THE MATH DEPARTMENT AT ARLETA HIGH SCHOOL
We at Arleta High School are very focused teaching using the Common Core State Standards as our guide for curriculum, using research-based, effective teaching strategies. We also make sure to emphasize the 3 math practices recommended by the LAUSD District: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, and model with mathematics.
We are using complete thoughts and sentences by asking students to justify their steps using complete phrases, explaining their answers, explaining problems to one another, discussing the concepts with students, and engaging in group work.
We are using academic vocabulary by using interactive word walls with math words, the Frayer Model (graphic organizer), speaking with correct academic vocabulary by teachers and students in the classroom, and writing the definitions, pictures, and examples of those vocabulary words in their notes.
We are writing in all math classes as students write their solution to a problem, use math journals to express a thought, reflect on a concept, or explain their approach to solving a given math problem, and of course taking their tests or quizzes.
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Live Sessions/Virtual Classes
All students are required to attend the scheduled live virtual class sessions. We will meet via Zoom in Schoology everyday. See Arleta HS Fall 2020 schedule.
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ALGEBRA 1A SYLLABUS
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra 1A
The purpose of this course is to serve as the vehicle by which students make the transition from arithmetic to symbolic mathematical reasoning. It is an opportunity for students to extend and practice logical reasoning in the context of understanding, writing, solving, and graphing problems involving linear and quadratic equations (including systems of two linear equations in two unknowns).
In this class, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to extend specific problems and conditions to general assertions about mathematical situations. In addition to that, they are expected to justify steps in an algebraic procedure and check algebraic arguments for validity.
PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES AND SKILLS
In this course, students will know and be able to:
- Solve linear equations (including proportions) in one variable
- Sketch the region defined by a linear inequality
- Work with functions and patterns
- Analyze Linear Equations
- Solve Systems of Linear Equations
ASSESSMENTS will include:
- Teacher designed standards-based quizzes and tests
- Projects and group tasks
- Teacher designed formative assessments
- Teacher designed common final exam
- LAUSD Periodic Assessments
- Textbook: Algebra 1 Concepts, Skills, and Problem Solving
- Supplemental materials and resources
- LAUSD Secondary Mathematics Instructional Guide
- 90 % -- 100 % A
- 80% -- 89% B
- 68% -- 79% C
- 67% and lower will be considered a FAIL in the course and the student will have to retake the course until he/she passes with a grade of “C” or better.