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.
From Old Newsboys Day, to Buddy activities, to research papers over the impact of technology in ancient civilizations, middle schoolers stayed busy all November long!
Project time continues to be fruitful as students have determined their class focus to be Legos. They have branched out into chosen fields to research. Some students are researching in groups, some in pairs and some individually. These are some great minds hard at work!
In class we also frequently find times for games and activities which feed the mind while also providing a fun break in the hard work of every day! Students enjoy spelling activities a few times a week in preparation for tests on Fridays and the future expectation of vocabulary development.
As we swing into the winter months, we look forward to even more learning on our chilly horizon!