Core: English Language Arts & Social Studies

6th Grade Core: Language Arts & Ancient Civilizations

Sixth grade Core covers two class periods of your child's day. In Core we learn Language Arts, which is reading and writing. Our Social Studies program focuses on ancient civilizations. Report cards will show two letter grades for core: one for Language Arts and one for Social Studies.
 

Language Arts

In Language Arts we will read a variety of books as a whole class. These works of literature may include some of the following: The Cay, Bud, Not Buddy, Holes, Maroo of the Winter Caves, Pinballs, Old Yeller, Incident at Hawk's Hill, Egypt Game, and Tuck Everlasting. We will also be learning about language mechanics and grammar and their use through Writer's Workshop. Students will then take this knowledge and use it in weekly creative writing assignments. These assignments will be used to assess their comprehension of mechanics, grammar, and different writing styles.

 

Ancient Civilizations

Our Social Studies curriculum will focus on world geography and ancient civilizations. We start with the study of latitude and longitude, and then move on to archeology, early humans, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Israelites, India, China, Greece, and Rome. We will be taking an in-depth look into the geography of these areas, the culture, and what it was like to live at that time. As an integral part of our Social Studies curriculum, we will also be studying the beliefs and religions of these civilizations and will be doing comparisons of their differences and similarities. 

7th Grade Core: Language Arts &  History

Seventh grade Core covers two class periods of your child's day. In Core we learn Language Arts, which is reading and writing. Our Social Studies program focuses on Medieval Europe and the America's. Report cards will show two letter grades for core: one for Language Arts and one for Social Studies.
 

Language Arts

We will focus on reading and analyzing a variety of literary forms: novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Often these selections will complement the history curriculum. Classes will read a variety of books as a whole class. These works of literature may include some of the following: Catherine, Called Birdy, Child of the Owl, Esperanza Rising, Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, Outsiders, Shadow Spinner, and Scorpions.  In the area of writing, we will concentrate on forms such as summary, narrative, persuasive, expository and research through Writer's Workshop.  Note taking and outlining skills will also be emphasized. 

History

Seventh grade history is concerned with world history from approximately 500-1600. The following topics comprise the seventh grade history curriculum: Roman Empire, Islamic Empire, sub-Saharan Africa, China, Japan, Medieval Europe, Renaissance/Reformation, Age of Discovery/Civilization of the Americas. We will distinguish what makes societies unique and the links that bind them together.  Often, we connect this understanding to today's world.  The study of geography is also incorporated to enhance the students' understanding of a particular culture.  A variety of activities will be utilized to engage the students in this rich curriculum.

8th Grade Core: Language Arts & American History

Eighth grade Core covers two class periods of your child's day. In Core we learn Language Arts, which is reading and writing. Our Social Studies program focuses on early US History. Report cards will show two letter grades for core: one for Language Arts and one for Social Studies.

 

Language Arts

Experience enables students to appreciate the growth of and relationship between American literature and history from pre-colonial days to World War I.  Students are challenged in vocabulary development, literary response and analysis, writing strategies, writing applications, through Writer's Workshop.  Students will be exposed to written and oral English language conventions, listening and speaking strategies, and speaking applications.  Students learn to use the processes of history to develop an understanding of our nation's past.  In addition, students investigate recurring themes and/or values in American literature and history.  This course is intended for students who are prepared to accept a demanding pace, difficult readings, and an extended workload.   Students will be expected to read class novels such as:  Breaking Through, Chinese Cinderella, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Last Book in the Universe, My Brother Sam is Dead, Pearl, Roll of Thunder, and Soldier's Heart. 

 

American History


The students in eighth grade study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I.  After reviewing the development of America's democratic institutions founded on the Judeo-Christian and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences.  They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.  They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.