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 Utah 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.

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

English III Fundamentals

English III Fundamentals

Students will continue to build on the sequential development and 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 drama, literary fiction, poetry, and foundational American documents. 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 bymaking skillful choices when expressing themselves with language. 

  • Unit 1: The Uses and Varieties of English:Students will complete an in-depth study of the nuances of the English language, including standard and nonstandard English, professional language, colloquialisms, and legal and business English, utilizing both this knowledge and reference tools to complete projects involving topics such as language analysis and etymology. 
  • Unit 2: Writing Effective Sentences:Students will advance their understanding of the parts of speech, correctly recognizing the purpose and use of various types of clauses, conjunctions, and verbal’s. 
  • Unit 3: Sentence Workshop:Students will understand the relationships among sentence parts in the English language, working with elements such as pronouns, adverbs, infinitives, and parallelism to improve sentence structure.
  • Unit 4: Why Study Reading?Students will dissect specific elements of the English language with the purpose of advancing their reading comprehension skills; these elements include Latin and Green prefixes and roots, pronunciation, and context clues. 
  • Unit 5: Poetry:Students will analyze poetic meter, rhyme, and form, as well as poetic elements such as imagery and connotation in a variety of poetry, demonstrating mastery of the content through the composition of original poetry, poetic analyses, and a prose paraphrase of a classic poem. 
  • Unit 7: Nonfiction:Students will examine the elements of nonfiction, looking closely at expository works such as essays, speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, and editorials; students will create their own expository texts, including developing a survey and graphing the results.
  • Unit 8: American Drama:Students will complete an analytical reading of Thornton Wilder’s play,Our Town, interpreting the elements of drama such as stage devices, structure, theme, conflict, and character. 
  • Unit 9: Studies in the American Novel:Students will examine the history and structure of the American novel, using a critical lens to read, interpret, and analyze Ernest Hemingway’sThe Old Man and the Sea.
  • Unit 10: Research:Students will build mastery in the skills required for academic research, including the utilization of various reference sources, documentation, citation; culminating in the development of an outline, thesis, and final research project.
  • Unit 11: Reviewing Communication Skills and Literature:Students will review the major skills mastered in the course, including effective reading and writing, as well as the process of composing advanced academic texts, such as research projects, expository essays, and critical analyses.

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

English II Fundamentals

English II Fundamentals

Students will continue to build on the sequential development and 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, a short story, and an original speech. In addition, students will read and comprehend a variety of literature, including short stories, drama, and expository 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: Reading, Writing, and Speaking: Students strengthen their understanding of the basic parts and structure of language, including vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and etymology; in addition, students review strategies for active listening.
  • Unit 2: Language Structure: Students will understand the purpose and use of increasingly advanced parts of speech, including noun plurals, suffixes, pronouns/antecedents, and clauses.
  • Unit 3: Writing Effective Strategies: Students will understand and utilize the key parts of a sentence, including participles, gerunds, and a variety of phrases.
  • Unit 4: Exposition: Students will refine their reading skills, including distinguishing the main idea of a text, understanding relationships between ideas, and interpreting varieties of English (including dialect and colloquial speech); students will then utilize this knowledge in the composition of focused, well-written essays and speeches.
  • Unit 5: Get a Job: Students will reinforce an understanding of increasingly advanced grammar and punctuation, and will master the writing of professional documents, such as resumes and cover letters.
  • Unit 7: Media and You: Students will refine their interpretation of various forms of media, learning to analyze the purpose, audience, occasion, subject, and potential bias of a variety of media.
  • Unit 8: Short Stories: Students will read and analyze short stories, completing literary analyses and composing their own, original short stories using the literary techniques and elements taught in the unit. 
  • Unit 9: Reviewing Literature: Students will continue to advance their literary analysis skills, delving into elements such as character, symbolism, and mood with a critical eye and utilizing writing skills to compose a full literary analysis essay of Silas Marner.
  • Unit 10: Poetry: Students will read and analyze poetry, including poetic elements such as form, rhyme, meter, diction, and symbolism; students will write a poem analysis as well as compose an original poem to demonstrate their understanding.
  • Unit 11: Pygmalion: Students will read George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, interpreting and analyzing characters, events, and themes, culminating in an advanced literary analysis essay examining theme in the literature.

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