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Course Descriptions

Agriscience

 

ABC Welding          Dual Enrollment through Louisiana Technical College           Grade Level:  11 – 12

Prerequisite: Agriscience I, Agriscience II

Description: This course is an advanced study in Welding based upon the local workforce and economic needs of the community. Dual enrollment credit with Louisiana Technical College and NCCER certification in the form of Welding; Welding Safety, Basic Welding Beads, and Oxy-fuel torch use are obtainable. Mathematics, safety and human relation skills will be reinforced in the course. Course will also include computer aided design and metal bending projects. Advanced study will include MIG welding with carbon, stainless steel and aluminum. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are fieldtrips, school-based enterprises, and job shadowing. Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Agriscience I                                                                                           Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: Agriscience I provides students with basic knowledge of agriculture and the science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, soil science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, food science technology, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relation skills will be reinforced in the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised agricultural experience programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Agriscience II                                                                                       Grade Level 10-12

Prerequisite: Agriscience I

Description: Agriscience II provides students with basic knowledge of agriculture and science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, forestry, plant science, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relations skills will be reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies. NCCER Safety Core certification will be a part of this course.

Agriscience III       Dual Enrollment through Louisiana Technical College            Grade Level 11 –12    

Prerequisite:Agriscience I, Agriscience II

Description: This course is an advanced study in Agriscience based upon the local agricultural workforce and economic needs of the community. The major areas of study should include personal development skills, animal systems, plant systems, environment issues, and mechanical skills. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relation skills will be reinforced in the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are fieldtrips, school-based enterprises, and job shadowing. Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies. Dual enrollment credit with Louisiana Technical College and NCCER certification in the form of Welding; Welding Safety, Basic Welding Beads, and Oxy-fuel torch use are obtainable upon completion of this course.

Business

 

Accounting I           Dual Enrollment through Louisiana Technical College                      Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Basic math skills

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to basic accounting theory and procedures along with current applications of computer technology in accounting. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of basic accounting concepts and procedures. Mathematical, critical-thinking, problem- solving, decision-making, technology and team building skills are reinforced in this course. Work- based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips, job shadowing, internship and school- based enterprises. Simulations, projects, teamwork and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies. Dual enrollment is available with LSUS, Southern University, and Louisiana Technical College provided that their programs remain in place.  

Business Computer Applications                                                                                        Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite:  None

Description: This course is designed to acquaint with the advanced principles associated with information processing. Students study advanced computer concepts, software applications, and computer systems. Emphasis is placed on skill development in using technology to perform advanced information processing. Topics of study include computer concepts, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software applications, which will increase in difficulty in the second semester. Computer technology will be presented that may lead to the student’s ability to obtain advanced certification in a popular office software package that includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and presentation programs. Material is presented in a manner to provide students with the knowledge to become Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in several areas such as IC3 and PowerPoint.

Cyber Security                                                                                                                       Grade Level  12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval; 12 grade classification

Description: A course in which students will learn how a network functions – its fundamentals and infrastructure.  The students will learn about network vulnerabilities, hardening the network, and security trends.  The students will learn how to prepare for and detect attacks through computer forensics, security and law.

Desktop Publishing                                                                                                       Grade Level 11 – 12  

Prerequisite:  BCA

Description: This course is a culminating course designed to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in word processing with the concepts, procedures, and applications of desktop publishing. Emphasis is placed on continued skill development in efficient operation of word processing programs as it is applied to desktop publishing. Critical thinking and communication skills are reinforced in this course as students format, create, and proofread brochures, programs, newsletters, web pages, power point presentations, and manuscripts. School-based enterprises and cooperative education lend themselves extremely well to work-based learning strategies. Other opportunities for application could include simulations, projects, teamwork, and portfolios.

Entrepreneurship                                                                                       Grade Level 11 – 12

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Business Computer Application

Description:  Entrepreneurship is a study about small business management. Students will learn about the role of small businesses in the U.S. economy, what it takes to be an entrepreneur (owner of a small business), how to create your own small business, and how to manage and expand a small business.  Students will participate in a simulation of an actual business.  Students will examine what entrepreneurs do, their characteristics and skills, and the different ways they contribute to our society.  They will learn about identifying market opportunities, creating and evaluating business ideas and exploring the feasibility of a business concept as you develop a basic business plan.  They will also have the opportunity to see how everything fits together as they get ready to start and operate their own entrepreneurial venture through a school based enterprise.

Excel           Dual Enrollment through Louisiana Technical College                            Grade Level 10  – 12

Prerequisites:  Introduction to Business Computer Application

Description: A course in which students will learn to create and edit Microsoft Office Excel  worksheets and workbooks.  A course designed for students preparing for certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel, who already have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Windows operating system, and who desire to gain the skills necessary to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel 2003 worksheets. Dual enrollment is offered with Louisiana Technical College and material is presented in a manner to provide students with the knowledge to become Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Certified.

Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA)                                                  Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite:  None

Description: This course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with basic computer application skills.  Students will be introduced, for a minimum of six weeks of the school year, to the touch method of operating a computer keyboard to produce simple business documents.  Emphasis is placed on basic computer concepts both hardware and software, word processing, and spreadsheet applications.  Computer technology will be presented that could lead to the student's ability to obtain certification in basic information technology. Computer technology will be presented that could lead to the student's ability to obtain certification in Internet and Computing Core (IC3).

