INTERCULTURAL SPEECH COMMUNICATION (GPS)
The Intercultural Speech Communication course is a 9th through 12th grade elective designed to help students become effective performers and communicators in our rapidly changing demographics. Study of the multicultural nature of communication in our diverse world will be addressed. This course will examine how interactions are influenced by culture, including race and ethnicity, gender, age, religious faith and disability. The intent of this course is to explore personal cultural identity, theories of intercultural communication, sources of cultural conflict, and development of skills for effective personal performances and interactions. Students will analyze how those around them interpret their spoken word, physical movement and gestures. Communication as an art and medium and will be addressed. This course is designed to integrate thinking, writing and interaction, and students will become more aware of communication as a process of performance, in addition to simply conveying a message.
GPS WORLD MASTERPIECES
The World Masterpieces course is an 11th and 12th grade elective course designed to fulfill a major component of the Global Studies Program requirement. The GPS Masterpieces curriculum is an overview of artistic masterpieces from around the globe. Works discussed in this course will range greatly, from 15,000 BC – present day. The GPS Masterpieces course covers each time period with a special focus on all concurrent Art movements. The course also covers global achievements related, but not limited to, architecture and music composition. Students will also be exposed to various social, religious, and political factors that are relevant to each time period being discussed.
With the exploration of each historical time period and its significant art movements, architecture, and music composition, students will take a hands-on approach in order to demonstrate their understanding of each era and its significant contributions to the progression of art and civilization. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of how each historical era came to be. They will learn about how each historical time period had its own important art movements. They will gain an understanding of how each movement progressed and developed into the next movement. Students will expand their horizons and experience first-hand various museums, art galleries, and performing arts centers that are available to them in our Sacramento and Bay area region.
Students will relate major factors to their current lives through the development of personal responses, written reflections, and group discussions, as well as long- term team projects.GPS WORLD CULTURESCOURSE DESCRIPTION:In this course, students will develop a global perspective to pursue a deeper understanding of major turning points in the shaping of the modern world. In addition, students draw upon their studies of world cultures to examine current world issues and the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world.STUDENT TECHNOLOGY COMPONENTStudents will use a variety of technological applications for both self-directed and cooperative assignments and project,including but not limited to the use of iPads in the classroom.GPS U.S. HISTORYCOURSE DESCRIPTION:In this course, students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of major turning points in the shaping of the United States and the modern world. In addition, students draw upon their studies of world and United States history to examine current national and world issues and the growing interdependence of people throughout the world.GPS INTEGRATED CURRICULAR FOCUSStudents evaluate the effects of American immigration and of U.S. intervention in foreign affairs, especially during the Age of Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and contemporary America.
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY COMPONENT:Students will use a variety of technological applications for both self-directed and cooperative assignments and projects,including but not limited to the use of iPads in the classroom.