cfa Academy

Christian education at every level


Middle School Administrators

Director of Student & Faculty Affairs – Mike Dunn

Academic Advisor – Martha Lee



Bible

6th  Positive Action for Christ-Winning the Race Using the theme of athletic competition and drawing from studies of various Bible characters and an overview of the Book of Revelation, students learn how the principles of God’s Word can help them gain victory in the race of life.

7th and 8th LifeWay Character Quest
Character education is a topic of discussion in both Christian and public school throughout the country. Noting the importance of character education in our entire society, William Kilpatrick, professor at Boston University said:

“None of us wants to go to untrained doctors, or fly with untrained pilots, or have untrained soldiers protect our country. But for some reason we have come to believe that one can be a good person without any training in goodness.”

This curriculum clearly teaches that God's Word is the basis for true character. Seventh and eighth grade students over the course of two years will be introduced, study, wrestle, and be given practical application with over 36 character traits! Character is not inherited, and it just doesn’t happen. The Bible teaches us, “...discipline yourselves for the purpose of godliness.” 1 Tim 4:7


English

Literature

6th Grade

Reading 6 engages students with a variety of character-building stories and classic literature selections. An emphasis on literary elements, higher-level thinking skills, and vocabulary enrichment provides a bridge to junior high literature classes.

Word Recognition

  • Syllable division and accented syllables review 

Vocabulary

  • Vocabulary review and quizzes 
  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; prefixes; suffixes; analogies; Greek and Latin roots; etymologies; adjectives; adverbs 

Comprehension

  • Literal and higher-order levels; biblical truth 
  • Sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect; problem and solution 
  • Draw conclusions; predict/ evaluate outcomes; making judgments; interpret information 
  • Relevant/irrelevant information; facts/opinions; main idea; discernment; sense of history 

Literature

  • Reading a variety of genres: fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, folktale, fable, article, Bible account, biography, poetry, narrative main and lesser characters; character, motives, traits, growth and change; at/round, dynamic/ static characters; comparing and contrasting characters 
  • Setting; plot; conflict; crisis; point of view; foreshadowing; ash- back; moral; mood; tone; suspense; denouement; cli hanger; resolution; open/closed endings; theme; symbolism; good/evil 
  • Author biographies; propaganda, Caldecott and Newbery awards 
  • Idiom; personification; exaggeration; hyperbole; allusion; understatement; sarcasm; irony; dialect 
  • Poetry: rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, anaphora 

Study Skills

  • Glossary; encyclopedia; thesaurus; Bible study; catalog order; Dewey decimal system; non-print media; periodical guide; atlas; headlines; primary/secondary sources; Venn diagram; graphic organizers 
  • Skimming; scanning; PQ3R study method; outlining; paraphrasing; note taking; summarizing; topic sentence; listening strategy 
  • Maps; diagrams; graphs; charts; timeline; tables 

Fluency

  • Silent Reading: for information, entertainment, understanding, spiritual growth, author’s message, biblical truth 
  • Oral Reading: communicate author’s message; communicate mood, motive, meaning, emotion; persuasive manner; interpret dialect; choral reading; voice expression; reading rate 

Composition

  • Setting; plot; character sketch • Advertisement; article; predictions; summary; compare and contrast; charting; report; time line; interview; research; brain- storming ideas 
  • Short story; play; tall tale; Biblical fiction; devotional; radio broad- cast; personal experience; humorous incident letter; opinion; thank you note; friendly letter; descriptive paragraph 
  • Poem; riddles; haiku; cinquain; rhymes; choral reading 
  • Devices of style: imagery, hyper- bole, allusion; theme; irony; pun; point of view; gurative language 

7th

Explorations in Literature offers a diverse compilation of stories, poems, and essays from a variety of authors and genres grouped by theme to develop critical thinking skills. Vocabulary glosses explain unfamiliar words within the literature selections. Thinking Zone pages throughout the book ask questions to encourage the student to think about literature on at least four levels: comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and appreciation. 

