Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School

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Language Arts

 

Language Arts 7

The Clarke N. Johnsen Jr. High and Tooele County School Districts 7th Grade Language Arts curriculum has been designed using the standards established by the State Office of Education and the Common Core. Students will learn a variety of skills including reading and interpreting literature, argumentative and informative essay writing, basic grammar, and an appreciation of elements of poetry and drama. The 7th grade curriculum has been designed to be educationally appropriate, challenging, and interesting.

 

Honors L.A. 7

Follows the same curriculum as the regular Language Arts 7 class but includes extra depth and additional topics.

 

Language Arts 8

The Clarke N. Johnsen Jr. High and Tooele County School districts 8th Grade Language Arts curriculum has been designed using the standards established by the State office of Education and the Common Core. Students will learn a variety of skills including reading and interpreting literature, argumentative and informative essay writing, basic grammar, and an appreciation of elements of poetry and drama. The 8th grade curriculum has been designed to be educationally appropriate, challenging, and interesting.

 

Honors L.A. 8

Follows the same curriculum as the regular Language Arts 8 class but includes extra depth and additional topics.

 

Math

 

Math 7

In 7th Grade Mathematics students will focus on developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three- dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and drawing inferences about populations based on samples. (Full Year Class)

 

Honors Math 7

Follows the same curriculum as the regular Math 7 class but includes extra depth and additional topics.

 

Math 8

In 8th Grade Mathematics students will focus on formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

 

Honors Math 8

Follows the same curriculum as the regular Math 8 class but includes extra depth and additional topics.

 

Math Lab

Students will work on assignments from their current math class as well as work on basic math concepts for their grade level.

 

Science

 

Science 7

Students will explore the theme of structure by investigating the following areas of science: The structure of matter, the Earth’s interior, the levels of organization within living things, the passing down of traits, and the classification of life. (Full Year Class)

 

Honors Science 7

Honors Science is designed to extend student’s experiences beyond the traditional 7th grade science program. Instruction will be centered on the required state curriculum, but student learning will be enhanced through various enrichment activities, lab experiences, and on-going projects. The students will also have the opportunity of competing in the Science Fair. (Full Year Class)

 

Science 8

Students will value and use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence. In this course, students will study a variety of concepts, including physical and chemical changes in matter, ecosystems, photosynthesis and respiration, food chains and webs, relationships between organisms, rocks and minerals, changes to Earth’s surface, geologic time, simple machines, gravitational force, light and sound energy, and more. (Full Year Class)

  

Honors Science 8

The Science 8 Honors class is designed to prepare students for higher level science classes in high school.  15-20 minutes of homework (reading and SAGE assignments) will be required to pass the class with an A.  Students will complete quarterly honors projects; some class time will be used for this purpose, but extra time will be needed to complete some projects; i.e., the 2nd quarter science fair project.  This class is rigorous.  Students will be pushed to do more research, engineering and communicating than regular science classes.  There are stricter standards of behavior and attendance.  Please pick up a science honors application for further details.

  

Science Lab

This complementary course to the integrated science core curriculum provides additional exploratory labs, research opportunities, knowledge, and review before common assessments for students to gain a deeper understanding of how scientific knowledge is developed and changed over time.

 

Social Studies

 

Utah Studies (7th grade)

Utah is a state diverse in landscape and people. This course is designed to help students understand the state of Utah at a deeper level by reviewing Utah’s early history and particularly emphasizing Utah from statehood to the present. Students will understand the interaction between Utah’s geography and its inhabitants, as well as the formative contributions of Native American Indians, explorers, and Utah pioneers. The course will also investigate relationships between government and the people of Utah, the many opportunities people have to make a living in Utah, the diverse nature of Utah’s people and cultures, and the impact of contemporary events on the land and people of Utah. The Utah Studies core is designed to meet the needs of a semester-length course. (Half Year Class)

 

 

U.S. History (8th grade)

United States History for Grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: exploration, colonization, Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, Civil War, Reconstruction, and western movement. Although the emphasis of this course is on the 18th and 19th centuries, additional content may be covered as time permits.  (Full Year Class)

 

Spanish

 

Spanish 1

The Level I language course focuses on the development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language.

