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K-8 Course Catalog

Elementary Education Grades K-5:
 
  • English Language Arts - Literacy
     (reading, writing, and cursive handwriting skills)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education 
 
Arts Integration Cross Curricular and Co-Teaching All Grades:
  • World Dance and Movement
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Music and String Instrument
  • Second Language
  • NEW! STEM 2017/2018 (media productions, photography, coding, engineering, computer sciences) Doral is an Apple Campus Fall 2017 adding a full Media Production class with green room.
 
Secondary Education Grades 6-8:
 

2017/2018 Elective Choices Coming Soon.  STEM Electives will be added for the 2017/2018 School Year.  Doral was awarded a large federal start up grant that includes a full green room for Media Productions complete with sound equipment, lighting, cameras, computers, and editing software.  Doral will also be an Apple School fall 2017 complete with over 200 iPads for coding, app creation, and many more STEM exposure class pieces to be offered. 

 

Doral 6th/7th Grade Elective Classes

Electives - 1st Semester Fall 2016

 

Students have the option to choose an elective course Monday - Thursday in all content areas -dance, drama, music, art, study hall, sports or student mentoring for younger grades. Every Friday they will participate in the school wide Celebration of Learning.

 

ONLY PICK 1 CLASS EACH DAY

Course Descriptions –

 

DANCE

Ballet - This beginning ballet class focuses on the basic ballet positions, terminology and movement. Students will learn a variety of ballet skills including balance, jumping, age appropriate stretches and basic turns. 

Jazz - This beginning jazz class focuses on the basic jazz positions, terminology and movement. Students will learn a variety of jazz dance skills including balance, jumping, age appropriate stretches and basic turns.

Hip Hop - This exciting, high-energy class combines Hip-Hop dance and aerobic exercise incorporating inspired dance moves from various styles of hip-hop. Students will learn different, fun, and exciting rhythms set to upbeat music. In class students will learn choreographed and freestyle hip-hop dance movement giving them a chance to express their own style.

Choreography - Our choreography dance class encourages students to use their imagination and creativity while exploring different movements.  Creative movement dance focuses on expression and feeling as well as body awareness through exploration of different dance disciplines, including ballet, jazz and some yoga postures. 

 

Music / Drama

Rock Band - Calling all rock musicians! This class is for aspiring contemporary musicians who want to join a band. Guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players and vocalists are invited to learn how to play their instrument as well as work with others to create an ensemble sound. Rock, country, blues and jazz songs will be studied and rehearsed to present a concert to patrons. No previous experience needed. Instrument required, rental options available.

*Symphony - Maestro, please! This class is for anyone who would like to learn a band or orchestra instrument. Instruments may be rented through a local music at a reasonable cost. Students will learn music notation and technique as they become more proficient on their instrument and learn how to play in a symphony. All woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments are welcome.  Instrument required, rental options available. *Please note - when signing up for this course, it will be all year long.  Students may not join 2nd semester, but if signed up for 1st semester will continue through the year. 

The Voice - A Star is Born! This class will showcase vocalists who want to improve their singing ability. Students will learn valuable singing techniques along with performance skills. Students will explore music styles as they work on solo and ensemble songs. The class will also cover music reading skills, audition techniques, in-class performances and music business basics. A vocal showcase will be performed to demonstrate progress.

Theatrical Troupe - Break a leg! This is a theater class that will include improvisation, creative role-playing, stage techniques, scene study and stage movement. Students will explore useful dramatic skills through games, exercises, plays, audition tricks, voice and diction and characterization. Students will create a dinner theater experience and present a night of theater and comedy to their friends and family.

 

Visual Arts

Drawing - In this class students will be working on the fundamentals of drawing.  Students will practice many drawing techniques culminating with between 3 - 5 final works of art. Several aspects of drawing that will be covered will be: portraiture, landscape drawings, anime' and cartooning.  Students will need their sketchbooks, a good eraser, a minimum of 3 different drawing pencils including a soft, medium and hard lead.

Sculpture - In this class students will focus on 3-D art forms. We will learn basic sculpting techniques using a variety of mediums ranging from clay to paper-mache' and everything in between. Students should bring their sketchbook to class.

Painting - In this class students will focus on the fundamentals of both acrylic and water color painting. Students will practice many painting techniques, culminating with several completed final works of art. Students should bring their sketchbook to class.

 

Sports

Cross Country/Self Defense and other Athletic Activities - In cross country the students will be running outdoors around the neighborhood.   Students should expect to run or jog between 3 - 5 miles during the period. Other days students will learn some self defense techniques or participate in other athletic activities. This will primarily be an outdoor athletic class. Students should wear athletic attire and footwear and should bring a water bottle.  We will also have the opportunity to compete in several cross-country meets against other charter and regular public schools.  A schedule of meets and fees will be provided after the first practice.

 

Student Mentoring

Partner Pals - Middle School students will be partnering within a Kindergarten, 1st Grade or 2nd Grade classroom. The objective is for students to be an aid in the elementary classroom helping both the teacher and the elementary students reading math and art activities.

 

Study Halls

*Math/Science Study Hall - This elective class is for those students who wish to have extra time to focus on their Core Math or Science classes. They can use this time to complete homework or assignments, or get some one-on-one help from the Math/Science teacher. *Please be aware if students are struggling or missing assignments in either of these subjects the teacher can request that that student attend the study hall.  