Approach

  • Thematic 

Organization

  • Six themes: courage, nature and man, generosity, our land, humility, family 

Content

  • Genres represented: fables, drama, poetry, hymns, Scripture, short story, biography, auto- biographical accounts, historical essays, essays 
  • Cultures represented: American, English, Russian, New Zealand 

Features

  • The book contains introductory essays that acquaint the student with the unit themes. Selections within each of the units require reading with discernment, a goal toward which all literature teachers hope to direct their students. “Thinking Zone” question pages introduce students to terms and concepts used in literary analysis. Questions progress from literal to interpretive to critical to appreciative and guide the students in evaluating the literature and applying the associated concepts. Unit Review pages ask questions about key terms and concepts. The text also includes short biographical sketches of individual authors. 

8th

Excursions in Literature provides a rich collection of literature selections to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of literary techniques as they study a variety of genres of literature from a range of cultures. Students are encouraged to develop and apply critical thinking skills as they analyze the literature pieces in light of a Christian worldview.

Approach

  • Thematic 

Organization

  • Six themes: friends, choices, heroes, discoveries, adventurers, viewpoints 

Content

  • Genres represented: short fiction, novel, drama, poetry, hymns, folktale, personal essay, humorous essay, diary 
  • Cultures represented: American, English, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Cuban, Chinese, Irish, Czech, New Zealand, Greek, Burmese, South African, German, Dutch, Yiddish, Polish 

Features

  • The book contains introductory essays that acquaint the student with the unit themes. Selections within each of the units require reading with discernment, a goal toward which all literature teachers hope to direct their students. “Thinking Zone” question pages introduce students to terms and concepts used in literary analysis. Questions progress from literal to interpretive to critical to appreciative and guide the students in evaluating the literature and applying the associated concepts. Unit Review pages ask questions about key terms and concepts. The text also includes short bio- graphical sketches of individual authors. 

GRAMMAR AND WRITING

6th Grade

English 6 emphasizes traditional grammar as well as practice with essential reference skills. The elementary English educational materials provides a step-by-step introduction to the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as personal narratives, newspaper editorials, historical fiction, and limericks.

Parts of Speech

  • Noun: common, proper, singular, plural; abbreviation; appositive; singular and plural possessive; English words from Greek root words; as subjects, objects 
  • Verb: principal parts; past, present, and future tenses; perfect tenses 
  • Pronoun: subject, object, possessive, reflexive, intensive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite; with antecedent 
  • Adjective: article, proper, demonstrative, as in the predicate 
  • Adverb: comparative, superlative 
  • Preposition; conjunction: coordinating, subordinating; interjection 

Sentence Structure

  • Sentence: fragment; run-on; simple, compound, complex; declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory 
  • Complete subject and predicate; simple subject and predicate; compound subjects and predicate
  • Dependent and independent clauses; introductory prepositional phrases; sentence patterns; diagramming 

Mechanics

  • Capitalization: proper nouns, proper adjectives, abbreviations, initials, titles 
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe 

Usage

  • Homophones; pronoun reference; subject/verb agreement; contractions; often-confused verbs; double negatives; misplaced modifiers; prefixes; suffixes 

Writing Skills

  • Using a thesaurus; avoiding propaganda tactics; bibliography; outline 
  • Planning: word web, plot diagram, Venn diagram, persuasion chart, time-order chart, events/ details chart
  • Revising; proofreading: proofreading marks; writing conferences 

Writing Projects

  • Personal narrative; newspaper editorial; instructions; research re- port; historical fiction; compare- contrast essay; limerick; free verse; cover letter 

Study & Reference Skills

  • Reference skills: parts of a book, title page, table of contents, index, glossary, bibliography
  • Dictionary skills: guide words, parts of an entry, multiple definitions 
  • Study skills: taking notes, outline 

Listening & Speaking Skills

  • Speaking skills: oral publishing for written instructions 

7th Grade

Writing & Grammar 7 presents clear instruction in writing and grammar, including an overview of the Writing Process and many focused writing activities. The seventh-grade English educational materials cover all eight parts of speech, the five basic sentence patterns, usage concepts such as agreement, and mechanics. Adjective clauses and complex sentences are also introduced. Writing projects include a biographical sketch, an in-class essay, a letter to the editor, and a book report.

