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Middle School Curriculum

English

  • Write an effective expository paragraph including a claim, clarifications, evidence, explanation of evidence, and a conclusion.
  • Write a five-paragraph essay, complete with thesis statement, evaluative traits, and quoted evidence to persuade, describe, or evaluate.
  • Write creative - yet logical - narrative stories, plays, and poems.
  • Use Google Docs to communicate and collaborate on written assignments and projects.
  • Recognize and apply the rules of grammar to written assignments (including parts of speech and commas.)
  • Effectively use figurative language in written pieces and choose correct connotation of words in writing.

Literature

  • Plot the structure of a novel- including exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion.
  • Effectively participate in Socratic Seminars with teacher-generated questions.
  • Make inferences while reading.
  • Critically respond to literary prompts in writing and discussion.
  • Use context clues, parts of speech, prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin root words to understand unknown words while reading.
  • Recognize and understand figurative language in literature (simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, and idiom).
  • Deconstruct some media messages

Math

  • Compute fluently with non-negative rational numbers, including ratios, percents and proportional reasoning.
  • Model integers and additive inverses to develop an understanding of the number line.
  • Apply properties of numbers and translating words to symbols to solve problems.
  • Understand and use variables to solve simple equations.
  • Develop an understanding of formulas and apply them to find the perimeter/circumference and area of triangles, quadrilaterals, circles and composite figures made from these shapes.
  • Use appropriate tools to measure.
  • Organize and summarize categorical and numerical data using summary statistics and graphical displays.
  • Math Flow Chart with AP Scores

Science

  • Be able to work safely in a laboratory environment
  • Pose scientific questions that can be answered in a scientific investigation employing the scientific method.
  • Design experiments by manipulating and controlling variables.
  • Use grade-level math skills to collect and manipulate data.
  • Understand Earth's role in the solar system and its position in our galaxy.
  • Correlate relationships between topography, soil and water.
  • Understand physical and chemical properties of water as well as water's role in our environment

Social Studies

Topics:

  • Geography
  • Prehistoric Man
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt Phoenicians and Hebrews
  • Military Empires
  • Minoans and Myceneans
  • The Greeks
  • The Romans

Foreign Language

  • Identify singular pronouns and -ar verb endings
  • Ask and answer simple questions on various topics
  • Use correct word order when speaking and constructing sentences
  • Demonstrate mastery of greetings and farewells
  • Be familiar with cultures of some Spanish speaking countries
  • Use useful expressions in and out of class
  • Spanish Flow Chart

ENRICHMENT SUBJECTS

Theatre Arts

Topics:

  • The history and progression of theater through the ages
  • Basic theater vocabulary
  • Writing plays as a collaborative process
  • Everything involved in producing a play

Band

  • Perform on an instrument accurately and independently, alone and in the ensemble, with good posture, good playing position, and good breath control
  • Read at sight simple melodies in their clef in simple duple, triple and quadruple time signatures

Chorus

  • Use correct posture and breathing technique while singing
  • Sight-read vocal and guitar music
  • Perform using concert etiquette

Visual Arts

  • Understand the seven Elements of Art as they apply to student artwork and professional/historical examples
  • Observe environment in greater detail and depth
  • Demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through visual art
  • Understand visual art as a discipline of study that combines expression with specific needs of form, function, and communication.

Physical Education

  • Demonstrate what having a healthy lifestyle involves
  • Understand the benefits of participating in physical activities
  • Understand the advantages to teamwork
  • Participate in each activity with good sportsmanship
  • Participate in each activity with effort and a good attitude
  • Strive to perform physical movement skills effectively in a variety of stationary settings
  • Strive to enjoy playing sports

Beginning Computers

  • Identify the input, output, and processing components of a computer.
  • Understand the mechanics and etiquette of email.
  • Execute word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and publication tasks created on the computer.
  • Develop more advanced keyboarding skills.

English

  • Write a clear, coherent, and cohesive five-paragraph essay.
  • Use proper parenthetical citation with a variety of sources.
  • Respond critically (in the written form) to various texts.
  • Write using various styles (speech, narrative, creative, essay).
  • Collaborate with students to achieve a variety of goals: small presentations, informal mini-lessons, and final projects.
  • Use parts of speech and rules of grammar to write clearly, logically, and creatively.
  • Move beyond the five-paragraph essay, either longer or more concise, while keeping writing clear and organized.

