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Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the New Jersey College and Career Ready Standards, Student Learning Standards, Core Curriculum Content Standards, and Common Core State Standards.

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History and Geography 300

History and Geography 300

This third-grade course is an exploration of the history and geography of the United States. The intent of the course is to give the student an overview of the United States. The student will learn map terminology such as latitude, longitude, and compass rose. These and other geographical terms, along with an overview of the geography of the United States, will help the studentdiscuss and understand the geography of the United States.

  • Unit 1: Use maps to identify locations, regions, and human interactions
  • Unit 2: Describe features of the New England states 
  • Unit 3: Describe features of the Mid-Atlantic states
  • Unit 4: Describe features of the Southern-Atlantic states
  • Unit 5: Describe features of the Southern states
  • Unit 6: Describe features of the Great Lakes states
  • Unit 7: Describe features of the Midwestern states
  • Unit 8: Describe features of the Mountain states
  • Unit 9: Describe features of the Pacific states
  • Unit 10: Review key features in all regions of the United States

State: National
Grade Level: 3
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 800

Language Arts 800

Language Arts 800 is a survey of literature that explores the work of various writers of different time periods through a historical lens, studying a range of classic and contemporary literature to convey themes of American history, natural history, world civilization, and air and space. Students will also develop writing skills while producing informative, argumentative, and narrative compositions. Supported by a balance of fictional and informational texts, students will learn and practice close reading, modeled reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to apply those skills, including high-quality contemporary works, the classics of American literature, and Homer’sIliad. 

  • Unit 1: Skill Workshop:Students will demonstrate a mastery of the foundational writing and reading skills necessary to succeed in this course and are provided with an opportunity to refresh knowledge of writing, research, and content-area vocabulary. 
  • Unit 2: American History Collection:Students will examine Louisa May Alcott’sLittle Women and foundational American documents, utilizing the literature for an examination of literary elements such as theme, historical context, and characterization as well as a backdrop for the dissection of foundational parts of speech, such as homophones, subjunctives, and active/passive voice.
  • Unit 3: Display of Natural History:Students will examine a variety of literature, including Jules Verne’sJourney to the Center of the Earth and work by Edgar Allan Poe, interpreting theme, character, mood, tone, allusions, and author purpose; this unit culminates in a focused research project and multimedia presentation. 
  • Unit 4: World Civilization:Students will explore the literature and culture of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, and Japan, synthesizing information from various texts to uncover universal themes within literature, examining the role of historical context in literary analysis, and composing an original argumentative essay and visual presentation based on the topic of culture and customs.
  • Unit 5: Fine Art Gallery:Students will encounter a variety of nonfiction texts and poetry centered on the themes and experiences expressed in the art and literature of a society, including Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist, by Jan Greenburg; this unit engages students’ writing skills through the composition of original poetry, informational text, literary analyses, and a focused research essay.
  • Unit 6: Air & Space Mezzanine:Students will explore the autobiographical memoir,The Early History of the Airplane, as well as a variety of other fiction and nonfiction works united by the themes of destiny, determination, and vision; using a critical eye to interpret and write academic texts about character, mood, point of view, dialogue, figurative language and structure.

State: National
Grade Level: 8
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 700

Language Arts 700

Students will engage in a thematic study of literature that explores accounts of earth, space, and survival, delving into texts that span the genres of narrative fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and informational texts. Students will demonstrate their understanding of various works by analyzing how common themes like exploration, innovation, and courage are able to transcend diverse time periods and genres. They will also develop their writing skills as they focus on the six traits of writing while producing argumentative, narrative, and expository compositions. With a strong emphasis on close reading instruction, research activities, and speaking and listening tasks, this course will help students expand their understanding of literature while building twenty-first century skills. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills, including high-quality contemporary works, the classics of American literature, and the timeless dramas of Shakespeare.

  • Unit 1: Skill Workshop:Students will demonstrate a mastery of the foundational writing and reading skills necessary to succeed in this course and are provided with an opportunity for review and practice to ensure preparation and understanding; topics include types of literature, grammar, the process for decoding unknown vocabulary, research, and presentation and discussion. 
  • Unit 2: Lands of Ice and Snow:Students will examine Jack London’sThe Call of the Wild, interpreting characters, events, literary elements, author purpose, tone, and theme with a critical eye. 
  • Unit 3: Courage in Everyday Journeys:Students will explore the theatrical version ofThe Diary of Anne Frank, in addition to historical and biographical texts, which will challenge their ability to analyze characterization, theme, figurative language, point of view, irony, argument, and other literary elements; students will conclude the unit by composing both an argumentative essay and an argumentative speech.
  • Unit 4: Sea Journeys:Students will analyze historical context, tone, character, theme, and allusion in the focal text of this unit,The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, also completing a variety of projects, such as an informative essay and multimedia speech that require the student to incorporate literary analysis, research, and the use of multimedia into their writing process.
  • Unit 5: Extreme Frontiers:Students will analyzeThe First Men in the Moon, by H.G. Wells, interpreting character, theme, mood, conflict, and historical context while utilizing foundational reading skills such as context clues and prereading predictions; students will also develop their skill in writing and analyzing argumentative essays while learning new strategies to build vocabulary acquisition.
  • Unit 6: Ancient Lands:Students will explore a wide variety of ancient Greek and Roman mythology and nonfiction articles on the topic, developing background knowledge of historical and cultural context while mastering an understanding of elements such as informational text structure and media, while also using this information to compose informational essays and multimedia presentations.

