Middle School Curriculum

Bible

6th Grade

This course is designed so that a student may know God’s word and His works in a deeper way. We will be working through the New Testament in chronological order.  We will see God’s love through the Gospels, the building of His church through Acts, and Paul’s mission through his letters.  At the end of this course, we will have a better understanding of who our Savior is and the magnitude of His love.

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7th Grade

This course is designed so that a student may know God’s Word in relation to the Old Testament.  We will seek the truths that are found in the B.C. era and will decipher how these narratives still relate to us today.  Students will gain understanding by reading the works of David, Job, Solomon, and the Major and Minor Prophets.  After working through these books chronologically, we will gain a better understanding of the coming Savior and the redemption he gave us all.  

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8th Grade

This course begins with an exploration of the basic doctrines of our faith by looking at why we believe what we believe and why we know it is truth. In this part of the course, the students will discover what their worldview really is and why. This year, we will examine both the New and Old Testament. Following completion of each lesson, students will be able to articulate and apply the specific Godly principles discussed. This course helps equip students with God’s Word so they will be able to make wise choices and helps them to recognize truth. My prayer is that the students will develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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Computer

6th Grade

The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the foundational skills of keyboarding and basic computing. Beyond that, students will be introduced to Microsoft Word and Digital Citizenship. The course also includes an introduction to student electronic tools such as Prince student email, Renweb, and Moodle. 

Thomas Southwestern, Century 21 Keyboarding

 

7th Grade

The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the foundational skills of keyboarding and basic computing. Beyond that, students will be introduced to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, One Drive, and Digital Citizenship. The course also includes an introduction to student electronic tools such as Prince student email, Renweb, and Moodle. 

Cengage Learning, Microsoft Office 2013

 

8th Grade

The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the foundational skills of keyboarding and basic computing. Beyond that, students will be introduced to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, One Drive, Microsoft Excel and Digital Citizenship. The course also includes a review of student electronic tools such as Prince student email, Renweb, and Moodle as well as an introduction to educational iPad apps for high school.

Cengage Learning  Microsoft Office 2013

 

Language Arts

6th Grade

The goals and objectives of the middle school English program is to provide students with the necessary tools to observe God’s truth found in quality literature and to express themselves through their own writing.  These tools will include reading strategies and instruction in literary devices, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.  Middle school is the bridge between lower and high school, and this course’s aim is to prepare students for the challenge of communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their culture and to learn too celebrate who God created them to be.  All the information in this course will be taught from the Christian’s worldview with God as the Creator. Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Glencoe Grammar and Language Workbook, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop A, McDougal Littell ​Language of Literature 6

 

7th Grade

The goals and objectives of the middle school English program are to provide students with the necessary tools to observe God’s truth found in quality literature and to express themselves through their own writing.  These tools will include reading strategies and instruction in literary devices, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.  Middle school is the bridge between lower and high school, and this course’s aim is to prepare students for the challenge of communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their culture and to learn to celebrate who God created them to be.  All the information in this course will be taught from the Christian’s worldview with God as the Creator. Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Glencoe  Grammar and Language Workbook,  Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop B, McDougal Littell, ​Language of Literature 7

 

8th Grade

The 8th grade English course introduces and exposes the individual student to several genres in literature including the short story, novel, and poetry.  A heavy emphasis will be placed on identifying and applying literary devices through literature, observing God’s truths found in quality literature, and expressing ideas through the student's own writing.  Skills such as outlining, drafting, and editing will be developed through numerous paragraph, essay, and five-paragraph essay assignments. Additional tools will include reading strategies and instruction in grammar and vocabulary. Middle school is the bridge between lower and high school, and this course’s aim is to prepare the students for the challenge of high school and for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ to their culture.

Glencoe Grammar and Language Workbook, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop C, McDougal Littell  Language of Literature 8

Latin

7th Grade

The overall mission of Latin I is for students to become familiar the world of ancient Rome from its dark beginnings through the Golden Age of the Roman Republic. Students will analyze Rome's Biblical context and cultural history while sharpening their language skills by learning to read Latin.  As with most languages, Latin is a wonderful means to many ends.  Students will focus their leaning on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and cultural and historical studies.  Learning to read the language, as opposed to speak it, puts an emphasis on problem solving, translation, and inquiry-based study.  Students will discover that the benefits of this course far outweigh the challenges. Beyond the scope of the course, learning Latin will set students up for being more knowledgeable and effective users of language, expedite their learning of any Romance language (which are essentially Latin dialects), and enrich their understanding of the history of Western culture and the spread of Christianity.  Erit labor amōris!

