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Electives

Moreland Middle School Electives 2019-2020

 

Most students take two electives per year. Priority for selecting electives is given to eighth graders first, followed by seventh, and then sixth graders. Sixth graders are assigned an elective the first semester. Please note that electives are subject to change, and some electives are only offered one semester a year.

  

Let's Get Cooking

Students will learn valuable cooking skills so that they can prepare their own recipes! Practicing Safety Rules & Measuring Techniques will ensure that our recipes turn out their best.  Get ready to cooperate with your Kitchen Group members to prepare some delicious and nutritious recipes such as Smoothies, Snack Pizzas, Omelets, Chili, Fresh Salsa and Homemade Chips, even Cookies, Brownies and much more.  We will also learn how our recipes help you grow and develop properly, prevent disease & help your brain to function at its best so that you can do better in school!


International Cuisine

Explore the world at your kitchen table!  Students will learn how and why people in other cultures choose the foods they do, and will then prepare their own international cuisine!  Learn about the origins of your favorite foods and experience some new tastes as we discover more about what connects all people - food!


Project Lead the Way: Automation & Robotics

Are you interested in learning how to build gears like the chain drive found on your bicycle? In this course, you'll learn how to build gears and program motors and sensors. At the end of the semester, you will apply your understanding of the mathematical concepts learned in relation to gear mechanisms to design, build, and program your own working machine!


Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Computer Science

Students in this class learn how to design and build their own apps using MIT App Inventor. Students will apply basic math skills, creativity and engineering practices to create a final masterpiece of their own! We'll also explore the land of cyber-law to ensure you are always being safe online. Finally, we'll end the semester by learning a very popular programming language called Python.


Band

Band course offerings include Percussion Ensemble (for drummers/percussionists), Concert Band (a beginning/intermediate level ensemble comprised primarily of students in the 6th and 7th grade), Symphonic Band (an intermediate/advanced level ensemble comprised primarily of students in the 7th and 8th grades), and Cadet Band (for students with two years or less experience on a band instrument).
 
Orchestra
Orchestra course offerings include Concert Orchestra (for students with three years or less experience on a string instrument), and Symphonic Orchestra (an intermediate/advanced level ensemble comprised primarily of students in the 7th and 8th grades). 
 
Yearbook

Yearbook is a year long class open to 7th and 8th graders only. Students learn basic principles of yearbook production and develop skills that include writing copy, captions and headlines, editing for form and content; effective communication; digital photography; and desktop publishing using appropriate technology tools for media productions. The course supports student's development as writers, editors, photographers, independent users of technology and as responsible contributing members of the Moreland Middle School community. So, if you love taking pictures, enjoy scrapbooking, like to interview people, are interested in going to various events for free as a photographer (like our school dances, sporting events, plays & speech contests), are good at writing clever captions and descriptive paragraphs, Yearbook is the perfect class for you!

 

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts is a creative, hands-on class in which you participate in a variety of performance activities. Throughout the class, we play theatre games, perform improvisations, engage in physical activities, and participate in role playing. There are regular in-class performances from movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Shrek, Monty Python and plays from Vaudeville, Commedia dell Arte and Shakespeare.  In addition, we study pantomime, clowning, stand-up comedy, theatre vocabulary, slam poetry and circus techniques. Theatre Arts teaches you communication skills and challenges you to think critically and imaginatively while improving your confidence and expression. Each semester’s curriculum is different and offers new activities, assignments and challenges.


Theatre Production

In Theatre production you will engage in the full process of producing a play. You will begin with auditioning for the play.  Once your role has been assigned, you begin the planning stage of designing all aspects of the performance from scenery to props to costumes to light and sound cues.   Then, the process of rehearsing the play for performance begins.  After an intensive rehearsal period, you will perform the play for a live audience.  You will perform two or three full length plays throughout the semester.

 

Public Speaking

In Public Speaking you will learn strategies and techniques for writing, preparing and delivering an effective speech. During the class we will engage in formal and informal speaking activities including individual speeches, debates, panel discussions, mock trials, Senate simulations, conflict/resolution storytelling, readers theatre, choral reading, stand-up comedy, and poetry slams. Become a stronger writer and a more confident speaker by enrolling in Public Speaking.


2 Dimensional Art

This course introduces students to the basic elements of Visual Design (line, shape, form, color, texture, value and space).  They explore a variety of materials and techniques as they learn drawing, painting and printmaking.  Students also expand their visual literacy as they view and analyze works of art from different time periods and different cultures.  Along with the technical side of art making, the students are challenged to use their creativity and problem solving skills to create unique works of art.


3 Dimensional Art

This course introduces students to a variety of sculptural techniques and materials.  These may include wire, paper mache, fabric, clay and plaster. Students also learn about the Basic Elements of Visual Design.  They look at examples of sculptural art from a variety of time periods and cultures to widen their knowledge and appreciation.  Most importantly, the students use their imagination and problem solving skills to build personal works of art.


Student Leadership

Students will have the opportunity to develop their effectiveness as a leader throughout this year long class.  We will coordinate and participate in school activities. You will be instrumental in planning school-related activities such as spirit events, dances, intramural tournaments, and community service events. All activities are designed to enhance a student’s communication skills, managerial skills, human relations skills, and overall self-awareness.