CAMPUS ACCESS GUIDELINES

MS Program of Studies - Grade Level

CORE COURSES

LANGUAGE ARTS 6

Language Arts 6 utilizes a variety of methods to promote reading and writing in order to develop the students’ abilities in receptive and expressive communication. The focus is on the four learning strands – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language Foundations.

 

Reading and Writing

Reading and written work are based on the Readers and Writers Workshop model. Students read a number of short stories and novels during the year, individually, in groups, or as a class. Students will be expected and encouraged to read a number of different genres as they read independently. All students will read at least two full-length novels in class in addition to short stories, non-fiction articles, and poetry. Novels will focus on a social issue, historical fiction that will serve as a springboard for learning about Theme and writing a Historical Fiction story. Research of a Historical event is part of this process. Other writing that is explored in depth in sixth grade is narrative-memoir writing and the literary essay. The workshop model allows for whole class instruction as a topic is introduced, supported by a number of mini-lessons, as well as small group instruction and individual conferencing.

 

Listening and Speaking

Students will give at least one presentation each trimester. These may be book talks, genre talks, or related to their readers and writers workshop activities. Students are expected to pay attention to both the presentation skills themselves, as well as including interesting, high quality content. As a listener they are expected to engage actively and be able to ask questions, and make critical suggestions to the presenter in a positive and tactful manner.

 

Language Foundations

Language foundations underpin every aspect of the curriculum. These include language structure, usage and conventions, figurative language, media techniques, and genre. This understanding should help students to create critique and discuss both print and non-print texts.


MATH 6

The goal of the 6th grade math course is to serve as the students’ introduction to pre-algebra and to explore, examine and solve a wide variety of mathematical concepts. The crucial skills gained in this course include mathematical fluency and reasoning, communicating mathematical ideas and problem solving related to real-world situations. This introduction to Pre-Algebra eases the transition from elementary, conceptual math to attain deeper understanding and solution fluency needed for Pre-Algebra.

 

All concepts and skills are presented in the context of problem solving that requires the use of reasoning and communication. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: algebraic thinking; measures of central tendency; decimal and fractional computation; ratios and proportions; area and volume; and an introduction to equations and functions. The skills they learn in this course will stay with them throughout higher math education, and will prove useful in standardized testing, such as the MAP and SAT.

 

Textbook: Holt Middle School Math Course 1

Textbook: Holt McDougal "Geometry"


SOCIAL STUDIES 6

Grade 6 Social Studies introduces students to the dawn of civilizations through the exploration and excavation of six ancient civilizations: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Essential questions are developed to help promote students’ thinking about the features of civilization and the core components needed for a civilization to flourish. Classroom activities promote social, emotional and intellectual growth, while attempting to draw parallels between historical developments noting similarities and differences between the various civilizations studied. Additionally, classroom activities develop academic skills including writing, researching and note-taking.

 

Textbook: History Alive! The Ancient World, © 2017, Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, Digital edition


SCIENCE 6

The Grade 6 Science course is designed to be a “hands on” class to encourage interest in the fields of science. Students will learn through lab experiments, STEM projects, class discussions and other appropriate activities. Technology is integrated throughout the course through the use of computers, video and laboratory equipment. The main units covered are: nature of science, scientific skills, atmosphere, space and earth cycles, climate. Cells and Human Body systems: circulatory, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of science as a field of study and also as a process. The skills of inquiry, making observations and inferences, creating and conducting fair and reliable tests/ experiments and using the tools of measurement are all explored and developed. Students will continue to apply these skills throughout the year in lab and classroom settings so they are prepared to move to science in seventh grade. Content is taught using engineering standards.


 

ELECTIVE COURSES

COMMUNITY SERVICE: THE POWER OF ONE

The Community Service: Power of One course, provides service learning opportunities to empower students to make meaningful contributions to their community and the world. Through organized activities, the students will become proactive citizens who experience the value of reaching out to those in need. The students will be guided into becoming responsible global citizens and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

 

 

Length of Course: One Semester


FRENCH A

This course is designed for students beginning the formal study of French.This course requires NO prior knowledge of the language. The student is introduced to the language through a variety of techniques enhancing basic communicative competence: oral drills, conversations, creative dialogues and written exercises. The opportunity to demonstrate the creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through the use of such activities as dialogues, oral presentations, computer projects, games and videos and listening activities. The student is introduced to French culture and life through a situational approach and a range of media presentations. The four skills of the language are all equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The main objective of this communicative course is to develop the student's very basic interaction in French.

