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    7th & 8th Grade Elective Descriptions

     

    Physical Education Department

    Dynamic PE (MPE8013  ALTERN ACTIVITIES* New Elective*

    • Yearlong

    Do you love to move, express yourself, connect? This dynamic year-long elective is what you’re looking for. Here’s an amazing opportunity to develop dance skills and add pizzazz to JAMS. Enjoy catchy music, laughs, and loads of new dance moves to wow your friends. Get fit and healthy as you take a journey through history and set personal goals. Learn how to face stage fright and grow confidence through team performances. All grades levels, backgrounds, ability & experience levels welcome. You got this!  (Contact Mr. D. for more info: jddickerson@seattleschools.org)

    Video by Mr. Dickerson about this new elective

    Physical Education (MPE8016 PHYSICAL EDUCATION)

    • Semester

    The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in skills, rules and strategies associated with the different sports and games as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities, and the components of fitness. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.

    Unified PE (MPE4187  PHYSICAL EDUCATION PARTNER)

    • Yearlong

    Partner PE program provides an opportunity for students to be partners and supports for students with disabilities in their modified physical education class.  The class offerings could include team sports, individual sports, and exercises.  Principles taught in this class will follow the physical education core curriculum and enhance teaching and learning skills for students.

    Physical Education & Health (MPE8423 TEAM SPORTS)

    • Yearlong

    The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in skills, rules and strategies associated with the different sports and games as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities, and the components of fitness. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.

     
    The Health program is designed to help students explore the physical, social and emotional changes that occur during this stage of development. Health habits are a major focus of the course. Components of responsible decision-making and the consequences of decisions are explored. 


     

    Fine Arts Department

    Visual Arts (MFA8520 VISUAL ARTS ADV)  

    • Semester

    In this course we will experiment with a variety of materials to create a strong understanding of the basic elements of Art. Some projects will include drawing, painting, clay and collage. Students will work on both two and three-dimensional projects. Along with the projects we will also explore different artists and the style they worked in.

    Ceramics (MFA8403 CERAMICS BEGINNING)  

    • Semester

    In this course students will learn the basic hand-building techniques (coil building, slab building and pinch pot construction). Students will spend the second half of the course designing and carrying out guided independent projects that utilize these hand-building techniques while focusing on the artistic elements of form and shape. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of wheel throwing on the potter’s wheel.

    Theatre Beginning (MFA8517 THEATRE BEGINNING)

    • Semester

     This class is an introduction to dramatic arts. Emphasis will be placed on dramatic techniques and presentation. The class is structured so that students of different levels can progress at their own pace.  Units of study include pantomime, tableaux, character, and improvisation.  This is a high energy, out-of-your-seat, creativity-based class. Everyone welcome!

    Theatre Advanced (MFA8518 Theatre Advanced)

    • Semester

    Advanced drama students will continue to practice the skills introduced in Drama I.  Students will perform several short plays for the class during the first quarter.  The second quarter will be a focused study of one play that we will perform on stage.  Possible options include acting roles, costuming, lighting, and props.  Introduction to Theatre is a pre-requisite for this class.

    Technical Theatre (previously Play Production)  (MFA8601 TECHNICAL THEATRE)

    • Yearlong

    In this course, students will gain practical knowledge about the behind the scenes needs of plays as they collaborate to design Jane Addams' plays. Study will include, but is not limited to, designing and constructing costumes, sets, and properties, operating light and sound systems, publicity, and educational outreach. 


     

    Yearlong and Semester Elective

    STEM Modeling  (MSC2677 STEM MODELING)

    • Yearlong

    Be a scientist and engineer! STEM provides innovative, hands-on opportunities in mathematics, basic and applied science, and engineering. Design and build bridges, mousetrap cars, glider planes, and model rockets.  Study the science behind climate change and come up with solutions. Explore the world of microscopic life. Learn to write computer programs.  Build robots and program them to navigate an obstacle course.  And much more!

    Leadership  (MUE0318 LEADERSHIP TRAINEE A)

    • Yearlong

    Leadership is an elective that brings together a diverse group of students from different backgrounds to set the tone for student voice at JAMS.  This group is in charge of planning, hosting, and creating our assemblies as well as providing assistance to big events, such as: Native American heritage month, Veterans Day, African American history month, Multicultural Night, and the school talent show just to name a few.

