Electives

Grade 9

4213 - Spanish 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. In addition, students become familiar with cultures of different Spanish speaking countries through a variety of multi-media resources. Active participation in class activities and completion of daily homework assignments are required.

4214 - Spanish 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on communication. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order, and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. Vocabulary and grammar is introduced in thematic units that are centered on interdisciplinary and cultural themes. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. Students at this beginner level will continue to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks.

4313 - Portuguese 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
As an introductory language course, the first year will establish the foundation necessary for language acquisition through varied listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in the target language. While it is imperative that students gain knowledge of the basic structures of the language, it is also important that they go beyond the simple manipulation of forms. Students are encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves in the language. In addition, students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. Student assessment will include traditional quizzes and tests, role-playing dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini projects, and a major research project on target countries, primarily in English.

4314 - Portuguese 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on accuracy of expression. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. There will be a wide variety of assessments used at this level involving both individual research and group activities. The primary objective is the preparation for reading, both for comprehension and for cultural appreciation. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. In addition, the student will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Frameworks. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. A grade of C- or higher in Level I of the language is recommended.

5031 - Career Readiness 1
Grade 9 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
Career Readiness I is a one-trimester course exposing students to the foundation skills in the areas of employability, management, business communication, and technology. This course addresses the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standardized Strand 4 (Employability and Career Readiness), Strand 5 (Management & Entrepreneurship), and Strand 6 (Technological). As part of the course, students will be required to complete course work in employability, professionalism, business communication, web research, digital citizenship, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Grade 10

4213 - Spanish 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. In addition, students become familiar with cultures of different Spanish speaking countries through a variety of multi-media resources. Active participation in class activities and completion of daily homework assignments are required.

4214 - Spanish 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on communication. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order, and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. Vocabulary and grammar is introduced in thematic units that are centered on interdisciplinary and cultural themes. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. Students at this beginner level will continue to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks.

4313 - Portuguese 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
As an introductory language course, the first year will establish the foundation necessary for language acquisition through varied listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in the target language. While it is imperative that students gain knowledge of the basic structures of the language, it is also important that they go beyond the simple manipulation of forms. Students are encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves in the language. In addition, students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. Student assessment will include traditional quizzes and tests, role-playing dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini projects, and a major research project on target countries, primarily in English.

4314 - Portuguese 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on accuracy of expression. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. There will be a wide variety of assessments used at this level involving both individual research and group activities. The primary objective is the preparation for reading, both for comprehension and for cultural appreciation. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. In addition, the student will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Frameworks. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. A grade of C- or higher in Level I of the language is recommended.

5032 - Career Readiness 2
Grade 10 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
Career Readiness II is a one-trimester course exposing students to the foundation skills in the areas of employability, accounting, business law, and entrepreneurship practices, while continuing instruction in business communication. This course addresses the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standardized Strand 4 (Employability and Career Readiness), Strand 5 (Management & Entrepreneurship), and Strand 6 (Technological). As part of the course, students will be required to complete coursework in the areas of employability, accounting, business law, entrepreneurship, and business communication.

Grade 11

3325 - History of Broadway
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective for students who have an interest in drama, theater, music, and film. The primary objective is to expose students to the rich history, heritage, and evolution of the American Musical. It will explore different periods of history in which popular Broadway musicals and Hollywood films are set. Students will learn about New York’s theatrical history through the use of audio and visual media and will examine how the period is represented within each show. Optional field trips to see live performances will be offered.

3326 - Art and Literature Fusion
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective for students who have an interest in art, creative expression, and literature. Students will focus on self-expression through creating their own artwork, creative writing, poetry, and playwriting, while at the same time fuse art and literature to make connections between the two. This includes paintings, drawings, plays, performances, poetry, and music, paired with ancient and modern texts. This course will foster an appreciation for how the arts, humanities, and literature fuse together in today’s world. Students will design and keep an art journal of their work. Museum visits, as well as poetry slams and creative workshops may be offered.

4053 - Current Events
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course provides students with an increased knowledge of their environment and the vital issues of the day. Values of citizenship and civic concern are stressed. Students also develop a geographic knowledge of the areas under discussion. Students will be urged to develop opinions and rationale for the events occurring around them and to foster a sense of civic responsibility to their local community, the nation, and the world.

4055 - History of Science and Technology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course examines the history of scientific and technological development and their role in culture and society. From the earliest scientific ideas to be found in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and Ancient China, to Greek Science, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Modern Era, the course examines the progress of scientific thought. The course addresses issues such as societal attitudes toward science and how culture plays a role scientific and technological development. A philosophical analysis of the advances, functions, and implications of science is used to study how scientific and technological advancements have changed over time and how these changes have impacted our world.

