Middle School Coordinator: Connie Winkler (cwinkler@rich-style.com)

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Middle School – Grades 6, 7, & 8

the middle school provides the foundation for a traditional college preparatory curriculum by using a variety of instructional methodologies. through these methodologies, students learn more than content; they learn how to think critically, problem-solve and work collaboratively with their classmates and with people from various countries around the world. our students learn to apply knowledge from the classroom and take the initiative to impact their own world as well as the world around them. we encourage creativity and imagination while teaching the importance of effective calculations, written and oral communications.

Middle School Curriculum

+ English

Sixth Grade English

english 6 focuses on developing the student’s ability to perform competent literary analysis through the recognition and understanding of appropriate literary terms and devices from a variety of genres including short story, drama, biography, poetry, and the novel.

Seventh Grade English

english 7 is designed to provide an integrated study of the english language from the perspective of the four primary domains of the language arts program which includes the reflective task of reading and listening as well as the development of the expressive skills of speaking and writing, discussion, problem-solving and critical thinking experiences.

Eighth Grade English

english 8 is designed to provide an integrated study of the english language from the perspective of the major areas of the language arts program. these areas include reading, listening, speaking, writing, discussing, problem solving and critical thinking experiences. the course focuses on developing the student’s ability to perform competent literary analysis through recognizing and understanding appropriate literary terms and devices from a variety of genres including the short story, drama, biography, poetry, historical fiction, and the novel.

+ History and Social Science

Sixth Grade World History

皇冠hg0088全讯this course focuses on the origins and development of global civilization throughout the evolution of human history. students examine the events of world history from the perspective of five fundamental themes including, (1) elements of commonality and diversity, (2) conflict and cooperation, (3) continuity and change, (4) individualism and interdependence, and (5) human interaction with different environments. emphasis is placed on the students' understanding of concepts related to historical research including identification of primary and secondary sources, chronology, historical empathy, point of view, and analysis of cause and effect relationships. in addition, students learn to recognize the significant impact of geography, culture, economics, and government on the growth and development of a particular world region and the various ethnic groups that inhabit it.

Seventh and Eighth Grade United States History

皇冠hg0088全讯the history of the united states for seventh and eighth grade students provides an examination and analysis of the american narrative viewed from the perspective of five fundamental themes including, (1) the multicultural heritage of the united states, (2) the democratic spirit of the american political tradition, (3) the changing face of america's economic resources, (4) the physical environment of the united states, and (5) the impact of escalating global interdependence. students will develop competency in evaluating historical information from primary and secondary sources and in the interpretation of data derived from graphs, maps and charts. in addition, students will evaluate the cause and effect relationships of major historical events and explain their impact on modern american society. students in the seventh grade will study the history of the united states to 1850; students in the eighth grade will study history of the united states from 1850 to the present.

+ Science

Earth and Space Science

皇冠hg0088全讯earth and space science is a two-semester class designed to tie in fundamental scientific principles using science topics. topics include stars, how the earth interacts with the moon and sun, plate tectonics, the four spheres, weather, climate, energy sources, and natural resources. within each field, students are taught practical skills that illustrate what a professional scientist might use in their respective fields. students will learn to keep a science notebook to help them stay organized throughout the year. yearlong themes include how scientists use previous knowledge to develop new theories, how science is still changing today, how humans are impacting the environment, and using the scientific method to solve everyday problems. students are assessed, both formally and informally, on their understanding of content, ability to think critically, problem-solve, and work collaboratively with their peers. forms of assessment may include tests, quizzes, research, group and individual projects, and the ability to use, analyze and incorporate technology seamlessly into work. earth and space science is a vehicle to help encourage each student’s creativity and imagination while teaching the importance of effective written and oral communication. students are taught the use of google apps (docs, sheets and slides) to make reports, graphs and presentations.