State: National
Grade Level: 7
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 800 Fundamentals

Language Arts 800 Fundamentals

Students will continue to build on the sequential development and the integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will expand an increasingly advanced understanding of the structure of language and grammar and use this knowledge to write academic-level essays, short stories, literary analyses, and focused research projects. In addition, students will read and comprehend a variety of literature, including poetry and a variety of fiction and nonfiction text. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will grow their vocabulary and their understanding of how to communicate effectively by making skillful choices when expressing themselves with language.

  • Unit 1: Strategies for Reading and Writing: Students will establish a functioning understanding of strategies for successful reading, writing, listening and speaking, including such topics as defining unknown vocabulary, using language appropriately, and speaking and listening effectively. 
  • Unit 2: Mechanics and the Sentence:Students will utilize increasingly advanced elements of writing mechanics, including a mastery of coordination and subordination in sentences, and the correct use of punctuation such as the hyphen, parentheses, and apostrophe.
  • Unit 3: History of Language and Modern Grammar: Students will expand their knowledge of history of the English language, as well as the nature of modern English. 
  • Unit 4: Exposition: The Formal Essay: Students will read and analyze a variety of formal essays, using this knowledge to compose their own, demonstrating their skill in working with elements such as the thesis statement, introductions and conclusions, and proper source documentation. •Unit 5: Exposition:Students will understand the purpose and use of persuasive techniques in the written and spoken word, closely evaluating propaganda, slanted news, and evaluating the validity of facts vs. opinions. 
  • Unit 6: The Power of Words:Students will examine the nuances of language, including developing effective listening strategies, identifying nonverbal cues, and understanding literal and implied meaning. 
  • Unit 7: Short Stories: Students will analyze short story elements through a close examination of short stories such as “The Monkey’s Paw” and “The Gift of the Magi,” using a critical eye to interpret plot, conflict, characters, mood, symbolism, theme, and other literary elements; the unit culminates with students composing an original short story. 
  • Unit 8: Nonfiction Literature: Students will delve into a wide variety of nonfiction literature, including historical texts and autobiography, and will compose several written pieces to measure their understanding of the unit concepts. 
  • Unit 9: Functional Texts and Reading Strategies: Students will advance their active reading strategies, working with skills such as summarizing and paraphrasing, and will also examine functional and professional texts. Unit 10: Sampling Literature: Students will dissect the elements of literature, taking a close look at the world of poetry, short stories, and drama to understand aspects such as poetic devices, figures of speech, irony, and etc. 

State: National
Grade Level: 8
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 700 Fundamentals

Language Arts 700 Fundamentals

Students will build on the sequential development and the integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will expand a foundational understanding of the structure of language and grammar, and use this knowledge to write narratives, technical text, speeches, and research projects. In addition, students will read and comprehend a variety of literature, including poetry and a variety of nonfiction text. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will grow their vocabulary and their understanding of how to communicate effectively by making skillful choices when expressing themselves with language.

  • Unit 1: Building Blocks for Writing:Students will demonstrate an understanding of the components of complete and effective sentences and paragraphs, utilizing these skills to write and evaluate their own work.
  • Unit 2: Refreshing Your Mechanics Memory:Students will strengthen their foundational understanding of the mechanics of language, including topics such as capitalization and proper use of quotation marks and commas. 
  • Unit 3: People, Places, Things, and Actions:Students will demonstrate an understanding of grade-appropriate parts of speech, including nouns, pronouns, and the nuances of verb tense.
  • Unit 4: Informational Texts: Letters and Directions:Students will identify and utilize the form, structure, and language of informational texts such as business letters, personal letters, and technical directions.
  • Unit 5: Reading and Writing Narratives:Students will build upon the skills of summarizing narrative text, sequencing, and authoring their own narrative. 
  • Unit 6: Reading and Writing Narratives:Students will demonstrate a foundation of speaking and listening skills, with a focus on listening attentively, speaking with correct pronunciation and emphasis, culminating in their delivery of an original speech.
  • Unit 7: Rules for Writing: Students will delve into the increasingly advanced topic of writing mechanics, mastering all rules of capitalization, spelling, and formatting as expected for this grade level.Unit 8: All About Nonfiction:Students will encounter a variety of nonfiction texts, include reference materials, historical nonfiction, and newspaper articles, demonstrating an understanding of how to read, analyze, and write about nonfiction.
  • Unit 9: Types of Literature:Students will examine a variety of literary texts, including studying the elements of poetry and drama, as well as writing a focused research project on the history of drama.
  • Unit 10: Harriet Tubman:A Study Guide: Students will use a critical lens to analyze literature, specifically focusing on the biography,Harriet Tubman: the Moses of Her People, interpreting character, events, and plot structure.

