Electives Information Sheet

This article provides information about Lincoln Learning Solutions elective course offerings.


Product Overview

 Elective courses are offered for grades EK-12 with varying credit weights. The electives catalogue spans a variety of subject areas including Health and Wellness, Physical Education, Art and Music, Business and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and World Languages.  

Art and Music

Content Specifics:

  • General Art and Music courses are offered for every grade from K–8.
  • Classes from K–6 are considered quarter-credit courses and consist of 45 lessons.
  • In Art K–6, there is a STEAM topic at the end of each course that introduces students to the concept of cross-curricular learning, using the arts to tie it all together.
  • Art K–6 courses also use Practice Its at subtopic levels as Sketchbook Prompts to help develop students’ technical and conceptual skills throughout.
  • The courses are aligned to the National Core Arts Standards.
  • Grades 7 and 8 are considered semester courses and contain 90 lessons.
  • The content in these courses provides every student with the opportunity to create as well as learn new processes, terms, theories, and content history.
  • In grades 9–12, the offerings include:
    • Art and Visual Culture
    • Art Appreciation
    • Fashion Design
    • Music Appreciation
    • Theatre 1

Art and Visual Culture develops student breadth regarding media and creation while also helping students learn how to receive and respond to the imagery they encounter daily.

  • Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation approach these content areas from a historical standpoint, focusing on genres, movements, and artists/composers.
  • Art and Visual Culture and Art Appreciation are aligned to National Core Arts Standards.
  • Music Appreciation is aligned with selected standards from the Music: Composition and Theory Strand National Core Arts Standards. 
  • Art and Visual Culture contains only project-based, teacher-graded assignments with 36 in total.
  • Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation include a mix of teacher-graded and auto-graded assessments. In Music Appreciation, the majority of teacher-graded assessments are summative in nature as they ask students to complete an essay or analysis at the end of a musical movement or topic. The Music Appreciation course contains 9 summative mastery Assess Its, and Art Appreciation contains 12 summative mastery Assess Its.

Assessment Structure:

  • Art K–6 contain all project-based assessments and offer formative question banks at each subtopic. Each course contains three summative mastery Assess Its. 
  • Art 7 and 8 focus primarily on project-based learning with incremental assessments building up to each larger project, giving the student the time for mastery of technique and the opportunity to seek teacher feedback before moving to the next step in the project. Each overall project is presented at the end of a topic. Each course has 9 large projects. These courses also include auto-graded assessments, question banks at every subtopic, and 6 summative mastery Assess Its. 
  • Music K–6 contain only teacher-graded assessments and offer the option of formative question banks at every subtopic. Each course contains three summative mastery Assess Its.
  • Music 7 and 8 contain a mix of teacher-graded assessments and formative auto-graded assessments that give students options to compose, analyze, write, and more, with each course having 6 summative mastery Assess Its.
  • Art and Visual Culture contains only project-based, teacher-graded assignments with 36 in total.
  • Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation include a mix of teacher-graded and auto-graded assessments. In Music Appreciation, the majority of teacher-graded assessments are summative in nature as they ask students to complete an essay or analysis at the end of a musical movement or topic. The Music Appreciation course contains 9 summative mastery Assess Its, and Art Appreciation contains 12 summative mastery Assess Its.

What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded assessments?

  • Art and Music K–6 = 100% teacher-graded
  • Art 7 and 8 = 90% teacher-graded and 10% auto-graded
  • Music 7 and 8 = 65% teacher-graded and 45% auto-graded
  • Art and Visual Culture = 100% teacher-graded
  • Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation = 35% teacher-graded and 65% auto-graded
    Health and Wellness

    Content Specifics:

    • The Health and Wellness section of the Electives department offers the following courses:
      • Career Explorations
      • Life Skills
      • Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)
      • High School Health
      • Middle School Health
      • High School Nutrition and Personal Fitness
      • Middle School Nutrition and Personal Fitness
    • These courses are all 90-lesson semester courses.
    • Career Explorations, Life Skills, and HDFS are all aligned to strands of the National Family Consumer Science Standards, while Health and Nutrition and Personal Fitness courses are aligned to the National Health Education Standards and/or Shape Standards. 