    Journalism  (MLA0157 JOURNALISM 1A)

    • Yearlong

    The students in this course will be responsible for publishing the JAMS yearbook, Paw Print school newspaper, and audio journalism. (Participation in this course is not required to be a member of the yearbook or newspaper staffs.) In Journalism class, we’ll practice all aspects of publishing and communications, including writing, photography, design, and editorial decision making. We will develop awareness and understanding of news elements and gain experience in gathering, reporting, and editing the news of life at our school.

    ŠƏQAČIB  (MUE8087 SEQACIB)

    • Yearlong

    šəqačib has two objectives: Identity safety and academic achievement.  Our classroom is a Native focused space that supports, encourages and pushes students to becoming confident life-long learners. Students receive extra time and support in all subject areas. The class also explores Native teachings, history, and ways of living; students are encouraged to explore their own tribal identity as well as critically analyze and discuss current issues that impact all tribes.  Students who identify as American Indian, Alaskan Native, Canadian First Nations or Pacific Islander are encouraged to take the class.


    Music Department

    ORCHESTRA

     All orchestra classes are yearlong. 

     Introductory Orchestra (previously Beginning Orchestra) (MFA88505 INTRODUCTORY ORCHESTRA)

     This course is for students who have had no previous training on a string instrument. Students will learn the basic techniques of posture, caring for the instrument and bow, position, bowing techniques, fingerings, and basic reading of rhythms and notes. The ensemble will begin learning songs in unison and progress to playing as a multi-part ensemble. Students will perform in three concerts.

     Premier Orchestra (previously Intermediate Orchestra) (MFA8515 PREMIER ORCHESTRA)

     This course is for students with at least one year of instrument study who have met the audition requirements. Students in the class will benefit from further instruction in music reading and performance fundamentals with their chosen instrument. There will be three concerts scheduled during the year for this group.

     Intermediate Orchestra (previously Junior Orchestra) (MFA8438 INTERMED ORCHESTRA)

     This course requires two years of instrument study and an audition. Students in this group are at an advanced level of instrumental technique and reading proficiency (demonstrating shifting and developing vibrato). There will be three school concerts as well as other festivals and performances outside of school. Admission is by audition or teacher approval.

     Concert Orchestra (previously Senior Orchestra) (MFA4811 CONCERT ORCHESTRA)

     This course is for students who have successfully completed Junior Orchestra, or who demonstrate the required skills in an audition. Students will expand their knowledge and skills through instrumental technique and literature and will explore more advanced concepts of ensemble playing. There will be three school concerts as well as other festivals and performances outside of school. Travel will be required. Admission is by audition or teacher approval.

     Chamber Orchestra (MFA8405 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA)

     This course focuses on advancing listening skills and playing techniques with the goal of making friends, having fun, and preparing students for successful participation in Seattle’s premier high school orchestras. A high level of commitment to personal excellence and dedication to the team will be expected. Travel to local and regional festivals and participation in community-based events will also be required. Admission is by audition only.

    Vocal Ensembles 

     Music classes are yearlong.

     Intermediate Choir (MFA8429 INTERMEDIATE CHOIR)

     The intermediate choir is for all 7th and 8th grade students who have successfully participated in choir at Jane Addams or have previous experience with a Choir. Students will expand their sight-reading and music theory while focusing on performance techniques.  

     Concert Choir (previously Advanced Choir) (MFA84098 CONCERT CHOIR)

     The advanced choir is for 7th and 8th grade students who have successfully participated in choir at Jane Addams. Students will expand their sight-reading and music theory while focusing on performance techniques. Students are expected to be highly motivated and reflect an advanced ensemble attitude. Admission is by audition only.

    Band

    Music classes are yearlong.

     Introductory Band (previously Beginning Band) (MFA8509 INTRODUCTORY BAND)

     This class is directed at students who have little or no instrumental music training. There will be time given to allow students to explore the instrument choices to better help them make the right decision on what they will choose for the year. Students will learn essential concepts and skills and will perform in three school concerts.

