Gifted & Talented

Video on Differentiated Instruction
http://youtu.be/8IjHGqOZEng

Video from Carol-Ann Tomlinson
regarding Differentiated Instruction in the classroom

http://youtu.be/8IjHGqOZEng
Differentiated Instruction Multiple Intelligences | Differentiated Instruction Instruction for ALL!
Helpful Websites for Gifted Parents
  • National Association for Gifted Children                                                       
        http://www.nagc.org/
  • Office of Public Instruction Montana Gifted Education Information     
        http://opi.mt.gov/Curriculum/Index.html?gpm=1_9
  • Gifted Resource List                                                                                             
        http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Gifted/GT_ID_Tests.pdf
  • Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted      
        http://www.sengifted.org/
  • Parenting Gifted Kids      
        http://www.parentinggiftedkids.com/
  • Montana AGATE                                                                                           
        http://www.mtagate.org/conference.html

Gifted & Talented Course Offerings
AP COURSES

Advanced Placement  English Language (AP Junior)  (prereq: application and recommendation)

Substitutes for English 11                                   Credit: 1

Full year                                                                                 Grade: 11

A course preparing students to take the AP English Language and Composition examination.   It also prepares students to handle written discourse in preparation for their AP Senior English course.  Through the study of the structure and development of expository writing, students will determine how rhetorical techniques such as diction, syntax and tone support the author's intent.  Writing skills are developed through the planning, writing and revision of a variety of sustained essays using analytical expository and argumentative essays as models. Reading is a combination of fiction and nonfiction.  Mechanics will be stressed in the creation of a publishable document.

Advanced Placement English Literature (AP Senior)  (prereq:  application and recommendation)

Substitutes  for English 12                                  Credit: 1

Full year Grade: 12

Advanced Placement is a a course intended only for those students who exhibit excellence in literary scholarship and formal writing. This course is very rigorous in terms of assigned reading and the volume of formal literary analysis expected from its participants; students will be hand-picked only after pre-testing for entrance into the class. Students chosen to take this course will be expected to take the AP exam for college credit. Students are introduced to a variety of literature and writing instruction, and are responsible for work at the level of difficulty expected from college freshmen. Students are expected to read during holidays (not always, but usually) and during the summer (mandatory), in order to duplicate the quantity of work usual for college composition classes. Students’ writing is evaluated with the criteria used to evaluate college freshmen writers. Literature is chosen from the national AP reading list. Extensive concentration on vocabulary, formal essay writing procedure (with extreme emphasis on literary analysis and criticism) and class discussion.

 AP Calculus AB  (prereq: Pre-Calculus)

Full year                                                          Credit: 1                  Grades: 10-12

This course will focus on single variable differential and integral calculus.  Students enrolled in this course will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement AB Calculus Exam and seek college credit.  The course outline will follow the topics from the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics Course Description and will include studies of functions, limits, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration, and applications of integration.  Graphing calculator competency is necessary for this course. Students must own or rent from the school a graphing calculator for this course.

AP Calculus BC  (prereq: AP Calculus AB)

Full year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12

This course will focus on more integration techniques, sequences and series, and using polar, parametric and vector equations.  Students enrolled in this course will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement BC Calculus Exam and seek college credit.  The course outline will follow the topics from the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics Course Description and will include studies of functions, limits, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration, and applications of integration from Calculus AB as well as new topics of study including integration techniques, infinite series, conics, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and vector-valued functions.  Graphing calculator competency is necessary for this course. Students must own or rent from the school a graphing calculator.

 

Advanced Placement Biology (AP)  (prereq: Chemistry) and Biology II Advised

Elective  lab class                                                                

Full year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12

AP Biology follows the College Board AP curriculum.  This is a rigorous, college level course.  A significant amount of time working outside of class will be required to master concepts and complete projects.  Topics of study include:  cell biology, biochemistry, evolution, ecology, genetics, the human body and animal behavior.  Students should expect a heavy workload and an excellent learning experience including scientific discussions, laboratory exercises, field trips, and guest speakers.  Summer assignment may be required. 

