• Dillard Drive Middle School Elective Course Descriptions 2019-2020

    6th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

    Beginning Band (Year Long) - Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic musical skills as students learn to play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. Band classes prepare several concert compositions that are performed for an audience. Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances. Please List Instrument (Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, or Trombone) .

    Beginning Strings (Year Long) -Beginning Strings is a course designed for students who are interested in playing a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) for the first time. Previous experience is not needed for this class. This course will cover basic fundamentals of rhythm, note reading, posture, watching the conductor, bowing, pizzicato and learning how to perform as a group. 

    Computer Skills and Applications 1 (Semester Elective) Digital Literacy, Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing - Computer Skills and Applications 1 (CSA 1) is designed to help students master basic "touch method" keyboarding skills. In addition, students will learn basic formatting and editing, beginning word processing, and digital literacy.

    Beginning Spanish (Semester Elective) - This course begins the study of the Spanish language and culture and is the first part in the Spanish curriculum. Major topics include greetings, conversation questions, telling time, classroom objectives, asking for help, infinitive verbs, expressing likes and dislikes, definite and indefinite articles, adjectives, subject pronouns, the present tense –ar verbs and the plurals of nouns and articles.

    Exploring Engineering and Design 1 - Invention & Innovation (1st 9wks) ans Exploring Engineering and Design (2nd 9wks) - This course focuses on applying the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process or system. Through engaging activities and hands-on projects, students focus on understanding how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Emphasis is placed on brainstorming, visualizing, modeling testing and refining designs. 

    Visual Arts Exploratory (Semester Elective) - This course introduces students to the elements of art through a variety of media that may include: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, pottery, and weaving.

    FAC: Family Focus (Semester Elective) - Exploring Interpersonal Relationships and Childcare -Exploring Nutrition & Wellness - This course focuses on personal finance and resource management, food service and hospitality, apparel, and interior design. English Language Arts and Mathematics are reinforced. 

    7th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

    Intermediate Band-Bass -Woodwind (Year Long) - This class is a continuation of the skills taught in Beginning Band with further development of tone production, breath support, and music reading. Students are introduced to performance skills and techniques. They are encouraged to perform as individuals and as members of an ensemble. Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances.

    Intermediate Strings -(Year Long) - The curriculum for Intermediate Strings is a continuation of Beginning Strings, or for students who enter middle school with previous experience.  Solo and orchestral literature from a variety of time periods and cultures is studied in this class.  Emphasis is on varied bowing, ear training, identifying and playing various styles, and the deeper understanding of musical terms.  Students prepare a number of concert selections that are performed for an audience.  Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances.   

    Computer Skills and Applications 1 (Semester Elective) - Digital Literacy - Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing - (Semester Elective) - Computer Skills and Applications 1 (CSA 1) is designed to help students master basic "touch method" keyboarding skills. In addition, students will learn basic formatting and editing, beginning word processing, and digital literacy.

    Spanish 1 A (Semester Elective) - This course builds on the basics of Spanish as taught in the Beginning Spanish course or in the elementary program. A more formal introduction of grammar is included, as well as continued emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

    Exploring Engineering and Design 2  -Design and Creativity/Technology and Society (Semester Elective) - This middle school course focuses on applying the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process, or system. Through engaging activities and hands-on projects, students focus on understanding how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Emphasis is placed on brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, testing, and refining designs. Students develop skills in researching information, communicating design information, and reporting results. Activities are structured to integrate physical and social sciences, mathematics, English language arts, and art. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning.

    Visual Composition (Semester Elective)Available for grades 7-8 only.  Students will engage in deep study of the elements and principles of art centered on the curriculum set forth in the North Carolina Essential Standards for Visual Art.  Two and three-dimensional techniques will be taught using a variety of media.  Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own.   

    FAC: Family Focus (Semester Elective) - Exploring Interpersonal Relationships and Childcare /Exploring Nutrition & Wellness -This course focuses on interpersonal relationships, nutrition, wellness, child development and education. Students are eligible to receive the American Red Cross Babysitter certification. English language and mathematics are enforced.

    FAC: Consumer Focus (Semester Elective) - Exploring Apparel and Interior Design /Understand Personal Finance and Hospitality (Semester Elective) -This course focuses on personal finance and resource management, food service and hospitality, apparel, and interior design. English Language Arts and Mathematics are reinforced. 

    Computer Science Discoveries - Exploration & Expression/Innovation & Impact (Semester Elective) -  Exploration and Expression introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem-solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, this course focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression. Innovation and Impact - In this course, students are asked to look outward and explore the impact of computer science on society. Students will see how a thorough user-centered design process produces a better application, how data is used to address problems that affect large numbers of people, and how physical computing with bare circuit boards allows computers to collect input and return output in a variety of ways.