    Assessment Structure:

    • All courses have 18 formative assessments that are found evenly spaced throughout the courses.
    • Six summative assessments are also spaced evenly throughout the courses, with the last occurring in the last lesson. 

    What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded assessments?

    All Health and Wellness courses follow our previous assessment split, where most show favor to an even split between teacher-graded and auto-graded assessments. All courses have 6 summative mastery assessments.

    Business and Technology

    Content Specifics:

    • Business and Technology courses teach a variety of background skills related to the fields of business, marketing, and technology:
      • Advertising
      • Business Applications
      • Business Management
      • Introduction to Business
      • Introduction to Computer Programming
      • Introduction to Digital Media
      • Introduction to Typing
      • Marketing

    Assessment Structure:

    • Business and Technology half-credit offerings have 18 formative assessments that are found throughout the course. Six summative assessments are also spaced throughout the course, with the last occurring in the last lesson.
    • Introduction to Computer Programming and Introduction to Digital Media, which are full year courses, have 36 formative assessments and 12 mastery Assess Its.
    • All Business and Technology offerings except for Introduction to Typing and Introduction to Computer Programming include the option of formative question bank assessments.

    What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded assessments?

    • Introduction to Typing = 50% split between auto-graded and teacher-graded
    • Business Applications = 67% auto-graded and 33% teacher-graded
    • Introduction to Business = 50% split between auto-graded and teacher-graded
    • Business Management = 50% split between auto-graded and teacher-graded
    • Advertising = 61% auto-graded and 39% teacher-graded
    • Marketing = 55% auto-graded and 45% teacher-graded

    Introduction to Computer Programming = 58% auto-graded and 42% teacher-graded

    World Language

    Content Specifics:

    • Courses are offered for the 9-12 level in:
      • French
      • German
      • Mandarin Chinese
      • Spanish
    • Introduction to Foreign Language introduces basic vocabulary and structures in French, German, and Spanish, and it is written to the middle school level but could be taken as an elective course at the 9-12 level.
    • Courses are aligned to the ACTFL standards as well as “Can-Do” statements. 
    • Objectives build interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills as well as cultural, community, cross-curricular, and career-related competencies. 
    • Vocabulary and grammar structures are presented in a communicative context of practical application.
    • Cultural competency is woven throughout the lessons in addition to specific lessons highlighting history and culture.

    Assessment Structure:

    • Auto-graded assessments include interpretive listening, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar application, presentational writing, and cultural concepts.
    • Teacher-graded assessments require the student to apply vocabulary and concepts in written and spoken presentations as well as listening-and-response conversation simulations. 
    • Auto-graded assessments or question banks are being added to the courses at every subtopic.

    What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded assessments?

    • Approximately 75% are auto-graded and 25% are teacher-graded.
    Physical Education 

    Content Specifics:

    Physical Education courses are unique to the grade level. The lessons are designed in such a way that students have a chance to be physically active each day. Students progress through the course by tracking their daily activity with a movement band. Students also learn new skills pertaining to healthy living including nutrition, wellness, and reflection. Students are introduced to a variety of new activities; they are given the specifics surrounding the game, sport, or activity, including how to be safe while completing the activity. The main goal is for students to learn the content online and then act offline, accounting for less screen time and more movement.

    • EK-5 courses are 45 lessons.
    • Physical Education 6-8 are semester courses.
    • Physical Education 9-12 are 45 lessons.

    Assessment Structure:

    • Each PE course has one teacher-graded assessment. Students must track their hours spent performing physical activity in a PE Log. This log is submitted at the end of the course for a grade. 
    • Along with the PE Log, there are 6 auto-graded assessments and 8 teacher-graded assessments in the Physical Education 6-8 courses.

    What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded assessments?

    • For EK-5 and 9-12, there is one teacher-graded assessment and no auto-graded assessments.
    • For 6-8, there are 9 total teacher-graded assessments and 6 auto-graded assessments.
    Cursive Writing

    Cursive Writing is available as an elementary elective. For more information, click here to view the Information Sheet. Cursive writing has 90 lessons worth of content.

     

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