At Odysseyware, we are committed to designing and publishing standards-aligned courses to support student learning. Our curriculum development team designs courses beginning with state and national standards.

Subject Matter Experts unpack each standard to craft standards-aligned learning objectives prior to collaborating with instructional designers, curriculum writers and editors to design courses, units, lessons, projects and assessments.

Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the Rhode Island Grade Level, Rhode Island NGSS Arranged by Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) and Grade Span Expectations and the Rhode Island Common Core Standards.

Our digital curriculum is continually recognized for its consistent quality and rigor, with 22 technology courses receiving the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Proficiency and 22 core courses approved by Quality Matters.

Science and Mathematics in the Real World

Science and Mathematics in the Real World

Science and mathematics are part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) multi-dimensional strategy that can effectively sustain our twenty-first century knowledge-based economy. STEM careers provide a wide variety of opportunities to understand and address global issues. The most pressing issues of this generation include overpopulation, environmental degradation, pollution, and global warming. These are all subjects of intense and dedicated research by STEM professionals in very diverse fields. In this course, students will focus on how to apply science and mathematics concepts to the development of plans, processes, and projects that address real world problems, including sustainability and “green” technologies. This course also highlights how science and mathematics and the applications of STEM will be impacted due to the development of a greener economy. The course exposes students to a wide variety of STEM applications and to real world problems from the natural sciences, technology fields, and the world of sports, and emphasizes the diversity of STEM career paths. The importance of math, critical thinking, and mastering scientific and technological skill sets is highlighted throughout. Challenging and enjoyable activities provide multiple opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and the application of the scientific method, and to work on real world problems using STEM approaches.

  • Introduction to Science and Mathematics All Around Us: In Unit 1, students learn about basic scientific and mathematical applications that can be encountered all around us in the real world.
  • Making Connections: Math and Science in Context: In Unit 2, students learn about the use of mathematics as a technological tool and the role of science in our environment, as reflected in the variety of problems, fields, and approaches that characterize the STEM fields.
  • Designing and Conducting an Experiment: In this unit, students will go through a progressive analysis of converting a research question into an actual, feasible research design. While each major aspect they could encounter will be explained separately, the analysis throughout is focused on practical applications in exemplary situations.
  • The Data: Evaluating Results and Drawing Conclusions: This unit looks at data: how data are collected, analyzed, and evaluated. There is an overview of statistical analysis and the related concept of statistical significance. Very basic statistical tests are covered, including the chi-square test, Student’s t-test, and the use of contingency tables.
  • Reporting your Findings: This unit illustrates the fact that the entire scientific research process is always distilled into a publishable report of a very specific type.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to STEM

Introduction to STEM

This course introduces students to the four areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through an interdisciplinary approach that will increase awareness, build knowledge, develop problem solving skills, and potentially awaken an interest in pursuing a career in STEM. Students will be introduced to the history, fundamental principles, applications, processes, and concepts of STEM. Students will explore some of the great discoveries and innovations in STEM and review and analyze some of the world’s problems that still exist today. Students are introduced to several computer applications used to analyze and present technical or scientific information. They will also gain a higher understanding of the uses for images and measurement in everyday life. Finally, students will explore the kinds of strategies frequently used to solve problems in these disciplines. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discover their strengths through practical applications and awareness of the various STEM careers.

  • On Whose Shoulders are We Standing? Students learn about the history and importance of STEM education in the United States, the qualities of STEM students, self-assessment and career interest inventory instruments, and some traditional and non-traditional STEM careers. You also learned about the use of outlines and mind maps to plan and manage STEM projects.
  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Students explore the use of images to communicate data and STEM careers that utilize imaging. They also learn about STEM careers in graphic design, animation, gaming, and medical imaging. Also covered are careers that implement data and images, such as radiologic technologists, medical equipment repairers, aerospace engineers, atmospheric scientists, and geographers.
  • How Much is Enough? In this unit, students learn about the history of measurement; how measurement was defined by the United States; and the uses, importance, and significance of measurement in STEM.
  • How to be a Detective: Students investigate the scientific method, scientific theories, scientific laws, problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and creative thinking methods. They are also introduced to STEM careers that utilize these skills and methods.
  • STEM is Everywhere! In this unit, students explore the different ways that STEM influences politics, sports, art, music, fashion, and law enforcement fields. They also review the duties, responsibilities, education and training requirements, and outlook for various STEM careers relating to politics, sports, art and design, and law enforcement.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester

Engineering and Product Development

Engineering and Product Development

This course provides an overview of the concepts of product engineering and development. Students will analyze the life cycle of a product to prepare a product for distribution and for target markets. The course begins with building an understanding of the product life cycle, from the initial idea to drafting requirements to using 3-D modeling tools and other design tools. The final unit focuses on assembling the pieces within a project plan to achieve a product and evaluating the plans for a successful product launch. In addition, the course will provide information about the different careers available to students interested in engineering, product development, and project management.

  • Introduction to Engineering and Product Development: Students learn about engineering and the stages of the product development life cycle.
  • Project Charter and Requirements: Students learn about phases in the product development life cycle including entrance and exit criteria and deliverables.
  • Design and 3-D Modeling: Students learn about design, 3-D modeling and engineering design careers.
  • Product Launch: Students explore product launch, implementation plans and preparations for marketing and distribution of a product.
  • Review Full Product Development Life Cycle: Students learn about incorporating the engineering deliverables and components to prepare and assemble a project plan that represents a full product life cycle.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester

Engineering and Design

Engineering and Design

Engineering and Design is part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and career path. By building real-world problem-solving and critical thinking skills, students learn how to innovate and design new products and improve existing products. Students are introduced to the engineering design process to build new products and to the reverse engineering process, which enables engineers to adjust any existing product. Students will also address how fluid power is used by engineers to make difficult maneuvers easier, increasing efficiency and minimizing effects on the environment. Students then identify how engineering and design have a direct impact on the sustainability of our environment and the greening of our economy. Finally, students incorporate the engineering design process, environmental life cycle, and green engineering principles to create a decision matrix to learn how to solve environmental issues.

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design and the Design Process: In this unit, students learn about how design opportunities exist everywhere around them.
  • Fluid Systems: Energy and Power Technologies in Engineering: This unit demonstrates how engineers use fluid systems to transfer power and force from one location to another.
  • Modeling and Sketching: This unit demonstrates that engineering design is a process that involves drawing and modeling to develop solutions to problems within given constraints.
  • Reverse Engineering: This unit introduces the concept of reverse engineering, which is a critical part of the process in the redesign of products.
  • Engineering to Improve Sustainability: This unit explains the importance of the human and global impact of various engineering designs and products.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester

Career Explorations III

Career Explorations III

The Career Explorations III course is designed to give seventh- and eighth-grade students an opportunity to explore various CTE subjects. Specifically, students will be able to learn about careers involving human-related services.

Each unit introduces one particular field and explains its past, present, and future. The goal is to whet students' appetites for these careers. Students can then explore that career in more detail as a high school student.

Objectives

  • Understand the components of establishing a business.
  • Describe the value of manufacturing to and its impact on American society and economy.
  • Describe the nature and scope of the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster and the role of transportation, distribution, and logistics in society and the economy.
  • Identify skills, abilities, and talents needed for careers in Architecture and Construction and analyze how these relate to interest profiles.
  • Understand what marketing is and its role both within the company and society.

Career Explorations III: Course Requirements

  • Access to the Internet to view various course-related Web sites and conduct research.
  • Access to Microsoft® PowerPoint® or a similar program.
  • Ability to conduct personal interviews for some projects.

State: National
Grade Level: 7, 8
Category: 1Middle School Courses
Course Length: Semester

Keyboarding and Applications

Keyboarding and Applications

Keyboarding and Applications is a semester-long elective that teaches students keyboarding skills, technical skills, effective communication skills, and productive work habits. In this course, students will learn about proper keyboarding technique. Once students have been introduced to keyboarding skill, lessons will include daily practice of those skills. Students will gain an understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, file management, and the Internet. In addition, they will apply their keyboarding skills and create a variety of business documents, including word processing documents and electronic presentations.

