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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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US Dual credit

US History I & II – Dual Credit

Course Length:

Two semesters

Course Description: 

This course is a survey of American history from the pre-Columbian era to the Reconstruction period.  It will include topics in social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history with the study of Pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. History is made up of themes, which we will address in this course.  Some themes that we will address include American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, slavery, civil and human rights, imperialism, economic and technological change, immigration and migration, war and diplomacy, and the creation and evolution of the federal government.

Prerequisites:

Intended for incoming high school junior or senior students

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

US History I & II Dual Credit Public Syllabus

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: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Lindsay Thompson, Hellgate High School, lindsay.thompson@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Pre-Calculus A & B Dual Credit

Course Length: two semesters

Course Description: 

Pre-Calculus is available for Dual Credit from the University of Montana-Missoula College. Dual credit requires a separate registration with UM-Missoula College and fees and tuition paid to that institution.  Dual credit is only available to students that take the full-year course.

This course brings together and extends the concepts of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry including the study of functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, trigonometric, and exponential), analytic geometry, vectors, and an introduction to limits/derivatives. Successful completion of this course prepares students for AP Calculus.

Prerequisites:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or course equivalents

Intended for incoming high school junior or senior students

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Pre-Calculus Dual Credit Public Syllabus

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: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Dawn Roe, Columbia Falls High School, dawn.roe@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Photoshop Introduction

Photoshop Introduction

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the world of Adobe Photoshop. Students will get an insight into what it is like working in the visual and graphic design industry. Over 11 modules, students will learn everything from absolute basics like navigating Photoshop to performing complex tasks like editing and retouching photos, applying filters and effects, and even creating original artwork. The course contains guided, do-it-yourself projects, and great resources that will help students practice and learn how to work in Photoshop.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Photoshop Introduction Public Syllabus

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Required Materials:

Access to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge Creative Cloud on a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop is a minimum requirement to this course.  MTDA does not provide access to this software so please confirm you have access via your school or personal access before you enroll in the course. You are not required to purchase any books for this course.

Photoshop is a powerful processing/robust software program. Please review the minimum system requirements to run Photoshop on your own computer before you sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription.

Bridge is a powerful creative asset manager that lets you preview, organize, edit and publish multiple creative assets quickly and easily. Please review the minimum system requirements to run Bridge on your computer before you sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription.

You must also always back up your work to multiple storage devices. You may also want to purchase an external hard drive for backing up your work. You can also use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Adobe Creative Cloud Files to backup and store your files

Recommended Materials:

A graphics tablet is also strongly recommended when working in Photoshop. 

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

At least two current (most recent update) web browsers from the following list:

Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari (MAC)

This course does not support Chromebooks.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Cindy Schultz, Sentinel High School, cindy.schultz@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Hospitality and Tourism Marketing

Course Length: 

One semester

Course Description: 

Where is your dream travel destination? Now imagine working there! You’ll be introduced to a thriving industry that caters to the needs of travelers through managing hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, resorts, theme parks, and any other kind of hospitality you can imagine. Operating busy tourist locations, creating marketing around leisure and travel, spotting trends, and planning events are just a few of the key aspects you will explore within this exciting field.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Public Syllabus

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: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Nicole Bogunovich, Billings West High School, nicole.bogunovich@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