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READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

6th Grade Reading/Language Arts
Students in the 6th grade language arts will engage in a rigorous curriculum which focuses on the standard areas of reading, writing and communication.  Students will read a variety of literary genres such as poetry, novels, short stories, and non-fiction.  As a complement to the reading instruction, students will be required to write in a variety of modes which involve text-based evidence for student responses.  Students will learn to prepare and write narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive types of writing pieces in the form of stories, reflections, essays, letters, and reports.  Teachers will also provide vocabulary instruction to enhance students’ skills in reading and writing.  Equally as important, students will continue to sharpen their grammatical skills so that they can become effective writers and speakers.

SCIENCE

6th Grade Science
Scientific inquiry skills and the application of technology and engineering are embedded as grade level expectations in the science curriculum.  In the life science study of interdependence, students will explore the world’s major biomes, how living things interact with one another and the non-living elements of their environments, cycles in nature and how matter and energy are transferred through ecosystems.  The Earth and space science curriculum includes a study of the major components of the universe and the relative distances of objects in the solar system from Earth.  Students will learn about the positional relationships between Earth, the moon and the sun and how they control the lunar cycle, length of day, and year.  Lunar and solar eclipses, tides, and seasons will be explored.  Also included is the study of Earth’s atmosphere, currents, weather, and interpretation of meteorological data.  Physical science content includes a study of energy transformations and the interplay between magnetic fields and electrical currents.  Students will learn about forms of energy, their transformations, and how circuits are associated with the transfer of electrical energy when heat, light, sound, and chemical changes are produced.  Students will be engaging in expository writing to explain scientific principles.

SOCIAL STUDIES

6th Grade Social Studies
Sixth grade students will study the beginning of early civilizations through the fall of the Roman Empire. Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for early civilizations progressing through the Roman Empire. Students will study the development of civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. The study of these civilizations will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development, and economic change. This course will be the first concentrated study of world history and geography and will utilize appropriate informational texts and primary sources.

MATHEMATICS

6th Grade Math
During the first semester, students will learn real number operations, including whole numbers, decimals and fractions.  Students will also strengthen their knowledge as they analyze data and probability and evaluate and solve one-step equations during second semester.  Throughout the year students learn the relationship between ratios and percentages and apply their skills to real-world scenarios.  They are also introduced to the fundamentals of geometry and integers.  Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

7th Grade Reading/Language Arts
Students in 7th grade language arts engage in rigorous application and reinforcement of grammar skills, as well as fine tuning writing techniques. Students will compose essays that in which they will support their points with evidence from various genres or informational texts. Students complete a full research paper. Reading includes varied genres, including novels, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and informational text. Vocabulary study incorporates both traditional, grade-appropriate words and Greek morphemes. Use of technology, as well as intentional emphasis on 21st century skills and digital literacy, is woven into the program of study.

SOCIAL STUDIES

7th Grade World History
Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical, political and technological changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including the Middle East, Africa, China, and Japan, but with a heavier emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout these continents during medieval times. They will examine the growth in economic interactions among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the Meso-American and Andean civilizations, and the age of European explorations. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.

SCIENCE

7th Grade Science
Students will be introduced to the study of cells, photosynthesis, respiration, heredity, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, motion, force, work, and simple machines.  Students will sharpen their scientific inquiry skills and explore technology and engineering using the following methods: participating in many hands-on laboratory activities in order to make proper observations and draw conclusions for themselves, investigating multiple solutions to scientific questions and problems, identifying and testing the best solutions, and appropriately communicating their findings to a specific audience such as fellow students, teachers, or parents.

MATHEMATICS

7th Grade Math
In 7th Grade Math, students will use problem solving strategies and technology to master TCAP skills and state standards for the 7th grade.  These skills include working with rational numbers and percents, solving equations, working with proportions, understanding geometric figures, and using techniques of statistics and probability.  Students will also begin to look at linear and nonlinear functions and how those apply to real world scenarios.  Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

8th Grade Reading/Language Arts
Eighth grade reading/language arts follows standards to develop greater analytical reading and thinking skills that consistently spiral student learning.  Students write expository, narrative, and persuasive essay, incorporating textual evidence from literary or informational passages.  Grammar instruction requires students to embed grammar concepts into writing.  Students study novels, short stories, and poetry.  Vocabulary building is also stressed.

