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.
Last month, we highlighted the great Project Approach work the Middle Schoolers were doing to collaborate and prepare for their RWS Marketplace culmination. This month, students are also involved in a project of a different kind!
Middle Schoolers are hard at work researching their assigned historical time period. Collaborative groups have researched Early American Civilizations, Wars of the Middle Ages, The Renaissance & Reformation, European Colonization & Russian Expansion, and the Modern World & Wars. With this cross-curricular Language Arts and Social Studies project--which we affectionately refer to as “lowercase-P” project—students will create bulletin boards, timelines, activities and summaries, as well as performing both individual and group presentations. Students are engaged in their hard work and creating an excellent historical experience for themselves and their classmates!
Middle Schoolers also had a fantastic opportunity to join in a friendly competition with other independent schools at the ISSL Track Meet hosted by St. Louis Priory School. Rohan Woods students and students from around the St. Louis area had the benefit of a beautiful day and a time-honored tradition. Thanks to all who competed!