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Course Descriptions Grades 6-8 2014-15  

   

 


Table of  Contents   Graduation  Requirements  ...........................................................................................................  3   American  Diploma  ...................................................................................................................................  3   Brazilian  Diploma  ....................................................................................................................................  3   Course  Descriptions  .......................................................................................................................  4   ARTS  ..............................................................................................................................................................  4   Visual  Arts  ...................................................................................................................................................................  4   Performing  Arts  ........................................................................................................................................................  5   LANGUAGE  ARTS  &  LITERATURE  ........................................................................................................  6   English  ...........................................................................................................................................................................  6   English  Language  Development  (ELD)  ...........................................................................................................  6   Portuguese  ..................................................................................................................................................................  7   Portuguese  as  a  Second  Language  (PSL)  ........................................................................................................  7   MATHEMATICS  ..........................................................................................................................................  9   PHYSICAL  EDUCATION  ............................................................................................................................  9   SCIENCE  ......................................................................................................................................................  10   SOCIAL  STUDIES  ......................................................................................................................................  10   Brazilian  Social  Studies  .......................................................................................................................................  11   TECHNOLOGY  ...........................................................................................................................................  12   WORLD  LANGUAGES  ..............................................................................................................................  12   French  ........................................................................................................................................................................  12   Spanish  .......................................................................................................................................................................  13   Registration  Forms  ......................................................................................................................  14         Cover  Art  by  the  Class  of  2017    

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Secondary Administration and Student Services Secondary Principal ………………………….

Bonnie Lindgren

Director of Brazilian Studies …………………

Maria do Carmo Apolinario

Guidance Counselor …………………………

Charles Hodges

Librarian ……………………………………….

Dayse Nascimento

Assistants Ana Cecilia Depaola André Nunes   Student Activities Coordinator ……..………… Lisa Grinfeder   School Nurse …………………………………… Carol Caldas  

Faculty Aarão Simões

Fernanda Bonfim

Allan Genú

Jackie Santos

Dr. Ana Vitoria Botelho

Jessica Eakin

Angelyca Rocha

Kadna Cordeiro

Antonio Almeida

Martha Viegas

Dr. Antonio Travassos

Monica Silva

Camila Falcão

Dr. Pedro Anselmo Filho

Chelsea Callan

Quintino Orengo

Dominique Jacob

Raquel Souto

Elizabeth Moreira

Viviane Vasconcelos

Ester Correa

José Veloso

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Graduation Requirements   As  you  contemplate  what  courses  to  request  for  the  next  school  year,  consider  how  your   choices   will   further   your   plans   for   graduation   and   for   college   entrance.   This   may   not   affect   you   much   while   in   grades   6-­‐8,   but   it   is   advisable   to   be   familiar   with   the   information  and  to  use  it  to  plan  ahead.  Ensure  that  you  will  have  the  credits  needed  for   the   American   Diploma   and   the   courses   needed   each   year   for   the   Brazilian   Diploma.   Consider  whether  the  electives  you  choose  will  allow  you  to  develop  a  balanced  range  of   skills,   knowledge,   and   interests.   Consider   also   how   you   will   balance   your   homework   load  against  your  social  and  family  activities.  Please  be  aware  that  the  listing  of  a  course   description   does   not   guarantee   that   the   course   will   be   offered   in   a   particular   school   year.   Courses   will   be   scheduled   on   the   basis   of   student   interest,   sufficient   enrollment,   and  the  most  effective  use  of  instructors’  time.     The   American   Diploma   must   be   earned   by   all   graduates   of   the   American   School   of   Recife.   The   Brazilian   Diploma   is   required   for   all   Brazilian   citizens,   and   for   entry   into   Brazilian  universities.  

American Diploma     Students  in  Grades  9-­‐12  earn  credits  toward  graduation.  One  credit  is  earned  by  passing   a   course   with   120   hours   of   class   time.   A   minimum   of   25   credits   is   required.   Sixteen   credits  must  be  distributed  as  shown  below.       English/ELD       4  credits     Social  Studies     4  credits     Mathematics     3  credits     Science     3  credits     Physical  Education   2  credits           16  credits  required  by  AdvancED  regulations     In  addition,  the  Brazilian  Ministry  of  Education  requires  study  of  Portuguese  (or  PSL)  in   every  year  of  attendance  at  EAR.  Elective  courses  are  chosen  to  bring  the  total  credits  to   a  minimum  of  25.       Portuguese/PSL   in  every  year  of  EAR  attendance     Electives     5  credits           25  credits  required  for  the  EAR  diploma    

Brazilian Diploma  

Requirements  for  the  Brazilian  Diploma  specify  the  following  in  grades  10-­‐12:   Science:  Biology,  Chemistry  and  Physics   Mathematics:  Algebra,  Geometry,  and  Trigonometry  (Alg  II  and  Pre-­‐Calc)   Social  Studies:  Brazilian  History,  Brazilian  Geography,  Sociology  &  Philosophy    


Course Registration   Enrollment   in   a   course   may   depend   on   a   student’s   grade   in   the   prerequisite   course(s),   graduation  requirements,  student’s  workload,  teacher  and/or  counselor  recommendation,  and   scheduling  feasibility.  Specific  departments  may  take  into  consideration  additional  criteria.    

Scheduling The   small   size   of   EAR's   grade   level   classes,   the   many   diploma   requirements,   and   the   availability   of   both   teachers   and   classrooms   pose   challenges   to   the   scheduling   of   courses.   To   make   the   best   use   of   our   human   and   physical   resources,   we   cannot   run   classes   of   fewer   than   five   students.   Though   we   do   our   best   to   schedule   every   student’s   first   choice   for   electives,   it   is   often   impossible  for  every  request  to  be  met.  When  requesting  courses,  students  must  include  several   choices,   and   show   flexibility.   Remember   that   students   are   expected   to   have   the   same   commitment   to   elective   as   to   required   courses.   Electives   can   be   changed   during   the   first   two   weeks   of   the   Semester.   After   two   weeks,   you   must   remain   in   the   course   until   the   end   of   the   Semester;   choose   wisely.   It   is   the   student’s   responsibility   to   check   the   requirements   for   your   grade.  Make  an  appointment  with  your  counselor  to  verify  credits  and  requirements.