 

Word Processing         Dual Enrollment through Louisiana Technical College               Grade Level 11 – 12

Prerequisite:  Business Computer Applications

Description: This course is designed as an introductory course covering the concepts, procedures, and applications of a word processing program. Emphasis is placed on skill development and efficient operation of the program in creating, storing, retrieving, editing, printing, and manipulating documents. Skills in keyboarding and critical thinking are reinforced in this course as students format, create, and proofread brochures, programs, newsletters, power point presentations, and manuscripts. Work-based learning strategies that may be used in this course are field trips, job shadowing, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, simulation, projects, FBLA Leadership activities, district rallies, and portfolio. Simulations, projects, teamwork and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies. Computer technology will be presented that could lead to the student's ability to obtain certification in Microsoft Word 07.

Family and Consumer Science

 

Adult Responsibilities                                                       .5 credit                                                          Grade Level 11 – 12

Prerequisites: 11th or 12th grade classification

Description: This course focuses on developing necessary skills to meet the demands of life for the first five years following high school graduation and beyond. Facing the realities of transitioning into their adult lives in an ever-changing world, students need to develop adult living skills. This course promotes further development of relationship skills, health and wellness habits, career opportunities review, community responsibilities, handling money and credit wisely , managing stress productively and resolving conflict. Fee: This class has no fee.  Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies and materials for the class. 

Advanced Clothing and Textiles                                    .5 credit                                                                Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Clothing and Textiles

Description: The course builds upon concepts introduced in Clothing and Textiles. In-depth study of fabrics, fashion, and color, clothing selection, care and construction will be included. New technologies being applied to clothing and textiles will be explored and job-related skills will be developed in this advanced cores. Skills in communication, mathematics, science and technology are reinforced in this course. The use of computerized sewing machines may be incorporated. Fee:This class is not charged a class fee. Students must purchase their own fabrics and notions needed for sewing. The department will supply other pieces of sewing equipment. Any embroidery which is done by the student is paid for separately according to the number of stitches used. 

Advanced Nutrition and Foods                                      .5 credit                                                                Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisites:Nutrition and Foods

Description: The course addresses more complex concepts in nutrition and food preparation, with emphasis on social, psychological, and cultural influences on food choices globally. Topics include nutrition and wellness for individuals and families across the life span; impact of technology on acquiring, organizing and evaluating  information about foods and nutrition and exploration  of careers in all aspects of the food industry. Laboratory experiences are included.

Clothing and Textiles                                                      .5 credit                                                                Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisites: 10th grade or above classification

Description: The course introduce student to concepts relating to fabrics, color, clothing care, buying clothing, sewing equipment and beginning sewing skills.  Emphasis is on applying construction and design skills to apparel and home fashion. Skills in art, communication, mathematics, science and technology are reinforced in this course. The use of computerized sewing machines may be incorporated. Fee:   This class is not charged a class fee. Students must purchase their own fabrics and notions needed for sewing. The department will supply other pieces of sewing equipment. Any embroidery which is done by the student is paid for separately according to the number of stitches used. 

 

Clothing & Textiles Occupations                                                                                                      Grade level 11 - 12

Prerequisite:  C&T; Advanced C&T

Description: This course prepares students for occupations and higher education programs of study related to the entire spectrum of fashion, apparel, and other textiles management and production. Emphasis is placed on instruction and laboratory experiences that include commercial applications of principles of design, production, and selection of apparel and textile products, product research, development, and testing, demonstration and instruction of related tools and equipment. Laboratory experiences with commercial applications are a component of this course of study.  Laboratory experiences may be either school-based or on-the-job or a combination of the two. Skills in mathematics, communication, art, science, technology, management, and teamwork are reinforced in this course.  The course is offered only to junior and senior students. Fee:  Students must purchase fabric and, possibly, patterns.

Family and Consumer Science I                                                                                                                   Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This course examines multiple life roles and responsibilities of individuals and family members. The focus is on the areas of personal and family living, wellness, nutrition and foods, financial management, living environments, appropriate child development practices, and transferring school skills to life and work. Through simulates experiences student learn to fulfill their responsibilities associated with the work of the family and community. Skills in mathematics, communication, science, technology and personal and interpersonal relationship are reinforced in this course.  Fees:  Students are responsible for purchasing their own fabric for the sewing portion of the class.

Housing and Interior Design                                     .5 credit                                                                     Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisites: 10th grade or above classification. 

Description: This course addresses selecting and planning living environments to meet the needs and wants of individuals and families throughout the life cycle, considering a broad range of economic, social, cultural, technological, environmental, maintenance, and aesthetic factors. Emphasis is placed on selecting goods and services and creating functional and pleasing living environment based on sound financial decisions and design principles. Skills in mathematics, technology and art are reinforced in this course.  Fee: This class has no fee. Students are responsible for getting their own supplies and materials for the class. 

Nutrition and Foods                                                     .5 credit                                                                   Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisites:  10th grade or above classification

Description: This course provides students with basic nutrition and wellness knowledge and basic food preparation skills. Emphasis is placed on food preparation, kitchen and meal management and the relationship of diet to health. Topics of study include nutrition, meal planning, label information, safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment, measuring, use of recipes, basic food preparation and consumer skills. Science, math, economics and communication skills are reinforced in this course.

Parenthood Education                                                  .5 credit                                                         Grade Level 11 – 12

Prerequisites:  11th or 12 grade classification

Description: Students take a look at the rewards, responsibilities, and challenges involved in the parenting role. The importance of decisions to become a parent is reinforced in each unit. Topics covered include human reproduction, pregnancy, heredity, medical care, childbirth, caring for a newborn, emotional adjustment, nutrition, discipline, guidance, family characteristics, child care budgeting, meeting the needs of exceptional children and providing a nurturing environment for toddlers and preschool children. Balancing work and family responsibilities is a major focus of this course.     Fee - This class has no fee. Students are responsible for getting their own supplies and materials for the class.  

