Futures Middle School Course Catalog

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2022-23 MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE CATALOG

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MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE CATALOG

TABLE OF CONTENTS

English ......................................................................................................................................... 2 Math ............................................................................................................................................ 4 Science ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Social Studies ............................................................................................................................. 7 Electives ...................................................................................................................................... 8

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ENGLISH The objective of the English discipline is to prepare students to use knowledge in critical ways; to think, read, write and speak critically. The curriculum prepares students to be well-informed, thoughtful and creative readers, writers, listeners, and thinkers. They will comprehend and evaluate complex texts across a range of types and disciplines and develop the ability to analyze and evaluate informational and literary texts. As a result of their coursework, students will master the skill of communication.

English 6

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: None

This two-semester course develops proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students develop the capacities necessary to become career and college ready 21st century learners. Students will read short works of fiction and nonfiction, poems, and plays. They will be introduced to a variety of writing styles and learn to write informative, narrative, and argumentative texts appropriate to audience, task, and purpose, and demonstrate command of the English language. Students will develop independence as readers, writers, and thinkers. They will use strong content knowledge to become creative problem solvers and effective communicators. They will come to understand other perspectives and cultures, and become productive community participants. This college preparatory, elective course (A/B), which can be taken in one or two semesters, examines the development of an essay using a variety of methods, as well as creative expression through varied poetic forms. The study of literature and composition are integrated. Students participate in writing, selecting, editing, designing, laying out, proofreading, and producing a student publication.

English 7

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: English 6

This two-semester course develops proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking with emphasis upon comprehension and vocabulary development, mastery of syntax, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and usage in written communication. Students develop the capacities necessary to become career and college ready 21st century learners. Students will read short works of fiction and nonfiction, poems, and plays. They will write informative, narrative, and argumentative texts appropriate to audience, task, and purpose, and demonstrate command of the English language. Students will develop independence as readers, writers, and thinkers. They will use strong content knowledge to become creative problem solvers and effective communicators. They will come to understand other perspectives and cultures and become productive community participants.

English 8

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: English 7

This two-semester course develops proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students develop the capacities necessary to become career and college ready 21st century learners. Students will read short works of fiction and nonfiction, poems, and plays. They will write informative, narrative, and argumentative texts appropriate to audience, task, and purpose, and demonstrate command of the English language with emphasis upon comprehension and vocabulary development, mastery of syntax, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and usage in written communication. Students will develop independence as readers, writers, and thinkers. They will use strong content knowledge to become creative problem solvers and effective communicators. They will come to understand other perspectives and cultures and become productive community participants. 2 Futures Academy Legacy


ENGLISH Foundation Boost - English Level: Supplemental

UC a-g Designation: N/A

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: N/A

Foundation Boost - English is a 6-week program designed for students who require remediation of foundational skills in English Language Arts. Using NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, an individualized learning path targets key skills a student needs to develop. These skills may include comprehension strategies, literary analysis, grammar and mechanics, and writing as it relates to reading, as well as literature & critical thinking skills. As a result of enrollment in Foundation Boost, a Fusion student will be better prepared for their core academic courses & academic goals.

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MATH The objective of the math discipline is to develop students’ proficiency in quantitative thinking and analysis. Students develop a view that mathematics is not just a collection of definitions, algorithms and/or theorems to memorize and apply, but rather is a coherent and tightly organized body of knowledge that provides a way to think about and understand a broad array of phenomena. The mathematics curriculum provides students with the capacity to use mathematical models to guide their understanding of the world around them.

Algebra 1

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

This is a high school level course offered to middle school eight-graders that can show proficiency in mathematics. Students taking this course in middle school are expected to begin HS with Geometry provided that they score a B or higher and how proficiency in their math high school placement exam. Algebra 1 is a foundational course for the college bound student in which (s) he will learn to reason symbolically. The first semester emphasizes the language of algebra, operating with rational numbers, inequalities, monomials, and polynomials. The second semester emphasizes functions and graphs, lines and slopes, systems of open sentences, radicals, quadratics, and factoring.

Math 6

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: None

This course enables the student to improve fundamental skills in everyday arithmetic, including basic operations of decimals and percents and solving problems with geometric shapes. The course focuses on concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Students begin with a general review of the four basic operations. They are introduced to exponents, geometric formulas, algebraic concepts, ratios, percentages, and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing signed numbers. 6th Grade Math students work extensively with fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and estimating. Problem solving strategies are also an integral part of the curriculum.