Course Descriptions    

ARTS Visual  Arts    

Art 6   A   more   in   depth   study   of   the   art   elements   is   made   during   the   first   semester.   Throughout   the   school  year  students  study  about  of  two  different  civilization,  Prehistoric  art  and  Egyptian  art.  A   wide   variety   of   art   techniques   and   processes   are   used   to   help   students   appreciate   and   understand  the  art  of  the  past.     Art  7   During   this   course   students   will   study   art   history   from   the   Greece   through   Baroque   where   they   acquire   knowledge   that   permits   them   to   identify   art   styles   and   the   period   to   which   they   belong.   In   addition,   students   are   encouraged   to   use   an   appropriate   artistic   term   when   describing   an   art   work.     Art  8   Students   will   learn   about   the   major   20th   art   movements.   In   addition,   the   students   will   acquire   the   ability   to   compare   and   contrast   art   from   different   world   cultures   and   investigate   how   context   can   influence   meaning.   Students   debate   the   purposes   of   art   formulate   reasoned   responses  to  meaningful  art  questions,  develop  their  own  criteria  for  making  art  judgments,  and   develop  a  personal  aesthetic.     Studio  Art   At  middle  and  high  school  level  art  is  an  elective  course  and  has  the  format  of  art  studio.  Each   course  has  the  duration  of  one  semester.  Students  may  choose  from  an  art  appreciation  course,   craft  or  artistic  drawing  or  painting  course.     Photojournalism   In  this  one-­‐semester  course,  students  learn  how  to  research,  report,  write  and  edit  stories.  They   explore  the  basics  of  photography  composition  and  dig  into  the  exposure  controls.  Students  gain  

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knowledge on  how  to  capture  compelling,  accurate,  informative  photographs  that  enhance  news   stories   and   yearbooks.   They   learn   clear   and   critical   thinking   methods,   computer   literacy,   teamwork,   composition,   video   and   photography   editing   techniques.   Computer   programs   used   are:  Adobe  Indesign  CS5.5,  Photoshop  CS5,  Adobe  Illustrator  and  Sony  Vegas.  This  course  may   be  repeated.       Performing  Arts    

Music A  broad-­‐based  approach  to  making  and  enjoying  music.  Students  will  learn  and  develop  skills   with  a  variety  of  musical  instruments:  drums,  flute,  keyboard,  as  well  as  Hulabaloo  -­‐  homemade   percussive  instruments.  Music  can  be  found  in  the  most  amazing  places!    Learning  activities   include:  music  appreciation,  musical  notation,  improvisation,  composing  music,  musical   critiques,  and  performance.  (This  course  may  be  repeated).     Choir                         This   course   is   designed   for   students   with   a   special   interest   in   singing.   It   addresses   basic   to   advanced   vocal   techniques   and   teaches   and   reinforces   the   fundamentals   of   group   singing.   Students  will  focus  on  harmony,  improving  intonation,  choral  blend,  and  musical  interpretation.   Coursework   includes   sight-­‐reading   and   performance.   This   is   a   proposed   elective   course   that   may  be  offered  if  there  is  enough  interest.    

Digital Music           Digital  Music  is  a  semester-­‐long  class  devoted  to  basic  music  composition,  arranging,  and  other   applications   using     Garage   Band   and   piano   keyboards.   Various   music   software   programs   will   be   introduced,  and  there  will  be  a  culminating  project  utilizing  some  of  these  tools.  Students  will  be   introduced  to  musical  notation  and  basic  music  theory  concepts.      

Beginning Guitar           Guitar  is  a  semester-­‐long  introductory  course  for  guitar  players.  Students  will  learn  to  play  basic   chords  and  fingering  on  acoustic  guitar  in  a  group  setting.  They  will  also  learn  the  music  theory,   appreciation,  and  history,  and  will  learn  to  listen  to  and  read  music.  Students  should  be   prepared  to  provide  their  own  guitar.  This  is  a  proposed  elective  course  that  may  be  offered  if   there  is  enough  interest.     Drama    

Drama is  offered  at  EAR  as  an  elective  course  with  a  duration  of  one  semester.  The  objective  of   the  course  is  to  foster  acting  skills  culminating  in  at  least  one  stage  production.      Students  are   encouraged   to   live   truthfully   under   imaginary   circumstances.     Techniques   that   foster   effective   acting   such   as   expression   of   an   idea   or   emotion   through   body   language   and/or   oral   communication   are   explored   through   games,   exercises   and   role-­‐playing   that   promote   understanding  of  what  is  essential  in  a  theater  production.  Students  are  expected  to  understand   the  importance  of  teamwork  effort  in  all  areas  of  the  theater.      (This  course  may  be  repeated.)    

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LANGUAGE ARTS  &  LITERATURE   English   English 6   In  sixth  grade  students  extend  and  expand  previously  introduced  concepts  and  skills  in  reading,   listening,  speaking  and  writing  through  guided  and  individual  reading  of  increasingly  complex   texts,   viewing   of   films,   using   the   writing   process,   participating   in   discussions   and   making   oral   presentations.     Primary   texts:   Choices   in   Literature-­‐Copper,   Vocabulary   for   Achievement-­‐Book   One  and  several  contemporary  novels.  