Objectives

  • Identify various technologies, current and emerging.•Select the appropriate technology to complete a task.
  • Use the computer's operating system to execute work responsibilities.•Demonstrate proper keyboarding technique.
  • Improve speed and accuracy of keyboarding skills.•Create word-processing documents with columns, graphics, and bulleted lists.
  • Create and deliver an effective presentation following presentation guidelines.
  • Effectively navigate the Internet and search for information.
  • Evaluate a Web site in terms of reliability.
  • Demonstrate communication skills for obtaining and conveying information.
  • Send and receive information using electronic mail, following appropriate guidelines.     

Keyboarding and Applications Course Requirements

  • word-processor software
  • presentation softwareKeyboarding

State: National
Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Category: 1Middle School Courses
Course Length: Semester

English IV

English IV

Students will engage in close-textual interaction with literature to heighten appreciation for those texts, improved critical and analytical skills in reading and writing, enhanced speaking and listening abilities, and enriched students' academic and personal vocabulary. This course is organized chronologically, so students can see the influences on and evolution of the ideas and forms. Writing, research, and speaking assignments will continue to focus on formulating and expressing ideas and arguments about the readings. Particular emphasis is placed on gaining critical perspective on the relationship between content and form and on synthesizing ideas into clear and concise prose and presentations. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. 

  • Unit 1: Framing Western Literature:Students will explore selected works of medieval literature and philosophy, closely examining the narrative structure and literary elements such as allegory and satire, noting the way in which these elements reflect social and philosophical views; projects will engage skills such as the participation in academic group discussion and the construction of a literary character study. 
  • Unit 2: Humanism:Students will explore selected philosophical and literary works of the Renaissance, comparing the works of this period with those of the Middle Ages, looking at their differences and similarities; projects will engage skills such as argumentation, research, and presentation. 
  • Unit 3: The Quest for Knowledge:Students will examine the philosophical and literary writings of the late seventeenth and eighteenth century, focusing their emphasis on reform, reason, and science; special attention will be paid to the literary form known as satire and what it reveals about the author's purpose.
  • Unit 5: Head and Heart:Students will explore the literature and philosophy of the early nineteenth century and the emphasis on emotion in early romantic works, such as Jane Austen’sSense and Sensibility; projects will engage skills such as speaking and listening, comparative analysis, and writing and revising an original narrative.
  • Unit 6: The Individual and Society:Students will focus on works and authors concerned with the place of the individual in society during the nineteenth century, including important philosophical works of the period, writing literary analysis essays and constructing and delivering a persuasive speech.
  • Unit 7: The Search for Meaning:Students will explore works in which authors confront questions about the nature of existence, the meaning of life, the human psyche, and alienation, with the unit culminating in a multimedia research project which presents and evaluates different critical perspectives of a work of the student's choice.

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

English III

English III

English III is a survey of American Literature and literary culture from its inception through the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on a rhetorical analysis of the literature to determine how authors achieve a particular purpose or effect. Through focused readings, composition, speaking and listening activities, vocabulary study and research, students will continue to build the literacy skills they need to meet the challenges of high school and beyond. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. That critical content is both rigorous and relevant and includes high-quality contemporary works as well as the classics of literature, in addition to classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare.

  • Unit 1: Intersection in a New World:Students will examine the earliest American literature, which will highlight the intersection, and resulting conflicts, of Native American, European, and African American cultures; students will analyze and understand the use of rhetoric, archaic language, satire, and poetic devices, and will complete projects requiring skills such as academic research and the construction of arguments.
  • Unit 2: Becoming a Nation:Students will focus on the historic and literary significance of documents relating to the establishment of the new government in America, comparing and contrasting tone and point of view in foundational documents, and using what they learn about the qualities of an effective argument to create one of their own.
  • Unit 3: American Romanticism:Students will examine and compare works from American romantic literature, transcendentalism, and the sub-genre of slave narrative; skills that will be addressed will include the analysis of literary elements such as tone, point of view, figurative language, rhetoric, and structure, as well as students will participate in academic discussions; and write analytical and argumentative essays based on literature. 
  • Unit 5: Regional Voices:Students will explore American literature that addresses the issues of racism, slavery, inequality, and displacement, learning the ways in which authors utilize characters, language, and theme to express the challenges facing America in this period; speaking and listening skills will be developed through a presentation project.Unit 6: Modernism in America:Students will be introduced to the characteristics that define literature as modern and analyze those characteristics in poetry, fiction, and drama; students will be expected to utilize skills that involve writing literary analysis essays, reviewing and revising their written work, conducting structured academic research, and constructing oral and visual presentations.
  • Unit 7: Post-World War II:Students will examine the literature that followed the Second World War and takes students up to what is known as the postmodern period in literature, interpreting cultural context, dissecting the form and structure of poetry and literature, conducting organized research, and utilizing speaking and listening skills through varied presentations.

