Electives 2017-05-10T12:03:45+00:00

Electives

El Sol Magazine

El Sol Magazine – The El Sol Magazine is a variety magazine that captures the range of students’ interests.  Our magazine includes different topics, but generally consists of news, special features, and seasonal features. Students use the magazine to write reports, exploratory articles, and explanatory articles.  Thus, they cover topics from reporting on school events, to figuring out why we get hiccups, or suggesting the best ways to save energy at home. In the process of composing the magazine, students take on inquiry-based projects, gain rhetorical awareness, learn about design, and strengthen their digital literacy. Students also have opportunities to create zines (mini magazines) and their own personal magazines that they create in groups, based on their specific interests.

For more information about the El Sol Magazine, please contact Mrs. Palacios at (714) 543 – 0023 or cpalacios@elsolacademy.org.

 

 

Yearbook

Students gain skills in the areas of page design, advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. The course offers an emphasis on journalism skills and participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.

For more information about our Yearbook course please contact Aileen Lipiz at alipiz@elsolacademy.org or at (714) 543 – 0023.

poetryXchange

poetryXchange offers creative writing workshops for El Sol students and teachers. Modeled after university seminars, poetry workshops at El Sol expose students to a wide range of poetic voices and creative teaching practices to carefully guide the inspiration, drafting, writing and revision of their own original poetry. Students from UCI assist poet and founding director, Sue Cronmiller in the classroom while completing field work in education and social sciences research. Student work created in these vibrant workshops is collected for publication in student poetry anthologies. This program represents a partnership between El Sol, UCI and UC Links at UC Berkeley. poetryXchange was twice awarded grants from Cal Humanities.  Program Director Sue Cronmiller writes about the processes and practices developed by poetryXchange in her book, The Poets of El Sol, published by UC Press in 2011.

For more information about poetryXchange please contact Mrs. Cronmiller at suecronmiller@me.com.

@elsolacademy.org or at (714) 543 – 0023.

ST (JiJi) Math

El Sol Academy uses ST (JiJi) Math, a game-based instructional software created by MIND Research to engage students in 1:1 adaptive learning. The program is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. It incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Students progress through the software’s gently scaffolded games at their own pace, advancing to the next level only through mastering the previous level. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.The latest research in learning and motivation informs game design to build intrinsic motivation in students along with a thirst for challenge and life-long learning.

For more information about JiJi please visit http://www.mindresearch.org/stmath/features or contact Catalina Martinez at cmartinez@elsolacademy.org or at (714) 543 – 0023.