English 7 Seventh   grade   students   use   a   variety   of   communication   skills   for   various   purposes   and   implementing   varied   techniques.     Through   literature   and   expository   texts,   films,     writing,   and   oral   language   activities,   students   better   understand   self,   culture   and   society   as   well   as   the   elements   and   devices   of   a   text.     Primary   texts:   Choices   in   Literature-­‐Bronze,   Vocabulary   for   Achievement-­‐Book  Two  and  several  classic  and  contemporary  novels.  

English 8 In   English   8   students   address   themes   related   to   personal   choices,   family   dynamics,   justice   equality  and  cultural  differences.    Through  readings,  large  and  small  group  discussions  and  the   writing  process,  students  recognize  and  use  literary  devices  and  forms  and  explore  the  author´s   purpose,   style   and   theme.     They   produce   expository,   descriptive,   narrative   and   persuasive   pieces  of  writing  and  present  researched  information  in  oral  reports.    Primary  texts:    classic  and   contemporary  novels,  Choices  in  Literature-­‐Silver,  and  Vocabulary  for  Achievement-­‐Book  Three.    

English Language  Learner  (ELL)     Middle   and   High   school   students   will   receive   an   individualized   content-­‐based   approach   in   the   ELL   class.   Both   language   and   content   instruction   are   integrated   so   that   students   develop   academic  knowledge  and  skills  in  specific  content  areas  at  the  same  time  as  they  develop  their   language  skills.  Classes  are  planned  to  foster  English  proficiency  in  areas  of  Reading,  Listening,   Writing   and   Speaking.   Through   a   variety   of   activities/projects   (journals,   storytelling,   reports,   exercises,  tests)  students  are  expected  to  develop:   ● Oral  communication:  students  are  expected  to  understand,  interpret  and  use  oral   English  in  a  variety  of  contexts  and  media.     ● Reading:  students  are  expected  to  read  a  variety  of  informational  and  literary  texts  for   different  purposes,  using  a  range  of  reading  strategies  effectively.   ● Writing:  students  are  expected  to  communicate  through  writing  for  a  variety  of   purposes  and  audiences.   ● Social     and  Cultural:  students  are  expected  to  understand  and  value  cultural  differences   and  to  demonstrate  social  and  cultural  competence  in  a  wide  range  of  situations.   Required for all students who are not enrolled in an English course. Beginners Level ELL  course  is  a  systematic  use  of  instructional  strategies  that  promote  the  acquisition  of  English   by  students  whose  primary  language  is  not  English.  This  course  introduces  basic  literacy  skills   and   help   students   adjust   to   their   new   cultural   environment.   Students   engage   in   activities   that   foster   the   four   skills:   listening,   speaking,   reading   and   writing.   By   the   end   of   the   course   students   will   provide   and   obtain   information   in   English.   Students   will   also   be   able   to   show   an  

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understanding of  and  be  able  to  interpret  writings  and  speeches  about  a  variety  of  topics.     Novice  Level   This   course   expands   on   the   previous   level,   Beginners.   Students   continue   to   study   communication  skills  and  cultural  knowledge.  This  course  is  to  provide  continued  practice  and   refinement   of   both   oral   and   literacy   skills   for   functional   purposes.   Students   will   continue   to   expand   their   vocabulary   and   use   more   complex   sentence   patterns.   By   the   end   of   the   Novice   level  students  will  be  expected  to  use  English  to  reinforce  and  further  their  knowledge  of  other   disciplines.     Intermediate  Level   This   course   expands   on   the   previous   level   of   students´   accuracy   in   using   English   in   the   classroom   and   in   other   settings.   Students   will   communicate   orally   using   a   variety   of   the   conventions   of   English   grammar   with   some   accuracy.   Students   will   also   read   books   at   the   appropriate  reading  level  for  a  variety  of  purposes.  Students  will  write  in  a  variety  of  forms  for   various  purposes  and  audiences.  By  the  end  of  the  Intermediate  Level,  students  will  be  expected   to  use  English  both  within  and  beyond  the  school  setting  with  degree  of  fluency.     Advanced  Level   This   course   expands   on   the   previous   level,   Intermediate.   This   course   continues   to   enhance   students´  ability  in  reading,  writing,  listening  and  speaking  in  English.  By  the  end  of  this  course   students   will   be   expected   to   communicate   orally   using   patterns   of   English   grammar   and   pronunciation  with  accuracy.  Reading,  participating  in  academic  discussions,  writing  essays  on   a  variety  of  topics  will  continue  to  be  engaging  activities  to  successfully  mainstream  the  student   in  other  subject  areas.

Portuguese Portuguese  6   Ampliação  do  estudo  da  Morfologia  e  início  dos  elementos  essenciais  na  sintaxe  (sujeito  e   predicado),  isto  é,  estudo  morfossintático.  A  produção  textual  é  feita  em  um  caderno  de  redação,   com   reescrita.   São   trabalhados   os   gêneros   textuais   escritos   e   orais   entre   estes   o   debate   regrado   e   Notícias   da   Semana.   Há   também   leitura   de   livros   de   literatura.   Livro   principal:   Português   Linguagens  -­‐  6o  ano  (2010)  

Portuguese 7   Estudo  da  Sintaxe  na  interpretação  e  compreensão  de  textos.  A  produção  de  texto  surge  com   o   projeto   Páginas   Seguintes...   (confecção   de   um   livro   de   literatura,   com   ISBN   pelos   alunos,   a   ser   lançado  na  8a  Série).  E  a  exploração  da  oralidade  com  Notícias  da  Semana  e  leitura  de  livros  de   literatura.  Livro  principal:  Português  Linguagens  -­‐  7o  ano  (2010)  

