Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary School Course Catalog 10 Social Studies Eastern Hemisphere (Grade 7) This is a survey course of world geography focusing on the five themes of geography. Emphasis will be placed on political, historical, and cultural analysis of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will use interactive visuals to develop their critical thinking skills. The year will end with a culminating event where students will showcase their knowledge of a particular country at an International Expo highlighting the culture of a country including language, food, dress, etc. American History (Grade 8) This course will cover the history of the United States from the earliest peoples to post Civil War. Major topics that will be explored are the American Revolution, creating the Constitution, westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. These major events will be examined for their political, social, and economic impacts on the course of our nation’s history. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a variety of methods: create propaganda posters, recreate and act out historical events, defend a position through debate, and more. Emphasis will be placed on document and visual analysis of primary sources. Foreign Language Spanish I (A) * This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language by incorporating the five C’s of language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural studies. By the end of the course, students should be able to grasp and respond to spoken and written Spanish, as well as demonstrate cultural awareness at a beginning level. Students will be assessed based on standards put forth by the state of Michigan for world language as well as ACTFL proficiency. Upon successful completion, students will be able to earn .5 credit to be applied to their high school graduation requirement. Spanish I (B) * This course is a continuation of Spanish I (A) and reinforces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language by incorporating the five C’s of language learning. Emphasis is on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, writing skills and cultural studies. Students should be able to comprehend and respond, with increasing proficiency, to spoken and written Spanish and should be able to demonstrate further cultural awareness at the conclusion of this course. Students will be satisfactorily prepared for Spanish II. Students will be assessed based on standards put forth by the state of Michigan for world language as well as ACTFL proficiency. Upon successful completion, students will be able to earn an additional .5 credit to be applied to their high school graduation requirement. Students are required to complete both Spanish I (A) and Spanish I (B) to earn their first sequential year of high school credit. Advisory This course is an introduction to a variety of skills needed for success in school and life. Topics include character education, developing healthy study skills, utilizing an effective organizational system (planner), goal setting, decision-making, developing healthy relationships, career exploration, and creation of an Educational Development Plan (EDP). This course will promote a sense of belonging, trust, and confidence, which can help the junior high student feel secure, accepted, and engaged. * High School credit may be awarded for successful completion of both Spanish courses.