Humanities

 

Advanced Band                                                                                                                                            Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite: One year of experience

Description:  This is an advanced course.  Students should exceed or have met the requirements of the beginning band course. This study will include melodic and rhythm patterns, major, minor, and pentatonic scales, and melodies. Students will also perform a variety of works on a larger scale and be required to participate in all music ensembles including marching, pep, and concert bands.

Advanced Choir                                                                                                                                                Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite: Beginning Choir

Description:  The advanced mixed choir studies and performs choral literature selected from a variety of music history.  Advanced Choir will provide advanced lessons on reading and writing rhythmic and melodic notation, music terminology, and advanced sight reading skills.

Advanced Theater I  - Children’s Theater                                                                                                   Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Theater I

Description: This class is a production class that will produce a children’s show to be preformed for the Pre-K – 2 and 3 – 5 schools in DeSoto Parish. Students will be cast and create the costumes, set, and rehearsal schedule in order to produce an effective children’s show. Basic history of Children’s Theatre will be studied. Most rehearsals and work will be done in class, but more time may be required outside of school. It is recommended, but not required, that the student has taken Introduction to Theatre in order to have a better understanding of how a production works.

Advanced Theater II - Stagecraft                                                                                                                Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisites:  Theater I

Description:To provide the student with a basic understanding of the technical aspects of theatre production: scenery, lights, sound and props. Students will also learn the different tools and techniques used in theatre makeup and costuming designs that make a successful production. Students will be required to complete a portfolio as their final examination grade as they show the technical process of an assigned show. Students may be required to assist with the technical aspects of the NDHS PLAYERS theatrical productions.

Advanced Theater III - Senior Research Project – Honors                                                                            Grade Level   12

Prerequisites: Theater I, Advanced Theater I or II, Teacher Approval

Description:The purpose of this class is to review and analyze drama in its theatrical, historical and social context. You will gain practical experience in acting, improvisation and introductory work from texts and develop them. This course is the interpretation and study of dramatic genres; and an introduction to play analysis. Communication skills and personal acting will also be studied and practiced. Technical and organizational aspects of stage productions, creative approaches to design for the theater will also be studied. Students will create a portfolio to be used for college scholarships. They will complete a portfolio creating make-up, costumes, and set designs, as well as completely cast and direct a production. Students will help with the semester’s production serving on cast or crew. If student is selected he/she will participate in district speech/drama rally. Course will also cover Stage movement, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance.

Art I                                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  9 – 12

Description: This course will introduce various basic art media (both academically and artistically) to enhance understanding of the artistic process. Examine elements of design and principles of visual organization via theory and application of two-dimensional creative expression. Establish the understanding of visual organization and structure expression by delineation and modeling. 

Art II                                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisite: Art I

Description: This course will expand upon techniques learned in art I to enhance understanding of the artistic process. Two-dimensional and three- dimensional design will be explored. Students will study art periods and artists to better understand artistic meaning and style. Students will develop their own artistic voice and assemble a portfolio of work.

Beginning Band                                                                                                                                               Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: Learn to play a band instrument! Goal is to be in the North DeSoto High School band after one year in started class. Open to all students with a desire to learn to play an instrument and become a part of the band team.  Fee: Instrument rental and a few supplies or use school instrument.

Beginning Choir                                                                                                                                              Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description:  Beginning Choir is designated primarily for beginning choral instruction.  This course will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of proper vocal techniques, choral techniques and beginner music theory. The focus will be on music language, developing music reading skills, and learning about various styles of music.

Publications                                                                                                                                                     Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite:  Application   process

Description:  Introduces the student to many aspects of journalism, particularly yearbook journalism. Students receive hands-on training in desktop publishing, media strategies, and advertising. In addition to completing various projects and assignments related to newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the class designs, compiles and markets The Guardian, North DeSoto High School’s yearbook and the school newspaper.  This description includes Newspaper I & II and Yearbook I & II.

Speech I                                                                                                                                           Grade Level 9 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: The purpose of this class is to provide students with both the knowledge and experience necessary to develop the communication skills necessary to function effectively in today’s society. Students will enhance their communication skills. Students will study Personal and Public Speech, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Performance Literature, Storytelling, Story Theater, Performance Forensics, and Debate. If student is chosen he/she will participate in district and state speech/drama rally. Students will have an opportunity to gain confidence, skill, and fluency in public speaking. Students develop an understanding of both basic communication principles and public speaking strategies through their application of these principles to a variety of speaking assignments.

Speech II                                                                                                                                            Grade Level 10 – 12

Prerequisite:C or above in Speech I

Description:Oral Interpretation of Literature - The purpose of this class is to provide the students who have successfully completed Speech I the ability to continue their study in public speaking. The primary purpose of this class is to help the student become a competent and confident speaker that is ready and able to compete in high school and college forensics. Students will put together a forensic binder that will contain different genres of literature for them to perform at a competition level. Students will be given the chance to compete at the District Speech/Play Rally and audition for college forensic scholarships.

Theater I: Introduction to Theater (History of Theatre)                                                                      Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisite:  None

Description: Enhances appreciation and understanding of the theatrical experience: reading and analysis of scripts, theater attendance (live or by video) followed by exercises in written and oral critiques, discussion of the elements of play production and the business of theater. Intended to enhance his/her ability to become an appreciative and discerning theater audience member. No previous theater experience is required. Examines theater as an art form. Includes history, dramatic structure, literature, styles and types, terminology, selected readings, comparative studies, and roles of playwright, actor, director, designer, technician, front of house, and the audience. Plays placed in their historical context. Play attendance required.