Portuguese 8   Estudo   da   Semântica,   Estilística   e   da   Sintaxe   aplicadas   nos   diversos   gêneros   textuais.   A   produção   de   texto   é   baseada   na   conclusão   do   livro   no   projeto   Páginas   Seguintes...   (noite   de   autógrafos  e  as  obras  são  colocadas  na  biblioteca  da  EAR).  Exploração  da  oralidade  com  Notícias   da   Semana   e   leitura   de   livros   de   literatura.   Livro   principal:   Português   Linguagens   -­‐   8o   ano   (2010)  

Portuguese Language  Learner  (PLL)       The   Portuguese   courses   for   non-­‐native   speakers   enable   students   to   communicate   well   with   Brazilians   and   to   participate   actively   in   daily   life.   The   courses   take   into   account   the   personal  

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growth of  the  student  in  the  new  environment  and  culture.  Individual  learning  plans  are  based   on  the  student’s  skill  level,  not  on  grade  level.  Each  level  is  structural  and  functional,  enabling   students   to   use   words   and   expressions   that   convey   their   ideas   and   feelings.   Students   receive   an   overview   of   Brazilian   literature,   history   and   political   aspects,   allowing   them   to   understand   Brazil  in  the  contemporary  world  scene.       Required  for  all  students  who  are  not  enrolled  in  a  Portuguese  course.       Beginners  Level   The  Portuguese  Beginners  level  course  is  designed  for  non-­‐native  Portuguese  speakers.  From  a   basic  communicative  level,  coursework  focuses  on  expressing  ideas  and  feelings  by  using  very   basic  structures,  vocabulary  and  different  genre  of  texts  in  Portuguese,  such  as:  oral  interview,   comic   books   and   fairy   tales.   Communication   structures   include:   greetings,   numbers,   present   tense  and  some  verbs  for  daily  use  and  expressions  for  basic  communication.  The  student  will   be   continuously   evaluated   through   assignments   and   tests   to   check   reading,   writing,   speaking,   listening  and  use  of  Portuguese.  Primary  texts:  Tudo  bem?  1;  Muito  Prazer.           Novice  Level   The   Portuguese   Novice   level   course   is   designed   for   non-­‐native   Portuguese   speakers.   From   a   basic   communicative   level,   coursework   focuses   on   expression   of   ideas   and   feelings   by   using   basic   structures,   vocabulary   and   different   genre   of   texts   in   Portuguese,   such   as:   novels,   comic   books  and  magazines.  Grammar  studies  include:  Irregular  and  regular  verbs  in  the  present  and   in   the   past,   adverbs   of   time.   The   student   will   be   continuously   evaluated   by   performance   in   reading,  writing,  speaking,  listening  and  use  of  Portuguese.  Primary  texts:  Tudo  bem?  1;  Muito   Prazer;  Portugues  Linguagens  6  e  7.       Intermediate  Level   The   Portuguese   Intermediate   level   courses   are   designed   for   non-­‐native   Portuguese   speakers   and   Portuguese   speakers   who   are   fluent   but   either   do   not   have   a   more   formal   study   of   Portuguese  or  who  speak  the  language,  but  have  difficulties  in  writing  or  in  grammar.  It  enables   students  to  communicate  fully  with  Brazilians  as  well  as  to  participate  actively  in  daily  life.  At   the   intermediate   communicative   level,   coursework   focuses   on   expression   and   understanding   using   more   complex   structures,   wider   vocabulary   and   different   genre   of   texts   in   Portuguese,   such  as:  advertising,  novels,  and  poems.  Grammar  structures  include:  syntax,  punctuation,  use   of   specific   words   and   idiomatic   expressions,   connotation   of   words   and   reported   speech.   The   student   will   be   continuously   evaluated   in   reading,   writing,   speaking,   listening   and   use   of   Portuguese   vocabulary   and   idiomatic   expressions.   Primary   texts:   Tudo   bem?   2;   Português   Linguagens  8.           Advanced  Level   The   Portuguese   Advanced   level   course   is   designed   for   non-­‐native   Portuguese   speakers   and   Portuguese  speakers  who  are  fluent  but  either  do  not  have  a  more  formal  study  of  Portuguese   or  who  speak  the  language,  but  have  difficulties  in  writing  or  in  grammar.  It  enables  students  to   communicate   accurately   with   Brazilians   as   well   as   to   participate   actively   in   daily   life.   At   the   advanced   communicative   level,   coursework   focuses   comprehension   and   self-­‐expression   using   complex   structure,   extensive   vocabulary   and   literature   as   well   as   different   genre   of   texts   in   Portuguese,   such   as:   essays,   poetry,   and   articles.   Grammar   studies   include:   syntax,   verbs,   connotation   and   denotation.   The   student   will   be   continuously   evaluated   in   reading,   writing,   speaking,   listening   and   use   of   Portuguese   vocabulary   and   idiomatic   expressions.   Primary   text:   Português  Linguagens  1,2,3  -­‐  Ensino  Médio.      

