Category: Summer Course Offerings

English-4

English IV A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English IV is a further exploration of language arts skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and media literacy. Studies here emphasize world literature in the form of essays, poetry, prose, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. This includes the recognition and appreciation of the diversity of human experience expressed through world mythology, literature, and culture. The focus is on expanding critical and analytical reading and writing skills to produce narrative, informative and persuasive pieces of writing. Students will need to emphasize direct evidence and make critical connections between what they read and what they write.

Prerequisites:

To be successful in this course, students should have successfully completed a freshman, sophomore, and junior-level English or Language Arts course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english4ab

Required Materials:

Most required materials are available online or will be available from school and public libraries. When available, links and/or sources of supplemental audio recordings, will be provided.

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 semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.

Lead Teacher:

Trisha Carlson, Kalispell Public Schools, trisha.carlson.mtda@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

English-3

English III A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English III includes a comprehensive study of writing, speaking, listening, and media literacy.  Emphasis is on understanding, analyzing, and appreciating United States literature from all genres and time periods.  A variety of cultural texts are used including Native American literature.  The Common Core requirements for all areas of language arts are included in this class.

Prerequisites:

To be successful in this course, students should have successfully completed both a freshman and sophomore-level English or Language Arts course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english3ab

Required Materials:

Materials will be provided in the course. Students will need to acquire the following novels, available in most school and public libraries:

  • First semester novels: Fools Crow, by James Welch
  • Second semester novel: Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Note: Huckleberry Finn is not read in the summer session.

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 semester available
Spring: B semester available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Caitlin Skinner, Bozeman High School, caitlin.skinner@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Creative-Writing

Creative Writing

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This creative writing course will develop observation and reflection skills as well as develop the creative use of grammar in the writing process. Students will hone skills as they utilize a variety of technology to write for a variety of audiences, share writing with others, and give constructive feedback to peers. This is not a course to write for only yourself or to avoid communicating with a variety of peers. Students will study excellent creative writing in books of their choice.

Prerequisites:

English I

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Creative Writing Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

Student selected novels or creative nonfiction, student selected children’s literature, other built-in course materials

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

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

This specific course requires access to a microphone, speakers, and headphones for a computer.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available
Summer: available

Lead Teacher:

Roger Scruggs, Helena High School, roger.scruggs@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Digital-Photography

Digital Photography

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

In Digital Photography, students will learn the basics of photographic composition and lighting, the basics of using a digital camera and the basics of preparing a digital darkroom. Students will also learn basic color theory and the fundamentals of image processing. Students will be introduced to the basic elements and principles of art and history of photography as a medium of expression. This course is designed for the student who has no background in photography.

Prerequisites:

Should be prepared to read and write at a 9th-grade level.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/digitalphotography

Required Materials:

Students require regular access to a working digital camera. Camera phones are not adequate for this course. To confirm that an individual camera is sufficient, please contact the lead teacher for details.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

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

This specific course requires that students will need to install the free, open-source editing program The GIMP, available at http://www.gimp.org/  or have access to the desktop version of Photoshop.  GIMP works on Windows 7/8.1/10 or MacOS.  The ChromeOS platform is not supported for this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available
Summer: available

Lead Teacher:

Maggie Hunter, Powell County High School, maggie.hunter@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Health

Health

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This comprehensive health course provides students with essential knowledge and decision-making skills for a healthy lifestyle. Students analyze aspects of emotional, social, and physical health and how these realms of health influence each other. Students apply principles of health and wellness to their own lives. In addition, they study behavior change and set health goals to work on throughout the semester. Additional topics of study include healthy relationships, reproductive health, disease transmission, substance abuse, safety and injury prevention, environmental health, and consumer health.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/health

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Assignments must be done in Microsoft Word or Pages.

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
Summer: available

Lead Teacher:

Lead Teacher: Todd Bertsch, Billings Public Schools, todd.bertsch@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Sports-Officiating

Sports Officiating

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn the rules, gameplay, and guidelines for a variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and football. In addition, they will learn the officiating calls and hand signals for each sport, as well as the role a sports official plays in maintaining fair play.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/sportsofficiating

Required Materials:

None

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: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: NEW 2018! Available Session 2

Lead Teacher:

Wes Holmquist, Gallatin High School-Bozeman PS, wes.holmquist@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Anatomy-Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In this Health elective, students will explore the anatomy or structure of the human body. In addition to learning anatomical terminology, students will study the main systems of the body– including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. In addition to identifying the bones, muscles, and organs, students will study the structure of cells and tissues within the body.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/anatomyandphysiology

Required Materials:

None

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: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: A & B available

Lead Teacher:

Amanda Ferderer, Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls, MT amanda.ferderer@montanadigitalacademy.org

Earth-Science

Earth Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course will study the phenomena affecting the formation, history and current conditions of Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere. Topics include astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Students will discover how earth science affects their lives by exploring topics related to Montana.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/earthscience

Required Materials

  • One sheet of plain white paper
  • Several sheets of old newspaper, or wax paper if available
  • One water-based marker (Note: do not use permanent marker)
  • One spray bottle containing water (place on “mist” setting)
  • Digital camera, if available
  • Water
  • A clean penny
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Dropper or Pipette
  • Ice cube
  • Black pepper
  • A bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • A heating source (sunlight, lamp, etc…) or a cooling source (refrigerator)
  • Balloon
  • Measuring tape or string and a ruler  
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Toothpicks (flat and round)
  • Paperclips
  • Graph paper
  • Stopwatch, timer, or clock with second hand
  • One styrofoam ball or white table-tennis ball
  • One dowel rod, pencil, or another long holder for the sphere
  • Tape, if needed
  • Darkened room, preferably without windows
  • One lamp or source of light
  • Pan
  • Raw egg
  • Cracking device such as a teaspoon
  • Paper towels or newspaper

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 semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Bill Stockton, Arlee High School, bill.stockton@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Biology

Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Biology is a rigorous course that will introduce students to the living world around them.  This course contains a mix of lab activities, projects, collaborative projects (not during Summer Sessions), video resources, and interactive learning activities.  Topics include Chemistry of Life, Cells, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Classification, and Anatomy & Physiology. Critical thinking and writing skills will be developed throughout the course through reflective discussion questions.

Prerequisites:

Successful students exhibit strong individual study skills and have usually completed their freshman year of High School.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/biology

Required Materials:

Biology A

Required: Materials for student-designed laboratory set-up in lesson 2.01 (materials will vary)

Optional:

  • raw egg
  • string or thread or yarn
  • ruler
  • white vinegar
  • tap water
  • jar with a lid (like a mayonnaise jar)

Biology B Required: 

  • Timer or watch that counts seconds
  • Sink
  • Blindfold
  • Washable paint or Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Soap

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

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

In addition to the MTDA general software requirements, this specific course requires that students should have access to word processing software (Microsoft Office for example).  Free versions are available online (OpenOffice, LibreOffice)

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Chris Putzler, Flathead High School, chris.putzler@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Personal-Finance

Personal Finance

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Personal Finance is a course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real-world topics covered will include income, money management, spending, and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate the use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundation of understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.

Prerequisites:

Students should have basic high school math skills.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/personalfinance

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

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

This specific course requires the following:

Audio capability is helpful and recommended.

Students must be able to access http://www.moneyskill.org/ Money Skill is an online reality-based personal financial course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available
Summer: available

Lead Teacher:

Rebecca Bates, Columbia Falls High School, rebecca.bates@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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