Languages

 

English I                                                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  9 

Prerequisite:  None

Description:English I will teach students to develop many skills necessary for success in high school, college, and the work force. Students will read, discuss, and write about both classic and contemporary literature.  Students will study grammar (ongoing), the short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, novels, and the epic.  Students will also develop and use research skills.

English I – Honors                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  9

Prerequisite: Principal (must have master or advanced on standardized test) , teacher and parent approval.     

Description: English I will teach students to develop many skills necessary for success in high school, college, and the work force. Students will read, discuss, and write about both classic and contemporary literature. Students will study grammar (ongoing), the short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, novels, and the epic.  Students will write extensively and also develop and use research skills. The class maintains a challenging atmosphere that prepares the students for English II Honors, the GEE, and the EOC.

English II                                                                                                                                                                Grade Level  10 

Prerequisite: English I

Description: English II has Louisiana Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) that require students to read, respond, analyze, reason, problem-solve, listen, write and speak using standard English grammar, proofread, comprehend, and use informational resources. English II focuses on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and persuasive and expository writing. An MLA-style research paper is required.  A variety of literary genres will be studied, including biographies, autobiographies, novels, short stories, essays, poetry, letters, myths, memoirs, legends, periodical articles, and dramatic literature.  Famous speeches are covered and oral presentations are prepared and presented.  An emphasis is placed on cooperative learning and critical thinking skills. Grammar studies focus on application in writing and proofreading.  Preparing students for the Louisiana High School Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and the state-mandated End-of-Course Exam (EOC) are major components of the English II curriculum.   

English II – Honors                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  10

Prerequisite: C or above in English I Honors; Principal (must have master or advanced on standardized test), teacher and parent approval.  

Description:English II-Honors has Louisiana Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) that require students to read, respond, analyze, reason, solve problems, listen, write and speak using standard English grammar, proofread, comprehend, and use informational resources.  English II-Honors focuses on in-depth vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and enhanced persuasive and expository writing.  The required MLA-style research paper project is more detailed than the English II paper. A variety of literary genres will be covered:  short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and novels.  Two assigned novels are required for summer reading. This college-prep class places an emphasis on cooperative learning and critical thinking skills.  Grammar studies focus on application in writing and proofreading. Additional projects and activities, designed to further student-understanding of each unit, are important aspects of this advanced course.   Preparing students for the Louisiana High School Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and the state-mandated End-of-Course Exam (EOC) are major components of the English II-Honors curriculum.    

English III                                                                                                                                                             Grade Level  11

Prerequisite:English I & II

Description: English III is an integrated study of literature, grammar, and writing.  The literature focuses on a survey of American literature from the earliest settlers to modern times through the employment of critical thinking skills and demonstration of competence in writing, speaking and listening skills.  The study of grammar emphasizes usage and mechanics to various time periods. Writing includes paragraphs, essays, research-based literary criticism, and a major research paper. 

English III-Honors/AP® English Language and Composition                                                          Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite: Passing grade in English I & II  Honors; Principal (must have master or advanced on standardized test) , teacher and parent approval.  

Description:  This Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course explores the relationship between what authors say and how they are trying to say it. The literary component of the course provides a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, drama and poetry, and in the analysis of these works students are exposed to the analysis of both style--the more language-based approach to exploring meaning--and rhetoric-the analysis of author argument and structure. In terms of style, students will explore how elements of language-such as tone, diction, syntax-influences the overall meaning. In terms of rhetoric, students will examine various appeals, aspects of writer’s credibility, irony, and the overall use of logic to explore how effectively an author presents her/his position.  In any aspect of analysis, students are obliged to consider what the author’s overall theme is. By understanding the purpose of a piece of writing, we recognize the elements of language as an integral too with which authors develop their work.  Writing assignments cover both the expository and argumentative aspects of writing. In addition to the exploration of American and global themes of literature, students will discern how styles of writers have evolved over the last several centuries, as course content includes, but is not limited to: Socrates’ Meno, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The academic objectives of this course adhere to those outlined by the College Board in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition, which is offered each year to students during the month of May.

English IV                                                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  12

Prerequisite: English I, II, & III

Description:The course is designated for seniors and is an integrated study of British literature, grammar, writing, and Senior Project. English IV had Louisiana Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) that require students to read, respond, analyze, reason, problem-solve, listen, write, and speak using standard English grammar.  This class focuses on proofreading, comprehending, using information resources, vocabulary development, as well as persuasive and expository writing. An MLA-style research paper is required as one of the four Senior Project components.  The portfolio, physical product, and presentation must also be completed for Senior Project.

English IV- Honors      (AP/Dual Enrolment)                                                                                                   Grade Level  12

Prerequisite: English I-III or English I - English III Honors; Principal (must have master or advanced on standardized test) , teacher and parent approval.  