Parts of Speech (and Verbals) 

  • Noun; pronoun; verb; simple and perfect tenses; adjective; adverb; preposition; conjunction; interjection 

Sentence Structure

  • Sentence patterns: S-InV, S-TrV-DO, S-TrV-IO-DO, S-LV-PN, S-LV-PA; introduction to dependent clauses; sentence types: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory; clause structure: simple, compound, complex; sentence errors: fragments, comma splices, fused sentences 

Mechanics

  • Capitalization; punctuation; spelling 

Usage

  • Subject/verb agreement; pronoun/antecedent agreement; pronoun reference; troublesome words (homophones, homonyms, etc.) 

Writing Skills

  • Writing process: planning, drafting, revising and proofreading, publishing; paragraph development: fact, example, statistic, incident/anecdote, sensory detail, reason; paragraph organization: chronological, spatial, order of importance; style: precise words, showing; not telling 

Examples of Writing Projects

  • Description: biographical sketch 
  • Exposition: in-class essay, science report evaluation Narration: family tradition report, drama scene 
  • Persuasion: letter to editor 
  • Poetry: sound poem 

Study & Reference Skills

  • Dictionary: guide words, entry word, syllabication, pronunciation, definition, function label, etymology; library: types of materials, call number, alphabetizing, Dewey decimal system, Library of Congress system, card catalog, computer catalog; reference tools; parts of a book; scheduling study time; memory techniques; reading comprehension: definitions, restatements, examples, word parts; test-taking strategies: classroom tests, standardized tests 

8th Grade

Writing & Grammar 8 presents clear instruction in writing and grammar, including an overview of the writing process and many focused writing activities. Writing & Grammar 8 reviews the eight parts of speech, five basic sentence patterns, usage, and mechanics, and discusses grammar elements such as participles, gerunds, and infinitives. Writing projects include a news report, a character profile, a short fable, and an in-class essay.

Parts of Speech (and Verbals) 

  • Review of all from Grade 7 plus the following new material: pronoun—relative; verb—progressive tense, passive voice; conjunction—correlative; verbals—participle, infinitive, gerund, verbal phrases with modifiers, functions as different parts of speech 

Sentence Structure

  • Review of all from Grade 7 plus the following new material: dependent clause—adjective clause 

Mechanics

  • Capitalization; punctuation; spelling 

Usage

  • Review of all from Grade 7 

Writing Skills

  • Review of all from Grade 7 plus the following new material: essay—thesis statement, outlining; introductory and concluding paragraphs 

Examples of Writing Projects

  • Description: travel brochure, character profile 
  • Exposition: news story, business letter 
  • Narration: autobiography, fable 
  • Persuasion: debate script, print advertisement 

Study & Reference Skills

  • Review of all from Grade 7 plus the following new material: dictionary—usage label 

Middle School English is supplemented with Daily Grams, Vocabulary Vine and Excellence in Writing.

Excellence in Writing

This writing program for students lays a solid foundation of writing skills.  Students learn to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in composition.  This method has proven effective to even the most reluctant writers.  It incrementally inspires and transforms students as they write with clear structure and compelling style.


History/Geography

6th Bob Jones
This course tours lands, peoples and cultures of ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Students learn the history and influences of these peoples on religion and the world today.  All is presented from a Christian worldview, and an emphasis is placed on enriching critical-thinking skills. 


7th Bob Jones
World Studies History is a look at the civilizations of the world through the lens of a Christian worldview.  World Studies begins with a brief history of creation to the coming of Christ.  It progresses in a chronological journey around the world studying the ebb and flow of empires, cultures, Christianity and other world religions. The course concludes with an examination of the trends of the emerging 21st century.


8th Bob Jones
The American Republic provides a survey of history and heritage of the United States from a Christian perspective and worldview, exploring its foundational principles, characteristics, major contributions, and common values.  Students will develop an understanding of how and why America has become what it is today.


Math

6th Course I
The Saxon Math curriculum is used in this class. Saxon Math breaks down mathematical concepts into small, easily digested pieces presented over several lessons. It is designed to give learners continual practice of information throughout the year.  New concepts that will be needed for upper-level algebra and geometry are introduced. After every tenth lesson is an investigation - an extensive examination of a specific math topic, discussed at length using observation and analysis to ensure solid understanding. 