4064 - Sociology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course provides students with knowledge of the function of the basic units of society and the institutions which aid these units. Students in this course study the concepts, principles, theories, and methods used by sociologists in the examination of social life. The utilities of sociological inquiry are applied to contemporary social issues and events to make sociology meaningful for the student.

4066 - Local History
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course explores the history of the settlement, native population, conflict, and industrial and cultural growth of the Greater Fall River Area. It will focus upon the contributions of key individuals to local industry and history.

4068 - Creative Writing
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective designed for students to create original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, drama and fiction through the use of vocabulary development and creative writing techniques. The purpose of this course is to allow students to fully grasp literature and creative writing’s deep relevance to the life of the individual, promote creativity and community outreach at the writing-specific and interdisciplinary levels, equip members with useful and current skills in communication and expression, and foster the love of the written word. Through lecture, discussion, assigned reading, writing exercises, short story (or novel chapter) writing, and critiques of student writing in a workshop mode, the students will critically examine the elements of literary creation. The students will keep a journal and prepare a portfolio of their work.

4100 - Introduction to American Sign Language
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 1
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Deaf people in the United States. The focus will be on both expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL) through basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and an introduction to American Deaf culture.

4113 - Introduction to Psychology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is designed to help students develop an insight into their own psychological processes and those of others. Members of this course will be provided with an introduction to the content and scope of psychology as a behavioral science and will study of such topics as development, adjustment, learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and personality.

4114 - 20th Century History through Music and Culture
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States in the 20th century through the lens of music and culture. Emphasis will be placed on how musical trends have been impacted by reform, war, social injustice and prosperity in the post-WWII era.

4213 - Spanish 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. In addition, students become familiar with cultures of different Spanish speaking countries through a variety of multi-media resources. Active participation in class activities and completion of daily homework assignments are required.

4214 - Spanish 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on communication. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order, and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. Vocabulary and grammar is introduced in thematic units that are centered on interdisciplinary and cultural themes. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. Students at this beginner level will continue to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks.

4313 - Portuguese 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
As an introductory language course, the first year will establish the foundation necessary for language acquisition through varied listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in the target language. While it is imperative that students gain knowledge of the basic structures of the language, it is also important that they go beyond the simple manipulation of forms. Students are encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves in the language. In addition, students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. Student assessment will include traditional quizzes and tests, role-playing dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini projects, and a major research project on target countries, primarily in English.

4314 - Portuguese 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on accuracy of expression. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. There will be a wide variety of assessments used at this level involving both individual research and group activities. The primary objective is the preparation for reading, both for comprehension and for cultural appreciation. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. In addition, the student will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Frameworks. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. A grade of C- or higher in Level I of the language is recommended.

4444 - Topics in Personal Finance
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
Students will develop an understanding of the important financial responsibilities of individuals in a global economy. Personal banking, mortgages, credit, loans, savings, stocks and bonds, and more will be introduced. Major economic principles and theories will be presented. Students will explore the relationship between individual citizens, capitalist principles, and government involvement in the financial markets. Emphasis will be placed on having young adults make sound and responsible financial decisions.

Varies - Virtual High School (Half or full-year course)
Grade 11/12 | 1.25 or 2.5 Credits | Level 1, 2, 5
As a member of the Virtual High School Collaborative, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (VHS) is now able to offer hundreds of additional online courses. The VHS program is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students in VHS are given two or four periods in each academic rotation for their VHS class and are responsible for logging in and doing their classwork while in shop or on co-op.

Grade 12

3325 - History of Broadway
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective for students who have an interest in drama, theater, music, and film. The primary objective is to expose students to the rich history, heritage, and evolution of the American Musical. It will explore different periods of history in which popular Broadway musicals and Hollywood films are set. Students will learn about New York’s theatrical history through the use of audio and visual media and will examine how the period is represented within each show. Optional field trips to see live performances will be offered.

3326 - Art and Literature Fusion
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective for students who have an interest in art, creative expression, and literature. Students will focus on self-expression through creating their own artwork, creative writing, poetry, and playwriting, while at the same time fuse art and literature to make connections between the two. This includes paintings, drawings, plays, performances, poetry, and music, paired with ancient and modern texts. This course will foster an appreciation for how the arts, humanities, and literature fuse together in today’s world. Students will design and keep an art journal of their work. Museum visits, as well as poetry slams and creative workshops may be offered.

