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Grade 6 Elective Courses

SVMS Electives for the 19.20 School Year 6th Grade

_Art of the Ancient Civilizations

Art A has 12 sequential, age-appropriate lessons that provide a high-quality visual art curriculum.  The multifaceted lessons tie closely to the ancient cultures studied in the sixth grade. Not only will students create various art projects using several mediums they will also respond to and present their projects to others.



Art of the Medieval Ages

Through the masterpieces of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, students learn the techniques of foreshortening as well as shading and the arrangement of composition . Projects are to include decorative design, architectural concepts of balance, symmetry, and unity found throughout the works of Renaissance and beyond. Works from the following artist will be analyzed and used as inspiration for student work: Jan Van Eyck, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael Sanzio, Michelangelo, Hokusai, Kandinsky, and Ruth Asawa.



American Art

By exploring the changing American ideal from the Civil War period to modern art, students learn from artists such as Dorothea Lange, Roy Lichtenstein, and Edward Hopper to express complex ideas in their artwork. The class involves using pencil, watercolor, pastels, markers and tempera.




Audio Productions

The Audio Productions course is designed to give students an introduction in creating music using Soundtrap software. Students will learn create music, record music and sounds, create loops, and re-mix existing songs. Students will learn to create podcasts and new compositions that mix various musical instruments to create exciting customized music.




Band is for students that have learned an instrument at their elementary school, are continuing on their instrument in middle school, or would like to learn an instrument.  This is a trimester elective, but students are encouraged to continue for the year. Band will have a winter and spring performance, and may occasionally be asked to perform for a community or school event. Concert band instruments only. No prerequisite needed.




Students will learn all about the performing arts, namely the art of stagecraft. Student participation in the class will expose them to skills such as acting, blocking, choreography, line/cue memorization, lighting schematics, sound design, set design, costume/makeup design, and stage management. Students will enjoy an all-inclusive environment, where they are free to express themselves in a theatrical context, learning how to be comfortable in front of an audience. Students will learn to collaborate, work in teams, and understand the process of putting a production together. In addition to an end of trimester public production, students will be performing throughout the trimester individually and in small groups.



Exploratory Spanish

Exploratory Spanish is introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary.  Units of study include greetings and common phrases, numbers, classroom words, telling time, the calendar, seasons, weather, clothing and body parts.  Activities include art projects, singing songs, playing vocabulary and number games, and taking an occasional test. Written homework is assigned one or two nights a week.



Geometric Art

In this course, students work in two and three dimensions to create artworks that use geometric shapes and principles. Students work with a variety of mediums including water colors, thread, colored pencils and origami paper. They learn to use a compass and straightedge to create precision works. Course content varies slightly from course to course.




As leadership students, you will have daily responsibilities of being active role models in our school community; creating, publicizing, and facilitating  school events; fundraising; and “one on one” communication to the classrooms as needed. Other expectations include contributions to weekly class meetings; time management; organization; publicity/marketing strategies; understanding the importance of active kindness, inclusion, and compassion; positive communication; considering the opinions of your peers; and team building. In order to implement effective leadership, you will engage in evaluation processes, character education, conflict management, goal setting, and career exploration.



Roadtrip: A Pursuit of World Geography

Geography has become an increasingly important topic in our ever shrinking world. Just

as we must know and understand our own culture and nation, we must also have an

unbiased understanding of other nations and cultures to function in a multicultural, global

environment. This class will review the following concepts and subject matter:  thinking geographically, physical geography, political geography and human geography.



Skills 6

Skills 6 is a one-trimester class that will focus on executive functioning skills such as planning, organization, focus, and perseverance. Students will also explore other life skills such as keyboarding, decision making, digital citizenship, as well as physical and mental health. Additionally, students will have time throughout the week to apply these skills as they work on daily and long-term assignments from other classes.



Traditional Study Hall

Students will be provided a supervised setting to complete homework.  Essential school materials will be available for student use. This may allow for peer to peer support however should not be considered direct instruction/tutoring for individual students.




Photography, page layouts, yearbook themes, design ideas – putting together a yearbook from start to finish is full of tasks that get the creative juices flowing. The goal of yearbook class is to capture the atmosphere of Scotts Valley Middle School and include every student's picture in the book. Students are partnered up and given the opportunity to design a yearbook spread that they can work on both at school and at home. Yearbook class will help reinforce writing and social skills, as well as time management, prioritizing, reliability, and the responsibility of following through on tasks when others are depending on you. For students who are looking for a creative outlet, yearbook class is the place to be.