Literature

  • Identify various moments of plot structure within novels.
  • Make connections regarding texts read (text to text, text to self, text to world).
  • Participate in Socratic Seminar discussions and other student-led discussions appropriately, effectively, and collaboratively.
  • Develop open-ended questions regarding reading.
  • Recognize and analyze how figurative language is used by various authors to enhance text.
  • Suggest how modifying text can change or improve one's perception.
  • Collaborate with peers to dissect a text.
  • Use informational and persuasive techniques to present information to an audience.
  • Use Greek & Latin root words, prefixes, and suffixes to deconstruct unknown words.
  • Analyze various characters based on the author's use of characterization methods.

Math

  • Compute fluently with rational numbers including integers, fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Solve problems using rational numbers.
  • Simplify an expression using appropriate number properties.
  • Solve 1- and 2-step equations (and 1-step inequalities), including the use of simple formulas, to solve problems.
  • Apply properties of angles and figures to solve problems.
  • Answer questions by collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Math Flow Chart with AP Scores

Pre-Algebra

  • Compute fluently with rational numbers including integers, fractions, decimals, and percents and solve problems using rational numbers.
  • Identify and work with irrational numbers including square roots and pi.
  • Simplify an expression using appropriate number properties and the rules for exponents.
  • Solve 1 and 2-step equations (and inequalities), including the use of formulas, to solve problems.
  • Apply properties of angles and figures to solve problems including finding volume and surface area of prisms and cylinders.
  • Formulate and answer questions by collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Develop and apply connections between rate of change and linear relationships

Science

  • Demonstrate the abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry and problem solving
  • Be able to use science process skills in experiments and investigations
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of living things
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of trees and other plants in our environment
  • Develop a sense of stewardship for the protection of the environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the cell.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how traits are passed from one generation to the next.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of what disease organisms are and how to maintain healthy lifestyles to prevent the spread of pathogens.
  • Show an understanding of the organization of the human body and the interaction of body systems
  • Have a basic understanding of healthy habits for healthy bodies.

Social Studies

Topics:

  • The Germans, Goths, and Vandals
  • The Franks
  • Celts
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Byzantines
  • Arab Empire
  • Eastern Slavs
  • Feudalism
  • The Church
  • Rise of Towns and Trades
  • Rise of Monarchies
  • Renaissance and Reformation

Foreign Language

  • Tell time, give dates, discuss weather, and use numbers
  • Formulate sentences with correct agreement and word order
  • Compare and contrast American culture with those of Spanish speaking cultures
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Use the language appropriately for targeted topics
  • Understand the relationship between pronouns and verb conjugations
  • Spanish Flow Chart

ENRICHMENT SUBJECTS

Theatre Arts

Topics:

  • Understand different genres of theater.
  • Understand the collaborative nature of theater arts.
  • Expand performance abilities with a deeper knowledge of character development, a solo monologue project, and a movie project

Band

  • Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Read sixteenth and dotted notes and rests in 6/8, 3/8, and alla breve (2/2) meter signatures
  • Read at sight simple melodies in their clef
  • Perform music at a grade level II-IV.

Chorus

  • Use correct posture and breathing technique while singing
  • Sight-read vocal and guitar music
  • Perform using concert etiquette
  • Sing in 2-3 part harmony with confidence

Visual Arts

  • Understand the seven Principles of Design as they apply to student artwork and professional/historical examples
  • Observe and appreciate surroundings with an "artist's eye"
  • Be aware that successful creativity can be related to experimental ideas and risk taking
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art

Physical Education

  • Understand how to be a good teammate
  • Understand the traits of a good leader
  • Participate in each activity with good sportsmanship
  • Participate in each activity with effort and a good attitude
  • Strive to perform physical movement skills effectively in movement scenarios
  • Strive to enjoy playing sports

Beginning Computers

  • Identify the input, output, and processing components of a computer.
  • Understand the mechanics and etiquette of email.
  • Execute word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and publication tasks created on the computer.
  • Develop more advanced keyboarding skills.

