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Mythology-Folklore

Mythology & Folklore

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Mighty heroes. Angry gods and goddesses. Cunning animals. Mythology and folklore have been used since the first people gathered around the fire as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. This course focuses on the many myths and legends woven into cultures around the world. Starting with an overview of mythology and the many kinds of folklore, the student will journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons and outwit the gods, follow fearless warrior women into battle and watch as clever animals outwit those stronger than themselves. They will explore the universality and social significance of myths and folklore, and see how they are still to shape society today.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/mythologyfolklore

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):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Tichelle Ickes,  High School, tichelle.ickes@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

AP-Literature-and-Composition

AP® Literature and Composition A & B

Course Length:

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

Course Description:

This course is a demanding, college-level class that prepares students for the AP* English Language and Composition exam in May. While enrolled in the MTDA AP Literature and Composition course students will engage in close reading (active and thoughtful) of literary works in a rigorous, college-level curriculum. Through the deep study of works of literary merit, students will sharpen their awareness of language and how writers use language to create meaning. In addition, students will develop an independent appreciation of literary works while becoming sensitive to literature as shared experience. Students will discuss and write about the individual work (novels, plays, poems, essays) as well multiple sources. This course’s literary study will look at style and structure, diction, figurative language, imagery, selection of detail, language, tone and syntax. Writing well about literature is a key component of the course. In addition to essay writing, students will be expected to write clear, supported posts and responses in threaded discussion. For a more extensive course description visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_englit.html?englit

AP courses have challenging time demands. Students taking AP courses should be able to dedicate significant time for reading and study each week. It is not recommended that students take this course a supplement to a regular core course, but in replacement of it.

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of English I, II, & III.  Student will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/aplitandcomp

Required Materials:

You will also need to supply the following materials. You can borrow from your public library or rent from your local video store.

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Hollow Men” by T. S. Eliot
  • A novel from the list provided in Module 2
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet video (Versions available: Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, Laurence Olivier) **
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Importance of Being Earnest video **
  • Barron’s How to Prepare for the AP Advanced Placement Exam English Literature and Composition
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

You will also need to provide one of the following books for the module 9 Pot Luck Dinner Party assignments:

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • A House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Othello

**Optional

Student Selected Novel List

Students will need to select one of the following novels to read for Module 2. The novels can be purchased or obtained from your local school library:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Color Purple By Alice Walker
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

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
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Diane Marsh, Columbia Falls High School, diane.marsh@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Art-History-and-Appreciation

Art History & Appreciation

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This online course is a general overview of the following topics: An introduction to the Visual Arts, Elements and Principles, Critiquing art, Prehistoric Art, Ancient Art, Ancient Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Art, the Renaissance, Art of the Americas, Baroque to the Romantics, Modern Art, African Art and Oceanic Art.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/arthistandapprec

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):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Vivian Schultz, Wolf Point Public School, vivian.schultz@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Music-Appreciation

Music Appreciation

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course will use an overview of music theory and music history to create a foundation on which each student can build a deeper appreciation of all music. There is no prerequisite for this course; those of you with a musical background may find some activities easy, but everyone can access and learn from this course content.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Music Appreciation 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

This specific course requires that students use a word processor (Microsoft Word or Google Docs) and students will need to create a Spotify and Noteflight account.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Tyson Reiter, Helena Middle School, tyson.reiter@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Native-American-Studies

Native American Studies

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course employs the 7 Essential Understandings about Montana Indians as a framework or organizing principle; students will investigate each of the 7 EUs in depth with use of primary sources from the 12 Montana tribes throughout, and an emphasis on critical thinking, interaction with others, and digital projects that display understanding of the course content.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Native American Studies 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: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Jordann Lankford, Great Falls Public Schools, jordann.lankford@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Interior-Design

Interior Design

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Are you constantly redecorating your room? If so, the design industry might just be for you! In this course, you’ll explore what it is like to work in the industry by exploring career possibilities and the background that you need to pursue them. Interior designers do it all—from planning the color scheme to choosing furniture and light fixtures—with the end goal of creating a space where people can live or work comfortably, safely, and happily.  Get ready to try your hand at designing as you learn the basics of color and design then test your skills through hands-on projects. In addition, you’ll develop the essential communication skills that build success in any business. By the end of the course, you’ll be well on your way to developing the portfolio you need to get your foot in the door of this exciting field.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/interiordesign

Required Materials:

  • Digital camera
  • Materials for your upcycling project
  • Colored pencils
  • Measuring tape
  • Sketchpad
  • Paper
  • Scissors

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: not available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Patricia Palin, Missoula County Public Schools, patricia.palin@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Now-Were-Cooking

Now We’re Cooking: Introduction to Culinary Arts

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Food is fundamental to life. Not only does it feed our bodies, but it’s often the centerpiece for family gatherings and social functions with friends. In this course, you will learn all about food including food culture, food history, food safety, and current food trends. You’ll also learn about the foodservice industry and try your hand at preparing some culinary delights. Through hands-on activities and in-depth study of the culinary arts field, this course will help you hone your cooking skills and give you the opportunity to explore careers in this exciting industry.

Prerequisites:

Although this is an introductory course, it is an intensive introduction to the subject.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/culinaryarts

Required Materials:

Students will need access to the following:

  • A friend and/or family member to help act out scenarios in videos
  • Props for Videos (fake items may be subbed for real ones):
    • First-aid tools and materials (band-aids, gauze, ointment, antiseptic, etc.)
    • Plastic knife, butter knife, or basic dinner knife
    • Food items to practice knife skills on like chilled sticks of butter, potatoes, etc.
    • Kitchen with appliances like a sink, stove, refrigerator, etc.
    • Pots and pans for washing demonstration
    • Four boxes or buckets to use as sinks
    • Dishwasher or an item to stand in for a dishwasher
    • Chemicals used for dishwasher cleaning (or pictures of them)
    • Meat thermometer
    • Gloves, hair restraints, closed-toe shoes, apron, etc. – all for demonstrating proper kitchen hygiene
    • Various foods to use in video demonstration of dry heat and moist heat cooking methods
    • Salad and salad dressing ingredients
    • Vegetable and starch ingredients
    • Cold cooking tools

Supplies for the cooking labs: 

  • A medium-size skillet
  • A flat spatula
  • A gas or electric range
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • 1 cup sliced green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sour cream and/or guacamole for toppings (optional) Kitchen mixer
  • 7 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 14 Tbsp sugar
  • Medium-size frying pan
  • Tongs
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Knife
  • Gas or electric range
  • 1 chicken breast and thigh with skin on
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 oz vegetable oil (1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh shrimp (any size)

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access
    • Word processing program
    • Slideshow presentation program
  • Video recording device

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

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first-come, first-serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Lorie Martinez, Columbus High School, lorie.martinez@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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: Trisha Harper, Billings Public Schools, trisha.harper@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Physical-Education-I

Physical Education I

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Physical Education I is an action packed course designed to get you up and moving while learning about the basic building blocks of fitness. This course consists of 18 weeks of physical activity, as well as curriculum that outlines important information for improving your own fitness level.

NOTE: MTDA physical education courses are not designed as adaptive PE courses. Students with injuries, special needs or other issues should contact MTDA curriculum staff to see if the course is appropriate for you. If a student has an IEP or 504 that limits exercise or physical activity, this course is not an appropriate placement.

Students may only take one PE course at a time at MTDA.  Students may not take this PE class in addition to a local face-to-face PE during the same term.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/physed1

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: not available

Lead Teacher:

Heather Elkin, Billings Public Schools, heather.elkin@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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

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