Text:  Cambridge Latin, Cambridge U Press

 

8th Grade

Students taking Latin II will continue to immerse themselves both in the Latin language and the world of Ancient Rome. A higher order of a grammatical skills will be acquired building on the fundamentals learned in Latin I.  Students will see more original Latin from actual Classic authors and will have the challenge and reward of reading those authentic texts. Picking up where they left off, students will learn the history of the Roman Empire and a few of its far-reaching provinces: Great Britain and Egypt.  They will also learn the significant impact of the Empire on the early Church.  Consistent with their Latin I experience, students will be expected to read and comprehend Latin at a high level with the added benefits of enriching their English vocabulary and cultivating an understanding of the valuable lessons Roman history provides.  Erit labor amōris!

Text:  Cambridge Latin, Cambridge U Press

Mathematics

6th Grade Math

The overall goal of 6th Grade Math is to ensure that the students have a strong foundation in the fundamentals that will be necessary in moving forward to higher level math classes. The student will develop confidence and proficiency in their ability to solve a variety of problems involving whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.  They will also be introduced to a variety of statistical measures and data displays; area of polygons and volume of 3-Dimensional figures; ratios, rates, and percent; and basic Algebraic concepts. The student will develop the ability to work cooperatively in groups and communicate mathematical ideas clearly. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, ​Big Ideas Math

 

6th Grade Accelerated Math

The 6th Grade Accelerated Math course will move at a much more rapid pace to extend and more deeply refine the elementary arithmetic previously learned. Not only will the Accelerated course cover all of the material learned in the regular 6th Grade Math class, but they will also explore a greater range of Algebraic concepts including integer operations, equations and inequalities, and solving linear functions. The goal of this course is to prepare students for the advanced courses they will be taking next year and in the future. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, ​Big Ideas Math

 

7th Grade Math

The overall goal of 7th Grade Math is to prepare the students for Pre-Algebra by ensuring that they have a solid foundation in the fundamentals. The student will gain confidence in their problem solving ability and be able to communicate their mathematical thinking and process clearly. The student will develop reasoning and problem solving skills by studying operations with integers and other rational numbers; solving expressions, equations, and inequalities; calculating ratios, proportions, and percent; and solving problems involving probability and statistics. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, Big Ideas Math

 

7th Grade Accelerated Math

7th Grade Accelerated Math:

The overall goal of this course is to provide a strong foundation in basic algebra skills, while extending and refining the elementary arithmetic previously learned. 7th Grade Accelerated Math also gives students preparation for future study in geometry, probability and data analysis. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, Big Ideas Math

 

8th Grade Pre-Algebra

The overall goal of this course is to provide a strong foundation in basic algebra skills, while extending and refining the elementary arithmetic previously learned. Pre-Algebra also gives students preparation for future study in geometry, probability and data analysis.

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, Big Ideas Math

 

Honors Algebra I

The overall goal of this course is to build a foundation for higher math classes. Honors Algebra I will introduce the student to variables, algebraic expressions, equations, functions, inequalities, and their graphical representation. The student will develop the ability to: explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate mathematical ideas clearly. As an honors course, topics will be covered in-depth and at a quick pace. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcort, Big Ideas Math

 

Physical Education

The Middle School Physical Education program at Prince Avenue provides each student in grades 6-8 the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive curriculum consisting of team sports, skill development, and physical fitness activities. All middle school students take a full year of Physical Education.

Science

6th Grade

Earth Science is an amazing journey that allows students to know God better through the study of His creation. In this course, God’s creative design will be evident as students explore geology, hydrology, meteorology, and astronomy. As we move from the dust of the ground, to the water on, above, and below the earth, to the air we breathe, and to the vastness of the universe, students will develop an appreciation for the enormity and beauty of God’s creation. Inquiry based labs will allow students to explore and develop critical thinking skills in these areas. All the information in this course will be taught from the Christian’s worldview with God as the Creator.

 

7th Grade

Life Science is an amazing journey that allows students to know God better through the study of His creation. This Life Science course will expand upon previous learning and set the foundation for science in high school. In this course, God’s creative design will be evident as students explore taxonomy (classification), cellular biology, molecular biology, the tissues and structures of plants and animals, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and the systems of the human body. Inquiry based labs will allow students to develop critical thinking skills. All the information in this course will be taught from the Christian’s worldview with God as the Creator.