 

AP United States Government and Politics

Substitutes for PAD                                                                          

Full Year

Credit: 1
Grade:  12

This AP course in United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.

Advanced Placement U.S. History (AP) 

(prereq: B in 10th grade English and application)

Substitutes for U.S. History Credit: 1

Full year Grade: 11

AP U.S. History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit if they take and pass the advanced placement test in the spring. It is a two-semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.


NEW
DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES

Dual and Concurrent Enrollment with Bitterroot College

(prereq:  must be at least 16 and have met majority of graduation requirements)

Elective  class                                           Credit:   .5

Either semester  or FY Grades:  11-12

Students will be able to pursue college credits while still in high school. This course must be prearranged with the Bitterroot College, Mr. Wirt and Mrs. Knapp. Policy forms and verification must be completed by student, Mrs. Knapp and Mr. Wirt. Students are financially responsible for college course while at Corvallis High School. Scholarships are available. 

HONORS COURSES

Honors English 9  (prereq: application and recommendation)

Substitutes for English 9                                                Credit: 1

Full year                                                                                    Grade: 9

Like English 9, Honors English 9 is designed to be a basic survey of literature, review of grammar, introduction to new vocabulary, and writing techniques. The students are held to a higher academic standard;  the selection of  literature is similar to that of English 9, the class is more academically rigorous with a heavy emphasis on effective communication through discussion and writing, as well as creative interpretation. Students read a variety of literary works including short stories, novels, poetry, and drama ranging from different cultures and time periods.  Students respond to the literature   through a variety  of methods: journals, essays, research, creative stories, discussions, and creative projects.  Emphasis is placed on competence in organizing an effective argument through writing and discussion.  Focus is  placed on the exercise of communication skills through public speaking activities, presentations, and dramatic performance.

 

Honors English 10  (prereq:  application and recommendation)

Substitutes for English 10                                               Credit: 1

Full year                                                                                      Grade: 10

Honors English 10 is designed to further prepare students for AP Junior and Senior English. The content in Honors English 10 is similar to English 10; however, the material and discussion in Honors English 10 is explored with greater width and breadth and in a more competitive atmosphere. Students are expected to complete a summer assignment before full admittance.

 

Physics (HON) (prereq: Chemistry or Biology II/Adv Algebra)

Elective lab class                                                                    Credit:  1

Full year                                                                                    Grade:  10-12

Applications of formulas and data to real world physical problems;  including matter, mechanics, energy, electricity, and magnetism optics. Collection, analysis, correlation and interpretation of data will be emphasized.  Tools:  computer with appropriate software,  calculators - graphing with Computer Based Lab (CBL) capabilities, laboratory equipment applicable to matter, mechanics, energy, electricity, magnetism, optics, alternative  energies.

 

French IV or V (HON) ( prereq: C  in French III—IV)

Elective class                                                               Credit:   1

Full year                                                                                         Grades: 11-12

Advanced grammar and syntax, and French literature and history will be presented. Target language will be required. 

 

Spanish IV or V  (HON) (prereq: C  in Spanish III—IV )

Elective class                                                                 Credit:  1

Full year                                                                                    Grade:  12

Students should be prepared to speak almost exclusively in Spanish.  Conversation and writing continue to be stressed with additional emphasis on authentic Spanish and Hispanic literature. 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

Independent Study  Academic     

(prereq:  3.0 GPA, application, two teacher recommendations, and consent of instructor)

Elective  class                                  Credit:   .5

Either semester  or FY Grades:  11-12


Students will be able to pursue an independent course of study under the direction of Mrs. Knapp. Since class has limited students, students must select an alternative course when registering.

 

Internship     

(prereq:  3.0 GPA, application, two teacher recommendations, and consent of instructor)

Elective  class                                 Credit:   .5

Either semester  or FY Grades:  11-12


Students will be able to pursue an internship course of study under the direction of Mrs. Knapp. Students must either find an internship within the community or with the assistance of Mrs.Knapp, find an internship.



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