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Grades 6-8 Curriculum

Reading/Language/Writing

The skills of the Foundations and Frameworks reading program continue to be developed and expanded upon during the middle school years. A rigorous reading curriculum requires the completion of ten books each year, exposing students to a variety of literature types including short-story, poetry, drama, novels, and non-fiction genres. Creative and technical writing skills are developed with the assignment of book reports, essays, writing prompts, and research papers.  Compositions focus upon fundamental aspects of language structure and grammar. Vocabulary and spelling studies follow the literature students read as well as assignments in the “Wordly Wise” text.

 

Mathematics

Students review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, mixed numbers, and integers. Word problems are used to place math skills within a real world context and help students apply specific skills in everyday situations. Each grade level has incorporated within the curriculum geometry, graphing, equations, number theory, and ratio/percents.

 

Social Studies

World Cultures is explored in 6th grade, Geography is the focus in 7th grade, and Civics/American History is studied in 8th grade.  Students’ research skills and oral presentation skills are strengthened in preparation for high school.  Map skills are perfected and critical thinking skills are reinforced as students examine cause and effect as well as predicting historical outcomes. The historical contributions and experiences of African-Americans are highlighted yearly.  

 

Science

Middle School students are exposed to the multiple areas of science that include earth science in 6th grade (topography, rocks, minerals), life science in 7th grade (plants, animals, human biology), and physical science in 8th grade (matter, gas, basic physics). Study is enhanced by lab experiments and field trips. All teaching is from the perspective that God is the Creator and Sustainer of all existence. 

 

Bible/Christian Concepts

As Middle School students grow in their relationship with Christ, they continue to learn ways of applying biblical teachings to their daily lives. In addition to continued study of individual Bible characters, students also study the Book of Proverbs and the Book of Revelation to help them understand how to live life wisely and victoriously. Their Middle School years conclude with an in-depth study of the Gospel of John that examines the mission, ministry, message, and meaning of Jesus.