Curriculum and Study Materials

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2017-2018 USAD® Curricular Theme

AFRICA

Novel:  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  

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Flashing Red Bullet 2017-2018 USAD® Program Materials and Products Brochure  —available for download.

 Order study materials early.   Shipping begins May 15th.

All study materials must be ordered from:    

USAD® ,  P.O. Box 4351,  Mankato, MN  56002

Phone:  (712) 326-9589       Fax:  (712) 366-3701   

Customer Service Email:  info@usad.org

Order online for immediate delivery at http://store.usad.org

Online store opens May 15, 2017.  Online store items are digital only (no hard copy).  Payment is by credit card only.

NOTE

The Curriculum Package will begin shipping May 15th.

The Student Exercise Books Package will begin shipping June 15th. 
Misc. Study Materials will begin shipping August 1st.

 

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Science

The Science topic will be an introduction to the biology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on diseases that have had a significant impact on Africa. 

 

Literature

Curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works.  The long work of literature is the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

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Music
Curriculum will provide an introduction to the music of Africa.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE
Curriculum will provide an introduction to the history of Africa, with an emphasis on West Africa.

Art
Curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on African art.

Mathematics
Curriculum will cover general mathematics, geometry and an instruction to differential calculus.*

*Note:  The 2017-2018 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used fof the 2014-2015 U.S. Academic Decathlon® .

USAD Calculator Policy

*Calculator Policy will allow the use of any model graphing calculator, provided it has none of the features listed in Section III (Prohibited Calculators) of the USAD® Calculator Policy.

 

Economics

Curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics and macroeconomics.  Includes a thematic section on African economic history and development.

Super Quiz Relay

Super Quiz™ Relay will include questions (in multiple-choice format) from six different subject areas:  Art, Economics, Literature, Music, Science and Social Science.

Note:  Super Quiz is only at State Competition in Wisconsin.

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Essential Information for Coaches

Click below to download essential information for Coaches — issued by USAD® and modified for Wisconsin Coaches.

2017 Essential Information for Coaches

 Below is a document summarizing the Common Core Standards and National Curriculum and Content standards addressed by USAD’s 2016-2017 curriculum:

USAD® Curriculum & Content Standards (2016–17)

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WHERE WILL THE TEST QUESTIONS COME FROM?

A majority of the test questions for each subject area (except for Super Quiz) will come from the USAD® Resource Guide in each subject.  However, a significant percentage of questions will come from other sources.  Some additional research is necessary for students to excel on the exams. 

The tests will incorporate 10-20% higher level thinking skills questions that require inference, identifying cause and effect, hypothesizing, and making analogies, and the like.

 

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