Math 7

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Math 6

This course is designed to prepare students for 8th grade and high school mathematics by improving upon everyday arithmetic and extending math knowledge to include a transition to more abstract thinking. The first semester focuses on the Number System, Ratios & Proportional Relationships, and Geometry. Students will apply and extend their understandings of operations with integers and fractions to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational numbers. In the Geometry unit students will draw, construct, describe geometrical figures, and describe the relationships between them. The second semester focuses on Expressions & Equations, Geometry & Expressions & Equations, and Statistics & Probability. Students will begin with using properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions, and then solve real-life and mathematical problems using expressions, equations and geometric formulas. This course is equivalent to an overview of Pre-algebra course and follows common core standards and mathematical practices.

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MATH Math 8

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Math 7

This course enables the student to practice and improve fundamental skills in everyday arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. In 8th Grade Mathematics students will focus on formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations. In this course, students will grasp the concept of a function and use functions to describe quantitative relationships as well as analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. This course is equivalent to an introduction to Algebra course and prepares students for high school mathematics as it follows common core standards and mathematical practices.

Pre-Algebra

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: None

The course continues and extends a study of fundamental operations with the system of rational numbers. It enables the student to practice and improve fundamental skills prerequisite to those encountered in formal algebra. Concepts of algebra, discrete mathematics, functions and patterns, geometry, logic, numbers, probability and statistics are included. Attention is given to pre-algebra skills, geometric constructions, volume, ratio, proportion, percent and coordinate graphing. Mathematical development is written in more formal style with each step requiring justification. This course is a foundational course for a first year of Algebra and prepares students for high school mathematics through the use of common core standards and mathematical practices. This course is typically taken in grade 7 by students expecting to complete their high school level Algebra 1 course in grade 8.

Foundation Boost - Math Level: Supplemental

UC a-g Designation: N/A

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: N/A

Foundation Boost - Math is a 6-week program designed for students who require remediation of foundational skills in Math. Using NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, an individualized learning path targets key skills a student needs to develop. These skills may include number sense, concepts & skills required for success in Algebra as well as instruction in geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus concepts and skills. As a result of enrollment in Foundation Boost, a Fusion student will be better prepared for their core academic courses & academic goals.

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SCIENCE The objective of the science discipline is to develop a student’s perception of science or engineering as a way of understanding the world around them. As a result of science coursework, students understand that scientific modes are useful to represent phenomena in the physical world and are able to perceive patterns and regularity, make predictions, and test those predictions against evidence and reason.

Science 6

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: None

The sixth-grade science course assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. The nature of science includes the concepts that scientific explanations are based on logical thinking; are subject to rules of evidence; are consistent with observational, inferential, and experimental evidence; are open to rational critique; and are subject to refinement and change with the addition of new scientific evidence. The nature of science includes the concept that science can provide explanations about nature, can predict potential consequences of actions, but cannot be used to answer all questions.

Science 7

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Science 6

The Life Science standards emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. This scientific view defines the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments, and identification of sources of experimental error.

Science 8

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Science 7

The Physical Science Standards stress an in depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristic of energy. The standards place considerable emphasis on the technological application of Physical Science Principles. Major areas covered by the standards include the organization and use of the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The Physical Science standards continue to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Student will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources.

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SOCIAL STUDIES The objective of the social studies discipline is to develop a student’s understanding of the fundamental values and principles of democracy as well as the historic events that gave rise to and subsequently shaped American democracy. Historical thinking distinguishes itself from other modes of thought in that it sees the objects of its analysis as situated in a particular time and place, and as having emerged from a particular nexus of developments. Through Fusion’s curriculum, students understand the world, nation and society around them and are able to make informed decisions about civic issues that affect them.

Social Studies 6

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country’s history with primary and secondary sources. All students take the SOL test for United States History to 1877 at the end of the course.

Social Studies 7

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Social Studies 6

Students will continue to use skills of historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1877. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. Political, economic, and social challenges facing the nation reunited after civil war will be examined chronologically as students develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the world political and economic landscape. All students take the SOL test for United States History: 1877 to the Present at the end of the course.

Social Studies 8

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 10

Recommended Prerequisite: Social Studies 7

Students will examine the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. They will examine the constitutions of California and the United States; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens; and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government’s role in it. They will identify personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.

