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Biology A

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Biology A introduces students to the scientific method and major concepts of biology from an historical and practical viewpoint. The three major themes of this course are the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, and taxonomy and speciation. Students who take this class will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of living organisms. Life on this planet, unlike anywhere else in the observable universe, is complex and highly organized. Whether examining life on the molecular or the planetary level, it exhibits a highly organized structure that inspires awe by its genius and complexity. In the last 50 years, discoveries have launched new branches of biology that have transformed the daily routine, from conception to death. New challenges await, such as the current crisis in ecology, global warming, and the resurgence in viral disease. To make rational choices in the 21st century, the citizen must have a basic understanding of biological concepts and the reasoning behind them.

Biology A Essentials

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Chances are, you’ve heard of cells, genetics, and evolution. After all, you can’t watch the news or any show on Hulu without hearing about stem cells, DNA evidence, or the controversy over evolution. But can you tell us: how plants manage to get energy from the sun?how a blond-haired kid can be born to a brown-haired family?why exactly carbs are not the evil enemy the media has made them out to be, but the one molecule essential to human survival? Our lessons, glossaries, readings, and activities in Semester A of this Biology course, aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, could help you out there.

Biology B

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence, and is an interactive, activity-packed course. The course begins with a look at the molecules of life, including the DNA molecule before moving on to living organisms and their interactions within ecosystems. The course ends with a focus on natural selection and the changes that occur in organisms over long periods of time. Each topic is introduced with an audiovisual presentation to bring a real-life feel to the course. Students demonstrate understanding of the material throughout the course via virtual lab exercises, written assignments, quizzes and unit exams.

Biology B

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Biology B is a continuation of Biology A. The major concepts covered are population dynamics and evolution. Students explore population dynamics through the study of mutualism, predation, parasitism, and competition. The theory of evolution is presented, along with the many evidences and details that make evolution the backbone of modern biology. From biochemistry to evolution, biology fascinates people. Biochemists first astounded the world by showing that life obeys the same chemical principles as all creation, but that life engineers chemistry to its own needs. Decades later, Darwin shocked the world by suggesting that life evolves according to the conditions of the environment it inhabits. Evolution, often debated and derided, has survived to become a key concept of biology. This second semester of biology examines the wonder of life and its mechanisms.

Biology B Essentials

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is all about understanding the processes behind life as we know it. That means we’ll tackle all kinds of big ideas of life, and the living thereof. This semester starts with evolution. How did all of the variety in living things come about? Whether it’s a chameleon’s shooting tongue or a cat’s bilateral symmetry, those traits had to come from somewhere.To really dig into how species evolve, we have to look at the genetics of entire populations at a time.The survival of every species depends on both its environment and the community of other species that they share that space with. Ecology is the study of how all these different pieces interact, and we’re going to study it, too.Does the thought of thousands of microscopic creepy-crawlies living on and in your body make you queasy? Well, it’s more like trillions. We’ll learn about our tiny fellow passengers through life, bacteria and viruses.The semester will close out with a one-two punch of in-depth study of plants and animals. Yeah, we’ve been talking about them throughout the entire course, but now we’re gonna look really close at them. We’ll cover it all with interactive lessons, engaging readings, and active activities to keep you going with the vigor of flesh-eating bacteria.

British Literature A – English 11-12

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. In this course students will read engaging works and explore topics of interest as they develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will use essential questions to focus on a topic for each unit, such as Transformation of Language and Informed Decision Making.

British Literature B – English 11-12

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence in British literature. In this course students will read engaging works and explore topics of interest as they develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will use essential questions to focus on a topic for each unit, such as Technology: Potential for Enhancing Human Life and The DNA for Survival.

