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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chinese 1B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. In this course, students will work on basic communication competency through conversations about topics such as exchanging personal and family information, making travel arrangements, ordering foods in restaurants, discussing class schedules, making phone calls, reading maps and reserving rooms in a hotel. 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.

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Chinese 2A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first in a two-course sequence and is designed for students who have mastered some basic Chinese knowledge and skills such as pinyin, Chinese character input and 300 Chinese fundamental words either in pinyin or character. This course focuses on taking students from a tentative understanding of Chinese basics to a greater level of sophistication by having students participate in sentence-level conversations about topics such as writing letters/emails, asking directions, asking for help, seeing a doctor, ordering foods, bargaining, talking about hobbies and traffic, and describing cloth wears. Their language learning will be naturally embedded in rich cultural contexts through the multimedia e-textbook. Cultural topics will cover Sichuan opera, Chinese senior center, Natural Scenic Spot of Jiuzhai Valley, Taoism, and Chinese medicine. For this course, students are required to take an hour’s language lab per week and interact with their instructor through Blackboard and email for asynchronous learning on the other school days.

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Chinese 2B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence and is designed for students who are able to carry on basic Chinese conversations in real-life situations and read simple dialogues and short paragraphs. In this course, students will continue to consolidate their sentence-level communication competency through communicative task-based learning about topics such as talking about Chinese traditional sports and popular sport matches, purchasing tickets, borrowing/returning books at libraries, talking about favorite music/musical instrument/bands, travelling, hotel check-in, weather and the Spring Festival. They will deepen their knowledge of Chinese cultures by following the multimedia e-textbook to learn about topics such as the Spring Festival customs, Chinese dining etiquette, Chinese garden, Chinese painting and related geographic spots in southeast China.

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Chinese 3A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first in a two-course sequence and is designed for students who are able to express themselves in simple Chinese, read short passages, and create simple Chinese dialogues. Throughout the course, students will develop their ability to use more advanced vocabulary and more complex sentence structures to express themselves by accomplishing task- and project- based language learning activities. Curriculum will be focused on describing people’s physical distinctions, physical locations/layout of different places, comparing and contrasting different cities, discussing generation gaps, talking about weekend plans, long-term goals, holidays, gifts, recipes, wedding, and hobbies. And related cultural topics are incorporated in each unit to help students form better insights into the cultural differences.

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Chinese 3B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence and is targeted to students who can infer meaning from contexts and use learned knowledge to conduct fundamental dialogic communication with others in Chinese around the general topics. This course will help students further develop their four major language skills by teaching them to use the key words and sentence structures to make comments on such topics as proposing travel destinations, describing friends, social network and birthday parties, talking about Chinese Kongfu, animal protection, ideal universities and professions. Students will work on a variety of task-based projects that prepare them for more complex Chinese communication and better understanding of the typical Chinese culture.

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Chinese 4A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first in a two-course sequence. In this course, students continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar by focusing on its usage in daily experiences. Cultural study continues to serve as a contextual backdrop of language, but greater emphasis is placed on culture as a subject of study and as a way of understanding China’s past and present. In addition, concrete requirements are specified for Chinese Character learning and writing. This course helps students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam administered by the College Board and is taught by a native Chinese instructor.

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Chinese 4B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. In this course, students continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar by focusing on its usage in daily experiences. More formal speech and written-style language will be introduced. Cultural information will be integrated within the teaching of reading, writing, and speaking. In addition, concrete requirements are specified for Chinese Character learning and writing. Students are expected to rely more on characters without Pinyin. This course helps students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam administered by the College Board and is taught by a native Chinese instructor.

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Civics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This one-semester course prepares students for informed and responsible participation as citizens in the American representative system. Students deepen their awareness of the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other foundational documents of the United States. Students learn the purposes and structures of government within the American federal system. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of the United States in its relations with other nations. Students also learn how citizens exert influence on public affairs and decisions. By participating in this course, students are better prepared to exercise the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

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Composition (Advanced)

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence. In this course, students will study and become proficient in the use of the writing process. Students will also learn several grammar concepts that involve sentence structure, punctuation, and usage. In addition, they will learn about essay structure and organization through the development of five common types of essays: process analysis, definition, narrative, comparison/contrast, and classification and division.

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Composition (Beginning)

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. In this course, students will study and become proficient in the use of the writing process. Students will also learn several grammar concepts that involve sentence structure, punctuation, and usage. In addition, they will learn about essay structure and organization through the development of five common types of essays: process analysis, definition, narrative, comparison/contrast, and classification and division.

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Criminology

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Criminology isn’t about solving cases and catching perpetrators. Criminologists work to understand why crime happens in the first place. They also focus on how to prevent and address crime. As you go through this course, you’ll be given a series of challenging situations that need the mindset of a criminologist to navigate successfully. The course will encourage you to analyze a range of criminal acts, from shoplifting to hate crimes. By the end, you’ll have an opportunity to envision alternative strategies for dealing with crime in our society and in your own school environment in particular.

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Digital Information Technology A

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

Dive into an exciting course that will provide you with the foundational skills needed for exciting careers like game development, military defense, web design, and software engineering! You will explore Microsoft Office online applications, web design, emerging technologies, operating systems, project management, communication methods, Information Technology careers, and much more in this course. Learn about your strengths and how they relate to different career paths.

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