If you love fashion, architecture, game, graphics, or interior design, this class is for you. All design has the same basic principles at the core, and you’ll learn about how to use the elements and principles of design to design a Doc Martens boot, a skateboard, a tee shirt, and more!
Online drawing is a course for the beginning drawer. The course covers introductory concepts that will help beginners learn skills to improve their drawing abilities. Additionally, the course covers the elements and principles of design, color theory and art history. Standard semester course, .5 credits; however, course can be shortened to accommodate students working on a quarter or trimester credit. Students will be placed in groups within the course based on their credit needs.
This course teaches basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar that are typically taught in a Spanish 2 course at the secondary level. Students are encouraged to build basic conversational and literacy skills in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities.
The content and instruction of this Spanish 2 course adheres to the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). By completing the lessons, you will learn to expand your vocabulary and to express yourself in Spanish. Grammar is introduced and practiced within practical contexts. In addition, cultural information is woven throughout this course in order to expose you to the people, geographical locations, food, music, and other cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world.
English 2A/2B is designed to cover some of the basic elements of a traditional sophomore English class. Students will be reading, writing and analyzing texts (Shakespearean sonnets, a choice novel) throughout the course. Additionally, students will hone some basic grammar and punctuation skills, become versed in the art of persuasive speaking and writing and explore heroic archetypes and story patterns.
EmpowerU: Resilience Skills
EmpowerU – An elective course to build student resilience, persistence and success.
Northern Star Online is excited to partner with EmpowerU to bring a proven, data-driven SEL curriculum to students in an effective and meaningful way. Now more than ever, students need support and skills to engage, learn and focus. We help them do that in a credit-bearing course.
EmpowerU equips students with the skills to build persistence, resilience and success by pairing interactive daily lessons with 1:1 support from dedicated online instructors. These instructors serve as life coaches and personalize the course content to apply to each student’s goals and barriers.
Over 93% of students who complete EmpowerU report increased confidence and wellbeing, and make meaningful progress towards their goals.
It has been proven that effective SEL programs increase student’s academic performance, classroom behavior, stress management, and attitudes.
High School (9-12)
EmpowerU high school Tier 2 program functions as a high school MTSS SEL semester intervention for students who need additional support.
Students complete daily online skill-building lessons using the online portal. These lessons help them master critical SEL concepts and coaching skills.
Each day, students receive personalized coaching by their 1:1 EmpowerU instructor through the online portal (text/email).
Program includes curriculum (six units, 44 lessons) , student portal access and six hours of 1:1 coaching. Final pre and post data is reported for each participating student, as well as overall school data.
Middle School (6-8)
This course functions as a middle school MTSS SEL semester intervention and is designed to be used for students who need additional mental health support.
Students use guided study or target time to complete six units of daily middle school SEL skill-building lessons using the online portal. These lessons help them master critical SEL concepts and coping skills.
Each day students also exchange asynchronous text and email messages through the online portal for personalized coaching with their EmpowerU instructor
Program includes curriculum (6 units, 34 lessons), student portal access, six hours of 1:1 coaching. Pre and post data is reported for each participating student, as well as overall school data.
This course will continue to add to the vocabulary you know, including units on travel, occupations and your home. Grammar topics include three new tenses: the imperfect, the future and the conditional. Cultural studies will include parts of France as well as Canada, the French educational system, and the European Union. The activities continue to be varied, but will get more challenging as you progress through the course.
French listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will be expanded using various Internet tools. Students will be expected to do daily work, and do weekly projects or assignments to demonstrate their learning. The text uses online exercises and videos, flashcards and quizzes. The units studied are food, daily routines, sports, and music. The grammar that will be mastered are past and future tense, and also the imperfect and descriptive past. Students will be involved in reading and telling, and in monthly speaking check with the web-cam or telephone. Students should have at least a C in French I to enroll and should be able to manage their time well. Cultural units to be studied are on the French speaking world and the geography of France. The online text Allez, Viens has activities and online assessments.
Algebra – Quadratic
The algebra-quadratic math course is the second semester of our Algebra course. This algebra content is typically taught in a traditional 9th grade algebra course. Students can take this semester of content over the course of a year.
Algebra – Linear
The algebra-linear math course is the first semester of our Algebra course. This algebra content is typically covered in a traditional 8th grade algebra course. Students can take this semester of content over the course of a year.
English Test and College Prep
This course is designed to help learners striving to meet college entrance requirements. The course integrates and compresses the standard developmental English curriculum — reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, grammar, punctuation and usage skills — and allows learners to accelerate into college-credit courses. This sequence enables learners to make predictions about their reading, analyze rhetorical structures, build vocabulary, and improve writing mechanics. For an overview of the course structure/navigation, watch this 7 min. video.
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