 

Materials and Texts: Discovering French Bleu A

 

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH B

This course is a continuation of French A for students who have successfully completed level A or the equivalent. The same systematic communicative approach is continued in this language sequence. The use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of French grammar and to expand his/her vocabulary, enriched through multi-media presentations. French B is the second part of a three-year basic program in French and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School French C. The main objective of French B is to enable the student to converse in basic French at level-appropriate capacity with a sound grammatical foundation.

 

Materials and Texts: Discovering French Bleu B

Prerequisites: French A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in French (French A and French B). In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations, understanding short texts and books. Students develop an awareness of the culture of the French-speaking world through multi-media presentations. Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School French 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: BienDit Level1/ 2

Prerequisites: French B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH A

This course is designed for students interested in Spanish with NO prior experience. The learner is introduced to the language through a variety of activities that develop basic communicative competence: oral practice, conversations, dialogues, and written activities. The opportunity to demonstrate creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through, songs/game, presentations, and text. The student is introduced to Spanish culture and life through a range of media presentations including DVDs, internet resources and computer technology, as well as bilingual and grade-level appropriate texts. The four language skills are equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The main objective of this proficiency-oriented course is to develop the students' basic communication skills in Spanish.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!!

Prerequisite: None

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH B

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish A. It continues to reinforce the proficiency-oriented approach and focuses on basic communicative competence and performance. The use of the acquired structures and vocabulary is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Spanish grammar to expand his/her vocabulary with one objective in mind: basic communication. The student's vocabulary is enriched through multi-media presentations. Spanish B is the second part of a three-year basic program in Spanish and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School Spanish C.This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student's communicative competence and strengthen creativity in using the four language skills with a sound grammatical foundation and a broadened vocabulary.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!

Prerequisites: Spanish A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in Spanish A and Spanish B. In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations and understanding short written passages.

 

Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School Spanish 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!

Prerequisites: Spanish B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One year


BAND & STRINGS

Year-long courses are available for students interested in learning to play a band or string instrument in a Band or String Ensemble. 

Goals that guide these electives include:

• Development of music literacy

• Production of a characteristic tone 

• Technical development on an instrument

• Completion of the first year method book

• Performance in at least one full-ensemble concert

• Development of routine practice habits

• Appreciation of group dynamics and performances of others while working collaboratively

• Care and maintenance for their instrument 

• Development of ensemble skills

• Development of musical expression

• Development of a sense of personal satisfaction from playing an instrument


BEGINNING BAND

Beginning Band is a music course designed to teach musical concepts to students who would like to learn a band instrument through instruction on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Students may choose from one of the following instruments to play: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone (limited spaces based on tryout of instrument), trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone or percussion.

 

All instruction is done in a group setting with mixed instruments. This course starts at the very beginning; students do not have to know how to read music or how to play a band instrument to join this class. Students will be expected to practice daily, and will also be expected to perform in public.

 

Some musical instruments (flutes, clarinets, percussion kits, trombones, alto saxophones, trumpets) may be leased from the school on a 2-year “lease-to-buy” plan. Others are rented to the student for a yearly fee (tuba, baritone, tenor saxophones, oboes, bassoon). Instruments can be leased one year at a time. Prices of instruments vary depending upon the type and condition of the instrument. After 2 years, the instrument belongs to the student.

 

Length of Course: One Year

 

Note: Guitar, piano, and string instruments are not taught in this course.


CONCERT BAND

Concert Band is a music course designed to teach musical concepts to students through instruction on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. All instruction is done in a group setting with mixed instruments. All students in this class should have at least one year of instruction on their instrument as a prerequisite.

