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  1. Introduction to PEA Hetzel- 2010

  2. List what is wrong with this “paragraph”: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Give at least two examples to prove your point. It is a great school to go to. There are alot of different classes. The classes can be fun, but they can be boring. I like my German class, but not gym.

  3. PEA Overview • Designed to help answer short constructed responses • Helpful in essays and all writing • Standard way to organize a paragraph • Helps with flow and making strong arguments • Will be expected from you for all four years of high school

  4. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  5. Point • Topic sentence/ Main idea • What are you trying to prove? • Gives a brief overview of the paragraph • CSIQ (Complete Sentence Including Question)

  6. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Give at least two examples to prove your point. Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attendbecause they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. - Clear point - CSIQ - Overview of paragraph - The correct number of examples or support.

  7. Practice • On your PEA Planning Sheet, copy the question, underline any key words and circle the amount of examples you need to give. • Reminder: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Give at least two examples to prove your point.

  8. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  9. Practice • What do you think? Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Give at least two examples to prove your point. • Write your point statement for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Think of the two main reasons that support your claim • You may not use my examples (clubs, electives) • For now, you may use this model: • Arvada High School is a _______ school to attend because ___________ and ____________.

  10. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  11. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  12. Evidence • Although the situation comes next in your actual paragraph, the evidence is next in planning your paragraph. • Your evidence can be a quote from a third person source (book, article, interview), a fact, a statistic, or a personal story • Always ask yourself “Does this quote/fact/story help to prove my point statement?”

  13. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Skip for now Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. - Fact - Proves my point

  14. Practice • Write your first evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Think of a fact, story, or quote (you can make them up for now)

  15. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  16. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  17. Situation • Give any necessary or interesting background information for your first piece of evidence (mention some of the cool courses at AHS) • Prepare your reader for any quotes by stating the title and author or speaker • Give the source of your fact or statistic (Principal Norton)

  18. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. - Source - Interesting Background information Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from.

  19. Practice • Write a situation concerning your first evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Give background or interesting information. • Tell who the speaker is

  20. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  21. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  22. Little Analysis • Explain how and/or why your evidence proves your point. • Try to use some key words from your point statement. • How does this evidence demonstrate your argument? • Ask yourself “so what?” So what that there are 46 different elective classes offered at AHS? Why does this prove your point? Why does this make the school a good school?

  23. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Analysis: Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. - Answer “So What” - Connects to point - Uses key words

  24. Practice • Write a little analysis concerning your first evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Answer the “So What!”

  25. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  26. One more time! • Now you need to add a second situation, evidence, and little analysis. • Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs.

  27. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  28. Second Evidence • Although the situation comes next in your actual paragraph, the evidence is next in planning your paragraph. • Your evidence can be a quote from a third source, a fact, a statistic, or a personal story • Always ask yourself “Does this quote/fact/story help to prove my point statement?”

  29. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Analysis: Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Situation: Skip Evidence: My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends. - Personal Story - Proves my point

  30. Practice • Write your second evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Don’t forget to refer to your main point • Think of a fact, story, or quote (you can make them up for now)

  31. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  32. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  33. Second Situation • Give any necessary background information for your second piece of evidence (mention some of the various clubs- basic overview) • Prepare your reader for any quotes by stating the title and author or speaker (Personal story so not needed) • Give the source of your fact or statistic

  34. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Analysis: Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Situation: The clubs are numerous and exciting. Some clubs at Arvada High School include student council, gay/straight alliance, yearbook, and mock trail. - Presents the topic of my story (clubs) - Gives some interesting information Evidence: My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends.

  35. Practice • Write a situation concerning your second evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Give background or interesting information. • Tell who the speaker is

  36. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  37. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  38. Second Little Analysis • Explain how and/or why your second evidence proves your point. • Try to use some key words from your point statement. • How does this demonstrate your argument? • Ask yourself “so what?” So what that you have fun with your forensic and debate friends? Why does this prove your point? Why does this make AHS a good school?