Business Ethics

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

Sometimes choices between right and wrong are obvious. But what happens when you’re faced with a situation that’s not so clear-cut? In this course, students will learn to anticipate and address ethical dilemmas that come up in a business setting. They will examine how humans have understood ethics over the years and what matters most in the business world today. Students will investigate actual scenarios and apply all they’ve learned to addressing these complicated ethical dilemmas. By the end, students will have developed their ability to work through challenging situations using their own moral imagination. Students will also have a variety of role models, lessons learned from ethical scandals, and ethical skills to draw upon when they face these challenges in real life.

Calculus A

Subject Mathematics
Grade Level High School

Description

In this course students will learn about calculus principles such as derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, applications and modeling, and sequences and series. Students will gain experience in the use of calculus methods and learn how calculus methods may be applied to practical applications.

Calculus B

Subject Mathematics
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. In this course students will learn about calculus principles such as derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, applications and modeling, and sequences and series. Students will gain experience in the use of calculus methods and learn how calculus methods may be applied to practical applications.

Career Planning

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course provides a basic overview of career planning concepts. It gives students the opportunity to learn about, explore and reflect on various career opportunities based on Michigan’s six Career Pathways.

Careers – Find Your Future

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is designed to guide students through the process of exploring and choosing potential career pathways. Students will engage in self-exploration activities such as skills and interests assessments and apply what they learn to the process of choosing a career. Course features include an exploration of post-secondary educational options and requirements, informational interview and job shadowing experiences, as well as problem solving and goal setting activities. This student-centered course focuses on helping students get to know themselves so they can find the future that’s right for them! Instead of a final exam, students will complete an end-of-course project. To complete this project students will use the assignments in each unit to help them begin to develop an Educational Development Plan (EDP). An Educational Development Plan is designed to help students identify their career and educational goals as they relate to academic requirements. An EDP is a way for students to document their progress toward career and educational goals. If students have already started an EDP at their schools, they can use this final project to update it with the most current information about their career and educational goals.

CCNA 1: Introduction to Networking

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first of a two-course series designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician Certification Exam (CCENT) OR the the first of a four-course series designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Certification Exam. Begin preparing for a networking career with this introduction to how networks operate. This includes learning the architecture, structure, and functions needed to support the operations and priorities of Fortune 500 companies to small innovative retailers. You will even get the chance to configure a network yourself, such as a simple LAN (Local Area Network). After completing this course, you will have a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications and protocols. This course is offered in partnership with the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute.

CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course a two-course series designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician Certification Exam (CCENT) OR the second of a four-course series designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Certification Exam. It’s time to delve further into the world of networking. Be fascinated with the sheer magnitude and interconnectedness of networks all around you. Become a pro at configuring a router and a switch to enable the functionality of a network. Gain more knowledge on what it takes to work with LANs, WANs and other network designs. This course is offered in partnership with the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute.

Character Education

Subject Other
Grade Level Middle School

Description

This course teaches students practical skills for understanding and managing their emotions, setting goals and getting organized, understanding and getting along with others in our diverse world, and making good decisions. Research shows that people who practice these skills have greater academic achievement as students and experience more success and satisfaction as adults.

Chemistry A

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet both the Michigan Content Standards for Chemistry (Michigan Merit Curriculum) and the literacy standards of Common Core State Standards for Science and Technical Subjects. In this course, students will learn about the composition of matter, its chemical and physical properties, and how these change in chemical reactions. Other topics include measurement and calculations, the scientific method, chemical nomenclature, and energy changes that accompany physical and chemical changes. Each lesson includes a variety of sources of information, including text, videos, interactive simulations and self-check exercises. Students will have hands-on opportunities to conduct investigations at home. Practice exercises are included as well as graded assignments.

Chemistry A Essentials

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

We’ll start off with a chemistry boot camp of sorts, and then move into the basics of matter, atomic theory, and the periodic table. We’ll even be able to draw the three-dimensional shapes of molecules. Here are the major topics we’ll cover in this course: Chemistry Bootcamp: To get started, we’ll exercise your brain into tip-top shape and teach you all the chemistry survival skills you need, including lab safety, lab techniques, and how to handle extremely small and large numbers. Matter and Atoms: What exactly is matter? We’ll find out, both at the macroscopic level and microscopic level, by studying phase changes and atomic theory.The Periodic Table: Think of the periodic table as the chemist’s cheat sheet. Once you familiarize yourself with it. Bonds and Molecular Geometry: Just like people, some atoms like to stick together and others don’t. We’ll figure out what makes atoms tick and stick, as well as what they look like when they’re bonded together. You’ll even get to bust out your mad art skills to draw 3D molecules.