Description:  This Advanced Placement (AP ®) English Literature and Composition course is designed to teach first-year college-level reading and writing skills and follows the curricular guidelines described in the College Board AP® English Literature and Composition Course Description.  AP® English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students will survey significant literary texts from the roots of the Western literary tradition in ancient Greece and Rome through contemporary works from American, British, and world writers. Students are encouraged to explore the ways in which works from different periods (particularly from the 16th to 21st centuries) and different genres (poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, criticism, and drama) continue, respond to, and react against literary traditions in both content and form. In this way, texts will be contextualized (historically, socially, politically, artistically, etc.) so that they are not simply isolated productions but are part of a larger intellectual world that is continually evolving as it speaks to and about the people it represents and addresses a contemporary audience.   Reading skills are developed through training in techniques of close reading and analysis, focusing on literary forms, styles, and themes, as well as the use of literary devices and figures of speech. Students will explore the various roles of a literary reader, as one who experiences, interprets, and evaluates, and how those roles lead to different types of writing – responsive/impressionistic, analytical/interpretive, and evaluative. Finally, students will be expected to draw on this wide reading knowledge in discussions and writings about more general literary topics.  Writing skills in this class, then, grow out of these reading experiences. Writing about literature involves many prewriting techniques such as journaling, annotating, freewriting, and discussions that ask the students to engage texts and their own ideas in their own language. As students write and revise throughout the semester, coursework will address important rhetorical considerations including audience awareness, rhetorical strategies, assertions and support, organization, and grammatical and mechanical standards for academic writing, including vocabulary, sentence structure, and research documentation.

Reading I                                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  9                 

Prerequisites:Administrative Recommendation

Description: This course is intended to help students become better readers and thinkers who take ownership of their learning. Students will be introduced to high school level reading and support skills to improve memory, concentration, vocabulary, and study techniques. Students will read, analyze, discuss and write on the material presented in the course. Students will read both fiction and non-fiction pieces. The scope of the course is to build on reading skills that will assist in requisite comprehension and study skills to succeed in high school level courses.

Spanish I                                                                                                                                        Grade Level  11 – 12                 

Prerequisite: :  Successful completion of English I & II

Description: Students begin learning the basics.  An intensive overview of vocabulary ranging from classroom objects, family, food, city life, weather, parts of the body, and clothing are all introduced.  The present tense of verbs is also part of the first year curriculum, providing a solid base for the second year of study.  Additionally, Spanish culture is introduced.

Spanish II                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  11 – 12                 

Prerequisite: :  Successful completion of English I & II and Spanish I

Description:A more rigorous curriculum than Spanish I is presented.  Students continue to learn vocabulary in areas such as travel, geography, medical emergencies, and pasttimes.  The main focus of Spanish II, however, is the acquisition of various verb tenses.  By the end of Spanish II, students reinforce the present tense, but add simple and complex past tenses, the present progressive, the future, and the conditional.  The ability to use the vocabulary and grammar together comfortably is the challenge and goal of Spanish II.

Spanish III                                                                                                                                          Grade Level  12                 

Prerequisite: Spanish I & II

Description:This a course for the student who truly desires to learn the language.  The four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are intensively reinforced.  New vocabulary and grammar continue to be introduced; however, the primary focus of Spanish III is the student's ability and ease with the language.  Students are required to communicate daily to reinforce their abilities.

Math

 

Advanced Math Pre-Calculus                                                                                                                     Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Must have a 3.0 average in prior mathematics courses OR Algebra III

Description:  Advanced Math Pre-Calculus is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to extend their knowledge of mathematics and intend to enroll in calculus, physics, or college algebra.  Many of the students will take the ACT while in the advanced math class and, depending on the school they attend, will need to prepare for placement or credit tests in college algebra.  This course is broken into four major topics:  (1) polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, (2) triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, and advanced trigonometric applications, (3) sequences and series, (4) conic sections. Students enrolled in physics will specially need the trigonometry units.

Advanced Math  Pre-Calculus Dual Enrollment                                                                                      Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Junior or Senior;  Must apply to Northwestern State University for admission  and meet university on admission  requirements(ACT composite of 20; Math sub score of  19; GPA of 3.0 for seniors, and 2.5 for junior.) 

Description: Advanced Math Pre-Calculus Dual Enrollment is designed specifically for college-bound upperclassman who have previously enrolled in honors mathematics courses.  The course is an application of the essential topics of college algebra with emphasis on functions, graphing, and applications.  Upon passing of course, students will earn three hours college credit. 

Algebra I                                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  9  

Prerequisites: Evidence obtained from 8th grade mathematics course and 8th grade   LEAP scores  would indicate ability to  begin with Algebra I or a  need for intervention prior to  placement in Algebra I.

Description:  Algebra I is a core course which focuses on developing a rich understanding of fundamental algebraic ideas in realistic settings.  Topics studied include data and probability, variables, operations and properties of real numbers, equivalent expressions and equations, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, and systems of equations and inequalities.  Special emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of functions.  An introduction to quadratic functions is included in the course.  Applications, geometry, and statistics are used to develop the algebra of linear equations and inequalities. Applications should motivate all topics studied in Algebra I.

Algebra I- Honors *                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  9

Prerequisites: Evidence obtained from 8th grade mathematics course and 8th grade LEAP scores would indicate ability to be successful in an honors curriculum.  Evidence would also include teacher recommendations and parental request.

Description: Algebra I Honors is a more advanced, in-depth look at algebraic concepts, which focuses on developing a rich understanding of fundamental algebraic ideas in realistic settings.  Topics studied include in-depth data analysis and probability, variables, advanced algebraic operations and properties of real numbers, equivalent expressions and equations, advanced problem solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, and systems of equations and inequalities. 

Algebra II                                                                                                                                                                Grade Level  10

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry

Description: Algebra is the connection between mathematics and the real world.  The language of algebra is used to translate mathematically the real-world experiences.  Algebra II uses mathematical analysis and relevant problem solving to demonstrate these connections.  This course will develop the conceptual understanding and the procedural skills needed to use mathematics effectively, to provide for the further study of mathematics, and to make life-long learning a reality. 

Algebra II- Honors  *                                                                                                                                          Grade Level  10

Pre-requisites: Algebra I—Honors*, Geometry-Honors and Algebra II-Honors are taken an honor student’s sophomore year.  Preference would be to take Geometry Honors first, but courses may be taken in either order.

