CAMPUS ACCESS GUIDELINES

MS Program of Studies - Grade Level

CORE COURSES

LANGUAGE ARTS 7

Language Arts 7 is a comprehensive program incorporating reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language foundation skills. Students are introduced to critical thinking and analysis of a variety of genres. These skills are developed throughout the year.

 

Reading & Writing

Students must be able to navigate a variety of genres in order to become competent contributors to society. They must be well versed in reading, writing, and discussing narrative, persuasive, informational, and analytical texts. The 7th grade Language Arts curriculum will explore these genres using an inquiry-based approach. Students will discover the attributes of specific genres by reading mentor texts. Following the writer's’ workshop model, students will apply their understandings of various genres as they write their own pieces. The genre focus of Language Arts 7 will include the following: Realistic Fiction, Short Story, Argumentative Essays, Literary Analysis, and Poetry.

 

Listening & Speaking

Oral communication skills are practiced through various presentations or book talks, which serve as formative practice building to formal presentations throughout the year. Formal presentations provide students with the opportunity to practice the use of multimedia tools that enhance the communication of their ideas. An emphasis is placed on the oral presentation skills of clear and expressive speech, appropriate body language and eye contact.

 

Language Foundations

 

Language foundations and grammar development are emphasized in the context of the instruction in expository, persuasive, narrative and other forms of writing. In this way, writing and grammar instruction take place in an authentic setting that can be applied directly to student work. Vocabulary study emerges from class literature and genre studies. Research methodologies and citation of sources are included throughout the year.


MATH 7

The goal of the 7th grade math course is 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. Pre-Algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to 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: data analysis and probability; algebraic foundations such as equations and inequalities; functional relationships; arithmetic and geometric sequences; measurement and Geometry. 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 "Pre-Algebra"

Textbook: Holt McDougal "Geometry"


SOCIAL STUDIES 7

Grade 7 social studies concentrates on physical and human geography. The course focuses on the study of land and resource use, our human footprint, demography, culture and a variety of current global issues. A particular emphasis on global demographic trends is examined as students explore the changes in population, human development and interdependence. Using a variety of activities, students study the relationship between people and their environment, both natural and man-made. Consequently, students develop a sense of place and an understanding of the interactions between patterns of human activity and the earth’s surface and resources. Current events are also an integral part of our program, and the course is flexible enough to incorporate events and changes in human and physical geography, which develops the students’ awareness of our world as a set of systems undergoing constant change.

 

By the end of this course, students will be geographically literate. They will be able to make inferences based on comparisons of visual aids, such as maps, graphs and pictures; use literature to enrich understanding; recognize the interrelationships between the world’s cultural regions; and apply the five themes of geography. Students will also develop an awareness of current global challenges and develop problem-solving skills to tackle these challenges.

 

The course will utilize a variety of information sources including: Geography Alive!, online interactives, online news media, and library resources.

 

Textbook: Geography Alive! Regions and People, © 2011, Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, Digital edition


SCIENCE 7

The Grade 7 Science course continues to focus on the work of scientists. The specific topics of studies are developing science process skills through units in ecology and environment with a focus on coral reef ecosystems; atomic structure and chemical changes with an introduction to chemistry, as well as geology. Through hands-on activities and labs, students explore these topics while developing skills of observation, analysis, teamwork and scientific thinking. Students will learn through lab investigations, projects, class discussions, readings and other appropriate activities.


 

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