 

8th Grade

 Middle School Physical Science serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of chemistry and physics at the mid-grade level. Students will learn to articulate the relationship between the Christian worldview and the interpretation of scientific evidence in the broad fields of chemistry and physics. Within the chemistry component (approximately 2/3 of the course), students will learn properties of matter, measurement and calculations, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, chemical equations, stoichiometry (calculating the amounts of substances in a reaction), kinetic theory, gas laws, properties of solutions, acids and bases, reaction energy, chemical equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, basic organic compounds, and real life applications of chemistry including household chemicals, fuels, nuclear energy, environmental protection, and some aspects of biochemistry. In the physics component (approximately 1/3 of the course), students will explore Newtonian motion, force, work, power, energy, simple machines, mechanical advantage, energy (potential, kinetic, and resources), and introductory waves physics. Through inquiry based labs, students will practice science processes and expand their critical thinking skills.   

Social Studies 

6th Grade

This course is composed of history, geography, culture, and current events for each ancient empire or region discussed in class.  Students begin with Mesopotamia and then chronologically walk through the ancient empires of the world. The students often bring their Bibles to class when studying Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, or any of the religions of the world. The study ends with the European Middle Ages around the 1200's.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of each empire and its effect on the history of the world.

 

7th Grade

This course begins with Europe in the 1200's, travels though the history of the world by time periods, and concludes with the conflicts of the 1900's.  Students will discuss the effects of the World Wars and the Middle East conflicts including USA- Iran and Arab-Israeli conflicts.  The students leave the course with an understanding of the big picture of how the countries of the world are connected as one story, each with a unique history. Students will also have a knowledge of current events and relative geography skills. 

 

8th Grade

Eighth grade American History is designed to reinforce the basic flow, events, and personalities conveyed in earlier American history courses. Students will investigate how God providentially reserved America for Christian settlement for His purposes of building a Christian-based nation that would send its missionaries to evangelize a spiritually dark world. This study will begin in the early 1000s with early cultures that may have encountered the Americas and continue through the modern age.  Various methods and teaching strategies will be used during this course.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about the Godly foundations established in the United States and God’s preservation of our nation through many domestic and international conflicts.  

Electives

Band

Middle School Intermediate Band

While this class is mostly comprised of 6th grade students, it is open to any middle school student who has at least one year of previous band experience.  Students continue to develop their individual performance ability and begin to learn basic music theory.  High achieving students have the opportunity to participate in the GMEA District and All-State audition process.  Intermediate Band will perform two or three concerts during the year. 

 

Middle School Advanced Band

While this class is mostly comprised of 7th and 8th grade students, it is open to any middle school student who has two or more years of previous band experience. Students will continue to build their individual performance technique while learning more advanced music theory and ensemble skills.  Students will participate in Pep Band and have the opportunity to participate in the GMEA District and All-State audition process.  Students may audition for the Prince Jazz Band.  Middle School Advanced Band will combine with the High School Advanced Band to perform four concerts during the year and perform for the ACSI Band Festival. 

 

Drama

Middle School Drama classes are designed to give students an understanding of the basics of drama—character development, stage movement, pantomime, improvisation, and storytelling.  Students have the opportunity to participate in school events as well as school, church, and community productions.

 

Journalism and Current Events

Journalism and Current Events is a course designed for a student who is interested in all aspects of the publications industry as well as the impact of current events on his or her society. In this course, we will familiarize the student with the role of the journalist in today’s society. Students will discuss the legal aspects of publication and will develop interviewing, pre-writing, revising, and copy editing skills. Students will learn how to write effective headlines, captions, and leads.  Layout techniques and basic graphic design will also be taught. Students will be responsible for gathering current event articles and participating in discussions about these events. Discussions will reflect Christian views in a secular world through Biblical integration.

 

Performing Arts

Middle School Performing Arts is a combination class of music, drama and choreography to introduce and prepare students for musical theatre.  Students perform in school concerts and present a musical in the spring.  Students may participate in school productions and district or state choral events.

 

Professional Life Skills

The overall goal of this course is to take students on learning-based journey of Life Skills with “Pit Stops” that will help them gather skills needed to be successful in the future. Students will be required to complete a portfolio throughout the semester that will showcase what they have learned. All the information in this course will be taught from the Christian’s worldview with God as the Creator. Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

 

Visual Arts (7-8)

Middle School students in 7th and 8th grades study art for one quarter in each of their middle school grades.  Topics covered during these quarters include drawing, painting, ceramics, and printmaking.