Middle School Curriculum

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

  • Middle School Principal & BS/AS Director- Mike Dunn

  • Middle School Dean of Students - Cathrine Werner

BIBLE

 

6th (BJU Press)

Biblical Worldviews

In sixth grade, students will often interact with other worldviews many times a day. This course cuts through all the noise to present students with the truth of a biblical worldview, helping them distinguish it from the false worldviews of the day. Using the teaching of the Scriptures, it challenges students to examine how they think about the world and then leads them to see the world as it truly is. This course can be life-changing for students who diligently work through the biblical truths presented.

 

 

7th-8th (BJU Press)

The Life of Christ

A program with a focus on a theological approach to studying the Bible. Students will continue to follow the unified story of the Bible, with special focus on the Gospels and the life ofChrist. The Gospels present the life of Christ as the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan as promised in the Old Testament. With

age and developmentally appropriate content, this course will prepare students to live with Christlikeness in our world today, teaching them crucial Bible study skills for interpretation and application

 

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.

 

 

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

Exploring Themes in Literature prepares students for the rigors of reading and critical thinking at the high school level. This course broadens their literacy and sharpens their sensitivity to aesthetics within the God-given gifts of language and storytelling. Most importantly, it challenges them to understand the problems of the human condition on a more personal level and recognize where man’s solutions and biblical solutions to that condition diverge.

Reading Process Approach
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 and Grammar 7 guides students toward formulating a biblical worldview of communication through writing by focusing on four themes: truth, beauty, virtue, and balance. This course leads students to become creators as they learn how to apply grammar skills to their writing. Grammar chapters offer systematic teaching of grammar concepts. Writing chapters teach students narrative, informative, and argumentative writing by leading them through the five steps of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. Students will evaluate mentor texts and practice their writing and grammar skills with regular Writing Workshops.

 

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 

 

 

 

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.

 

6th BJU Press

Science 6 reveals the incredible intricacies of cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, the nervous system, and the immune system. This elementary science educational materials includes exciting, but manageable science experiments and science projects.

7th BJU Press

Life Science- A survey of the structures and functions of living things such as plants, animals, and human beings. All these concepts are unfolded as a quest to understand the life that God has created. Case studies, web quests, lab activities, ethics boxes, and questions help students think like scientists and see life science from a biblical perspective.  This course introduces students to life science by following a series of scaffolded worldview themes. Throughout the course, they will consider (1) the role of worldview in life science; (2) the history of life; (3) the role

of modeling in life science; (4) the appearance of design in life; (5) ethical

issues in life science; (6) gender identity and human sexuality.

8th BJU Press

Physical Science- This research-based science course introduces students to chemistry and physics, equipping them to be student scientists. A clean, uncluttered layout helps students focus on key details and information. Going beyond science facts, students will learn to think critically about real-world science problems. Case stud­ies, worldview sleuthing activities, ethics boxes, and mini-labs all give students opportunities for hands-on experiences with real-world problems.

 

Additionally, they will be given strategies for making ethical decisions based on a biblical worldview.   

 

Students will analyze, evaluate, and draw conclusions about five themes in physical science on the basis of biblical teach­ing, including (1) order in nature, (2) science and dominion, (3) role of modeling, (4) pursuit of science, (5) ethics of science.

 

 

 

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/Chorus  Theater 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  Middle school students learn how to use Microsoft Office applications to complete meaningful projects.

Students will complete projects in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. They will also gain typing proficiency in the use of Word. Introductory programming projects will be employed to explore programming methodology and practices.

 

 

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 with a strong emphasis on 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.

 

Naviance

Naviance  is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation for millions of students across all ages and around the globe. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.  Naviance allows students to create a personalized plan that helps them make the right decisions throughout their academic journey.

 

 

Career Exploration

Connecting students' interests to their potential career paths early ensures active participation in their own academic success and opens their eyes to the wide world of career opportunities. The career planning tools in Naviance allow students to understand how their strengths, goals, skills, and interests can lead to exciting careers. 

Academic Planning

Early academic planning is critical to helping students achieve long-term success by aligning their interests with their chosen path. Naviance keeps students focused on their objectives by helping students, families, and staff create course plans that not only match students’ interests but also fulfill graduation requirements and align to postsecondary goals.

 

Self-Discovery

Students build confidence by trying new things, pursuing what they love, and learning from their missteps in a safe environment. Naviance is that safe place—by helping students focus on what’s strong, reflect on their interests and strengths, and explore a wide-variety of career options.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

MATH

 

SCIENCE

 

FINE ARTS

 

ELECTIVES