  39. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. Evidence: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Analysis: Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Situation: The clubs are numerous and exciting. Some clubs at Arvada High School include student council, gay/straight alliance, yearbook, and mock trail. Evidence: My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends. Analysis: The close bonds formed in clubs and activities are very important to the high school experience. The many different clubs offered at Arvada High School allow for a lot of students with diverse interests to get involved. This makes the school a great place to be. - Answers “So What”

  40. Practice • Write a little analysis concerning your second evidence for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Answer the “So What!”

  41. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  42. General Overview Point Situation Evidence Little Analysis Situation Evidence Little Analysis Big Analysis

  43. Big Analysis/ Conclusion • Ties the paragraph together • Connect to a “big idea” • Uses key words from your point

  44. Question: Is Arvada High School a good school to attend? Point: Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. Situation #1: Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. Evidence #1: There are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Little Analysis #1: Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Situation #2: The clubs are numerous and exciting. Some clubs at Arvada High School include student council, gay/straight alliance, yearbook, and mock trail. Evidence #2: My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends. Little Analysis #2: The close bonds formed in clubs and activities are very important to the high school experience. The many different clubs offered at Arvada High School allow for a lot of students with diverse interests to get involved. This makes the school a great place to be. Big Analysis: Students need individual choice and personal relationships to feel connected to a school. Through elective classes and clubs, Arvada High School offers these types of opportunities to students. This makes for a very good high school. - Connects to big idea - Uses key words from point - Ties the paragraph together

  45. Practice • Write a big analysis concerning for your own paragraph on the PEA planning sheet. • Tie in all together • Connect your argument to the bigger picture

  46. Student Name: __________________________ Class Period: ______________ • HETZEL PEA Planning Page • Copy the writing prompt, underline key words, and circle the number of examples/ pieces of evidence you need to give. • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Now let’s draft your PEA paragraph response. • Point (Main point/ What you are trying to prove/ Overview of Paragraph/ CSIQ) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from the point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Situation #2 (Necessary or interesting background information/ Title and author of source) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Evidence #2 (Quote/ Fact/ Statistic/ Personal Story) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Little Analysis #2 (How does your evidence prove your point? / Key words from point/ So what?) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Big Analysis/Conclusion (Tie it together/ Connect to big picture/ Key words from the point) • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  47. Working toward a final draft: Does it flow? Adding transitions Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. To begin, Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. She said that there are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Additionally, the clubs are numerous and exciting. Some clubs at Arvada High School include student council, gay/straight alliance, yearbook, and mock trail. My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends. The close bonds formed in clubs and activities are very important to the high school experience. The many different clubs offered at Arvada High School allow for a lot of students with diverse interests to get involved. This makes the school a great place to be. Clearly, students need individual choice and personal relationships to feel connected to a school. Through elective classes and clubs, Arvada High School offers these types of opportunities to students. This makes for a very good high school.

  48. Edit your rough draft planning page • Grammar • Spelling • Punctuation

  49. One solid paragraph Indent at the beginning Always stay aware of the flow. Create your final

  50. Kassidy Hetzel April 18th, 2010 English 9, per 3. Arvada High School is a good school to attend because they offer cool classes and they have many different clubs. To begin, Principal Norton explained the various elective classes offered at Freshmen Orientation, including band, foreign language, computer graphics, and ceramics. She said that there are 46 elective classes in total at Arvada High School for students to choose from. Elective classes allow students to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. This creates a better learning environment for everyone at Arvada High School. Additionally, the clubs are numerous and exciting. Some clubs at Arvada High School include student council, gay/straight alliance, yearbook, and mock trail. My experience with forensics and debate is amazing. I love the other students in the club and we are very close friends. The close bonds formed in clubs and activities are very important to the high school experience. The many different clubs offered at Arvada High School allow for a lot of students with diverse interests to get involved. This makes the school a great place to be. Clearly, students need individual choice and personal relationships to feel connected to a school. Through elective classes and clubs, Arvada High School offers these types of opportunities