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ELECTIVES 2D Studio Art

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in an art studio—the smell of paint, the heat of the kiln, and the infinite creative possibilities that linger in the air. This is where art is born, and in 2D Studio Art, you’ll learn how to bring your art visions to life. Whatever medium you prefer—painting, drawing, photography—this course will teach you the design elements and principles needed to create a work of art, explore your artistic inspirations, travel back in time to look at art in different cultures, and gain insight about the art of critiquing. If you’ve ever dreamed about making a living as an artist, this course will give you the tools and background that you need to turn those dreams into a reality.

Digital Art and Design

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

There are so many different types of art in this world—fine art, classical art, visual art—but the impact of digital art and design is all around us, often in ways that you probably aren’t even aware of! After taking Digital Art and Design, you’ll enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as you explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society. Additionally, you will actually create your own digital art and make it come alive. Give your creative side a boost with this Digital Art and Design course.

Exploring Music

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? Do you think about instruments and scales and chords? The word ‘music’ means something different to everyone. This is why in Exploring Music there is a little bit of something for everyone! You will learn about how we hear music and how music affects our lives. You will explore important elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony, as well as different musical genres. You will discover more about your singing voice and musical instruments and composition while taking in the history and culture of music over the years. Tune up your understanding and appreciation for all things music by signing up for this course.

Journalism: Tell Your Story Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Are you someone who likes to get the story straight? Do you always want to know more? Who? What? When? Where? Why? These are the details that make for a great story. Knowing how to find these key facts and then write them up in a way that makes it easy for others to read about it is the skill of a true journalist. In Middle School Journalism: Tell Your Story, you’ll learn how ask the right questions, look for the details, and find the story in any situation. You’ll learn how to gather information effectively, organize ideas, format stories for media production, and edit your articles. Get ready to break that news.

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ELECTIVES Photography: Drawing With Light Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

What do you think makes a photograph great? Do you want to take fun, interesting photographs of people, places, and pets to post for your friends or hang on your wall? Photo images are everywhere today. Sometimes we see hundreds in one day. But it’s obvious that not all photographs are the same—some are definitely cooler than others. In Middle School Photography: Drawing with Light, you’ll learn how to take those excellent, jaw-dropping photographs that you see in magazines and on your favorite social media sites. You’ll learn the basics of using a camera and how to avoid common photography mistakes. Once you get the hang of this process, you’ll be taking photos that will amaze your friends and have them wondering how you do it.

Game Design

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

We all love to play video games – but have you ever wanted to build your own? If you are interested in a career in technology but also want a creative outlet, Game Design might be the field for you. Learn how to build a game from the ground up in Middle School Game Design 1, an interactive and hands-on course that will teach you all the ins and outs of making your own game. You will learn the importance of game structure and discover what makes a game fun, challenging, and interesting to players just like you. You will also have the opportunity to explore the design and creative process involved in game creation, learn block-based programs, and experiment with character and story development. As a bonus, you will leave the course with a digital portfolio of everything you created in class.

Science of Learning

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Science of Learning takes students on an introspective journey through which they discover their unlimited potential. Students unpack the research that proves that intelligence is not fixed and understand that they have the capacity to learn and change by rewiring their brain. By recognizing the power of grit, students redefine the qualities of a genius and reframe failure to recognize that perseverance is an incredible trait. Before students complete the course, they will evaluate their priorities and learn strategies for managing their stress in order to confidently approach their responsibilities. This course is a game-changer for our students and serves as a launching pad for a successful year at Fusion Academy.

Science of Happiness

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: N/A

The Science of Happiness course aims to elevate the happiness levels of students by equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Students learn from cutting-edge research from the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

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ELECTIVES Science of Study Skills

Level: Middle School, Workshop

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: N/A

The Science of Study Skills course is designed to teach students new tools and strategies for consistent academic success. Through this course, students will build a greater self-awareness of how they most effectively learn. Students will participate in activities that will help them learn how to get organized, create effective study habits, use their planner, complete assignments, understand their learning style, improve memory, become a better note-taker, and prepare/study for their exams. After completing this course, students will be able to select and use strategies from a resource bank when encountering new academic issues. Additionally, students will be able to select and demonstrate various study and test taking strategies and methods to meet the demands of their courses.

Yoga

Level: Middle School

Credits: 5

Recommended Prerequisite: N/A

This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods of yoga. Students will begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely as they relieve built up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of day-to-day life. The aim of this course is to promote vibrant health and to tap the body’s latent energy reserves.

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