Grades 9-12 (High School) Curriculum Overview

This resource provides information about the Grades 9-12 (High School) curriculum.

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Curriculum Overview

The Lincoln Empowered Grades 9-12 courses help to round out students’ educational careers by providing a variety of pedagogically sound and standards-aligned courses in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies as well as within elective offerings. In these courses, students continue to build valuable skills that prepare them for post-secondary coursework, trade schools, and/or employment within the workforce.

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Top Facts

  1. The courses are designed so that students can navigate easily through the courses with full, moderate, or little facilitation. Instruction and presentation are intuitive so that students can focus less on navigating the technology and more on experiencing the content.
  2. Courses are offered in a variety of delivery modes to ensure students are receiving exactly what they need. Course offerings are available in full-year, semester, credit recovery, and auto-graded formats.
  3. In addition to the core courses, there are numerous elective courses, world language courses, NCAA-eligible courses, and CTE courses for students to follow their passions and enhance their existing skill sets.
  4. Course materials are available for students directly within the courses and through our Course Materials page.
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General Details

Lesson Structure

  • Topic > Lesson > Learning Object

Learning Object Design

Lessons are driven by behavioral, age-appropriate learning objectives that are based on subject and grade-appropriate national standards. The content is supported by text, imagery, audio, and video. Lessons may include fewer subtopics; however, subtopic content is likely more detailed and longer in length. Students complete assessments both online and offline, thus still infusing hands-on application of manipulatives and experiments as well as writing opportunities and research. Courses include a Course Resources folder that houses a course pacing guide and materials list along with any other vital references or resources.

Activity Time

  • Per lesson is an average of 45-60 minutes.

Pacing

  • 1 Lesson = 1 Day of learning (1 hour) per course.
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Credit Information

  • Lincoln Learning Solutions offers various 9-12 core and elective courses in full-year, semester, Auto-Graded, and Credit Recovery (where applicable) formats. To review available courses, along with credit weights, please Browse our Courses via our Lincoln Empowered Course Lists.
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English Language Arts

Content Specifics

  • The English Language Arts 9-12 courses are full-credit courses with 180 days’ worth of lesson content written to unpacked national Common Core standards. In addition to the core ELA courses, there are a number of half-credit core elective English courses.
  • The ELA courses in these grades continue to focus on improving the proficiency of students in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Students encounter plenty of opportunities for reading a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts; literary excerpts are infused in both the content, as well as the assessments, with a list of literary text and novel suggestions included in the Course Resources section.
  • All core courses contain both worksheet and literature collections which are available within the course in PDF format. Worksheets can also be completed online using Google Drawings.

Activity Design

  • Students encounter a variety of activity types including videos, games, simulations, interactive learning objects, and interactive activities and quizzes. 

Assessment Structure

  • Students take various types of graded assessments in the ELA courses including formative auto-graded and teacher-graded assessments known as Assess Its as well as larger summative assessments known as Mastery Assess Its.
  • Courses may include Apply Its, and where graded, they are also referred to as Assess Its. Apply Its are larger, project-based assignments that may cover more than one standard.
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Mathematics

Content Specifics

  • The Mathematics 9-12 courses are full-credit courses with 180 days’ worth of lesson content written to unpacked national Common Core standards. In addition to the core mathematics courses, there are a number of half-credit core elective mathematics courses.
  • Course content in the mathematics courses is supported by adequate practice. Each of the subtopics within the mathematics courses includes a Practice It opportunity.
  • Many of the problems are tied to real-world application and calculation. The lessons emphasize the mathematics needed and found in everyday life.
  • Core courses may contain a worksheet collection which is available within the course in PDF format. Worksheets can also be completed online using Google Drawings.

Activity Design

  • Students encounter a variety of activity types including videos, games, simulations, interactive learning objects, and interactive activities and quizzes.

Assessment Structure

  • Students take various types of graded assessments in mathematics courses including formative auto-graded and teacher-graded assessments known as Assess Its as well as larger summative assessments known as Mastery Assess Its.
  • Courses may include Apply Its, and where graded, they are also referred to as Assess Its. Apply Its are larger, project-based assignments that may cover more than one standard.
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Science

Content Specifics

  • The Science 9-12 courses are full-credit courses with 180 days’ worth of lesson content written to unpacked NGSS standards. In addition to the core science courses, there are a number of half-credit core elective science courses.
  • The science course offerings consist of a mixture of foundational sciences as well as additional specialty electives.
  • The courses are infused with hands-on and interactive experimental learning with labs and research along with digital simulations that allow students to apply concepts tangibly and critically. Where applicable, a course kit can be purchased with all of the course kit items needed to do a wide array of experiments and conduct scientific observations from the comforts of your home or school setting.
  • Core courses contain a worksheet collection which is available within the course in PDF format. Worksheets can also be completed online using Google Drawings. 

Activity Design

  • Students encounter a variety of activity types including videos, games, simulations, interactive learning objects, and interactive activities and quizzes.

Assessment Structure

  • Students take various types of graded assessments in the science courses including formative auto-graded and teacher-graded assessments known as Assess Its as well as larger summative assessments known as Mastery Assess Its.
  • Courses may include Apply Its, and where graded, they are also referred to as Assess Its. Apply Its are larger, project-based assignments that may cover more than one standard.
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Social Studies

Content Specifics

  • The Social Studies 9-12 courses are full-credit courses with 180 days’ worth of lesson content written to unpacked C3 standards. In addition to the core social studies courses, there are a number of half-credit core elective social studies courses.
  • The social studies courses are subject-based courses that educate students on analyzing and evaluating different sources of truth and historical accuracies.
  • The courses focus on preparing students for college and civic life through inquiry, communication, writing, researching, analyzing, and evaluation.
  • Core courses may contain a worksheet collection which is available within the course in PDF format. Worksheets can also be completed online using Google Drawings.

Activity Design

  • Students encounter a variety of activity types including videos, games, simulations, interactive learning objects, and interactive activities and quizzes.

Assessment Structure

  • Students take various types of graded assessments in the social studies courses including formative auto-graded and teacher-graded assessments known as Assess Its as well as larger summative assessments known as Mastery Assess Its.
  • Courses may include Apply Its, and where graded, they are also referred to as Assess Its. Apply Its are larger, project-based assignments that may cover more than one standard.
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Auto-Graded Details

Various 9-12 courses are offered in the Auto-Graded format. Auto-Graded courses provide students with a fully asynchronous experience with automatically graded assessments and educationally-sound feedback. To determine which courses are available, please review our Auto-Graded Course list on the Browse our Courses section of our website. Click to learn more about our Auto-Graded Course Experience.

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FAQ

Q: Why are there multiple courses available for a specific target grade?

A: As students enter the high school level, they begin to differentiate their educational pathways based on various factors. Students are given more flexibility in course selection based either on their individual or a school’s preference. For example, there are additional social studies and science courses available, though all have a specific focus and are developed using the same methodology as all Empowered courses. 

Q: What electives are available for students in the 9-12 courses?

A: Students in the 9-12 courses are encouraged to take elective offerings to broaden their interests and expand upon their knowledge sets. Lincoln Learning Solutions provides various options for students within the subjects of Art and Music, Business and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Wellness and Nutrition, Physical Education, and World Languages. To determine which elective courses are available, please review our elective offerings on the Browse our Courses section of our website.

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