4053 - Current Events
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course provides students with an increased knowledge of their environment and the vital issues of the day. Values of citizenship and civic concern are stressed. Students also develop a geographic knowledge of the areas under discussion. Students will be urged to develop opinions and rationale for the events occurring around them and to foster a sense of civic responsibility to their local community, the nation, and the world.

4055 - History of Science and Technology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course examines the history of scientific and technological development and their role in culture and society. From the earliest scientific ideas to be found in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and Ancient China, to Greek Science, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Modern Era, the course examines the progress of scientific thought. The course addresses issues such as societal attitudes toward science and how culture plays a role scientific and technological development. A philosophical analysis of the advances, functions, and implications of science is used to study how scientific and technological advancements have changed over time and how these changes have impacted our world.

4064 - Sociology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course provides students with knowledge of the function of the basic units of society and the institutions which aid these units. Students in this course study the concepts, principles, theories, and methods used by sociologists in the examination of social life. The utilities of sociological inquiry are applied to contemporary social issues and events to make sociology meaningful for the student.

4066 - Local History
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course explores the history of the settlement, native population, conflict, and industrial and cultural growth of the Greater Fall River Area. It will focus upon the contributions of key individuals to local industry and history.

4068 - Creative Writing
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is an elective designed for students to create original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, drama and fiction through the use of vocabulary development and creative writing techniques. The purpose of this course is to allow students to fully grasp literature and creative writing’s deep relevance to the life of the individual, promote creativity and community outreach at the writing-specific and interdisciplinary levels, equip members with useful and current skills in communication and expression, and foster the love of the written word. Through lecture, discussion, assigned reading, writing exercises, short story (or novel chapter) writing, and critiques of student writing in a workshop mode, the students will critically examine the elements of literary creation. The students will keep a journal and prepare a portfolio of their work.

4100 - Introduction to American Sign Language
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 1
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Deaf people in the United States. The focus will be on both expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL) through basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and an introduction to American Deaf culture.

4113 - Introduction to Psychology
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course is designed to help students develop an insight into their own psychological processes and those of others. Members of this course will be provided with an introduction to the content and scope of psychology as a behavioral science and will study of such topics as development, adjustment, learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and personality.

4114 - 20th Century History through Music and Culture
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States in the 20th century through the lens of music and culture. Emphasis will be placed on how musical trends have been impacted by reform, war, social injustice and prosperity in the post-WWII era.

4213 - Spanish 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
This course introduces students to the Spanish language. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. In addition, students become familiar with cultures of different Spanish speaking countries through a variety of multi-media resources. Active participation in class activities and completion of daily homework assignments are required.

4214 - Spanish 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on communication. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order, and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. Vocabulary and grammar is introduced in thematic units that are centered on interdisciplinary and cultural themes. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. Students at this beginner level will continue to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks.

4313 - Portuguese 1
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
As an introductory language course, the first year will establish the foundation necessary for language acquisition through varied listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in the target language. While it is imperative that students gain knowledge of the basic structures of the language, it is also important that they go beyond the simple manipulation of forms. Students are encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves in the language. In addition, students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. Student assessment will include traditional quizzes and tests, role-playing dialogs, oral/aural quizzes, journal entries, structural and cultural mini projects, and a major research project on target countries, primarily in English.

4314 - Portuguese 2
Grade 9-12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
At this level, the student will continue with the communicative approach of the level one course. The four language skills will be further refined with more emphasis on accuracy of expression. This progression will act as a catalyst that will produce more authentic language situations. There will be a wide variety of assessments used at this level involving both individual research and group activities. The primary objective is the preparation for reading, both for comprehension and for cultural appreciation. New grammatical principles are introduced, and common patterns of sound, order and structure already learned are studied in greater depth. In addition, the student will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in stage one of language proficiency set forth by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Frameworks. Oral activities are regularly used for practice of intonation, phrasing, and manner of expression. A grade of C- or higher in Level I of the language is recommended.

4444 - Topics in Personal Finance
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2
Students will develop an understanding of the important financial responsibilities of individuals in a global economy. Personal banking, mortgages, credit, loans, savings, stocks and bonds, and more will be introduced. Major economic principles and theories will be presented. Students will explore the relationship between individual citizens, capitalist principles, and government involvement in the financial markets. Emphasis will be placed on having young adults make sound and responsible financial decisions.

Varies - Virtual High School (Half or full-year course)
Grade 11/12 | 1.25 or 2.5 Credits | Level 1, 2, 5
As a member of the Virtual High School Collaborative, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (VHS) is now able to offer hundreds of additional online courses. The VHS program is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students in VHS are given two or four periods in each academic rotation for their VHS class and are responsible for logging in and doing their classwork while in shop or on co-op.