 

Students begin to show a beginning level of accuracy when using basic language structures, and they are exposed to some complex features of the language.  They start to focus on communicating with their immediate world and daily life activities, read material on familiar topics and write short, directed compositions.  The major means of communication between the students and the teacher will be in the target language.  By the end of the class, students will be able to communicate their ideas in basic Spanish on a variety of different topics and understand the basic grammar of the Spanish language.  Lastly, an important component of language classes is the use of the language beyond the classroom in the real world. I ask that students find opportunities to use the language outside of class in their personal lives and to share those experiences with the class.  (Full Year Class)

  

Spanish 2

The Level II language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the students have successfully completed a Level I course or are at a Novice-Mid level of proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, 2009.

 

Students begin to show a greater level of accuracy when using basic language structures, and they are exposed to more complex features of the language.  They continue to focus on communicating with their immediate world and daily life activities, read material on familiar topics, and write short, directed compositions.  The major means of communication between the students and the teacher is in the target language.  By the end of this class, students will be able to communicate their ideas in Spanish on a variety of different topics and understand the basic grammar of the Spanish language.   Lastly, an important component of language classes is the use of the language beyond the classroom in the real world. I ask that students find opportunities to use the language outside of class in their personal lives and to share those experiences with the class.  (Full Year Class)

 

Spanish 1A (Intro)

The introductory Spanish course focuses on the development of beginning communicative skills in Spanish and a better understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak different languages.

 

Students will begin to use basic language structures to form simple statements, and they will be exposed to more cultural information from different countries.  They will begin to focus on understanding the world around them both in the United States and throughout the world. They will begin to use language to talk about things happening in their immediate world and daily life activities, read material on familiar topics and write short, directed stories.  The major means of communication between the students and the teacher will be in the target language.  By the end of the class, students will be able to communicate in very simple terms in Spanish and understand the basics of the Spanish language.  Lastly, an important component of language classes is the use of the language beyond the classroom in the real world. I ask that students find opportunities to use the language outside of class in their personal lives and to share those experiences with the class.  (Half Year Class)

  

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

 

College and Career Awareness (7th grade)

College and Career Awareness is a core requirement for seventh-grade students. Students need to be prepared with 21st-century skills for the future. This class explores careers and skills based in six CTE Pathways: Information Technology, Business and Marketing, Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture, Engineering, and Technology. (Full Year Class)

 

 

Family and Consumer Science (FACS) (8th grade)

This fun course provides students the opportunity to develop skills related to Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Students will explore food and nutrition sciences, childcare, interior design, clothing and textile construction, fashion design and merchandising, consumerism, entrepreneurship, family relationships, personal responsibility, and career and job-related tasks. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.  (Half Year Class)

 

Exploring Technology (8th grade)

TECHNOLOGY! It’s everywhere! Students will be introduced to and explore the technological systems of energy and power technologies, information and communications technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies, and construction technologies. Part of the semester will be spent in the Technology Lab. (Half Year Class)

  

Digital Literacy (8th grade)

This course is an introduction to computer literacy. Students will have opportunities to use technology and develop skills that encourage creativity, critical thinking, productivity, and collaboration in the classroom and day-to-day life. Skills will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area. This course is aligned with national and international standards and the Utah Core to prepare students across multiple levels of skills. Students will complete this course with a prerequisite to move into the high school Computer Technology course. (Half Year Class)

 

Keyboarding (7th grade)

In the beginning keyboarding course, the student will master touch operation on a computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good techniques will receive primary emphasis; speed and accuracy will be given secondary emphasis. The fourth-row numbers and symbols and 10‐key pad will also be taught. The student will use basic word processing functions on a variety of document type. (Half Year Class)

 

Fine Arts

 

Drama

This class is designed as in introduction to theater arts.  In this class, we will be discussing basic stage terminology, stage directions, and plot structure as well as scripting original dramatic presentations and rehearsing small scenes for the class.  We will learn basic principles of acting and performance analysis.  This is a performance based class and grades will rely heavily on daily participation and willingness to perform. (Half Year Class)

 

Art Foundations I

This is the required Junior/Middle School Visual Arts Core course.  It is designed to provide an overview of Visual Arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art related skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.  (Half Year Class)

   

Art Foundations II

This is an entry-level course for the High School Visual Art Core Curriculum.  It is designed to provide an overview and introduction to Visual Arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art related skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. (Half Year Class)

 

General Music (7th grade)

