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Middle School Elective Information!

Middle School Only!
6th-8th Grade
 
Please use this link to have your middle school student(s) select their desired electives for 1st semester. The course descriptions are below.
 
 
 
Elective Descriptions
* The Doral Academy Middle School Electives are split up to offer some of the choices in the Fall and some of the choices in the Spring
 
3-D Art
3-D Art will be a range of hands-on projects that require getting your hands dirty, learning how to work with various tools correctly and safely, using different recycled materials, mathematics, physics, critical thinking and problem solving. We’ll work with a several mediums, including clay, cardboard, miscellaneous objects and wood. This class will challenge students to make art both functional and non-functional while learning about design, construction and art elements like texture and form. 
 
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.
 
Ballet Dance
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. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class. Ballet shoes are recommended for this course. The final for this course will be performing in a showcase at the end of the semester. 
 
Mixed 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.
 
 
 
Choreography 
Our choreography dance class encourages students to use their imagination and creativity while exploring different movements. This class will focus on expression and feeling as well as body awareness through exploration of different dance disciplines, including ballet, jazz, modern as well as yoga. Students will work individually and in groups to develop their choreographic skills and how they can convey stories or ideas within their dances. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a dance journal.
 
Contemporary Dance 
Contemporary Dance is a genre that incorporates different styles of modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance elements. Fusion of these styles can be danced to any type of music, or in silence, and might not always depict a story, but can be danced based on feelings or thoughts on current issues in today's society. Contemporary dance is forever evolving based on the unique individual style each teacher brings. The final for this course will be performing in a showcase at the end of the semester. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a dance journal.
 
Creative Writing
This elective is for students who like to write, either poetry, short stories, plays etc. Or depending upon the interest, it could also be for anyone who is interested in journalism or writing for a school publication. If you fancy yourself to be the next Edgar Alan Poe, or maybe J.K. Rowling this is the elective for you. 
 
Dance for Film
Dance for film is distinguished from other film genres by its emphasis on the craft and composition of movement in the framed image, and through the articulate and intentional use of the camera in relationship to movement and choreography. This course provides students with basic, hands-on experience preparing for, shooting and editing a dance film using iMovie that reflects their vision and voice. Students learn the vocabulary and general concepts involved in camera and video equipment use, video editing and dance composition for film, and gain a perspective on current and historic filmmaking through analytic viewing of contemporary dance films. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a dance journal.
 
Dance History
In this course students will learn about companies, choreographers, and influential dance artists throughout time. Students will get to experience dancing these different genres of dance each week. Students will gain understanding of dance literacy while learning how to critique and analyze professional dance works. The final for this course will have students reconstructing a short dance phrase from a period in history to be performed for the community. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a dance journal.
 
Drama Improv & Acting
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.
 
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.
 
Drawing Fundamentals
In this class, we will explore and practice the basic fundamentals of drawing using past and present examples of artwork and their artist. Students will develop their drawing skills through studying techniques associated with the elements of art like tone, color and texture. We’ll use mediums such as charcoal, soft and oil pastels, and ink, as well as graphite. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook with assignments due frequently. There will be an artist research project and a final drawing due at the end of the semester, along with several smaller drawings due throughout the course.
 
Drawing 2
This class is for students who want to take their drawing skills to the next level of expertise. Not for students just beginning to draw. In this class, we will focus on live drawing, such as still life arrangements, figure drawing, gesture drawing and drawing in nature. There won’t be many reference pictures used in this class; instead we’ll be using our eyes and what’s in front of them. Students will learn techniques to help them master perspective, scaling, tone and design. Students will be required keep a sketchbook with weekly assignments due in it. Final project will be a large scale drawing of the student’s own design.
 
Fibers Art
Fibers Art will dive into aspects of craft art, or art that serves a specific function. If you enjoy making things from scratch, this is the class for you. We will learn and practice the various steps necessary for weaving fabric, papermaking, felt making and printing. These steps will include a range of techniques like dyeing, pressing, sewing, stamp making and surface design using patterns. We’ll be mainly using natural and raw materials. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook/notebook for design and note purposes. One project will be due for each section of fiber art discussed (weaving fabric, papermaking, felt making and printing).
 
Global Studies
This elective is for students who love to learn about the world we live in and its geography. We will experience different cultures, ethnic foods and customs. We will learn about the greater global community and becoming a good global citizen within it. Making connections with citizens from different countries and cultures living amongst us or abroad. If you like trying interesting foods, learning about different customs, national costumes and dances or traveling to exotic places this is the elective for you.
 
Graphic Design
This course is designated to introduce students to the use of technology as a creative tool. Students will gain a working knowledge of computers as well as acquire a basic knowledge of graphic design to creative attractive designs and layouts, multimedia presentations and computerized publications. Students will be introduced to graphics, audio, video, multimedia and desktop publishing software. 
 
Hip Hop Dance
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. The final for this course will be performing in a showcase at the end of the semester. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class and wear sneakers.
 
Musical Theater Stagecraft
Set design and costuming will be worked on in this course. Students will design and create technical theatre crafts for the musical theater production. Students will learn hands on how to do the craft and artistry involved in creating live theatre such as lighting, crewing, special effects, set construction, scenic artistry, and property creation. Students will collaborate with the production staff to assist in running the musical performance as stagehands and tech crew.
 
Musical Theater Dance
Students will rehearse the choreography for a musical theater production to present at the end of the semester. Students will learn the fundamentals of musical theater dance, including basic training in dance technique, alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance spatial relationships, rhythm, performance, the choreographer/ dancer relationship, and choreographic composition. Students will collaborate with other performers in the musical and may be part of chorus ensemble.
 
