, and written and verbal communication. Students will understand the effect of geographical location on the story of humankind by making connections between geography and world events. 

Junior High STEM class: This class leads the junior high student through a study of the key facts of chemistry by digging deeper into what was studied during the elementary years and will foster independent learning in your junior high school student. Our curriculum includes all student assignment sheets, sketches, experiment sheets, and blank report pages that will need to be completed throughout the year. Each of the student assignment sheets contains the weekly topic, sketch assignment, experiment directions, report options, dates to enter, and memory work. In this course, students will also be offered  Pre-Algebra or Algebra I depending on their current level. Students will learn to: make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of structure, look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. 

American History (9th)

This course is a survey of how the United States developed as a nation, from its earliest human settlements to recent American history. The course utilizes an online textbook, primary documents, and literature to master content for each unit. Students will investigate historical questions with reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Students will learn to back up historical claims with documentary evidence. Students will be familiar with major events, people, and dates of American history; however, students will be encouraged to see history not only as factual information, but as a narrative that is continually being rewritten and understood in different ways.

American Literature (9th)

This course is a survey of American Literature from the beginning of European discovery of the Americas to the present. This class will trace the historical, political, and cultural development of America as reflected in its literature through key movements and authors. The reading for this course covers all levels and genres of texts, including literary criticism. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking, literary analysis, and effective writing skills through writing and discussion as well as students’ understanding of inference, tone, point of view, purpose and figurative language.

This course works through various texts: short stories, plays, poems, novels, and college-level non-fiction selections are studied in addition to core college prep texts in order to develop students’ awareness of rhetoric and the development of the American culture throughout American history.  Students demonstrate this advanced understanding of their reading and critical thinking through frequent writing, formal presentation, and Socratic seminar discussion.

British Literature (10/11)

In this course, students will explore a wide selection of British literature through selections in an anthology in addition to focused study of several whole readings. Through a study of the literature and authors within their historical, political, and social contexts, students will develop their understanding and appreciation of British literature, growing in their ability to respond and interact with the texts on a deeper level.  Students will define and explore the literary structure and elements of the heroic epic, chivalric romance, Shakespearean drama, political satire, romantic novel, lyric poetry, short story, and prose as well as identify authorial intent, themes, and impact of the specific works they read and discuss.

In addition to reading and discussing literature, students will demonstrate understanding of the concepts through completion of imitative, reflective, argumentative, and creative writing assignments in addition to research writing. Students will advance in their application of critical thinking to these elements of the writing process: use of technology in research: including safe practices for source documentation, spelling, grammar, mechanics, and use of rhetorical devices.

World Geography (10/11)

By completing this course, students will gain an understanding of how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information. They will learn to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface, as well as to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments. Students will learn about the people and cultures that create regions and to interpret Earth’s complexity. This course will cover the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface, the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface, the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface, the process, patterns, and functions of human settlement, how human actions modify the physical environment, the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

Biology (9th)

This class includes an introduction to the scientific method, cytology, cellular processes, genetics, botany, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, biochemistry, and microbiology. Additionally, students will connect historical links, current events, and scientists to Biology. Course work, lab work, and examinations will prepare students for future science courses. This course meets twice a week for 60 minutes. Honors Biology requires additional assignments and participation in the Sage Oak Science Fair.

Chemistry (10/11)

This is a one-year standards-based course of study of fundamental chemical concepts. This course is designed to be an introductory course in Chemistry to prepare students to succeed in a college level chemistry course, and be provided with a solid foundation that will better enable them to explore other scientific fields such as biology, physics, and geosciences. In this laboratory science course, students will be involved in a number of different learning approaches such as classroom work, independent bookwork and associated text assignments, laboratory sessions, alternative group work and applications of mathematics and problem solving.  The students will demonstrate their critical thinking abilities by answering analytical questions from the textbook, key assignments, and lab activities. The students will gain a greater depth of understanding of fundamental chemical concepts, such as atomic theory and its relation to chemical behavior, chemical bonding, the mole and stoichiometry, molecular kinetics, energy relationships, solution dynamics, acids-bases, equilibrium, organic and biological chemistry, and nuclear interactions. 

Algebra 1

This is a one-year Algebra 1 course that provides a comprehensive look at the study of algebraic concepts. Students are challenged to develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills to meet the Common Core Standards in Algebra including: developing an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics, learning about equations, functions, inequalities, and statistical analysis. Students in this class will develop algebraic thinking, problem solving and analytical skills while building the necessary foundation for the upper level math courses.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 expands on the skills and concepts learned in Algebra 1. We will cover advanced functions, sequences and series, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and conic sections. The real number system is extended to include complex numbers. An emphasis on applications and calculator use will be integrated throughout the year. The trigonometry sections of the text (chapters 17 and 18) will not be covered. If you are interested in covering this material, please speak with your Sage Oak EA for instructions on how you might earn Honors credit for the class.

Geometry

Geometry involves the study of points, lines, planes and solids as they relate to our physical world. Students will learn to measure geometric figures and their areas and volumes. They will develop their logic and reasoning skills through the use of proofs. The relationship between figures and properties that make figures unique will be developed and applied to real world situations. Constructions and Coordinate Geometry will also be studied. Algebra 1 is a prerequisite for taking this course.