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2020-2021 - 6th Grade Elective Courses

Full Year

***IF YOU CHOOSE EITHER BEGINNING BAND, CHORUS, or ORCHESTRA,

YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE EXPLORATORY WHEEL ***

BEGINNING BAND

This is a co-curricular year long course that is designed to give students an introduction to playing brass wind, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  Students will learn all the fundamentals necessary to perform on a band instrument as defined in the national standards.

Students will be asked to purchase their own method book.  Schedule changes are by Director’s signature only.  After school performances are done in uniform as defined in the band class handbook. There will be a $25.00 lab fee for this course.

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA

(Prerequisite: none, no musical experience necessary)

Beginning Orchestra is an entry-level yearlong music course open to all middle school students regardless of grade level.  Students will learn to play an instrument of their choice in the string orchestra family: Violin, Viola, Cello or the String Bass while exploring many genres of music, including fiddling, rock/pop, jazz, and classical.  Students will develop the necessary skills in music literacy, instrument technique and performance to be successful individually and with their orchestra in a cooperative setting.  Students will provide their own instrument through private arrangement OR if there is a financial need, rent an APS instrument on a first come basis.  There is a one-time $25.00 lab fee which includes the orchestra spirit shirt which may be worn on Fridays at JMMS and on orchestra field trips, such as Hummingbird Music Camp.

BEGINNING CHORUS

Students will learn basic vocal techniques, pitch matching, tone production, and a variety of repertoire from classical, folk, and pop traditions.  Over the year, students will master vocal skills in a fun and supportive environment.  Performances outside school hours are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required.  There is a lab fee of $15.

 

Exploratory Wheel - 9 Week Wheel

*Each student will have four of the 9-week classes listed.
Actual assignment of those four classes will be based on funding.
The rotation is random and there is no choice of order or selection.

EXPLORATORY DRAMA

Students will learn the basics of theatre and will participate in a short dramatic performance.  It is designed to study Greek theatre, mythology, acting basics and improvisation skills.

EXPLORATORY CAREERS

Students are taught to look at interests, skills, personality and attributes as they research and select possible careers.  Students are prepared for some of the demands that the world of work will place on them.  Topics included in this phase are job applications, interviewing and getting along with employers and co-workers.

EXPLORATORY CULTURES

This class is an exploratory course designed to provide an introduction to culture and basic language skills for 6th grade students.  Students learn about topics in relation to general themes such as holidays, celebrations, civilization, geography, language and culture.

EXPLORATORY STUDY SKILLS

Students learn skills that will assist with the transition from elementary to middle school coursework.  Students learn organization, time management, reading strategies and proper note taking.

SEMINAR I

In the 6th grade Gifted Seminar class, students will learn about who they are and how they connect to the world at large.  Using the frameworks of Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy, students will begin a process of self-discovery.  Students will explore and examine their personalities, learning styles and preferences, AVID strategies, “giftedness", the roles of nature vs. nurture in human development, as well as their own interests, behaviors, passions, and values.  Students will then connect that examined self to the larger world, learning about groups, culture, "outsiders", perspectives, and community.  Utilizing a variety of readings and documentaries, the class will have strong emphasis on discussion and will provide opportunities for self-directed learning and the integration of contemporary issues.