Description:  Algebra II Honors is a more in-depth look at algebraic concepts and real world applications.  Examples of extensions in lessons include; in-depth examples of slope and rate of change, inverses of trigonometric functions, expansion of factoring. * Placement of students in Algebra II Honors after completing regular Algebra I and Geometry course credits would be based on teacher recommendation, state test scores, and ability levels from prior math courses.

Algebra III                                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  11

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

Description: Algebra is the connection between mathematics and the real world.  The language of algebra is used to translate mathematically the real-world experiences.  Algebra II uses mathematical analysis and relevant problem solving to demonstrate these connections.  This course will develop the conceptual understanding and the procedural skills needed to use mathematics effectively, to provide for the further study of mathematics, and to make life-long learning a reality. 

Calculus                                    (Dual Enrolment)                                                                                      Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisites:  Advanced Math Pre-Calculus or Advanced Math Pre-Calculus Dual Enrollment

Description:Trigonometric functions; relations between functions, solutions of triangles with applications to practical problems; trigonometric formulas and identities; radian measurement; graphic representation o trigonometric functions; inverse trigonometric functions, and trigonometric equations.  Students who meet the following requirements may request Dual Enrollment with Northwestern State University:

  1. 18 PLAN or ACT Composite score (or SAT equivalent)     19 PLAN or ACT Math sub-score (or SAT equivalent)
  2. 3.00 Cumulative GPA – Junior Status                                   2.75 Cumulative GPA – Senior Status

Financial Math                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

Description:  Financial Mathis designed to focus on mathematical concepts and applications needed for the design and management of personal and business finances.  Financial Mathematics serves as a foundation for ALL students to learn to make mathematically sound decisions in their roles as consumers, employees, and/or entrepreneurs.  This course extends students’ knowledge of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents as well as basic statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, and data analysis in the context of relevant real life problem-solving situations.  Real life situations include:  payroll, income tax preparations, interest computation, managing income, buying insurance, and making sound credit and investment decisions.

Geometry                                                                                                                                                              Grade Level  10

Prerequisites:Algebra I

Description:  Geometry is the study of visual patterns and the use of these patterns to describe the physical universe.  The study of geometry uses visual patterns as one method of representing mathematical concepts.  Inductive reasoning is utilized to make conjectures about the relationships in geometric figures and deductive reasoning is used to confirm these conjectures.  After discovering or deriving these relationships they are used to solve problems involving geometry.  Connections are made between geometric concepts and previously studied algebraic concepts.  Attention is focused on Euclidean geometry, transformation geometry, and coordinate geometry.   

Geometry –Honors *                                                                                                                                      Grade Level  9 – 10

Prerequisite: Algebra I-Honors, Geometry-Honors and Algebra II- Honors are taken an honor student’s sophomore year.   Description:  Honors Geometry is a more in-depth look at geometric concepts and real world applications.  Examples of extensions in lessons include; non-linear patterns, counting techniques, application of inductive reasoning, parallel line and quadrilateral proofs, Law of Sine and Cosine, scale drawings, study of history of pi, and graphing calculator applications. This course should be the 2nd course taken in the sequence of mathematics courses required for graduation.  Placement of students in Geometry Honors after completing a non-honors Algebra I course credit would be based on teacher recommendation, LEAP and EOC scores.

Physical Education

 

Army JROTC                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisites:Physically fit and a desire to learn

Description:  Basic course subjects – Physical training one day a week; class room studies Monday – Friday, Proper uniform one day each week; Drill or leader development one day each week. Students will continue to learn Leadership and Character Development, discipline, become self confident, gain respect for self and others. LET 2’s will continue LET 1 requirements plus work on life skills and citizenship.  Students have the opportunity to advance through eight levels. 

First Responder                                                                                                                                          Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisites:  Must be 17 years of age or older. 

Description:This course is designed to instruct students to the level of First Responder, who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. This curriculum includes skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care with a limited amount of equipment. Specifically, after successful completion of the program, the student will be capable of performing the following functions at the minimum entry level.

Health                                                                               .5 credit                                                           Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisites:None 

Description:  This course focuses primarily on student’s personal health. It is wellness-based and offers students an opportunity to learn skills that could help them throughout their lives. The course has been created for students to analyze their health and well-being in regards to fitness, disease, abuse, prevention and awareness, communication, family and environmental health. In addition, Health provides many different resources that students will be able to continually use as future references in their quest to seek health information. JROTC I & II fulfill the requirements of this course.

Physical Education I-IV                                                                                                                                Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisites:None

Description: This course helps to meet the Louisiana High School physical education graduation credits. In learning fitness self-management skills, developing a positive attitude for lifetime fitness, discussion cardiovascular fitness and how that is incorporated into recreation, active sports and skill-related physical fitness. The physical education program helps students attain physical and mental well being competencies. It is the one subject area that provides learning in all three domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. It also helps foster communication skills, promotes productive goal setting and positive attitudes which result in a healthy lifestyle and a productive use of leisure time.  

Science

 

Biology                                                                                                                                                                     Grade Level  10

Prerequisite: Physical Science    

Description– An introduction to the different levels and organization of life. Included areas of study are: Cell Function and Organization, Cell Reproduction and Genetics, Evolution & Natural Selection, Characteristics of the Six Kingdoms of Life, Flow of Matter & Energy through ecosystems, the Human Body, and Organism behavior.

Biology – Honors *                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  10

Prerequisites: Physical Science; Principal (must have master or advanced on standardized test), teacher and parent approval.  

