Franklin Junior High

2017-2018 Elective Courses


Introduction to Art      AR 01

A beginning course in art, introducing the student to basic principles and elements of design and exposing the student to a variety of media and techniques. These could include drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. 1 Semester


General Art      AR 02

Prerequisite: AR 01 Recommended
Reinforces and strengthens the concepts in AR 01. This could include drawing, plaster sculpture, ceramics and painting. Advanced problems in perspective and design are also included. 1 Semester


Foods for Today      FS 40

This course offers opportunities in food selection, nutrition, equipment use and safety. Principles of food preparation are taught through demonstration and lab experiences. Also included are meal planning, hospitality, and reinforcement of basic skills. 1 Semester


Woodworking Technology      IT 23

Students will use machines and processes basic to carpentry and cabinetmaking to construct and finish core projects. Safety in general shop procedures, hand tools, and power machinery will be stressed. Basic academics and problem-solving skills will be used daily. Approx. 20% classroom and 80% lab. 1 Semester


Introduction to Engineering: Design and Modeling      IT 25

In this course students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas.  They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on everyday life.  Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.  Prerequisite for all Engineering courses.  1 Semester

Intro to Engineering: Automation and Robotics      IT 20

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics.  They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems.  Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.  1 Semester


Computer Programming and App Development       CB 06

Prerequisite:  CB 02 Required
Students will explore and learn foundational skills for computer science by focusing on creativity and the design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.  In addition, students will venture into text programming through Python, and develop an app and video game which will build computational thinking and problem solving skills.  This course is a great opportunity for students to explore the computer science field and create computer programs and video games that can be deployed on digital devices.  1 Semester

Mixed Chorus      MU 07

A performance-oriented course with continued emphasis on vocal music reading, correct vocal production, and performance. Basic fundamentals of music are stressed. This ensemble will prepare and perform concerts each semester, some of which may be other than during school hours. Special concert attire may be worn.  1 or 2 Semesters


Advanced Band      MU 21

A performance-oriented class for the advanced band student with several years of performing experience. Advanced musical concepts and performance techniques will be reinforced through performance. This ensemble will prepare and perform concerts each quarter, some of which may be other than during school hours. Special concert attire may be worn. 2 Semesters


Advanced Orchestra      MU 26

A performance oriented class for the advanced string player. Students will study a wide range of musical forms and styles with emphasis placed on improving individual musicianship. The study of music theory is included. This ensemble will prepare and perform concerts each quarter, some of which may be other than school hours. Special concert attire may be worn. 2 Semesters


Drama      PA 26

Drama curriculum includes creating a safe stage environment, drama basics, movement, pantomime, vocal development, characterization, improvisation, and producing a play. 1 Semester


Beginning Aerobics      PE 21

A blend of beginning aerobic workouts such as yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and step aerobics. Students will work to improve flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance while learning correct technique. Time will be devoted to building muscle strength and endurance through the use of weights, exercise bands or their own body weight. Music will be utilized to assist in learning the latest classes in a fitness club model. 1 Semester


Weight Training & Body Conditioning      PE 25

Designed for students who wish to improve their physical strength, physical appearance, and their well-being. Use of weights will occur two days a week with the remainder of the week consisting of a variety of body conditioning techniques. 1 Semester


Yearbook Production      YB 01

Students will learn publication design and layout of photographs, graphic elements, copy and captions. Techniques of reporting, interviewing, writing copy, editing and collection survey information are taught. The final project is the school yearbook, a visual record of the school year. Computer skills are helpful, and a "B" average in English is recommended. 1 - 2 Semesters


The following elective courses are offered through the Mesa Distance Learning Program, and are done online at school. Students are monitored by school staff with all work and grades handled by their online teacher.


Introduction to Digital Photography      ar 19

This course introduces students to digital photography and manipulation, including the use of a digital camera, an introduction to a photographic editing program, the use of a scanner, various tricks and techniques for editing digital photographs, design and composition. Note: A digital camera is required for this course. Inexpensive cameras can be purchased at most drugstores or technical shops. 1 Semester


Business and Personal Financial Success      cb 01

Students will explore the role of business in our economic society. They will also learn how to manage their money (budgeting, checking, saving, and investing), research career opportunities, and learn job skills (applying, interviewing and work ethics) necessary to achieve future personal and financial success. 1 Semester


Computer Essentials      cb 02

In this course, students will learn computer applications and concepts needed for high school as they develop keyboarding skills. Topics may include computer basics, computer keyboarding, and formatting word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation documents. 1 Semester


Skills for Teens      st 03

Helps students become more self-confident and to communicate better at home and school. Includes an individualized approach to study skills, goal setting and decision-making strategies for successful and healthy living. 1 Semester