This class is for those students who need a Music or Arts credit but are not interested in playing an instrument or singing in any of the choruses.  Mostly for 7th Grade students, but occasionally 8th graders are included in this class as well.This class concentrates on the mechanics of music (the written notes rhythm and some pitch) as well as Music History and Music Appreciation.  They will do research reports, learn about the instruments of the band and orchestra, study the different time periods and composers, and listen to a variety of music, identifying the elements of music.  These students are not required to perform, but they will be listening to many types of performances during this class.  (Half Year Class)

  

Beginning Chorus T/B (7th-grade boys)

This is a beginning chorus for 7th-grade boys.  Students are divided into 2 sections according to their vocal placements.  I call the higher voices Tenor I, and the lower voices Tenor II.  Occasionally we get boys who can sing lower, and I call those voices Baritones.  They learn to sing in 2 to 3 part harmony.  This course is for all 7th-grade boys, regardless of ability or prior experience.  Students learn rhythm reading, how to follow written music, and how to sing with correct tone and diction.  There is one evening concert per term where the students perform for their parents and guests the music they learn in class.  These concerts are required and are 20% of the term grade.  (Half Year Class)

                         

Beginning Chorus (7th-grade girls)

This is a Beginning Chorus for 7th Grade Girls. Students are divided into 2 sections (soprano and alto) and learn to sing in 2 to 3 part harmony.  Although called “Beginning”, this course is for all 7th Grade girls, regardless of ability or prior experience.  Students learn rhythm reading, how to follow written music, and how to sing with correct tone and diction.  There is one evening concert per term where the students perform for their parents and guests the music they learn in class.  These concerts are required and are 20% of the term grade.  (Half Year Class)                             

 

Chorus (8th-grade)

This chorus is for 8th-grade girls and boys who love to sing.  Students can choose to be in the full-year or the half-year section of the class.  We build on the rhythms they learned in 7th grade, and continue to learn to read and follow written music.  Students are divided into Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and for those 8th grades whose voices are changing, Baritones.  The music this class sings is more difficult and complex than it is for the beginning choruses.   We also concentrate on singing with good tone and correct diction.  There is one evening concert per term where the students perform for their parents and guests the music they learn in class.  These concerts are required and are 20% of the term grade.  These classes may also be called upon to sing for other school events. (Full or Half Year Class)

  

Beginning Band Woodwind & Brass/Percussion

Beginning band students will learn to play a band instrument, i.e. flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and percussion.  No musical experience is necessary unless you want to learn percussion.  Percussionists are required to have at least one year of private piano instruction. In this course, students will learn to exhibit proper playing habits, develop sufficient technical facility, and develop a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  The students will also continue to increase their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances. There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

 

 

Intermediate Band

Intermediate band is for students who have successfully completed a year of beginning band or who have progressed beyond the beginning level.  Individual assessment may be used to place students in this class. In this course, students will learn to exhibit proper playing habits, develop sufficient technical facility, and develop a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  The students will also continue to increase their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances.  There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

  

Advanced Band

Advanced band is for students who have successfully two years of band or who have progressed beyond the intermediate level.  Individual assessment may be used to place students in this class.  In this course, students will learn to exhibit proper playing habits, develop sufficient technical facility, and develop a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  The students will also continue to increase their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances.  There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

 

Guitar

 

 

Beginning Orchestra Violin/Viola & Cello/Bass

Beginning orchestra students will learn to play an orchestra instrument, i.e. violin, viola, cello, or string bass.  No musical experience is necessary.  In this course, students will learn to exhibit proper playing habits, develop sufficient technical facility, and develop a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  Students will build and expand their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances. There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

 

Intermediate Orchestra

Intermediate orchestra is for students who have successfully completed one year of beginning orchestra or who have progressed beyond the beginning level. Individual assessment may be used to place students in this class. In this course students will continue to develop proper playing habits, sufficient technical facility, and a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  The students will also continue to increase their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances. There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

  

Advanced Orchestra

Advanced orchestra is for students who have successfully completed two years of orchestra or who have progressed beyond the intermediate level.  Individual assessment may be used to place students in this class.  In this course students will continue to develop proper playing habits, sufficient technical facility, and a proper concept of tone quality on their instrument.  The students will also continue to increase their music vocabulary, their sensitivity in intonation, and their accuracy in playing rhythms.  They will also build responsible rehearsal habits, and analyze music performances. There will be some evening concerts throughout the year. There is a $15 fee for this class. (Full year class)

  

P.E./ Health

 

Beginning Fitness (7th grade)

