Intellectual Virtues Academy Of Long Beach

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Ninth Grade Course Descriptions

 

ENGLISH 9 (College Prep)

English 9 is a literature-based course, which anchors the literary genres through Common Core aligned writing tasks that emphasize critical analysis, argumentation, depth, complexity, and coherence. The selection of literature will be representative of modern and classical fiction and non-fiction, including primary and secondary source materials. Curriculum units will be centered on high-interest themes (e.g. social justice, cross-curricular, relevant and real-world), and will integrate writing, vocabulary development, speaking and listening, and research skills.

ALGEBRA I (College Prep and Honors)

Algebra 1 covers the fundamental properties of the real number system. Topics include simplifying algebraic expressions, laws of exponents, solving first and second degree linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations and inequalities, functions and function notation, graphs of linear and quadratic functions, radical equations, ratio and proportion, and the quadratic formula. Many problems are presented in context and students are required to read, interpret and solve such problems. All units will be anchored by performance tasks, requiring students to integrate multiple concepts and skills to develop answers to open-ended problems.

 

ALGEBRA II (College and Honors)

The prerequisite for Algebra 2 is Algebra 1. A further study of Algebra, this course includes analysis of higher degree equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, complex numbers, conic sections, probability, sequences and series, and an introduction to trigonometry. Just as with Algebra 1, all units will be anchored by performance tasks, requiring students to integrate multiple concepts and skills to develop answers to open-ended problems.

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (College Preparatory & Honors)

Conceptual Physics focuses on physics without the higher-level math required for an advanced course. In their study of mechanics and energy, students explore how and why objects move through lab investigations, simulations, and mathematical problem solving. In the second semester, students explore electricity and magnetism as they investigate the attractive and repulsive forces between charged objects, construct simple circuits, and discover the relationship between electric current and magnetic fields. The year ends with an introduction to electromagnetic waves. Throughout the course, students learn and apply mathematical formulas to better understand the physical environment.

WRITING LAB

In recognition that literacy and mathematics are of such foundational value for high school and college success  the Academy provides an additional lab course specifically addressing these subjects.  In the Algebra Lab, grade level or advanced students will focus on more advanced skills and materials in an algebra lab to work on individualized or small group problem-, project-, and career-based assignments, which allows these students to take deeper dives into co-curricular content and projects.  For students who enter the Academy below grade level proficiency, this lab will provide intensive skill development to quickly close the proficiency gap. 

 

During the Writing Lab portion of the course, advanced students will focus more on analytical and creative writing skills by building early success and confidence, orienting students to the writing process and to sentence and paragraph essentials through a series of high-interest hook activities. In subsequent units, students review, practice, compose, and submit writing.  Students coming into the Academy below grade level will receive remedial skills development (including interactive, online programs for remediation and practice), and targeted interventions.

HUMANITIES: Introduction to Logic 

This course will study the thinking skills, knowledge, judgment, and dispositions – the building blocks to the intellectual virtues – which students must develop to successfully tackle the academic rigors of an intellectual virtue model education as well as provide a solid foundation for the type of thinking that our students will be expected to possess in college. Introduction to Logic will provide an essential methodological framework, both logical and psychological, of applied reasoning. This framework will connect a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and sciences, including philosophy, computer science, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and economics.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

This course is designed to meet the individual needs of students in the area of fitness, specifically in the areas of cardio respiratory fitness, strength fitness, flexibility, coordination, basic health, and nutrition. The class includes aerobics, weight training, and body strengthening movements. Instruction in skills will be provided in each activity. Cognitive-based physical- and health-related concepts and grade level physical fitness performance objectives will be reviewed, applied, and evaluated.

  • English 9 
  • Algebra 1 and 2 
  • Conceptual Physics 
  • Writing Lab 
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Physical Education