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United States Government

United States Government

03330100 TX

 

This semester-long course discusses types of governments, focusing on the American form of government. Throughout the course, students will learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • International governments

  • Philosophers who influenced the development of government

  • A history of types of government

  • The rise of democracy

  • The structure and organization of the United States government

  • The importance of the U.S Constitution

  • The three branches of government

  • How bills become law

  • American political parties

  • Voting and elections

  • Citizenship and civic responsibilities

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of questions relating to government and demonstrate a number of social studies skills.

OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the history of government

  • Answer the question "What is the American form of government?"

  • Identify American values associated with the American form of government

  • Recognize the importance of the American Founding Fathers

  • Identify unalienable rights

  • Understand the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

  • Identify the importance of checks and balances

  • Understand how candidates are nominated and elected to public office

  • Understand the importance of voting and civic responsibility

  • Use social studies terminology appropriately

  • Transform information from one form to another

  • Demonstrate good writing skills

State: Texas
Grade Level: 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year

Texas History

Texas History

03343000 TX

Texas History explores the history of the state from prehistoric times to the present. Students will learn about Texas' earliest inhabitants and examine the effects of European exploration, colonization, and statehood. Students will study the consequences of both American and world history events on the state of Texas and its people. Additional units of instruction introduce students to subjects such as Texas geography, and economics. The characteristics and functions of state, county, and local governments will be explored.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Recall nine themes used in Texas History as applied to various topics in Texas' geography, history, government, and economics.

  • Discuss Texas' geographic features, regions, climate, and early Native American cultures.

  • Evaluate the impact of the Spanish exploration, settlement, and colonization of Texas.

  • Analyze Texas struggle for independence and the years as a republic.

  • Explain the importance and effects of key events during the Civil War on Texas.

  • Examine the events of the Reconstruction period on Texas.

  • Analyze the role of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in Texas' government, and discuss the functions of local governments.

  • Discuss the role of oil in Texas.

  • Recall the causes and effects of the Great Depression and World War II.

  • Analyze the economics and politics of Texas during the post-World War II years.

  • Identify events and key Texan leadership during the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Describe the factors affecting Texas' Era of Conservatism.

  • Explain the scientific and technological advancements for and from Texas.

  • Discuss modern events in contemporary Texas.

State: Texas
Grade Level: 7
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year

Social Studies 8

Social Studies 8

03343100 TX

Social Studies 8 focuses on the history of the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction. Major areas of study are History, Geography, Economics, Government, Citizenship and Culture. Social studies skills, science, technology, and society will be studied.

Lessons will focus on wars, U.S expansion, constitutional controversies, and Reconstruction. Also of importance is the study of the Industrial Revolution and its importance in shaping the United States as a powerful nation.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Describe colonial expansion and life in American colonies.

  • Analyze the path that led to the Revolutionary War.

  • Identify key figures and important battles in the American Revolution.

  • Explain why the country became divided and how the economy played a role in slavery.

  • Describe the causes and effects of the Civil War.

  • Elaborate on the effects of Reconstruction on the country.

State: Texas
Grade Level: 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year

Social Studies 6

Social Studies 6

02660060 TX

Social Studies 6 focuses on broad themes in geography, culture, technology, history, government, and economics. The student will learn about the geography of the world, the various cultures represented across the globe, and the influence of technology and art on people and places. Lessons will also cover important government and economic concepts.

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of social studies questions and demonstrate a number of social studies skills.

Student objectives:

  • Answer the question "What is geography?"

  • Understand how regions differ due to geography and human interaction

  • Locate various continents and countries on maps and globes

  • Answer the question "What is culture?"

  • Recognize the importance of art, scientific discovery, and human innovation

  • Answer the question "What is government?"

  • Recognize various types of governments

  • Provide examples of political participation

  • Answer the question "What is the economy?"

  • Understand the government's role in the economy

  • Recognize various types of economies

  • Demonstrate grade-level-appropriate critical thinking and the mechanics of good writing

  • Demonstrate a variety of important social studies skills, including the appropriate use of terms and using problem-solving to evaluate and gather information

Additionally, students will gain practice in report-writing, covering topics like geography, government, and the economy.

State: Texas
Grade Level: 6
Category: History & Social Sciences
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

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

Language Arts 400

Language Arts 400

Language Arts 400 focuses on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will continue to build fluency and independent reading skills by further developing comprehension strategies via a wide variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will write for a variety of genres, include fictional stories, poetry, and informational text, using a more complex paragraph structure and integrated application of their speaking skills.

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

  • Unit 1: Use a variety of comprehension strategies as they read poetry, prose, and fictional texts to create outlines and plan and deliver oral instructions
  • Unit 2: Use various comprehension strategies to think about reading and study the elements of poetry in order to analyze and write poems
  • Unit 3: Apply knowledge of word parts to make meaning and use comprehension strategies to read poetry, and identify elements of word play
  • Unit 4: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry as well as identify and create sentences with correct form and grammar
  • Unit 5: Write grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs including an opinion paragraph, a persuasive text, and a descriptive story
  • Unit 6: Apply comprehension strategies, especially as they relate to distinguishing fact from opinion to write an opinion paragraph, a letter, and a summary and learn effective ways of public speaking
  • Unit 7: Analyze and replicate different forms of literature, including biographies, fables, parables, and tall tales
  • Unit 8: Identify complex parts of speech in sentences and use inferencing skills and textual evidence in media, literary characters, and cause and effect
  • Unit 9: Apply strategies to monitor and adjust comprehension in fictional stories and works of historical fiction and research and write an informational report

State: National
Grade Level: 4
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year