State: National
Grade Level: 7
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 600 Fundamentals

Language Arts 600 Fundamentals

Language Arts 600 Fundamentals provides foundational development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will develop their reading skills, including the identification of main ideas, supporting details, sequence, and facts and opinions. Writing skills will develop students’ understanding of sentence structure, providing hands-on experience with subject-verb agreement, participles, and phrases emphasizing parts of speech and their roles. Projects give students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing paragraphs, business letters, poetry, and short stories including planning, organizing, writing, and revising a report.

This course specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:

  • Unit 1: Use understanding of parts of speech to identify words within a sentence and classify types of sentences
  • Unit 2: Identify and use correct parts of speech and construct sentences without fragments
  • Unit 3: Use comprehension skills to analyze a text and examine passages and graphs critically to determine specific information and to check reliability
  • Unit 4: Use their writing skills to produce an autobiography, a business letter, and a researched report
  • Unit 5: Analyze new reports for bias and come to their own conclusions and recognize propaganda and its purposes
  • Unit 6: Identify and analyze different literary forms, including, poetry, fables, biography, and autobiography and prepare and deliver an oral presentation
  • Unit 7: Use comprehension skills to demonstrate understanding of a story, recognize the attributes of great literature and gather information from stories and articles
  • Unit 8: Analyze the characteristics of poetry, including rhythm, pattern, central idea, and economy of words and write original poems using the characteristics they have studied
  • Unit 9: Describe and identify the four basic elements of drama: character, setting, plot, and theme, define literary terms and use listening skills to take notes and process auditory information•Unit 10:Review all skills learned in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking

State: National
Grade Level: 6
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

English IV Fundamentals

English IV Fundamentals

Students will master the integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will strengthen an increasingly advanced understanding of the structure of language and grammar, and use this knowledge to write literary analyses, professional career documents, poetry, advanced essays, and a focused research project. In addition, students will read and comprehend a variety of literature, including Shakespearean drama, literary fiction, seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature, and a wide variety of poetry spanning several centuries. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will grow their vocabulary and their understanding of how to communicate effectively by making skillful choices when expressing themselves with language.

  • Unit 1: The Worth of Words: Students will develop a mastery of word use, including understanding word form and meanings, jargon, spelling, mechanics, and the structure of grammatically correct sentences.
  • Unit 2: The Structure of Language: Students will complete a thorough review of all parts of speech, sentence structure, and methods of subordination expected at this senior grade level, and are expected to demonstrate this mastery in a culminating writing project. 
  • Unit 3: Reading, Researching, and Listening Skills: Students will master the skills necessary for successful reading, listening, and research, including the identification of main ideas and supporting details, the definition of unknown words, the use of research sources, documentation and citation of research sources, and active listening skills. 
  • Unit 4: Studying Language: Students will study the advanced foundations of grammar, demonstrating their understanding through a variety of projects based on semantics, usage, and analogies.
  • Unit 5: Medieval English Literature: Students will examine texts from Medieval England, including excerpts from Beowulf and Canterbury Tales, interpreting language, characters, events, settings, and themes.
  • Unit 7: Elizabethan Literature: Students will analyze texts from Elizabethan literature, including a variety of sonnets and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, interpreting language, characters, events, settings, and themes with a critical eye.
  • Unit 8: 17th- and 18th-Century English Literature: Students will examine excerpts from foundational texts from this era, including John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and other classical authors such as Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, interpreting language, characters, events, settings, and themes with a critical eye, culminating in a comparative essay examining social criticism in works of the era. Unit 9: Romantic and Victorian Poetry: Students will read and interpret foundational poems from the Romantic and Victorian Eras, including works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, and John Keats; students will conduct external research about the era to build an understanding of historical context, as well as compose an advanced comparative essay focused on two pivotal poems of the era.
  • Unit 10: Creative Writing: Students will enrich their knowledge of the tools of writing, advancing their skills, including those related to characterization, narration, and writing both narratives and poetry.
  • Unit 11: Review: Students will complete a robust review of key concepts learned in the course to ensure mastery; topics include grammar and semantics, writing strategies, and literature spanning from Medieval England through the Victorian era.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Economics

Economics

Students will examine the basic principles of economics, as well as investigate the effect those principles have on every aspect of society. Lessons and projects encourage students to examine a variety of problems from the viewpoint of an economist. Theywill be completing formal and informal writing using research, while also incorporating media and technology. Economics teaches real life skills that students will be able to apply to their lives every day.