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

English II

English II

Students will gain valuable cultural insight as they read and write about works depicting the social, personal, religious, and political struggles and triumphs faced by people all over the world and all through history. Students will continue to build their literacy skills by engaging in active reading, composition, speaking and listening activities, vocabulary study, and focused research projects. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will continue to develop their understanding of effective communication, as well as gain a broader perspective of literature. 

  • Unit 1: Coming of Age: Students will examine works that reflect the universal theme of crossing the threshold into maturity, analyzing literary elements such as theme, motif, rhetoric, and archetypes, as well as the impact of author background and culture. 
  • Unit 2: The Struggle Against Injustice:Students will complete an analytical reading ofAnimal Farm, evaluating the powerful political message of the text, and the way the author utilizes methods such as characterization and allegory to communicate his purpose.
  • Unit 3: Fighting for Freedom:Students will read works that have been selected because they represent the struggle for freedom, covering different countries, cultures, centuries and genders, and will be introduced to the power of literary, religious, and philosophical traditions that influenced writer from other cultures. 
  • Unit 5: Perspectives in World Literature:Students will examine literature that offers a wide world perspective, includingNectar in a Sieve, varied poetry, and work by Gandhi; students will apply their analysis skills to explore elements such as themes, narrative structure, symbolism, and context, utilizing writing skills to compose well-structured arguments.
  • Unit 6: Cultural Context of Writing:Using culture as a context, students will focus on utilizing inference skills to analyze theme and author purpose, composing several written works that require reading comprehension, well-developed literary analysis, and strong research skills.
  • Unit 7: Things Fall Apart: Students will incorporate research and historical/cultural context in their exploration of the post-colonial South African novel,Things Fall Apart, progressing into an analysis of the rhetoric and logical of politically-charged literature and speeches of South Africa.
  • Unit 8: Tradition vs. Change:Students will encounter works that illuminate the theme of the conflict between tradition and change, focusing heavily on project-based work, including a speaking and listening project and an advanced research project that requires students to employ such skills as paraphrasing, proper citations, and determining credible research sources. 

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

English I

English I

Students engage in in-depth analysis of increasingly more complex literature, view that literature from its historical perspective, and connect it to other arts. They will write literary analyses, logical arguments, informational/explanatory texts, narratives, and focused research projects. These writing tasks will be both formal and informal. Additionally, they will engage in speaking and listening activities that use and incorporate media and technology. 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: Short Story:Students will gain a deeper understanding of common literary elements, evaluate narrator reliability, point of view, and characterization through research, writing, and an exchange of ideas in group discussions.
  • Unit 2: Literary Nonfiction:Students will read a variety of nonfiction forms, including autobiography, memoir, essay, and speech.
  • Unit 3: Epic Poetry:Students examine the question of what makes a hero through reading Homer’s Greek epicThe Odyssey, research, and creation of an argumentative essay.
  • Unit 5: Drama:Students will be introduced to ancient Greek and Elizabethan English drama, and compare and contrast the original Romeo and Juliet with a modern adaptation.
  • Unit 6: Novel:Students will explore unifying themes as they readTo Kill a Mockingbird. A study of various speeches illuminates the historical context of the novel.
  • Unit 7: Poetry:Students will examine poetic form, study poems from different eras and different cultures, as well.

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