Chemistry B

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet both the Michigan Content Standards for Chemistry (Michigan Merit Curriculum) and the literacy standards of Common Core State Standards for Science and Technical Subjects. It continues the study of chemical reactions with calculations in chemical reactions, rates of reactions, reactions equilibrium, and redox reactions. Other topics include phases of matter, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Each lesson includes a variety of sources of information, including text, videos, interactive simulations and self-check exercises. Practice exercises are included as well as graded assignments.

Chemistry B Essentials

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

All right, so we know the basics about chemistry: what atoms are made of, what they look like (if we had super-powered zoom vision), and how they stick together to make the molecules we know and love (we’re looking at you, sugar and caffeine). Now it’s time to dive into what chemistry is really all about—and no, we’re not talking about controlled laboratory explosions, although that’s part of it. At the heart of this course are chemical reactions. How exactly do all those persnickety elements manage to bond together and make compounds? How come sometimes those reactions give off enough heat to burst into flames, and other times suck in enough heat from their surroundings to form ice? And most importantly, what happens if we fiddle with subatomic particles themselves? Can we make a fission-powered snow cone machine, or maybe a fusion-powered oven that will bake cupcakes faster? By the end of the term, we’ll know how atoms bond with one another, how to predict reactions, and what nuclear reactions are. Here are the major topics we’ll cover in this course: Chemical Equations and Stoichiometry: Chemical reactions involve reactants turning into products. It could be methane and oxygen combusting and turning into carbon dioxide and water, or it could be flour, sugar, baking soda, and eggs turning into a cookie. Same idea. The second one is just tastier. We’ll learn how the magic happens.Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Walking hand-in-hand with chemical reactions is energy, most often in the form of heat. We’ll explore which reactions are too hot to handle and which ones will make it so cold your tongue will stick to the light pole. O-chem and Environmental Chemistry: Did you know your body is a veritable beaker full of chemical reactions? Same goes with our environment. We’ll learn all about the chemical reactions that happen in the natural world, which will come in handy if you ever need to explain an unexpected bout of flatulence or why ocean acidification is pretty scary if you’re a coral reef. Nuclear Reactions: If you think throwing gasoline on a fire will make a big explosion, try splitting an atom. Scratch that. Don’t do either one. We can’t be held accountable for the damage it’ll do, and we’re not joking about the damage. We all know the devastating effects of nuclear bombs, but did you know that the Sun is a big ball of nuclear reactions, too? We’ll learn the finer points of fission and fusion, so can chat comfortably with Einstein if you ever meet him.

Chinese 1A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course, the first in a two-course sequence, is designed for students who are new to the Chinese language. In this course, students will work on Chinese pronunciation (Pinyin) system, basic communication competency through conversations about topics such as personal characteristics and appearance, family and friends’ information, travel planning, ordering foods in restaurants, discussing class schedules, and identifying directions. With the help of our multimedia e-textbook, students will complete daily learning tasks independently while attend mandatory weekly synchronous lab sessions to elaborate on and clarify their independent learning experience. The course instructor will send out emails to mentors, parents, and students with information about the course and lab session registration procedures. Instructors will work with students to finalize their lab session times within the first two weeks of each semester. Students may take placement tests provided by the Confucius Institute to use as a reference for guiding enrollment. If a student scores above 75% accuracy at a course placement level, then we recommend enrolling the student in the next available level (e.g., if student earned over 75% at level 1B, then s/he could enroll in 2A). Students are able to switch to a different level in the first two weeks of each semester based on instructors’ recommendations.

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