Life Science

life science is a two-semester class designed to tie in fundamental scientific principles using life science topics. topics include cells, reproduction, evolution, inheritance, ecology, and environmental issues. within each field, students are taught practical skills that illustrate what a professional scientist might use in their respective fields. students will learn to keep a scientific laboratory notebook and how to safely operate in laboratory and field settings. yearlong themes include how scientists use previous knowledge to develop new theories, how science is still changing today, how humans are impacting the environment, and using the scientific method to solve everyday problems. students are assessed, both formally and informally, on their understanding of content, ability to think critically, problem-solve, and work collaboratively with their peers. forms of assessment may include tests, research, group and individual projects, and the ability to use, analyze and incorporate technology seamlessly into work. life science is a vehicle to help encourage each student’s creativity and imagination while teaching the importance of effective written and oral communication. students are taught the use of google apps (docs, sheets, and slides) to make reports, graphs, and presentations. technological resources including an online textbook (discoveryeducation.com), quizlet.com, and kahoot.com.

Physical Science

皇冠hg0088全讯physical science is a two-semester laboratory course that is designed to provide students with an understanding of how their physical world works through the presentation of core topics from physics and chemistry. this course helps students make important connections between the science they learn in class and the science they experience in everyday life. within each field, students are taught practical skills and participate in class discussions that illustrate what a professional scientist might use in their respective fields. yearlong themes include how scientists use previous knowledge to develop new theories, how science is still changing today, how humans are impacted by the environment, and using the scientific method to solve everyday problems. the use of technology is applied throughout the year.

+ Math

Mathematics 6/7

mathematics 6/7 instruction focuses on mathematics as a way of thinking and as a tool for solving everyday problems. students will develop problem-solving skills as well as math communication and language skills. computers, tablets, manipulatives, and calculators are an integral part of the course and provide various opportunities for diverse levels of application and assimilation of concepts. the course of study includes operations, properties, problem-solving, decimals and measurement data analysis and statistics, bais geometry, number theory and fractions, fraction operations, introduction to algebra, ratio and proportion, percent and applications of percent, integers, graphing integers on the coordinate plane, probability, perimeter, area, and volume.

Pre-Algebra

皇冠hg0088全讯the pre-algebra course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of computational, calculator, and computer skills through the use of basic algebraic concepts. the course focuses on independent practice to move the students beyond arithmetic operations and into mathematical concepts that demand greater recognition of integrated strategies, including generalizations, abstract reasoning, and pattern formulation.

students are required to verbalize the language of algebra and discuss algebraic topics while performing operations; understand key words used in story problems; associate and relate proportions, ratios, percent, fractions, and decimals; and apply computer and calculator skills to graphing and exponential exercises.

皇冠hg0088全讯additionally, students must understand the relationship between algebraic skills and fundamental components of geometry; use a combination of concepts during testing; determine how formulas, diagrams, and graphs are used for problem-solving; define mathematical terms; and use logical through processes to solve word problems. students complete the course with an appreciation of how algebraic skills are applied in daily use.

Algebra

algebra i begins with a review of basic concrete skills, using the four fundamental math operations, variables, simple equations, and the number system. later concepts include topics such as real numbers, fractions, equalities and inequalities, systems of linear equations and functions, polynomials, rational and irrational numbers and expressions, and quadratic functions.

problem-solving techniques, with emphasis on precise calculations and critical thinking skills, are incorporated throughout the year as related concepts are taught and assessed. students are expected to master basic algebraic skills and their practical applications in preparation for subsequent required course work such as geometry and algebra ii.

Middle School Field Trips

each year, the middle school takes a minimum of 3 field trips for community building. during the previous school year, students enjoyed trips to zoo atlanta and the georgia aquarium.

students in the middle school also take service trips throughout the year. they regularly go to the local recycling center to learn about the recycling process and how they can help. this year, students were honored to travel to a military cemetary to clean the headstones of military veterans in honor of the 9/11.

皇冠hg0088全讯field trips for middle schoolers will be announced as they can take place during the 2020-2021 school year. we will only schedule them once covid-19 guidelines allow us to complete them safely.

皇冠hg0088全讯video from the local abc affiliate (wsb channel 2) that features interviews with students from brandon hall.