Beginning Team Sports Activities is an entry-level course emphasizing beginner skills in a broad spectrum of activities in order to develop a foundation for future physical education classes. The course content is developmentally appropriate for seventh grade students who, in most instances, will be experiencing a formal physical education class for the first time. Students in Beginning Team Sports Activities are introduced to the elements of physical fitness and are responsible for learning the basic vocabulary. Pre and post fitness tests are appropriate, with results being used to provide personal information, individualize instruction, and indicate student improvement.  (Half Year Class)

 

Intermediate Fitness (8th grade)

Intermediate Activities offers a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities that are increasingly complex in content, concept, and skill development and execution. Students continue to practice skills in modified form but begin to participate in regulation games with more complex playing environments than those experienced in Beginning Activities. Teams are kept small, allowing maximum participation and involvement by all students. Cooperative, as well as traditional sports activities, are included in the curriculum. (Half Year Class)

 

Lifetime Sports

Lifetime Sports is a class for the student who wants to learn more in depth about fitness, individual sports and lifetime team sports.  (Half Year Class)

 

Weightlifting (8th grade)

We focus on beginning weight training and other strength exercises.  We cover fundamentals such as safety, proper technique, breathing, and recording.  We focus on most basic lifts but show variations of those lifts.  We also lift lighter weights and do more repetitions to help the development of technique.  (Half Year Class)

 

Health (8th grade)

Students will acquire knowledge, practice skills, and develop attitudes that can benefit them throughout life. Building a solid foundation of good literacy and decision-making skills can contribute to a variety of healthy choices for the self and others. The development of process, life skills, and attitudes has been incorporated throughout the entire curriculum.  (Half Year Class)

 

Other Electives

 

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is a class for students who are interested in furthering their writing skills through the exploration of different types of writing ranging from nonfiction to fiction. This includes reading various types of writing. We also delve into professional publishing and what that means in today’s changing climate. This is an elective class open to both seventh and eighth graders, and it is assumed that the student is interested in expanding his or her current knowledge of good writing.  (Half Year Class)

 

Debate

The debate course will help students grow in their abilities to express themselves through improving their ability to study and orchestrate logical arguments. Students will be able to:

 

-Make sense of Argument

-Get more out of research

-Learn the different formats of debate

-Learn to organize and critique both sides of an argument, along with the value of both sides

-Gain the confidence that comes from becoming the best they can and doing a good job. (Half Year Class)

 

Journalism

Introduction to journalism is an exciting, fast-paced orientation into the highly competitive field of journalism.  This course will give students a chance to work in an upbeat environment where you will improve writing, interviewing and photography skills, work with programs like Adobe InDesign and Premiere Pro and learn to use equipment such as digital cameras, video cameras, sound recorders and lighting equipment.  Students will learn their civic responsibility through a close examination of the First Amendment with specific attention placed on the Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech.  (Half Year Class)

 

Landscape Design

Come learn the basics of plant identification, plant care, tool care and other skills to design flower beds, help out in the yard or even start your own business!

 

Outdoor Recreation (7th grade)

Outdoor Recreation is a class that gives students the opportunity to explore different outdoor activities. We also explore many different activities that students can participate in away from the standard organized team sports.  (Half Year Class)

 

Outdoor Survival (8th grade)

Outdoor Survival is a class that gives students the opportunity to explore different outdoor activities.  Will also be discussing survival strategies as well as cooking and general camping practices. The class includes a number of out of school field trips.  (Half Year Class)

 

Publications (Yearbook)

Publications is a class that teaches students how to create, store manipulate and transmit information.  Students will put these skills to use by creating the school yearbook and also producing the “Tuesday Morning Announcements”.

Students will use digital cameras, video cameras, computers, and the associated software such as Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Elements to create the yearbook and announcements.

 

General knowledge of computers, cameras, and photography is required.  (Full Year Class)

 

Student Government

As elected members of the Student Government. the Student Body Officers, do more than just represent the student body.  Student Government is responsible for shaping much of the student experience at Clarke N. Johnsen High School. This highly active and visible organization serves the entire student body by sponsoring and organizing activities that range from service projects to assemblies to announcements and fundraising. Student Government supports a number of school spirit activities. (Full Year Class)

 

Teacher’s Aide (T.A.)

In order for a student to be a teacher’s aide, the student must be in 8th grade and have a GPA of at least 3.5.  Students must be responsible and be able to maintain high standards of confidentiality.  Each teacher can have only one T.A. per semester and they cannot have a T.A. assigned to them during their Prep period.  (Half Year Class)