Digital Content Warehouse Student Course Catalog

As part of the Open Education Resources movement, we have compiled a curated catalog of student courses to accelerate the implementation of blended learning in the classroom. 

 
 

Become a member today to receive access to these courses and a variety of other benefits.

 

Table of Contents

 

In addition to the below, an additional 60+ high school and middle school courses are going through the curation process and will soon be available.  Prioritization of this work is based on member demand, so let us know your thoughts!

High School and Middle School Course Offerings

 

AP Course Offerings

 

High School and Middle School Course Offerings

Biology

Term: 1 Year

Over the course of the year Biology will cover the characteristics of living things and life processes. Semesters 1 and 2 include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, microorganisms, fungi, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and physiology.

Career Exploration

Term: 1 Semester

Career Exploration will help you identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests with the goal of helping you make informed decisions about potential careers. You will be exposed to various sources of information on career and training options. This course will help assist you in developing job search and employability skills such as: interviewing, completing job applications, and the development of a resume and cover letter. You will also learn the skills needed to retain employment and seek advancement. Money management and communication skills will also be covered.

Civics            

Term: 1 Semester

All students will be future members of a democracy that can only exist with citizen participation. A strong foundation in the principles of American civics, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is necessary to produce informed citizens capable of making responsible decisions and voting. As per the Colorado Academic Standards, this course provides a knowledge of the rules, rights, and responsibilities of citizens that helps to create a common political culture that furthers American ideals of democracy and equality. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Civil Government graduation requirement.

Computer Applications

Term: 1 year

Computer Applications Semester 1

Computer Applications Semester 1 is designed to familiarize students with computers and their applications. Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Office using focusing on word processing and the use of spreadsheets. Students will also learn how to validate information found on the Internet. The semester will finish with a look at Multimedia Presentations.

Computer Applications Semester 2

Computer Applications Semester 2 is designed to take students deeper into the use of computer applications. During this semester students will learn to write code using CodeAcademy. They will learn to create web pages using Kompozer. Students will take a brief look at computer graphics using Pixlr. Students will also learn to create a computer video game using Scratch. The semester will end with another look at coding using Code.org.

Earth Science

Term: 1 Year

Students explore a variety of topics including astronomy, geologic history, tectonics, surface interactions, natural resources, climate, meteorology and cumulates with the study of natural hazards. This course meets the Colorado State Standards for Earth Systems Science and follows the BSCS 5E model as a best practice of instruction. Laboratory exercises include virtual simulations and hands on experiences with household items. It is recommended that students have access to a webcam and microphone to complete course projects.

Economics 101

Term: 1 Semester

This is a general economics course. The course allows the students to understand key economic concepts. The students will also analyze typical economic questions in the context of the everyday life of a young person. The course materials will provide all students exposure to key economic concepts and help build understanding of the relevance of economics in everyday life. Unit concepts include: scarcity and abundance; supply and demand; consumer and the firm; consumer vs. the firm; the national economy; and the tax and cost of living.

English 9

Term: 1 Year

English 9 is a course where students will build a strong base of knowledge that much of their high school education will be founded upon.  In this course, students will be challenged through a variety of tasks, which incorporate the five aspects of an English classroom: reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. This course follows the CAP curriculum for all 9th graders in the Jefferson County Public Schools. The goal of this course is to increase students’ cognitive understanding and critical thinking skills. This goal will be met through the rigor and sophistication of the lessons and activities, the challenging assessments, and the complex texts and materials that the students will be exposed to during this course. Students will study both reading and writing in depth through numerous genres and lenses, they will study and experience diverse interests, cultures, perspectives, learning styles, and how intelligence is cultivated in higher level critical and creative thinking skills such as interpretation, problem-solving, and investigation. Students will develop these skills through inquiry-based activities and by exploring the text not only through a world-view lens but also through a critical/investigative lens. Students are asked to dig beneath the surface to focus on the how and why something happens the way it does. Through leveled questions and engaging discussions, students will build skills that assist them in deciphering a topic and communicating their understanding not only through their writing but also through speaking and discussion with classmates.

 

English 10

Term: 1 year

English 10 is a year-long course that emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, thinking, viewing, and presenting. An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills is an on-going part of the class. Students refine their skills of written expression by writing  compare contrast, literary analysis, research, persuasive, and narrative essays. Students analyze important themes in classic and modern works of various literary genres including short story, novel, and non-fiction. Topics include author’s purpose and perspective, exploration of human motives and conflicts, the study of figurative, connotative, and technical vocabulary in context, literary devices, and the art of persuasion. The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course.

English 11

Term: 1 year

English 11 is a year-long course that emphasizes the development of an academic persona to further students skills in reading, writing, analyzing, interpreting, viewing, synthesizing, and presenting.  The students will explore a variety of strategies to effectively interpret, evaluate, and synthesize meaning through analyzing various literary theories throughout several time periods with the purpose of creating more sophisticated readers, thinkers, and writers.  Students will analyze texts and media for advanced rhetorical strategies, fallacies, logic, and arrangement to eventually apply to national issues using each of these devices through written and oral presentations.  Using advanced and sophisticated strategies in premises, purposes, and propositions in a variety of works, students will analyze and implement argumentation methods by justifying and documenting evidence and presenting the arguments effectively to an authentic audience.  The development of sophisticated interpreters, readers, writers, and oral conveyors is emphasized throughout the course.

English 12

Term: 1 Year

English/Language Arts 12 blends and combines purposes, patterns, and genres in writing while incorporating research and rhetoric techniques. Collaboration and critical thinking lead to more complex presentations and products with students honing their comprehension skills while reading more complicated literary and nonfiction texts. 