Musical Theater Drama
Students will rehearse a musical theater production that will be performed at the end of the semester. Students will learn to use their own personal voice type to sing different kinds of songs, learn to analyze the lyrics to find out how to communicate the story through vocal and physical expression, and learn to develop the character in order to bring the song to life through both singing and acting. Students must sign up for this class to be eligible for a lead role in our Spring Musical. Singing and non-singing parts are available. Students will collaborate with the choreographer as well to learn stage blocking and movement during their final performance.
 
Painting
In this class students will focus on the fundamentals of both acrylic and watercolor painting. Students will practice many painting techniques, culminating with several completed final works of art. Students should bring their sketchbook to class.
 
Yearbook / Social Scene
This elective will be responsible for designing the school yearbook, and sharing updates throughout the year with the community. Students will be taking photos during the day and will need to be available to come to after school events and activities on occasion. 
 
Office Aid
Students will work closely with the Administrative office staff.
 
Physical Education 
(Team Sports & Personal Fitness)
This course provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and personal fitness activities. The students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with the different sports as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities. The students will also have opportunities to become involved in life-long physical activities through individual sport units. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition, as well as improved personal health. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a water bottle.
 
Rock Band (Instrumental Music)
Calling all rock musicians! This class is for aspiring contemporary musicians who want to join a band. Guitarists 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. No previous experience required. 
 
Spanish
The purpose of this course is to develop communicative competence in the Spanish language. Students will be able to identify common objects after listening to an oral description, tell time, and use the calendar in the Spanish language. They will read combinations of familiar words in short sentences. They will comprehend brief oral directions, commands, and information. They will write familiar words or phrases, including colors, dates, numbers, lyrics of songs and words related to the family and weather. They will learn about important people, holidays, geography, and history of Latin American. They will develop an awareness of cultural diversity.
 
Student Mentoring
Middle School students will be partnering within the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd 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, prep for up-coming projects, create displays, or generally help teachers within the classroom. Students need to be hard working, good role models, should enjoy working with younger kids and be responsible. This is a great opportunity to help the school community and our younger students succeed.
 
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. Students should dress out in clothing they can move in for class, and bring a dance journal.
 
Symphony 
Maestro, please! This class is for anyone who would like to learn an 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. Violin, viola, cello and bass instruments are welcome. 
 
TV Production & Newsroom 
This course is an introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. The course includes video control, special effects, operation of cameras and editing machines, composition, lighting, staging, and directing, on-camera announcing and interviewing. Students will need teacher approval and will need to have parents sign a waiver for use of equipment.
 
Vocal - Raven’s Show 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. Movement and costumes will be included to accumulate in a showcase performance. 
 
After School Clubs and Teams
 
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
This course is designed to equip students to become leaders within our school community as part of a democratic team. Students enrolled in this course will learn teambuilding and communication skills, group and peer leadership practices, problem solving, and time management. Students will become proficient in the areas of business affairs, financial planning, and event planning. As leaders of the school, their goal will be to promote and advance a positive school environment and a sense of community among all students. This course is designed for students who exemplify the leadership qualities of maturity and responsibility. 
 
Cross Country (Fall)
This sport is for coed students who like to run. Students will go on runs throughout the neighborhood for practice. Please bring appropriate running attire, running shoes and a water bottle. If students desire there will be several cross country meets that the team will be able to participate in either after-school or on the weekends. There will be fees associated with the team, which will go towards uniforms and entry into the meets. 
 
Volleyball (Fall/Spring)
This sport will be for girls in the fall and coed in the spring who would like to participate in a school sponsored volleyball team that will compete against other Charter Schools in the area. We need a minimum of 8 players. Volleyball experience is appreciated but not necessary. Players will need to supply their own knee-pads, sport shoes and water-bottles, and the school will provide the uniforms. There will be a fee to cover the costs of uniforms, equipment and referees.
 
Track and Field (Spring)
Doral Academy Track & Field encourages and welcomes coed runners and athletes of all abilities to join in the spring. 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, and 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. 
 
Soccer (Spring)
Doral Academy Soccer is for boys in the fall and girls in the spring who would like to participate in a school sponsored soccer team that will compete against other Charter Schools in the area. We need a minimum of 15 players. Soccer experience is appreciated but not necessary. Players will need to supply their own water bottles, cleats, socks, and shin guards, and the school will provide the uniforms. There will be a fee TBD to cover the costs of uniforms, equipment and referees. 
 
Basketball (Winter)
Doral Academy Basketball is for both boys and girls who would like to participate in a school sponsored basketball team that will compete against other Charter Schools in the area. We need a minimum of 8 players. Basketball experience is appreciated but not necessary. Players will need to supply their own water bottles and sneakers. There will be a fee to cover the costs of uniforms, equipment and referees. 
 
Dance and Spirit Team (Full year)
Doral Academy Dance Team is open to both boys and girls in grades K-8 that want to enhance their dance training and have more opportunities to perform. This team will run throughout the year. Dancers will learn school cheers, as well as different genres of dance from hip hop to contemporary and jazz in routines that will be performed during half time at sporting events, as well as in school productions and community outreaches. Dancers who make the team will be required to take technique classes either after school at Doral, or at a private dance studio. Auditions will be held for placement on the Senior team. Team fees will be assessed to cover costuming and uniforms. 
 
New Club Idea in Mind?
Students are welcome to start up their own after school club with permission from administration. They will need to secure an adult sponsor and a room to host their club. Some clubs started by students in all grade levels are: Harry Potter Book Club, Critter Club, Arts & Crafts Club, Dance Club, Flag Football Club, and the Pokémon Club.