Middle School - Language Arts and Social Studies
Middle School equips students as they begin to become independent thinkers and learners. A wealth of organizational and study skills are modeled across the curriculum. With this independence comes responsibility. Students prepare for leadership roles through their interactions with faculty, their support of younger students and their coordination of the school recycling program.
In Language Arts, students use Writer’s Workshop to move through the process of drafting, self-editing, peer-editing, revising and finally completing a polished piece. The Language Arts curriculum focuses on the study of grammar and punctuation and everyday application of these skills. Oral and written communications are taught in tandem and prepare students to speak and write for a variety of audiences and using a number of genres.
The Social Studies curriculum focuses on a variety of topics in American History. Students study the Colonial Period during first trimester, the American Revolution during second trimester, and the Civil War during third trimester. During the alternate year, the focus shifts to early civilizations of the world and the birth of Western ideas. Students practice seeking critical information from various sources as they learn the basis for world civilizations and explore the birth of Western ideas.
Students in Middle School have been very busy this past month. We began our Buddy Activities with the Junior Kindergarteners when the older Buddies helped their younger Buddies make a book about themselves. We also took them to the Library for the first time!
In Project, our goal was to choose and outline a topic with enough depth and interest to carry us for the next couple months. Students began by brainstorming with their fellow group mates. Once a topic was chosen, the group began to web the topic. They were encouraged to include all they knew about the topic, all they wanted to know, and all of the many layers and components to the topic.
Once that step was complete, the different groups traveled to their classmates’ groups and added to each other’s topic webs. Students then studied the results and presented to the class their ideas and pitched their topic.
Stay tuned to see what we decided!