*Language Arts/Social Studies Study Hall - This elective class is for those students who wish to have extra time to focus on their Core Language Art or Social Studies classes. They can use this time to complete homework or assignments, or get some one-on-one help from the Language Arts/Social Studies  teacher. *Please be aware if students are struggling or missing assignments in either of these subjects the teacher can request that that student attend the study hall. 

 

 

Doral 6th/7th Grade Electives

Elective Sign Up - 2nd Semester / Spring 2017

 

Students have the option to choose an elective course Monday - Thursday in all content areas -dance, drama, music, art, study hall, sports or student mentoring for younger grades. Every Friday they will participate in the school wide Celebration of Learning.

 

ONLY PICK 1 CLASS EACH DAY

Course Descriptions –

 

DANCE

Jazz - This beginning jazz class focuses on the basic jazz positions, terminology and movement. Students will learn a variety of jazz dance skills including balance, jumping, age appropriate stretches and basic turns.

Ballet - This beginning ballet class focuses on the basic ballet positions, terminology and movement. Students will learn a variety of ballet skills including balance, jumping, age appropriate stretches and basic turns.  Ballet is a vital genre that all dancers should study.

Hip Hop - This exciting, high-energy class combines Hip-Hop dance and aerobic exercise incorporating inspired dance moves from various styles building exercises. Students will learn different fun and exciting rhythms set to upbeat music. In class students will learn choreographed and freestyle hip-hop dance movement giving them a chance to express their own style.

Swing dance – This partnering dance class will study the many styles of swing dancing started in the 1920’s but will focus mainly on: Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Charleston.  Please note that this class will divide evenly so that each student has a partner and you may dance either role in class.

 

Music / Drama

*Symphony - Maestro, please! This class is for anyone who would like to learn a band or orchestra instrument. Instruments may be rented through a local music at a reasonable cost. Students will learn music notation and technique as they become more proficient on their instrument and learn how to play in a symphony . All woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments are welcome.  Instrument required, rental options available. *Please note - when signing up for this course, it will be all year long.  Students may not join 2nd semester, but if signed up for 1st semester will continue through the year. 

Rock Band - Calling all rock musicians! This class is for aspiring contemporary musicians who want to join a band. Guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players and vocalists are invited to learn how to play their instrument as well as work with others to create an ensemble sound. Rock, country, blues and jazz songs will be studied and rehearsed to present a concert to patrons. No previous experience required. Instrument required, rental options available.

Musical Theater - Be a triple threat! Students will rehearse a musical theatre production to present a show along with the rest of the school at the end of the year.  Students will learn about the entire production process, as that will involve drama, singing, choreography, technical theater, and production techniques that will culminate in a premier performance. Students must sign up for this class to be eligible for a lead role in our Spring Musical The Wizard of Oz. Singing and non-singing parts are available.

Choir - The Sing-Off! This class will involve ensemble singing with a variety of music literature and styles. Harmony, counterpoint, part-singing and improvisation will be explored. Sight singing, ear training and music history will be included with a performance to demonstrate progress.

 

Visual Arts

Drawing Anime- In this class, students will be able to explore the world of Manga and Anime in the Japanese tradition. We will address specific stylistic characteristics through study and practice, as well as observation in popular animation. Students will also learn aspects of graphic novels and how its fundamentals apply to anime. The final project for this class will be a full 10 page comic book of the students’ own storylines and character designs.

3D Art - In this class students will focus on 3-D art forms. We will learn basic sculpting techniques using a variety of mediums ranging from clay to paper-mache' and everything in between. Students should bring their sketchbook to class.

Painting - In this class students will focus on the fundamentals of both acrylic and water color painting. Students will practice many painting techniques, culminating with several completed final works of art. Students should bring their sketchbook to class.

Art Journaling - This class will allow students to explore different art processes pertaining to surface design and 2-D techniques, such as stamp-making, transfers and printmaking while learning the importance of storytelling and journaling in self-reflection. We will learn how to depict our daily lives through collected materials, multimedia design and scrapbooking. There will be a strong writing aspect to this class as well, but mostly on a personal level. Students will also learn about a variety of multi-media artists and their impact on the art world.

 

Photography - This beginning photography class students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of taking photos and editing using Photoshop.  The class will also assist in helping design and put together the school yearbook.  *There is a $25 fee for this elective. 

 

Sports

Track and Field - Doral Academy Track & Field encourages and welcomes runners and athletes of all abilities. Prior running experience is not necessary to join, only a good attitude and a desire to be part of the team. We will build fitness, practice proper running form, and focus on good nutrition and hydration. This program will be challenging and fun, you will come away with a deeper understanding of what your body is capable of and hopefully a life-long commitment to health and fitness. Hope to see you at the track - Coach Archer 

 

Student Mentoring

Partner Pals - Middle School students will be partnering within the Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade classrooms. The objective is for students to be an aid in the elementary classroom helping both the teacher and the elementary students reading math and art activities.

 

Study Halls

*Math/Science Study Hall - This elective class is for those students who wish to have extra time to focus on their Core Math or Science classes. They can use this time to complete homework or assignments, or get some one-on-one help from the Math/Science teacher. *Please be aware if students are struggling or missing assignments in either of these subjects the teacher can request that that student attend the study hall.  

*Language Arts/Social Studies Study Hall - This elective class is for those students who wish to have extra time to focus on their Core Language Art or Social Studies classes. They can use this time to complete homework or assignments, or get some one-on-one help from the Math/Science teacher. *Please be aware if students are struggling or missing assignments in either of these subjects the teacher can request that that student attend the study hall.