     Premier Band (previously Intermediate Band) (MFA8513 PREMIER BAND)

     This ensemble requires at least one year of middle school or two years of elementary instrumental experience and teacher approval. Students will continue to build their musical literacy and instrumental technique. There will be three concerts scheduled during the year for this group. Please review the classroom policies and concert attire guidelines.

     Intermediate Band (previously Junior Band) (MFA8436 INTERMEDIATE BAND)

     This ensemble requires successful completion of Intermediate Band or its equivalent and an audition. Students will expand their knowledge and skills through instrumental technique and literature. There will be three school concerts as well as other festivals and performances outside of school. Travel will be required.

     Concert Band (previously Senior Band) (MFA8407 CONCERT BAND)

     This ensemble requires successful completion of Junior Band or its equivalent. Students will expand their knowledge and skills through instrumental technique and literature as well as explore more advanced concepts of ensemble playing. There will be three school concerts as well as other festivals and performances outside of school. Travel will be required. Admission is by audition or teacher approval.

     Jazz Band (MFA8511 JAZZ BAND)

     This class focuses on advancing listening skills and playing techniques within the big band jazz idiom with the goal of making friends, having fun, and preparing students for successful participation in Seattle’s premier high school jazz ensembles. A high level of commitment to personal excellence and dedication to the team will be expected. A week-long intensive day camp in August is required for all ensemble members. Travel to local and regional festivals and participation in community-based events will also be required. Admission is by audition only.


    World Language Department

     All World Language classes are yearlong electives.

    Heritage Spanish (MWL9120 SPANISH LANG ARTS 1A)

    This class is a year-long high school level class for students who have grown up around Spanish in their homes and communities from a young age. Students build upon their knowledge and connection to the language and expand their proficiency in Spanish (reading, writing, and speaking). We explore themes of identity, the cultures and history of the Spanish speaking world and learn how to navigate between informal and formal language depending on the environment. We focus on critical thinking and developing academic vocabulary. This class is taught through conversations, videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling, writing assignments and projects. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional analysis/comparisons to English. Be prepared to work hard, have fun and learn a lot!

     Spanish 1 (SWL1279 SPANISH 1A)

    This is a year-long course and will cover Spanish 1A & 1B standards. This class is equivalent to the first-year high school course. Students learn the sounds, grammar and the syntax of the language interactively through conversations, stories and songs. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. This course is taught using a communicative approach, so students often work in groups and pairs as they build language skills and begin to learn about Spanish culture. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people.

    Spanish 2 (SWL3560 SPANISH 2A)

    This is a year-long high school level Spanish course that builds upon the material learned in Spanish 1.  New material includes past tense (preterite and imperfect), the introduction of commands, as well as other grammar and vocabulary that allow students to express themselves in more complex ways. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to communicate (understand, speak, read, and write) in Spanish, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people. Be prepared to work hard, have fun and learn a lot!

     French 1 (SWL1273 FRENCH 1A)

    This is a year-long course for 7th and 8th graders and will cover what is formally French 1A & 1B. This class is equivalent to the first-year high school course of French 1, a 9th grade course. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects.

    This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: alphabet, colors, greetings, introducing yourself and others, discussing likes and dislikes, describing yourself and other people, hobbies, numbers, telling time, days of the week, seasons, months, weather, food, and present tense conjugations.

    French 2 (SWL3522 FRENCH 2A)

    This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have taken French 1 in the 7th grade. This course continues building on prior knowledge from French 1 as we continue along with the Bon Voyage! textbook for Level 2.  This class is equivalent to the second-year high school course of French 2.  Students who successfully complete French 1 and 2 at JAMS are eligible to receive 2.0 high school credit for French and qualify to take French 3 in high school.  This course is equivalent to 10th grade French 2, so students should expect to receive homework every night. The study of the past tense is continued in more detail, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic and extensive way. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects.

    This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at an intermediate level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: leisure activities, health and wellness, technology, travel by train and by car, food preparation and kitchen use, driving on the highway and reading maps, accidents and the emergency room, emotions and manners, professions, and holidays.  Grammar topics include: introductions of the imperfect, subjunctive, the conditional, the future tense, interrogative and relative pronouns, continuation of present tense and past tense conjugations of regular, irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs.  PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of French 1.