Description:  This course will contain the same basic standards as Biology I, but will extend learning in many areas of the course, as well as more in depth knowledge of the required learning standards as Biology I. The course will include a semester project. 

Biology II                                                                                                                                                      Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:Honors Biology I or B or above in Biology I.

Description: This honors level course encompasses the following areas of study:  Advanced human body, zoology, enzyme function and reactions, and introduction to biotechnology.  The course will include a semester project and research paper.

Chemistry                                                                                                                                                             Grade Level  11

Prerequisite:Algebra II 

Description: This course is a study of matter and the changes it undergoes.  Topics include Modern Atomic Theory, chemical bonding, classification of chemical reactions, stoichiomistry, solution chemistry, the gas laws, and enthalpy.  The laboratory emphasizes techniques and experiments to illustrate and reinforce the concepts studied. Chemistry is recommended to all college-prep students as an introduction to a college-level format and to enhance higher order thinking skills with emphasis on reading comprehension and mathematics application. 

Environmental Science                                                                                                                                Grade Level  10 – 12

Prerequisite:  Physical Science

Description: The make-up of the earth, organization of its inhabitants, responsible use of renewable resources and nonrenewable resources.  Environmental Science focuses on conservation and protection of natural resources, environmental education and communication, and research.

Forensic Science                                                                                                                                           Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology I; Enrollment in or completion  of  Chemistry, 

Description:  This course introduces the student to the theory, concepts, and practices used in the analysis of physical evidence performed in crime laboratories.  The student will learn the fundamentals of crime scene investigation.It also introduces ethical and inquiry assurance issues of crucial importance in modern crime laboratories.  Areas studied are fingerprinting, hair analysis, blood splatter, multiple crime scenes, and DNA analysis.  Students will learn how to properly collect, store, and analyze evidence of many forms. 

Physical Science                                                                                                                                                     Grade Level  9 

Prerequisite:   None

Description: The course offers an introduction tochemistry and physics.  By the end of the course, the student will be able to measure physical properties of matter; use metric system; name and write chemical symbols and formulas; identify subatomic particles; classify elements; draw Bohr models; balance chemical equations, as well as, differentiate between mass and weight, speed and velocity, demonstrate Newton’s three laws of motion; describe motion.

Physics I                                                                                                                                                                     Grade Level  12

Prerequisite: Chemistry, Advanced Math – PreCalculus

Description:  The course includes the study of force, motion, work, energy, machines, fluids, magnetism, electricity, electronics, radiation, sound and light.  This is a laboratory-based course, which will deal with application of the natural laws and with problem solving.  Physics is also recommended to all college-prep students as an introduction to a college-level format and to enhance higher order thinking skills with emphasis on reading comprehension and mathematics application. 

Introduction to Engineering Design™                                                                                                         Grade Level  9 – 11

Prerequisite:  C or better grade in previous years math course

Description:  Uses a design development process while enriching problem­-solving skills; students create and analyze models using specialized computer software.

Principles Of Engineering™                                                                                                                        Grade Level  10 – 11

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Engineering Design™  

Description: Explores technology systems and manufacturing processes; addresses the social and political consequences of technological change.

Digital Electronics™                                                                                                                                    Grade Level  10 – 11

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Engineering Design™   and  Principles Of Engineering™                                                                                                 

Description:  Teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.

Civil Engineering and Architecture™ (planned for 2012-2013)                                                    Grade Level  11 – 12

Description:  Introduces students to the interdependent fields of civil engineering and architecture; students learn project planning, site planning, and building design.

Engineering Design and Development™(planned for 2012-2013)                                                   Grade Level  11 – 12

Description:  Is a research course that requires students to formulate the solution to an open-ended engineering question. With a community mentor and skills gained in their previous courses, students create written reports on their applications, defend the reports, and submit them to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.

Social Studies

 

American History                                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  11

Prerequisite:   Civics

Description - The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the development of the United States within the context of history with a major focus on the Post-Reconstruction period.  Students will use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, and humanities to solve problems in academic, civic, social, and employment settings

American History- Honors                                                                                                                                Grade Level  11

Prerequisite:   Civics

Description - In this class, we will study American History post-Civil War through modern times.  This class will meet the same requirements as regular American History with some additional requirements.  Students will be asked to do projects outside of class time up to and including, essays, research, oral presentations, interviews, and creative projects as to be determined by the teacher.  Students will be expected to do additional readings or readings at a higher level than those of the regular class and will be required to complete tests and other assignments of a higher difficulty level in keeping with an honors class.

AP Government & Politics                                                                                                                          Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:   Civics and American History

Description:  The Advanced Placement U. S. Government and Politics course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course. AP® Government and Politics is designed to give motivated students a chance to learn more about American Political Science. Students explore the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. Students gain the analytical perspective necessary to evaluate political data, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes and learn how to gather data about political behavior and develop their own theoretical analysis of American politics. Students also build the skills they need to examine general propositions about government and politics, and to analyze specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. Students will have an opportunity to:

  1. read as much as required in a typical literature class.
  2. think and write at a higher level to clearly express ideas and persuade with evidence.
  3. analyze political cartoons, campaign ads, current events and data sources such as statistics from public opinion polls, charts and graphs on election results, etc.
  4. write a number of college level essays analyzing complex subjects.
  5. debate with your peers via discussion boards.

This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Government and Politics: U. S. exam administered by the College Board Educational testing service.

