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6th Grade Electives:

**6th grade students will take one of the following electives per quarter.

Art History:

Art History is a comprehensive survey of art and paintings, from prehistoric cave paintings to modern art.  The course will be taught by lecture,  and supplemented occasionally with short brain-pop videos.  A test is given after every section of study.  Small projects corresponding to each lesson will follow, if time allows.  Periods of Art studied:  Prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Dutch painting, Rococo, Neoclassical, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Pop Art, and Surrealism.


Sixth Grade Computer Basics class uses technology projects designed to teach technology skills in a hands-on manner.   Projects focus on specific technology skill such as word processing, presentation, graphics, and spreadsheets, while other projects combine software to encourage students to transfer their skills from one application to another.  Each skill is taught explaining how to use the software in step-by-step instructions.  Students then practice the skill to complete a meaningful task. Review activities are used to help students gain confidence in using their skills.  Students also learn E-mail procedures, Internet search techniques, and basic coding skills..
Students learn how to use the following applications included in Google Apps for Education:
•    Mail
•    Docs
•    Sheets
•    Slides


Sixth grade music is a history overview course.  The class begins with Egyptian and Greek cultures and moves through the 20th century, with emphasis on appreciation of music as a developing art form throughout various musical periods.  There is classroom lecture with Q&A; short textbook reading assignments in The Usborne Story of Music; and listening to musical excerpts, and historical and illustrative YouTube performance examples, including introduction of instruments of the orchestra. 

7th and 8th Grade Electives --

*This list is an overview of enrichments taught over the last few years, and subject to change.

Applied Art I:

A course designed to expose 7th or 8th grade students to the elements and principles of design. Long term projects will be stressed, as well as composition and technique of the mediums taught.

Applied Art II:

A continuation of Applied Art I that is designed to better prepare our middle school students, who have taken Art I, for the curriculum of high school. The elements and principles of Art are stressed as well as composition and technique in more sophisticated projects.

Computer Applications:

This is a hands-on class that teaches students the basics of word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentation programs.

Computer Keyboarding:

Students will be taught proper keyboarding technique. They will work to improve typing speed as well as accuracy. Basic word processing skills will be taught to help improve the students’ keyboarding skills.

crime scene investigation - forensic science:

This elective is offered for 8th graders only.  It is designed to enhance both knowledge and laboratory skills in physics, chemistry, and biology.  Students will develop their critical thinking skills as they learn forensic science.  Topics of this laboratory-based course include observation, hair and fiber analysis, powder analysis, fingerprints, chromatography, blood typing, and DNA analysis.  At the end of the course there will be a crime for which the students apply all the skills and content knowledge they have learned.  Only 16 students will be accepted for this class.  Applicants will be chosen based upon their teacher recommendations, science grades, level of classroom cooperation and ability to work well in the laboratory. 

geography/current events:

Where in the World? In this class, students will sharpen geography skills while learning about cultures and current events. Through basic research techniques, interactive activities and discussions, students will gain a greater understanding of the world at large and their roles in it.  Speakers from the community, a visit to the local Cultural Center, and participation in a school-approved international service or mission project are planned.


*8th Grade Only

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry.  Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed.  It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

honors literature:

This course is especially designed for students who are avid readers and who have an active perception of setting, character, internal/external conflict, symbolism, and plot development.  Open to both seventh and eighth graders, Honors Literature consists of two different repertoires so that a student may enroll in this course in both the seventh and eighth grades and not have to repeat reading any literary selections covered in the previous course.  This course is based on an alternation between Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar one year and an excerpt from The Aeneid the next.  Finally, Honors Literature also entails a writing component wherein students will be required to write analytical essays on topics related to given literary works.

intro to the episcopal church:

*8th Grade Only

This course provides an overview of the distinctive beliefs and practices of the Anglican Communion, as represented by The Episcopal Church.  This elective is conducted by staff of St. Mark’s Cathedral.  Completion of the class may serve as Confirmation preparation for St. Mark’s, but students may take the course without wishing to be confirmed at St. Mark’s.  Topics covered will include church history, the sacraments, the creeds, and Anglican liturgy as found in The Book of Common Prayer.  The course will also include information about the history of St. Mark’s Cathedral and the various ministries and programs which it supports.  Students will be expected to examine and articulate their own beliefs.  Assignments may take a variety of forms, including journals, essays, and class presentations as well as tests.

life skills:

Concentration on basic cooking, nutrition, simple sewing, and budgeting.  Students create recipes and substitute healthy alternatives, learn how to sew on a button, hand sew a pillow, and hem a garment.  Students create a food budget, take a field trip to the grocery store, and put into practice their money handling skills.  Road skills (map reading, street signs…), tool time, table-setting, etiquette, and automobile tasks (i.e. changing oil, tires, & gas).

local history:

Learn about local history, festivals and the origin of Shreveport. Tour the Spring Street Museum and other area museums, and explore the original downtown streets.  There will be several guest speakers.


*By invitation only

The Mathcounts class consists of 7th and 8th grade students who must have naturally sharp, inquisitive, mathematical minds, and a desire to work cooperatively and to persevere on difficult problems.  The ability to do mental math is a bonus for this elective.  Ten students attend the regional competition in February.

show me the money:

This enrichment class will focus on money skills needed for everyday life.  Lessons will include banking skills, investments, interest, budgets, understanding discounts, tips, and taxes.  It also will include banking vocabulary and other vocabulary used in economics.  The class will focus on math skills relevant to everyday management of money.

speech/public speaking:

Have you ever wondered how people can get up in front of a crowd and give a speech that is both humorous and interesting?  The public speaking enrichment course is designed to show you how!  This course is intended to better prepare students for successfully writing and giving a coherent and well-rounded speech. Students will learn techniques to overcome stage fright as well as how to outline and research speech topics.  Through the comprehensive study of how to organize a speech, be a good audience, and give as well as receive constructive criticism, students will be better prepared to give speeches in other classes.  Practice speeches include popular formats such as the “how-to” speech and persuasive speeches.  

7th study/life skills:

This class will use The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens book & workbook by Sean Covey.  Students will examine study skills, such as how to take better notes, how to be an active listener, and test taking tips/strategies.  Cursive writing skills will be practiced and some class time devoted to leisure reading.  This class will also explore/practice skills that can be incorporated into everyday Middle School life.

wonderful world of words:

Learn new words and how to figure out new words by studying Greek and Roman roots and prefixes class activities will involve review of workbook assignments, games, and creative writing exercises.