Category: Middle School Only

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Middle School Math Grade 6

Course Length:

two semesters

Course Description: 

Students begin the first semester of this course with a review of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers. More complex concepts are built on these basics. Students learn how to add, subtract multiply and divide integers, decimals and fractions. The course also includes lessons on ratios and proportions.

In the second semester of grade 6 Math online course, we introduce students to the order of operations and how to use them in solving application problems. Building on these concepts, students are then introduced to the basics of algebra and algebraic expressions. Students then learn how to apply these problem-solving skills to percents and solving single and multiple step equations. An exploration of Geometry, probability and statistics concludes the second semester.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Math 6 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A available
Spring: B available

Lead Teacher:

@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School Health

Course Length:

One-semester

Course Description: 

Middle School Health aids students in creating a foundation of personal health. Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness; namely, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are taught the skills necessary to improve every aspect of health. They are also encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School Health Public Syllabus

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Public Schools, patr@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School Exploring Music

Course Length:

One-semester

Course Description: 

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? In this course, you’ll learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; essential elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School Exploring Music Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
  • Video recording device
  • Audio recording device

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Public Schools, @montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 8

Course Length:

two semesters

Course Description: 

During the first semester of this year-long course, students will read and analyze various kinds of written texts, include novels and short fiction, informational texts representing a wide range of topics and forms, and several one-act plays. Lessons in Semester A will also guide students in writing their own narratives and essays, using the readings in the course as both examples and sources of ideas for reflection, analysis, and argument. Students will learn better ways to discuss their thoughts and perceptions with others—they will practice their skills in collaborative discussions as well as informal journal entries, presentations, and speeches. Writing assignments include personal narratives, analytical and persuasive essays, and an original one-act play. Special emphasis is placed on reading in certain content areas, such as science and history, as well as understanding and thinking critically about news and media sources.

In Semester B of grade 8 English Language Arts online course, students will examine the role of historical autobiographies and diaries in our understanding of history. In the process, they’ll study the impact of point of view on nonfiction texts. Students will be given opportunities to write autobiographical narratives of their own and then asked to connect their experiences to universal themes or philosophical positions, which they explore through writing about them. In the second half of the semester, students will study the relationship between poetic expression and several conventions of language, including syntax, voice, sentence types, and punctuation. Next, they will explore the nature of creativity, the processes that tend to produce good literature, and the features of experimental and multi-genre forms of fiction. Near the end of the semester, students will reflect on their own growth and development throughout the year, compiling a portfolio that illustrates the progress they’ve made. Finally, students will consider what high school will ask of them and how they might fulfill those expectations, having gained a better understanding of their strengths as well as areas ripe for continued learning and progress.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Language Arts 8 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. Required Anthology:
    • Poetry Speaks Who I Am
    •      ISBN-10: 1402210744
    •      ISBN-13: 978-1402210747

    Required Novels:

    Optional Novels (Choose 2):

    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    • My Brother Sam Is Dead by Christopher Collier
    • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
    • The Ox-Box Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
    • That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A available
Spring: B available

Lead Teacher:

Tricia Dean, Butte Public Schools, tricia.dean@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 7

Course Length:

Two semesters

Course Description: 

Through analysis of written, spoken, and multimedia texts, students will become more critical consumers of information and of various forms of media. They will also synthesize and organize ideas to prepare structured essays in several different modes, including narrative, persuasive, and expository. Each lesson will guide students in learning and applying specific strategies for reading and writing different types of texts.  A review of basic English mechanics is included in many of the writing lessons, along with a discussion of levels of formality required for different purposes and audiences. This course provides instruction in many modalities, including audiovisual presentations and videos, interactive activities, projects, and discussions. Opportunities for teacher feedback are frequent, detailed, and varied.

The second semester of Grade 7 English Language Arts online course builds on the skills and concepts introduced in the first semester. Students tackle more difficult texts and themes in Semester B, and the level of analysis demonstrated and required is more in-depth. In this part of the course, students study the English language closely—both its history and evolution and the less obvious ways it can be used to convey meaning.  The reading assignments are selected to guide students in understanding how language can be used to convey broader themes in poetry, drama, and humorous or satirical texts.  Students continue to develop their writing skills through multi-draft assignments and projects. The emphasis in this semester is on recognizing the multiple levels of meaning that any word or phrase might convey, and in writing one’s own texts with these concepts in mind.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Language Arts 7 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
  • Required Anthology:
    • Poetry Speaks Who I Am

    ISBN-10: 1402210744
    ISBN-13: 978-1402210747

    Required Novels:

    Optional Novels (Choose 2):

    • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
    • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    • Nothing but the Truth by Avi
    • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A available
Spring: B available

Lead Teacher:

John Amundson, Billings Public Schools, john.amundson@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 6

Course Length:

two semesters

Course Description: 

Through a study of myths, fables, and folk tales from different cultures—as well as novels and other modern forms of narrative, students learn the elements common to all forms of literature and also the elements that are unique to each form. In lessons focused on writing and language study, students craft essays in several different modes and learn how to create the more formal style expected for school writing assignments. Lessons in this semester guide students to recognize and reproduce text structures and organizational patterns that work for different types of essays. The writing lessons also demonstrate the kinds of changes that students should make during the revising and editing stages of the writing process. Opportunities for teacher feedback are frequent, detailed, and varied.

The second semester of grade 6 English Language Arts online course builds on the skills and concepts introduced in the first semester. Students tackle more difficult texts in Semester B and apply more advanced analysis skills to reading and writing tasks. They also study some of the more subtle aspects of language, such as the role of connotation and nuance in an author’s word choices and how those choices affect readers. Reading assignments are selected, in part, to provide models for students’ own writing in specific modes, forms, or genres. Several lessons demonstrate methods of sharing and publishing writing using 21st century technology.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Language Arts 6 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
  • Required Books:
    • Seedfolks
    • The Giver
    • Esperanza Rising

    Optional Novels (Choose 1):

    • Walk Two Moons
    • The Westing Game
    • Freak the Mighty
    • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A available
Spring: B available

Lead Teacher:

Patty Maddock, Bozeman Public Schools, patricia.maddock@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School Career Exploration

Course Length:

One-semester

Course Description: 

How do you pick a career path when you’re not sure what’s even out there? This course allows you to begin exploring options in fields such as teaching, business, government, hospitality, health science, IT, and more! You’ll align your interests, wants, and needs to career possibilities, including the required education for each. Let’s find a pathway that works for you.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School Career Exploration Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • Word processing software
  • Slide presentation software
  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
  • Video recording device like a camera or a phone

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Barbi Foster, Great Falls Public Schools, barbi.foster@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School 2D Art

Course Length:

One-semester course

Course Description: 

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!

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School 2D Art Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

    • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
    • Various sizes of white drawing paper
    • Various sizes of colored paper
    • Paintbrushes in varying sizes
    • Empty cans or jars to wash paintbrushes
    • Rules and/or protractor
    • Erasers
    • Scissors
    • Miscellaneous household objects to use for still life art
    • Digital camera, camera phone, or other type of camera

Paint: (at least two or more of the following)

    • Tempera Paint
    • Watercolor
    • Oil Paint
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Ink Wash

Drawing Tools: (at least two or more of the following)

    • Pastels
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Charcoal
    • Colored Pencil

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Leslie Snoke, Missoula County Public Schools, leslie.snoke@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School Scratch Coding

Course Length:

One-semester

Course Description:

Scratch is a program developed by MIT teaching students the basics on how computers think! This program will introduce students to real coding programs and allow them to drag and drop coding blocks creating a fully functional program.  The simple user interface and tutorials allow students to quickly create and run their code to see its results!  This course assumes no prior computer coding knowledge and includes self-graded multiple-choice tests and quizzes.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School Scratch Coding Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • Students will need a computer or laptop for this course; tablets are not sufficient.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Gary Myers, Helena Public Schools, gary.myers@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Middle School Spanish

Course Length:

One-semester course

Course Description:

Middle School Spanish teaches foundational language skills designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and to prepare students for high school language courses. Students learn pronunciation, useful communicative expressions, an introduction to verb conjugation, and the principles of gender agreement – all through weekly topics such as numbers, age, calendar, descriptions, places, and likes/dislikes. Cultural and historical lessons are featured throughout the semester and contemporary music relative to the current target structures is likewise used throughout the semester. Authentic resources are used whenever possible, with special regard to listening activities for learning and early speaking practice.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Middle School Spanish Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 
  • You will need to be able to listen to audio, watch video, and to record both audio and video. Check your headphones, webcam,  and microphone.  Check with your MTDA school facilitator or a parent to assist you with checking your microphone and listening capabilities.

Recommended:

  • A digital or traditional paper notebook is advisable – to record and study the class content, consisting of weekly vocabulary and grammar.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

All world language courses require the ability to record oral language using the computer.  A headset and microphone are required.

Students are required to call their teacher during the course of the class. They must have access to a phone and be able to call outside of regular school hours.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Carrie Anderson, Missoula Public Schools, carrie.anderson@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815