English

  • Choose an appropriate length of writing to effectively respond to various literary models (5 paragraph essay, short answer, condensed response, etc)
  • Personally organize pre-writing and implement within subsequent drafts
  • Utilize appropriate (and show deeper understanding) of various vocabulary in written and spoken responses
  • Choose a stance (either/or) in written expression and defend with evidence
  • Apply personal context responses to readings
  • Write sentences and paragraphs with clear understanding of proper and appropriate grammatical expression
  • Write sentences and paragraphs that are more complex or simplified depending on audience and voice

Literature

  • Apply moral and thematic context found in stories to personal and "true" life context
  • Debate differences of opinion of context while maintaining respect of personal stances
  • Find and define the nature of dichotomy in all story telling
  • Constructively criticize peer and author expression
  • Identify character choices in stories; how/why are there consequences
  • Effectively and respectfully identify and criticize bias in storytelling
  • Distinguish "voice" in storytelling
  • Utilize all facets of literacy: reading, writing, watching, listening, grappling, and speaking

Pre-Algebra

  • Compute fluently with rational numbers including integers, fractions, decimals, and percents and solve problems using rational numbers.
  • Identify and work with irrational numbers including square roots and pi.
  • Simplify an expression using appropriate number properties and the rules for exponents.
  • Solve 1 and 2-step equations (and inequalities), including the use of formulas, to solve problems.
  • Apply properties of angles and figures to solve problems including finding volume and surface area of prisms and cylinders.
  • Formulate and answer questions by collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Develop and apply connections between rate of change and linear relationships
  • Math Flow Chart with AP Scores

Algebra

  • Write and solve multi-step equations and problems, including work with formulas.
  • Operate on polynomials, exponential expressions, rational numbers, and rational and radical expressions, including factoring, and to solve problems using these relationships.
  • Represent, solve and interpret linear equations and inequalities to solve problems.
  • Represent, solve and interpret systems of linear equations to solve problems.
  • Represent, solve and interpret quadratic and exponential equations to solve problems.
  • Operate on polynomials, exponential expressions, rational numbers, and rational and radical expressions, including factoring, and to solve problems using these relationships.
  • Math Flow Chart with AP Scores

Science

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety and emergency procedures for the science classroom and laboratory
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific methods of problem solving
  • Use science process skills in experiments and investigations and to solve problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific measurement including accuracy and precision in measurement
  • Demonstrate understanding of processes involved in scientific data collection, manipulation, interpretation, and presentation
  • Demonstrate understanding of atomic models, periodicity, bonding and chemical reactions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of magnetism and electricity

Social Studies

Topics:

  • Pre-Columbian Amerindians of the Southeast
  • Early Civilizations of the Southeast
  • Piracy in N. America and the Caribbean
  • American Slavery
  • American Revolutionary War in the Southern States
  • Formation of American Government
  • Antebellum Politics
  • American Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Civil Rights

Foreign Language

  • Demonstrate control of the present tense
  • Develop a paragraph about school, life, and routines
  • Compare and contrast American culture with those of Spanish speaking countries
  • Ask, answer, and construct questions
  • Read and understand a short novel in present tense
  • Use the preterite tense of regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs
  • Spanish Flow Chart

ENRICHMENT SUBJECTS

Theatre Arts

Topics:

  • Understand different genres of theater.
  • Understand the collaborative nature of theater arts.
  • Expand performance abilities with a deeper knowledge of character development, a solo monologue project, and a movie project

Band

  • Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Read sixteenth and dotted notes and rests in 6/8, 3/8, and alla breve (2/2) meter signatures
  • Read at sight simple melodies in their clef
  • Perform music at a grade level II-IV.

Chorus

  • Use correct posture and breathing technique while singing
  • Sight-read vocal and guitar music
  • Perform using concert etiquette
  • Sing in 2-3 part harmony with confidence

Visual Arts

  • Understand the seven Principles of Design as they apply to student artwork and professional/historical examples
  • Observe and appreciate surroundings with an "artist's eye"
  • Be aware that successful creativity can be related to experimental ideas and risk taking
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art

Physical Education

  • Understand how to push oneself through self-discipline
  • Participate in each activity with good sportsmanship
  • Participate in each activity with effort and a good attitude
  • Strive to perform to their "potential"
  • Strive to perform physical movement skills effectively in movement scenarios against various styles of defense
  • Strive to enjoy playing sports

Video Production

  • Recall the technical and aesthetic vocabulary of filmmaking.
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the mechanics of a film scene and its structure, compositional concepts, and technical aspects through a creation of projects from various film genres.
  • Differentiate the benefits of planning compared to just shooting and editing without a predetermined plan.
  • Identify how ideas, emotions, events and occurrences can be communicated as visual expression to an audience in the form of video.
  • Understand how artistic production is often influenced by personal experiences, knowledge of materials, established principles, and how successfully creativity can be related to experimental ideas and risk taking.
  • Recognize the importance of film as a part of overall media literacy.