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MATHEMATICS Math  6   A  full-­‐year  course  which  focuses  on  building  and  expanding  skills  with  mathematical  operations   on   whole   numbers,   fractions,   and   decimals,   along   with   concepts   of   algebra   and   geometry.   Students   will   use   these   concepts   in   the   study   of   probability,   data   analysis,   real   number   systems,   equations  and  the  coordinate  plane.  Special  attention  is  given  to  problem  solving  skills  through   practice   and   application,   preparing   students   for   solving   mathematical   problems   encountered   in   other  contexts.  Primary  text:  Math:  Course  1,  McDougal  Littell  (2005).     Math  7   A  full-­‐year  course  which  focuses  on  building  and  expanding  skills  with  mathematical  operations   on   whole   numbers,   fractions,   and   decimals,   along   with   concepts   of   algebra   and   geometry.   Students   will   use   these   concepts   in   the   study   of   probability,   data   analysis,   real   number   systems,   equations  and  the  coordinate  plane.  Special  attention  is  given  to  problem  solving  skills  through   practice   and   application,   preparing   students   for   solving   mathematical   problems   encountered   in   other  contexts.  Primary  text:  Math:  Course  2,  McDougal  Littell  (2005).     Pre-­‐Algebra   A   full-­‐year   course   designed   to   build   a   foundation   for   the   study   of   Algebra   I.   Basic   math   skills   with   integers,   fractions,   variables,   equations,   ratios,   proportion,   percents   and   the   writing   and   simplifying   of   expressions   will   be   reviewed   and   reinforced.   Algebraic   concepts   in   writing,   solving   and   graphing   linear   and   quadratic   equations   and   inequalities   and   simple   operations   with   polynomials   will   be   introduced.   The   algebraic   aspects   of   slope,   Pythagorean   Theorem,   and   right  triangle  trigonometry  are  introduced.  Primary  text:  Pre-­‐Algebra,  Glencoe,  (2005).     Algebra  I                     1.0  Credit   This  course  is  a  first  year  high  school  algebra  course.  Topics  include  review  of  pre-­‐algebra  skills   and   real   number   operations,   problem-­‐solving,   polynomials,   fractional   operations,   linear   equations   and   functions,   inequalities,   quadratics,   rational   and   irrational   numbers,   and   introductory  topics  from  geometry.  An  emphasis  on  both  algebraic  manipulation  and  graphical   representation  provides  the  foundation  for  further  study  in  mathematics.     Primary  text:  Algebra  1,  Glencoe,  (2012).  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION   Physical Education 6 This required program encourages students to appreciate the value of developing a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Aside from physical conditioning and fitness training there are specific units covered, including: general nutrition and healthy lifestyles, interactive games, fitness exercises, capoeira, creative, dance, board games, sportsmanship, managing conflict, team play and tactics. Physical Education 7 This required program encourages students to appreciate the value of developing a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Aside from physical conditioning and fitness training there are specific units covered, including: general nutrition and healthy lifestyles, cooperative and competitive games, fitness conditioning, capoeira, creative, dance, board games, sports festival, sportsmanship, managing conflict, team play and tactics. Physical Education 8 This required program encourages students to appreciate the value of developing a lifelong healthy

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lifestyle. Aside from physical conditioning and fitness training there are specific units covered, including: general nutrition and healthy lifestyles, interactive games, fitness conditioning, capoeira, creative, dance technique, board games, sports festival, sportsmanship, managing conflict, team play and tactics.

SCIENCE Science  6   A   full-­‐year   course   that   places   emphasis   on   understanding   topics   in   Life   Science   and   gaining   skills   in   scientific   methods   of   study.   The   course   is   divided   into   four   parts:   bacteria   and   pants,   cells   and   heredity,   animals,   and   the   environment.   science.   It   is   focused   on   major   concepts   of   living   things   involving   aspects   from   classifying   organisms,   structure   and   function   of   bacteria,   fungus,   plants   animals,   and   cells.   The   course   also   involves   concepts   of   genetics   and   heredity,   understanding   evolution,   and   living   resources.   Students   are   engaged   in   laboratory   activities,   where  they  learn  how  to  make  models,  understand  a  scientific  experiment,  develop  hypotheses   and  predict  results.  Primary  text:  Science  Explorer  series,  Prentice  Hall  (2008).     Science  7                     A  full-­‐year  course  that  explores  topics  in  Earth  Science,  considering  the  processes  which  shaped,   and   are   shaping,   the   planet   Earth   and   its   position   in   the   universe.   Scientific   methods   are   emphasized,   with   students   encouraged   to   develop   their   sense   of   observation,   curiosity,   and   prediction   about   natural   phenomenon.   A   field   trip   to   Fernando   de   Noronha   island   will   help   students  recognize  the  importance  of  theory  applied  to  real  life.     Primary  text:  Science  Explorer  series,  Prentice  Hall  (2009).     Physical  Science   A  full-­‐year  course  introducing  concepts  in  physics  and  chemistry.  Topics  covered  are  related  to   the  structure  and  properties  of  matter,  changes  of  matter,  motion,  forces,  waves  and  energy.  The   course  focuses  on  understanding  the  concepts  and  their  connection  to  the  real  world.    Lab   demonstrations  will  be  conducted  in  order  to  introduce  the  concepts  and  explain  real  life   situations.  Primary  text:  Physical  Science,  Holt  (2006).      

SOCIAL STUDIES     World  Geography     World   Geography   is   a   study   of   the   earth   in   all   of   its   variety.   The   course   will   describe   the   earth's   land,   water,   plant   and   animal   life.   It   will   also   offer   the   study   of   regions   /   continents   and   the   complex  relationships  between  people  and  their  environment.  Students  will  utilize  texts,  maps,   lectures,  discussions  and  documentaries  in  improving  their  knowledge  of  the  world  and  critical   thinking   skills.   Vocabulary   development,   writing   and   speaking   skills   and   knowledge   of   the   subject  will  be  emphasized  and  evaluated.     Primary  text:  The  World  and  its  People,  Glencoe,  (2005).  

World History     World  Cultures  –  Ancient  Civilizations  is  a  study  of  human  history;  beginning  with  Prehistoric   Man,   to   River   Valley   Civilizations,   then   a   heavy   concentration   on   Ancient   Greek   and   Roman   Cultures,   the   Middle   Ages   and   finishing   with   the   Renaissance.   It   will   analyze   and   explain   how   ancient   civilizations   began   and   their   achievements   to   mankind.   The   course   will   bring   an  

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understanding of  the  numerous  world  cultures  and  religions.  Students  will  utilize  texts,  lectures,   discussions   and  a   variety  of  projects  and   educational   films.   Knowledge   of   the   subject  along   with   writing  and  speaking  skills  will  be  emphasized  and  evaluated.     Primary  text:  Journeys  Across  Time,  Glencoe,  (2006).  