Geometry

Term: 1 Year

Throughout this course, students will apply algebraic concepts to two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric shapes. Students will use inductive and deductive reasoning to solve real-world problems and prove geometric relationships. Students will perform geometric constructions and use geometric constructions to solve problems. This course meets the Colorado State Standards for Mathematics with an emphasis on Standard 4: Shape, Dimension, and Geometric Relationships. 

Health

Term: 1 semester

Health is a semester long course earning students .5 credits while addressing the Colorado Health Education Standards: Physical & Personal Wellness, Emotional and Social Wellness, Prevention & Risk Management. Students will explore health as a holistic concept and the interconnection between one’s mental, social, physical and emotional health and others. Students will learn how to set personal goals. They will learn to evaluate and analyze situations and resources to help make healthy decisions in regards to lifelong health and wellness.  They will analyze their current diets and the many influences on food choice.  Students will explore healthy relationships. They will address the consequences and effects of use/non-use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Students will also work on communication and refusal skills in relationship to personal safety and violence prevention and awareness. Students will be assessed in a variety of modes including:  self-checks/reflections, interactive quizzes, projects, exams, written assignments and participation in classroom discussions.

Journalism

Term: 1 Year

Journalism is a semester course designed for students interested in newspaper journalism and developing their skills as a writer. The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in the press today. Students will learn the fundamentals of news, feature, and editorial writing. Copy reading, news style and editing will be stressed. Students will create numerous original stories using varied structures and writing techniques. Much of the course will focus on the students developing and improving their writing in a variety of styles and formats. Voice, tone, syntax, vocabulary, structure, and editing techniques will all be addressed.

Lifetime Fitness HS

Term: 1 Semester

Lifetime Fitness is a comprehensive PE course designed for general education student’s in high school.  Lifetime Fitness (PE) build the skills they need to protect, enhance, and promote their own fitness and the health of others.

Marine Biology

Term: 1 Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science or Biology, and concurrently enrolled in the one not taken as a 9th grader if you are 10th grader.  

A Marine Biology course is a laboratory-based exploration of the oceans and the marine ecosystems found in them. They explore the biology of the marine organisms, topography, chemistry, diversity and resources found in the ocean.

Math 7

Term: 1 Year

Students will learn a variety of topics including proportional reasoning, expressions and equations, probability and statistics, and geometry. This course uses a combination of exploration, direct instruction, group discussion, and projects to address the needs of different learners. The topics in this course meet the Colorado State Standards for Grade 7 Mathematics. 

Math 8/Pre-Algebra

Term: 1 Year

This course prepares students for the year long Algebra 1 course in high school. The focus of this course is building the foundation necessary for success in the study of Algebra. The instruction will concentrate on the number system, expressions and equations, functions, algebra-based geometry, and an introduction to bivariate statistics.  

Modern US History

Term: 1 Year

This course addresses the social, economic, political, and military aspects of the United States from the Progressive Era (1890’s) to the present. Through exploration of recurring American issues and significant themes, students will examine contacts and exchanges among groups and cultures and how these have influenced American perspectives. Using important events, students will formulate historical questions, evaluate sources and data using diverse viewpoints, hypothesize, draw conclusions, and analyze issues of the American experience.

Psychology

Term: 1 Year

Due to the complexity of modern society and the many options facing each individual, students can use knowledge of psychology to better understand themselves and their relationship to others. Through a study of psychology, students will learn to maximize their full potential, make appropriate decisions based on self-awareness, and better cope with life situations. This course meets Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Science 8

Term: 1 Year

Students explore conservation of mass and energy, energy transfers and transformations, the physics of force and motion, the physics of light and waves, space, seasons, weather and climate, ecosystems, variation and genetic diversity . This course meets the Colorado State Standards for middle school science.  Laboratory exercises include virtual simulations and hands on experiences with household items. 

World Area Studies: Western Hemisphere - 6th Grade

Term: 1 Year

Students will spend two semesters exploring the history and geography of the early civilizations of the Western Hemisphere through a variety of perspectives. Students will discover how ancient civilizations continue to impact the world they live in today, analyze how empires rose and fell through time, learn about the effects of revolutions of the past and present, and take a close look at the modern era of globalization. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to different perspectives of history and geography. They will gain an understanding of how historians interpret history, the sources they use, and how that process can change our view of the past and the present.  

World Geography

Term: 1 Year

This course addresses the Five Themes of Geography. Through exploration of location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region, students will examine processes and events that have influenced population, settlement, culture, natural resources and the impact of the relationship between humans and the environment. Using geographic tools, students will analyze data, evaluate sources and data using diverse viewpoints, hypothesize, draw conclusions, and analyze issues of human and physical Geography.  

 
 

World History

Course Length: 1 Year

Students will spend two semesters exploring the history of the world through a variety of perspectives. Students will discover how ancient civilizations continue to impact the world they live in today, analyze how empires rose and fell through time, learn about the effects of revolutions of the past and present, and take a close look at the modern era of globalization. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to different perspectives of history. They will gain an understanding of how historians interpret history, the sources they use, and how that process can change our view of the past and the present.

 

AP Course Offerings

 

AP Physics 1

Term: 1 Year

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

AP Environmental Science

Term: 1 Year

The AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.

AP Calculus AB

Term: 1 Year

Building enduring mathematical understanding requires understanding the why and how of mathematics in addition to mastering the necessary procedures and skills. To foster this deeper level of learning, AP Calculus AB is designed to develop mathematical knowledge conceptually, guiding you to connect topics and representations throughout the course and to apply strategies and techniques to accurately solve diverse types of problems.

AP Calculus BC

Term: 1 Year

AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.