 

The emphasis for this course will be to continue to develop ensemble, rehearsal and musicianship skills. Students will enhance independence in reading skills, sight-reading, and music theory while becoming more self directed in the preparation of music through various styles of repertoire. This course is a performance course and all students will be expected to practice daily and participate in several public concerts during the year.

 

Most students will already own their instruments; however, some musical instruments may be leased or rented from the school. More information is available from the instructor.

 

Prerequisites: One Year of previous study on the instrument.

Length of Course: One Year (may be repeated in subsequent years)

 

Note: Guitar, piano, and string instruments are not taught in this course.


STRINGS ENSEMBLE

This course is designed for music students who have at least one year of experience playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or contra-bass) and have a desire to improve their musical skills. This course enables students to progress by focusing on more advanced bowing and vibrato methods, expression, intonation, sight-reading and repertoire. The course will enhance students' knowledge of classical music, encourage the value of self-motivation and create practical opportunities for local public performances. This course is performance based and all students will be expected to participate in several public concerts during the year. Enrollment in one of the string ensemble electives is required to audition for the Association for Music in International School's International Honor Orchestra.

 

Students are expected to provide their own instrument, but some sources are available for instruments. Contact the music teacher for help with obtaining an instrument.

Prerequisites: One year or more of previous study on a string instrument or permission of the teacher.

 

Length of course: One Year

 

Note: Guitar and piano are not part of this course


MIXED CHOIR

This class is open to boys and girls in Grades 6, 7, and 8 regardless of musical experience or singing ability. Members of this choir will be introduced to 2-part and 3-part choral music. Singers will also learn rehearsal skills, how to read music and how to perform. Music reading is facilitated through work in the computer lab and the students record their work over the course of the year. Singers are required to bring a bottle of water to each rehearsal. The Mixed Choir will appear in a performances at various times during the school year.

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Length of Course: One Year


GENERAL ART

This semester course offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of different art-making methods and materials, using a variety of media to create either 2-D or 3-D works of art. Students will strive to develop and achieve a high level of craftsmanship in their work. The emphasis on student learning centered on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques and processes and how they applied to the creative process. Students participate in class discussions, develop creative problem-solving skills and connect critical concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas. Students created a unique design using Acrylic paint. They learned to mix color tints and use contrasting colors effectively in their work. Their design project helped them to develop their painting skills, as well as gain an understanding of composition in their work.

Prerequisite: None
Length of Course: Semester


DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

In Design Technology students learn about the work of designers and develop an understanding of the design cycle. They combine practical workshop and technological skills with creative thinking to design, make and evaluate products and artifacts. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects and are guided to hands-on design and building using a range of different manufacturing techniques and processes. Strands within Design Technology that students may choose to focus on include: woodworking, mixed material (wood/metal/plastic), electronics, CAD & CAM (computer aided design & manufacturing), robotics, and video production.

 

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Semester

 

Note: This course may be repeated


Arabic A

This course is designed for students interested in Arabic with NO prior experience. The learner is introduced to the language through a variety of activities that develop basic communicative competence: oral practice, conversations, dialogues, and written activities. The opportunity to demonstrate creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through, songs/game, presentations, and text. The student is introduced to Arabic culture and life through a range of media presentations as well as bilingual and grade-level appropriate texts. The four language skills are equally stressed: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The main objective of this proficiency-oriented course is to develop the students' basic communication skills in Arabic.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirements: None

 

Length of Course: One Year


Arabic B

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Arabic A. It continues to reinforce the proficiency-oriented approach and focuses on basic communicative competence and performance. The use of the acquired structures and vocabulary is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Arabic language foundation to expand his/her vocabulary with an objective in mind: basic communication. The student's vocabulary is enriched through multi-media presentations. Arabic B is the second part of a three-year basic program in Arabic and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School Arabic C.This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student's communicative competence and strengthen creativity in using the four language skills with a sound grammatical foundation and a broadened vocabulary.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirments: Arabic A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year

 


Arabic C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in Arabic A and B. In this course, the student will continue to develop language accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations and understanding short written passages. Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School Arabi 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirments: Arabic B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One year