United States  History     This   course   presents   the   history   of   the   United   States,   from   the   First   Americans   to   the   1980’s.   The   course   emphasizes   skill   development   from   reading   maps   to   analyzing   primary   and   secondary   sources   to   exploring   the   connections   between   history   and   geography,   economics,   government,  citizenship,  and  current  events.  Chronological  units  follow  the  creation  and  growth   of   the   nation;   its   reshaping   through   conflict,   social   and   technological   changes;   and   the   development  of  global  influences  and  relationships.     Primary  text:  The  American  Journey,  Glencoe,  (2009).  

Community Service   This   one-­‐semester   course   gives   students   the   opportunity   to   make   a   difference   in   their   own   communities.   An   objective   of   the   course   is   to   develop   social   and   cultural   awareness   in   students.   Students  are  involved  in  activities  that  contribute  to  our  local  community,  specifically  focusing   on   support   of   minorities.   Service   learning   is   a   two-­‐way   street.   The   volunteer   donates   energy   and  creativity  and  gains  the  opportunity  to  interact  with  different  people,  to  learn  new  things,   and   to   know   the   satisfaction   of   improving   the   lives   of   others.   Activities   have   included:   visits,   shoes,   and   books   for   impoverished   elementary   children   and   orphans;   food   and   clothing   for   Indian  tribes.  This  course  may  be  repeated.    

Brazilian Social  Studies   Brazilian  History  and  Geography  6   A   história   tem   como   um   de   seus   principais   objetivos   preservar   a   herança   cultural   e   social   da   humanidade   através   das   gerações.   O   estudo   do   período   do   Brasil   colônia,   a   administração   colonial,   sua   economia   e   sociedade   serão   abordados,   assim   como   compreender   o   processo   de   escravidão   e   os   povos   africanos,   as   invasões   ocorridas   em   nosso   território.   A   transmissão   do   conhecimento,  a  recepção  e  o  acúmulo  de  informações  pelos  jovens,  serve  para  que  possamos   analisar  criticamente  a  sociedade  e  desenvolver  potencialidades  criativas  e  transformadoras.  

Brazilian History  and  Geography  7   Os   estudos   do   curso   tem   como   reflexão   principal,   o   Brasil   e   suas   revoltas   coloniais,   as   insatisfações  da  população,  seus  líderes,  as  ideias  e  pensamentos  que  levaram  a  independência,   o  entendimento  da  sociedade  e  suas  transformações  e  o  sistema  de  governo:  o  império.  Com  o   objetivo   de   uma   formação   intelectual   e   um   desenvolvimento   de   uma   cidadania   dotada   de   senso   crítico  e  espirito  participativo  na  sociedade  em  que  vive.  

Brazilian History  and  Geography  8   Para   chegar   ao   hoje,   estudamos   o   Brasil   República,   seus   avanços,   movimentos   e   mudanças   na   sociedade,  sucessão  de  presidentes  e  principais    atitudes  dos  governantes  e  traçamos  um  longo   caminho   onde   diversos   modos   de   vida   e   de   relações   sociais   que   são   herdadas     e   através   das   quais  o  povo  brasileiro  foi  formado.  Mas  fomos  mais  longe  ainda  em  direção  ao  passado,  e  em   consequência,   uma   ampla   diversidade   étnica,   linguística   e   religiosa   nos   faz   perceber   a   pluralidade  cultural  brasileira  que,  hoje  tem  uma  identidade  conquistada  ao  longo  do  tempo.  

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TECHNOLOGY Desktop  Publishing  I   This  one-­‐semester  course  introduces  planning,  page  layout,  and  the  use  of  templates  to  create   flyers,   documents,   brochures,   and   newsletters.   Word   processing   and   graphical   editing   fluency   will   help   ensure   student   success.   Methods   of   distribution   of   these   documents   in   both   written   and   electronic   formats   will   be   included.   Students   will   use   software   included   in   the   Microsoft   Office2010   package   (Word,   Excel,   Powerpoint,   Publisher,   OneNote)   already   installed   in   all   computers  in  the  Computer  Lab.     Web  Design   This   one-­‐semester   project-­‐based   course   will   introduce   students   to   HTML   concepts.     Through   weekly   exercises   and   tutorials,   the   course   will   culminate   in   the   creation   and   development   of   individual  web  sites  and  pages  that  incorporate  the  tools,  practices,  and  resources  emphasized   throughout   the   semester.     The   course   will   include   a   section   on   Internet   Security   and   the   Evaluation  of  Web  Sites.    Students  will  need  to  determine  the  reliability  and  quality  of  individual   Web   Sites.     They   will   need   to   consider   authorship,   whether   or   not   the   author   is   an   authority   and/or   has   credibility.     Students   will   evaluate   several   Web   pages   from   authorities   to   bogus   resources.     Multimedia   This  one-­‐semester  project-­‐based  course  will  provide  instruction  in  the  use  of  digital  audio  and   video  equipment  and  related  editing  software.  A  major  focus  will  be  deploying  multimedia  in  a   responsible   fashion.   Basic   software   skills   and   an   understanding   of   multimedia   concepts   are   required.   Students   will   use   digital   audio   and   video   editing   software   to   produce   project-­‐based   artifacts.    A  major  focus  of  this  course  will  be  on  the  responsible  use  of  technology.     Introduction  to  Robotics  

This course provides an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and programming controls. Topics include movement in plane, and motion planning; mechanism design for manipulators and sensors, and distinguishing objects and colors. Students will design and program working robotic systems in group-based collaborative projects. This is a proposed elective course that may be offered if there is enough interest.