    Pottery/Sculpture (Semester Elective) - Students will create their own work with a wide variety of media such as paper, wood, clay, plaster, paper mâché, or fabric.  Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own.    

    Music Exploratory through Guitar (Semester Elective) -  Students are introduced to the skills necessary for singing and playing music with accuracy and expression while interpreting the sound and symbols of music.  Through the study of various genres and cultures students will analyze, evaluate and understand the music and concepts from other areas.

    Advanced Computer Skills and Application (Semester Elective) - Introduction to Office Productivity/Office Productivity Applications -This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction using software common in the workplace. The software applications include word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

    8th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

    Advanced  Band - Bass/Woodwind (Year Long) -  Technical drills, scale studies, rhythm studies, and sight reading exercises are used to advance the student's skills, knowledge, and reading ability in music. A wide variety of band literature is studied to give the students experience in various musical styles. Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances.

    Advanced  Strings (Year Long) - Advanced Strings students should have the equivalent of at least two years of orchestral instruction in order to take this course.  Students will continue to master scales and technique.  Extended ranges, shifting, and further study of good intonation are emphasized, along with in-depth study of style and interpretation.  Students are encouraged to perform on an individual basis and participate in small or large ensembles.  Students prepare a number of concert selections that are performed for an audience.  Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances.

    Computer Skills and Applications 1 (Semester Elective) Digital Literacy /Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing(Semester Elective) - Computer Skills and Applications 1 (CSA 1) is designed to help students master basic "touch method" keyboarding skills. In addition, students will learn basic formatting and editing, beginning word processing, and digital literacy.

    Spanish B (Year Long Elective) -  This course enables students to strengthen and reinforce the skills acquired in the earlier levels by increased use of Spanish and further refinement of grammatical structures. Students who complete this course successfully and who pass the exit exam (worth 20% of the overall grade) may take Spanish II at the high school level.

    Technological Issues and Impacts/Exploring Technological Systems (Semester Elective) - This middle school course focuses on students’ understanding how technological systems work together to solve problems and capture opportunities. As technology becomes more integrated and systems become dependent upon each other, this course gives students a general background on the different types of systems, with specific concentration on the connections between these systems. Art, English language arts, mathematics and science are reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Technology Student Association (TSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.  This course also looks at technology issues and impacts

    Visual Composition-Art (Semester Elective) - Available for grades 7-8 only.  Students will engage in deep study of the elements and principles of art centered on the curriculum set forth in the North Carolina Essential Standards for Visual Art.  Two and three-dimensional techniques will be taught using a variety of media.  Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own.   

    FAC: Family Focus (Semester Elective) /Exploring Interpersonal Relationships and Childcare /Exploring Nutrition & Wellness - This course focuses on interpersonal relationships, nutrition, wellness, child development and education. Students are eligible to receive the American Red Cross Babysitter certification. English language and mathematics are enforced.

    FAC: Consumer Focus (Semester Elective) /Exploring Apparel and Interior Design /Understand Personal Finance and Hospitality (Semester Elective) - This course focuses on personal finance and resource management, food service and hospitality, apparel, and interior design. English Language Arts and Mathematics are reinforced. 

    Computer Science Discoveries -Exploration & Expression/Innovation &Impact (Semester Elective) -  Exploration and Expression introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem-solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, this course focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.

    Innovation and Impact - In this course, students are asked to look outward and explore the impact of computer science on society. Students will see how a thorough user-centered design process produces a better application, how data is used to address problems that affect large numbers of people, and how physical computing with bare circuit boards allows computers to collect input and return output in a variety of ways.

    Pottery/Sculpture (Semester Elective) -Students will create their own work with a wide variety of media such as paper, wood, clay, plaster, paper mâché, or fabric.  Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own

    Music Exploratory through Guitar (Semester Elective) -  Students are introduced to the skills necessary for singing and playing music with accuracy and expression while interpreting the sound and symbols of music.  Through the study of various genres and cultures students will analyze, evaluate and understand the music and concepts from other areas.

    Advanced Computer Skills and Application (Semester Elective) - Introduction to Office Productivity/Office Productivity Applications -This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction using software common in the workplace. The software applications include word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

    Advanced  Visual Composition (Semester Elective) - Available for grades 7-8 only.  Students will continue to develop their technical and artistic skills as they solve problems with their own choice of media.  Students will be expected to write critical analysis of the work of others (including the masters) and their own.