7th – 8th

Math 87
The Math 87 is an accelerated Math course, which strengthens foundational math facts, mental math and problem solving skills learned.  Pre-Algebra topics including equations, inequalities, geometry, graphing and critical thinking in problem solving are introduced in preparation for Pre-Algebra or Algebra I.  Students will be on track to take Algebra ½ or Algebra 1 depending on their achievement in Math 87.

Course 3
The Course 3 is an accelerated pre-algebra course. The curriculum is designed to move students from concrete math concepts to abstract concepts of algebra including geometry, discrete mathematics and graphing in preparation for algebra.

Algebra 1
The Algebra I course concentrates on the fundamental aspects of problem solving and the development of personal discipline to maximize the mathematical talents of the student.  The course covers many topics including number systems, rules and procedures for expressions and equations, inequalities, graphing in the Cartesian coordinate system, word problems, unit conversions, statistics and beginning geometry.  Some topics are introduced and developed to a complex level, while others are introduced and will be developed in the Algebra II course.

Algebra 1 Honors 

The Algebra 1 Honors course is accelerated for students who have demonstrated exceptional mastery of math concepts. The curriculum includes a review of basic pre-algebra topics with instruction in proofs, statistics, and probability. It challenges students to develop more complex skills and the understanding required for higher level high-school mathematics.  The course covers many topics including number systems, rules and procedures for expressions and equations, inequalities, graphing in the Cartesian coordinate system, word problems, unit conversions, statistics and beginning geometry.  Some topics are introduced and developed to a complex level, while others are introduced and will be developed in the Algebra II course. Students will be on track to take Honors Geometry or Geometry depending on their achievement in Algebra I.


Science

6th ACSI – Purposeful Design

This course is an engaging hands-on program that encourages students to: acquire new information, gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively with other students, think critically, use scientific tools, do measurement, solve problems, and evaluated results.  Life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the human body are all studied with an emphasis on experimentation and observation.

7th Apologia

General Science - This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences.  The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.  Its scope; therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments to do.  This course guides students to master scientific material and defend their faith using scientific knowledge.

8th Apologia

Physical Science- This course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, and the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.  There are many hands-on experiments to do.  This course continues to guide students to master scientific material and defend their faith using scientific knowledge. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.


Fine Arts

Art 6th-8th
In the Art course students are provided with a general overview of major methods and media in the area of studio art. The student will create original artworks in drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, sculpture and crafts. They will also be introduced to the basic elements and principles of art as well as exposure to famous artists and their work. The goal of the class will be for the student to gain an understanding of art fundamentals and techniques, in a fun, positive and spiritually enriching environment. Creative thinking problem solving as well as analytical, interpretive and perceptive abilities will be developed and strengthened. All students will be encouraged to bring glory to God through their talents. 

Drama/ChorusTheater Arts 6th – 8th 

Students will develop concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment, using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. Students will develop characterization, using sensory and emotional recall and selecting movements and dialogue to portray a character appropriately; develop and apply theatre preparation and warm-up techniques; create expressive and rhythmic movements; express thoughts and feelings, using effective voice and diction; and compare and contrast dramatic performances to life. Students will also learn to identify and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior at various types of performances.

Band 6th – 8th

Students will continue learning the fundamental skills needed to play in a band setting.  The teacher will develop the student as a musician, through practice and by playing a wide variety of music, to help the student perform to the best of his/her ability. 


Electives

Computer 6th-8th
The Computer is an enrichment course, which integrates Biblical principles into the topics of study. Students undertake a series of projects that teach various computer skills and programs while learning facts that will support their overall education.  TechnoKids has developed instructional materials that help middle school students become proficient at using Microsoft Office.  Middle school students learn how to use Microsoft Office applications to complete meaningful projects.

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Movie Maker
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Internet Explorer

Spanish

In this course students will learn about the Spanish language including, letter names and sounds, numbers, vocabulary, conversational phrases, parts of speech, and grammar. Students will practice Spanish both verbally and in a written format. Students will also build a general knowledge of Hispanic culture. 

PE

Physical Education is required for students grades 6-8.  The students are taught basic sports and team building skills as well physical fitness. In P.E., the students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with various sports.  Our physical education program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, and friendly competition.