Civics                                                                                                                                                               Grade Level  9 – 10

Prerequisites:  None

Description: The purpose of this course is to emphasize the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society by providing the basic attitudes and understandings necessary for citizenship.  Students will develop understanding of the principles, structures, and functions of federal, state, and local governments.   The course will now incorporate units of study dealing with the economic system of the United States, thus eliminating a separate Free Enterprise course requirement.

Free Enterprise                                                                .5 credit                                                                Grade Level  9 – 10

Prerequisites: None

Description:  The purpose of this course is to study the economic system of the United States. This course emphasizes the development of the economy, the role citizens play as consumers and producers, and the relationship between personal economic decisions and the total economy.

Global Issues                                                                      .5 credit                                                      Grade Level  10 – 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  This course will build on prior historical knowledge and introduce students to contemporary topics that will enhance their comprehension and evaluation of current events.  Students will gain understanding regarding geographic, historical, political, and economic circumstances which shape today’s world in order to obtain sufficient ability to analyze the foreign policies of the world’s most prominent nations.

Law Studies                                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite: Civics

Description:  The purpose of this course is to provide students with practical information about the law.  The course will provide problem-solving opportunities that will assist in the development of knowledge and skills necessary to understand the basic laws within the United States. 

Psychology                                                                                                                                                      Grade Level  10 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: The purpose of this course is to study the human development throughout the lifespan.  It explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes affect the individual from conception to death.

Sociology                                                                                                                                                       Grade Level  10 – 12

Prerequisites:None

Description: The purpose of this course is to investigate the principles of sociology, the individual in group, social institutions, social control, and the use of research methods to examine social problems.  The course provides practice for students to develop critical-thinking, decision-making, and social studies skills concerning human relationships. 

World Geography                                                                                                                                                   Grade Level  9

Prerequisite: None

Description:  The purpose of this course is to deal with the earth and how people interact with their environment.  The course offers an understanding of the way people live in particular places and why they live as they do.  Exploration of the physical and cultural features of the earth, changing earth resources, people and the land, political boundaries, economic growth and technical change will also be studied.

World Geography- Honors                                                                                                                                   Grade Level  9

Prerequisite: None

Description:  The course will reinforce basic geography skills needed to comprehend and interpret various maps, charts, diagrams, and graphs. Students will learn to apply the five themes of geography to different regions of the world.  The course will focus on nine regions of the world that will be broken into two main branches of geography: physical geography and human geography.  Through this process students will develop many theories and discover much that will amaze them about our world.  This will allow the student to better understand the world and events that take place in it.  Since this is an honors course, critical thinking and analytical skills will ber required in class.  The students will be required to complete additional constructed response questions ob test, as well as additional projects and alternative reading assignments. 

World History                                                                                                                                                  Grade Level  9 – 12

Prerequisite:  None

Description: The purpose of this course is to study the history of modern civilization.  Students will investigate events, trends, and developments that has an impact on the development of the modern world.  The focus of the course will be a survey from the Renaissance though the end of the Cold War, with an emphasis on western European history and its influence on the world.

General Electives

 

ACT Prep                                                                           .5 credit                                                       Grade Level  10 – 11

Prerequisite: 10 - 11th grade classification

Description:  This course of study provides an organized body of information regarding preparing for, registering for, and successfully completing the ACT.  Materials covered include an introduction to the basics of the examination; practice examinations in each of the Subject Test areas; a review of content and skills necessary for achieving a high score; and strategies pertinent to each Subject Test area.  If time permits, the course may delve into discussion/treatment of important information relating to such extras as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), scholarship applications, and college search.  This course of study is most pertinent to juniors (11th grade), but sophomores and seniors may find it a useful elective.

Education for Careers                                                   .5 credit                                                                          Grade Level  9

Prerequisite:  None           

Description: This course was designed to assist students with exploring careers and developing skills necessary to make meaningful decisions about their career choice. Students will be made aware that there are many factors to consider before selecting a suitable career. This course will assist the student in assessing their personal strengths and weaknesses as they relate to career decisions. This course will aid the student in developing strategies to make an effective transition from school to work. The student will develop skills in this course that are generic to all occupations such as properly preparing career documents needed to obtain employment. A major component of this course will be the development of an exit portfolio. The student will be able to recognize that career enhancements and career changes are common and that they need to be prepared with the proper tools, resources, and guidance to make informed decisions about their career choice throughout their lifetime.

Library Assistant                                                                                                                                           Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:None

Description– This course provides an opportunity for the students to develop skills in research and retrieval of information, operation, and use of computer and audiovisual equipment, and processing and circulation of materials. Students in this course also learn about attitudes and skills necessary to provide service to patrons and acquire awareness about careers in librarianship, information science, teaching, and public service.  

STAR I                                                                                                                                                          Grade Level  11 – 12

Prerequisite:Enrolled in Education Pathway

Description: The STAR curriculum is designed to provide a career focus by offering an overview of the teaching profession.  STAR students are provided with means and guidance for self-assessment, learning about others, and diversity within Louisiana classrooms. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of the history of education, both national and statewide. In addition, students will be provided meaningful field experiences, with an emphasis in critical shortage areas, designed to paint a realistic picture of the teaching profession. They will be given tools that help them manage what is one of the most important and ever-changing careers.

Teacher Assistant                                                                                                                                                 Grade Level  12

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation , Application process, Administrative approval                                                                                    

DescriptionThis course provides an opportunity for the students to develop skills in research and retrieval of information, operation, and use of computer and audiovisual equipment, and processing and circulation of materials. Students in this course also learn about attitudes and skills necessary to provide service to patrons. Students also type, file, and duplicate materials for the office and teachers, laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use, copy lesson materials, make bulletin board displays and exhibits, take up class attendance, etc.