  • Decisions: Students explore economics as a social science focusing on decision making by looking at cost-benefit analysis, scarcity, marginal costs and benefits, and the allocation of resources. Students examine factors that influence the decision-making process and will be able to compare and contrast the efficiency of different market structures.
  • Economic Roles: Learn to describe the roles of consumers, producers, and laborers in the economy, as well as examining how those roles and government regulations impact the economy.

The Market:Students will examine the marketplace economy through the laws of supply and demand, the role that prices and competition play, and the laws of supply and demand are identified.

Macroeconomics: Students are introduced to the study of the whole economy with a focus on how the choices of all firms and markets effects a country, including GDP, GNP, economic growth, and the role of government, money supply, and fiscal policy.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Semester

Language Arts 600

Language Arts 600

In Language Arts 600, students will delve into texts that span the genres of narrative fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and informational texts to build reading, writing and thinking skills. Students will also develop their writing skills as they focus on the six traits while producing narrative, argumentative, and explanatory compositions, as well as creative pieces including poetry. The course concludes with students completing a full research report. 

With a strong emphasis on close reading instruction, writing and thinking activities, as well as speaking and listening tasks, this course will help students expand their understanding of literature while building 21st century skills. Multimedia and interactive elements are built into every lesson to ensure a high-level of student engagement. English 600 students will be enriched as they expand their skills and confidence in English language arts through a comprehensive study that includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: Compare characters in both literature and informational text to build on reading strategies and further develop skills in both grammar and writing
  • Unit 2: Understand mood and character types and learn how characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution in different text types including drama and epic poetry
  • Unit 3: Justify the power of words and analyze how authors use language to communicate ideas in varied poetry forms and explanatory essays
  • Unit 4: Analyze exposition in both fiction and non-fiction text and compare and contrast texts from different genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
  • Unit 5: Identify argument and specific claims found in news media, distinguish facts from opinion, as well as identifying bias, propaganda, and fallacies
  • Unit 6: Identify argument, claims and evidence by completing a close read of nonfiction texts and complete an in-depth, multi-unit formal writing project on an argumentative essay
  • Unit 7: Learn that important issues, such as civil rights and environmentalisms can be looked at from different perspectives and integrate information presented in different media and formats to develop a coherent understanding on a complex topic
  • Unit 8: Explain that research and inquiry deepen understanding on topics and complete an in-depth, multi-unit formal research project answering an essential question

State: National
Grade Level: 6
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 500

Language Arts 500

Language Arts 500 continues to build on the sequential development and integration of language arts skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Special attention is placed on reading non-fiction texts. Students identify text features and explain how graphic elements lead to comprehension and continue to build grammar skills in support of clear communication. Speaking skills are built upon in this course through memorization and recitation of the powerful Gettysburg Address. Students also learn what good communication is and how to practice this in all areas of their lives.

This course specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:

  • Unit 1: Demonstrate active reading strategies to find the main idea and analyze meaning of academic words and use sound patterns and syllable patterns to read fluently
  • Unit 2: Engage with and identify features of nonfiction text and form a historical understanding of the Gettysburg Address and recite it from memory
  • Unit 3: Understand the components of language and how to use them effectively in writing and presenting information with public speaking in addition to understanding how the English language has changed over time
  • Unit 4: Explain metacognitive skills to use before, during, and after reading and write a descriptive paragraph, an opinion piece, and a report
  • Unit 5: Read and evaluate stories, using summarizing skills and comparing and contrasting two different texts and follow the writing process to write a narrative
  • Unit 6: Use comprehension skills while reading poems to compare/contrast and analyze different types of poetry, identify poetic ideas and devices, and write poems using a variety of formats
  • Unit 7: Use a variety of comprehension skills in order to understand texts and formulate questions and participate in discussions
  • Unit 8: Use knowledge of the parts of speech to identify and analyze parts of a sentence, as well as analyzing and writing fables
  • Unit 9: Summarize information presented in diverse media and formats, interpret information presented in biographies, and construct a report that incorporates facts and opinions

State: National
Grade Level: 5
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year