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Advanced Computer Applications, Grade 7

Desktop Publishing — promotes advanced knowledge and skills in the correct use of a variety of desktop publishing software, terms and concepts, text, graphics, and page format; Microsoft Office — develops problem-solving and decision-making skills and provides practice in file management, conducting business research, and managing communications skills; Microsoft PowerPoint — enhances delivery presentations; Microsoft Office Excel — incorporates advanced skills and statistical analysis tools to determine effective data display with charts, and applies logic in decision-making, including spreadsheet concepts, formulas and functions, and formatting worksheets and cells.

Art, Grade 6

Nine-week (one quarter) course. Introduces basic techniques for drawing and painting, particularly through use of watercolors and drawing pencils; explores the relationships between colors, as demonstrated in the color wheel.

Art, Grade 7

One-semester course. Incorporates art and the elements of design; uses the mediums of painting and drawing as the most common methods for design; introduces art history and the significance of various artists and their styles.

Art, Grade 8

Year-long course. Explores the historical culture of specific art forms and introduces various mediums, including oil pastels, watercolors, drawing pencils, collage, and sculpture.

Athletics, Grade 7

Students who participate in any IWA Middle Level sport are enrolled in this class. Boys are scheduled during first period and girls are scheduled eighth period. Promotes year-round fitness for athletes; focuses on cardiovascular and muscular endurance activities to maintain optimal physical condition for off-season and in-season sports.

Athletics, Grade 8

Students who participate in any IWA Middle Level sport are enrolled in this class. Boys are scheduled during first period and girls are scheduled eighth period. Promotes year-round fitness for athletes; focuses on cardiovascular and muscular endurance activities to maintain optimal physical condition for off-season and in-season sports.

Band, Grade 6

One-semester course. Teaches the basics of playing a musical instrument; provides an opportunity to be introduced and acquainted with the study and performance of band literature from various historical periods and musical styles.

Band, Grade 7

Year-long course. Provides an opportunity to study and to perform band literature of various historical periods and musical styles. Additional rehearsals and performances are mandatory.    

Prerequisite: Student must know how to play a musical instrument.

Band, Grade 8

Year-long course. Provides an opportunity to continue to study and perform band literature of various historical periods and musical styles; additional rehearsals and performances are mandatory.    

Prerequisite: Student must have played a musical instrument for at least one year.

Cardio, Grade 7

One-semester course. Promotes cardiovascular fitness through the development of muscular endurance; introduces the cardiovascular system, the benefits of cardiovascular fitness, criteria for cardiovascular exercise, monitoring of heart rate, and endurance strength training.  

Cardio, Grade 8

Year-long course. Promotes cardiovascular fitness through the development of muscular endurance; introduces the cardiovascular system, the benefits of cardiovascular fitness, criteria for cardiovascular exercise, monitoring of heart rate, and endurance strength training.  

Career Investigations, Grade 7

One-semester course. Focuses on exploring the basic skills, planning, and investigation required to prepare for a specific career path; includes self-evaluation of current skills, interests, and hobbies; incorporates investigation and research of basic job skills, college career preparation, college searches, degree plans, goal planning, and resume development; develops listening and questioning skills in response to guest speakers from various professions.

Choral Music, Grade 6

One-semester course. Introduces fundamental vocal and choral techniques in preparation for performance; includes exposure to music theory, ear training, and sight singing.

Choral Music, Grade 7

Year-long course. Focuses on mastery of fundamental vocal and choral techniques in preparation for performance; continues the study of music theory, ear training, and sight singing. Additional rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Choral Music, Grade 8

Year-long course. Continues the study and mastery of fundamental vocal and choral techniques in preparation for performances; enhances the study of music theory, ear training, and sight singing. Additional rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Computer Applications, Grade 6

Nine-week (one quarter) course. Develops knowledge and skills to correctly operate hardware components and software programs, and to adhere to copyright laws regarding the Internet; enables students with a higher level of computer literacy to work on class projects to expand the depth and complexity of knowledge and skills; prepares students with limited computer literacy to work on class projects that teach and develop basic skills.

Computer Skills/Yearbook, Grade 8

Year-long course. Develops knowledge and skills in the correct use of operating hardware components and software programs; uses basic computer skills to create the Incarnate Word Academy Middle Level Yearbook; focuses on specific computer and/or yearbook skills, including the following: yearbook design, purpose and audience; journalism law and ethics; types of writing; photography; layouts; Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; and yearbook software.

Creative Writing, Grade 7

One-semester course. Introduces the basic skills of creative writing; provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge in writing essays, short stories, poetry, and drama; develops skills in organizing, outlining, and developing expressive, informative, and persuasive works; provides practice in analyzing and discussing published and unpublished written works; teaches the student how to evaluate his/her writing.

Creative Writing, Grade 8

Semester course. Introduces the basic skills of creative writing; provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge in writing essays, short stories, poetry, and drama; develops skills in organizing, outlining, and developing expressive, informative, and persuasive works; provides practice in analyzing and discussing published and unpublished written works; teaches the student how to evaluate his/her writing.

Life Skills, Grade 7

One-semester course. Introduces various useful life skills, including balancing a checkbook, table manners, sewing buttons, and how to read the newspaper for specific information.

Math Skills Applications, Grade 6

Reinforces math concepts in a small group setting. Enrollment is by math-teacher recommendation only. Placement is assigned quarterly and may be for as short a period as two weeks per quarter or as long as the entire quarter.

Spanish I, Grade 8

Year-long course. Fosters an increased appreciation of the Hispanic influence on American culture as well as the history of Mexico and other Spanish–speaking countries. The course emphasizes reading, writing, and active oral communication skills. One (1) high school credit is earned upon successful completion of the course.

Pre-Requisite: End-of-semester average of 95 or higher in Grade 7 Spanish.

Theatre Arts, Grade 7

One-semester course. Introduces the basic skills of acting and theater production; provides opportunity to gain confidence through activities that emphasize voice, timing, blocking, articulation, and movement; presents information about history of the theatre, beginning with Ancient Greek Theatre and culminating with late American and European Theatre.

Theatre Arts, Grade 8

One-semester course or year-long course. Introduces the basic skills of acting and theater production; provides opportunities to gain confidence through activities that emphasize voice, timing, blocking, articulation, and movement; presents information about history of the theatre, beginning with Ancient Greek Theatre and culminating with late American and European Theatre; provides opportunities to write scripts, edit scripts, and use the elements of production for a stage presentation.

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