WORLD LANGUAGES   French   French  I   The  purpose  of  the  French  course  as  a  second  language  is  to  develop  oral  and  written  usage  and   French   culture   through   various   communicative   situations.   This   course   will   cover   grammar,   linguistic,  textual,  and  literary  content.  This  course  enables  students  to  comprehend  and  speak   about  everyday  situations  through  extensive  listening  practice.  The  activities  are  done  primarily   through   games   and   short   plays.   The   student   is   evaluated   based   on   the   four   skills:   listening,   speaking,  reading,  and  writing.  Primary  text:    Tout  va  Bien  I    

French II   The  purpose  of  the  French  course  as  a  second  language  is  to  develop  oral  and  written  usage  and   French   culture   through   various   communicative   situations.   This   course   will   cover   grammar,   linguistic,  textual,  and  literary  content.  This  course  continues  to  develop  interest  in  writing  and    Grade  6-­‐8  courses  

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deeper learning,   always   motivating   the   student   through   varied   activities.   Proper   grammar   usage  is  stressed.  Primary  text:    Tout  va  Bien  I  

French III We start French Civilization with different themes being addressed through activities. Students are encouraged to search for information and compare it with their own or other cultures and customs and the savoir vivre (Know How to Live), including French gastronomy. French III develops direct and indirect speech. These discursive practices teach students to describe, explain, inform, and summarize. Primary text: Tout va Bien II  

Advanced French Introduction to French Literature based on DELF, DALF, TCF, AP French. Students continue to develop linguistic skills through the study of poems, biographies, articles, French civics, classic movies, advanced grammar, verbal tenses, essays, and research on regions of France. For grades 6-8 students, this course is recommended only for native speakers of French. Materials used: books, newspapers, computer, powerpoint, images, movies.    

Spanish   Spanish  6   This   full-­‐year   course   has   as   its   primary   objective   to   assist   students   in   learning   the   Spanish   language  through  development  of  four  skills:  speaking,  reading,  listening  and  writing.  Facility  in   these   four   language   skills   will   be   gained   through   a   study   of   the   culture   of   Spanish-­‐speaking   countries   and   various   genres   of   communication.   Students   will   learn   about   the   holidays   and   celebrations  of  Spanish  cultural  life  and  the  genres  of  pamphlets,  news  reports  and  comics,  as   they   study   vocabulary,   the   present   tense,   and   question   formation.   The   course   will   then   go   on   to   frame  a  study  of  adjectives,  adverbs,  and  description  while  learning  about  family,  and  extending   their   reading   to   the   genres   of   interview,   expository   text,   and   personal   stories.   Primary   text:   Ventana  al  Español  1,  Santillana  (2012).       Spanish  7   This   full-­‐year   course   has   as   its   primary   objective   to   assist   students   in   learning   the   Spanish   language  through  development  of  four  skills:  speaking,  reading,  listening  and  writing.  Facility  in   these   four   language   skills   will   be   gained   through   a   study   of   the   culture   of   Spanish-­‐speaking   countries,  students  will  extend  their  vocabulary  and  grammatical  skills  to  include  use  of  the  past   tenses   in   the   indicative.   Students   learn   how   to   describe   in   simple   terms,   aspects   of   the   past   and   their  surroundings,  as  well  as  matters  related  to  immediate  needs.  They  are  able  to  hold  short   conversations   and   using   simple   sentences   talk   about   daily   life,   write   postcards,   simple   letters   and  short  poems.  Primary  text:  Ventana  al  Español  2,  Santillana  ()Radix  Espanhol  7,  Scipione.       Spanish  8   This   full-­‐year   course   has   as   its   primary   objective   to   assist   students   in   learning   the   Spanish   language  through  development  of  four  skills:  speaking,  reading,  listening  and  writing.  Facility  in   these   four   language   skills   will   be   gained   through   a   study   of   the   culture   of   Spanish-­‐speaking   countries   and   literary   and   cinematic   genres.   While   learning   about   holidays   and   festivals   of   Spanish  cultures,  students  will  extend  their  vocabulary  and  grammatical  skills  to  include  use  of   the   past   tense   and   the   future   imperfect   tense.   Through   a   study   of   the     environment,   students   will  extend  grammatical  skills  to  include  use  of  the  present  subjunctive  and  conditional  tenses,   as   well   as   comparative   word   endings.   Primary   texts:  Radix  Espanhol  8,   Scipione   ();  Ventana  al   Español  3,  Santillana  ().    

 

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Registration Forms  

    There  are  35  class  periods  in  a  week.  For  students  in  grades  6-­‐8,  33  periods  are  taken   up  with  required  courses,  leaving  two  for  an  elective.  The  required  courses  are  already   filled  in  on  the  registration  form.  For  some  required  courses,  such  as  English  or  Math,  a   specific  course  is  not  filled  in,  as  there  are  two  options,  for  example,  English  6  vs  ELL,  or   Math  7  vs  Pre-­‐Algebra.       Students  will  have  ONE  elective  course,  meeting  twice  a  week.  We  ask  you  to  select   three  electives  so  that  there  are  options  in  the  case  that  your  first  choice  is  not  offered   or  cannot  be  scheduled  for  you.  Every  effort  will  be  made  to  schedule  your  1st  or  2nd     choice.  In  complicated  schedules,  we  may  need  to  use  the  3rd  choice.     Since  nearly  all  of  the  electives  are  semester  courses,  you  will  have  the  opportunity  to   change  your  elective  for  Semester  2.  Once  classes  have  started,  you  have  two  weeks  at   the  beginning  of  every  semester  to  drop  your  elective,  and  add  a  different  one.  After  the   two  weeks,  you  must  remain  in  that  course  until  the  next  semester.     Please  complete  and  return  this  form  to  the  Secondary  Office  as  soon  as  possible.     Students  who  do  not  return  the  form  will  have  their  elective  chosen  for  them.

