Elective Class Descriptions
**Class availability is subject to change**
6th Grade Electives (Semester Electives)
21st Century Skills (Technology Education)
The 21st Century Skills class is designed to integrate the Chromebook into the middle school setting. Students will learn the basics of the computer, to type properly, how to organize files on the Chromebook, how to edit photos, basic coding skills, how to use research and writing skills, and use all of the abilities of keynote, pages, and numbers (only basics in numbers).
THis course includes written practice and responses to poetry, long essays, and short stories. Students write spontaneously about a word or picture, a sound or touch, or drawing from their imaginations. Student also write on topics inspired by newspapers, magazines, television, events around them, and models by the masters, all of which lead to contemplation and discussion.
Current Events incorporates Channel One to investigate and discuss events that are happening around the world. This course allows students to research and write about current events in order to have a more in depth understanding of both national and international news. Students also use lessons and activities provided through Channel One to expand on and reinforce topics covered. The course helps students connect world events to everyday life and make past and present connections.
Skills and Strategies
This course is designed to explore with students how they can successfully live and work in a culturally diverse world. It helps students recognize their interests, aptitudes, and abilities, and understand adult roles (includes frequent guest speakers from a variety of career fields, roles, and workplaces). It also helps students broaden their aspirations beyond the stereotypes of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity. This course integrates vocational and academic education to promote intellectual development and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a variety of enjoyable activities. This is a great option to assist with students’ development of social skills, personal values, and self-esteem.