Grade  6-­‐8  courses  

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Registration for    6th  Grade  -­‐  School  Year  2014-­‐15     All  Students  register  for  35  class  periods  per  week     Students  in  grades  6-­‐9  –  the  Brazilian  Ensino  Basico  –  have  a  number  of  required  subjects.  There   are  opportunities,  however,  to  select  an  elective  course.  Please  note  the  following  when  filling   out  this  registration  form:   • Choose  three  electives,  in  order  of  highest  to  lowest  preference.   • Elective  classes  of  less  than  5  students  will  not  be  scheduled.   • During  the  first  two  weeks  of  the  Semester,  elective  courses  may  be  changed.  After  two   weeks,  you  must  remain  in  the  course  until  the  end  of  the  Semester.  You  are  expected  to   have  the  same  commitment  to  elective  as  to  required  courses.  

Course   English  or  ELL  

Periods   per  week   5    

Course Requested          

Portuguese or  PLL  

5

Required of  

Social Studies  

5

all students  

World Geography  

Math    

5

Science  

5

Core Courses  

25

Math 6    

Science 6  

Spanish  

2

Required*

Spanish 6  

Art

1

Required

Art 6  

Brazilian History  &  

2

Required†

P.E.

2

Required

PE 6  

Advisory

1

Required

Advisory

Elective

2

1st Choice  

Geography

Non-­‐Core Courses  

10

2nd Choice  

3rd Choice  

NAME  _________________________________________________________________________       *Not  required  of  students  who  are  taking  both  ELL  and  PLL   †For  students  of  PLL,  this  is  taken  as  part  of  the  PLL  curriculum,  not  as  a  distinct  class.    


Registration for  7th  Grade    -­‐    School  Year  2014-­‐15     All  Students  register  for  35  class  periods  per  week     Students  in  grades  6-­‐9  –  the  Brazilian  Ensino  Basico  –  have  a  number  of  required  subjects.  There   are  opportunities,  however,  to  select  an  elective  course.  Please  note  the  following  when  filling   out  this  registration  form:   • Math  course  selection  requires  teacher  signature.   • Choose  three  electives,  in  order  of  highest  to  lowest  preference.   • Elective  classes  of  less  than  5  students  will  not  be  scheduled.   • During  the  first  two  weeks  of  the  Semester,  elective  courses  may  be  changed.  After  two   weeks,  you  must  remain  in  the  course  until  the  end  of  the  Semester.  You  are  expected  to   have  the  same  commitment  to  elective  as  to  required  courses.  

Course  

English      or  ELL  

Periods   per  week   5    

Course Requested      

Portuguese or  PLL  

5

Required of    

Social Studies  

5

all students  

World History  

Math 7    or     Pre-­‐Algebra  

5

Science  

5

Core Courses  

25

 

Science 7  

Spanish  

2

Required*

Spanish 7  

Art

1

Required

Art 7  

Brazilian History  &  

2

Required†

P.E.

2

Required

PE 7  

Advisory

1

Required

Advisory

Elective

2

1st Choice  

Geography

Non-­‐Core Courses  

10

2nd Choice  

3rd Choice  

NAME  _________________________________________________________________________       *Not  required  of  students  who  are  taking  both  ELL  and  PLL   †For  students  of  PLL,  this  is  taken  as  part  of  the  PLL  curriculum,  not  as  a  distinct  class.    

Grade  6-­‐8  courses  

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Registration for  8th  Grade  -­‐    School  Year  2014-­‐15       All  Students  register  for  35  class  periods  per  week     Students  in  grades  6-­‐9  –  the  Brazilian  Ensino  Basico  –  have  a  number  of  required  subjects.  There   are  opportunities,  however,  to  select  an  elective  course.  Please  note  the  following  when  filling   out  this  registration  form:   • Choose  three  electives,  in  order  of  highest  to  lowest  preference.   • Elective  classes  of  less  than  5  students  will  not  be  scheduled.   • During  the  first  two  weeks  of  the  Semester,  elective  courses  may  be  changed.  After  two   weeks,  you  must  remain  in  the  course  until  the  end  of  the  Semester.  You  are  expected  to   have  the  same  commitment  to  elective  as  to  required  courses.  

Course   English  or  ELL  

Periods   per  week   5    

Course Requested    

Portuguese or  PLL  

5

Required of    

Social Studies  

5

all students  

U.S. History  

Pre-­‐Algebra

5

or  Algebra  I  

Science Core  Courses  

5 25  

Physical Science  

Spanish  

2

Required*

Spanish 8  

Art

1

Required

Art 8  

Brazilian History  &  

2

Required†

P.E.

2

Required

PE 8  

Advisory

1

Required

Advisory

Elective

2

1st Choice  

Geography

Non-­‐Core Courses  

10

2nd Choice  

3rd Choice  

NAME  _________________________________________________________________________       *Not  required  of  students  who  are  taking  both  ELL  and  PLL   †For  students  of  PLL,  this  is  taken  as  part  of  the  PLL  curriculum,  not  as  a  distinct  class.    

Grade  6-­‐8  courses  

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Grade 6-8 Courses ARTS Visual Arts Art 6 Art 7 Art 8 Studio Art Photojournalism Performing Arts Music Choir Band Digital Music Beginning Guitar Drama

SCIENCE Science 6 Science 7 Physical Science SOCIAL STUDIES World Geography World History U.S. History Community Service BRAZILIAN SOCIAL STUDIES History & Geography 6 History & Geography 7 History & Geography 8

LANGUAGE ARTS & LIT English 6 English 7 English 8 ELL PLL Portuguese 6 Portuguese 7 Portuguese 8

TECHNOLOGY Web Design Multi-Media Desktop Publishing II Introduction to Robotics WORLD LANGUAGES

French I French II French III

MATHEMATICS Math 6 Math 7 Pre-Algebra Algebra 1

Spanish 6 Spanish 7 Spanish 8 Spanish 9/A1

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PE 6 PE 7 PE 8

Course descriptions MS 2014-2015