SOCIAL STUDIES

8th Grade American History
Eighth grade students will study the European colonization of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements and colonies. This course will emphasize the development and maturation of the British colonies, and the political, cultural, and economic influences that led to the American Revolution. The major events and outcomes of the American Revolution will be analyzed, along with the individuals that played influential roles in the development of the new nation. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government, continuing through the early 19th century. The impact of the expansion of the United States will be analyzed, including implications on domestic and foreign policy. Policies that affected the American Indians will also be studied. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war. The history, people, government, and geography of Tennessee will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Reconstruction and the development of the American West will conclude this course. Appropriate primary sources and informational texts will be included in order to enhance understanding of the content.

SCIENCE

8th Grade Science
Eighth grade science focuses on the practical application of science as it relates to life and the environment.  Students will explore scientific inquiry and the impact science has on the development of new technologies.  A well-balanced exploration of life and physical science subjects covered include:  classification of organisms response to the environment, composition and structure of matter and its behavior, and the electrical and gravitational fields at work in our universe.  This program will place an emphasis on writing skills, technology, and hands-on learning.  Students will learn to interpret data and use it to solve problems.

MATHEMATICS

8th Grade Math: Pre-Algebra
Pre-Algebra is the first portion of a high school level math course that uses problem solving situations, physical models and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. 8th grade state of Tennessee math standards and begin with a study of the real number system as well as solving multi-step equations.  Word problems are deeply embedded within the course, and students use algebraic concepts in order to solve them.  In addition to solving equations, students will explore functions, writing equations, graphing linear equations, including systems of equations and statistics.  Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by the state standards.

8th Grade Math: Algebra I Honors
Algebra I is an honors level and high school level math course that uses problem solving situations, physical models and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning.  The course begins with the study of sets and logic and ends with solving rational expressions.  Word problems are deeply embedded within the course and students use algebraic concepts in order to solve them.  Problem solving and making mathematical connections to real world problems are critical to a student’s success in this course.  Concepts emphasized in the course:  solving equations and inequalities, solving linear equations and inequalities, writing equations and graphing linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, statistics and probability, factoring, quadratic equations, radical and exponential equations and rational expression.  Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by state standards. 

Spanish I Honors
Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading). Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as skills progress. Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the Spanish-speaking world. This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required. Students will complete an Honors Portfolio each quarter in order to meet TN standards for honors level courses. Material from the National Spanish Exam is embedded throughout the course.

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6th Grade Course Descriptions

Majors

Art: Do your fingers itch to make beautiful and interesting things? Interested in learning all kinds of different ways to make art? Art class will include: clay sculpture, assemblage, painting, drawing, glass, weaving, and more. 9 week Course.

Band: Do you love music? This introductory class gives students the opportunity to learn a new instrument! There is no prerequisite required and students do not need any prior experience. 6th Grade Band is a great opportunity to meet new students and gain an appreciation and love for music. We perform in various concerts throughout the year. There is a $100 fee for participation and information regarding instrumental rental is available.  Involves after school commitment. Yearlong Course.

Choir: Is your inner rock star waiting to be heard? Choir will help you learn to sing various styles of music, from pop to traditional, and perform in a group setting. Involves after school commitment. Semester or Yearlong Course.

PE: P.E. will cover basic health concepts as well as athletic skills, and gameplay units (fitness, volleyball, soccer, floor polo, flag football, basketball, bowling and cooperative games.) 9 week course.

Computer: Computer Class will learn skills to impress your teachers and parents: Gmail and Google apps, Web 2.0 sites, and Presentation, Spreadsheets and Word Processing apps. 9 week course.

Theatre: Is onstage your favorite place to be? Theatre class will include: -Character Development , Acting, Stage/Costume Design, and Historical Research (Time period writing/pieces). Instructor: 9 week course.

Minors

Guitar 1: For Beginning Guitarists – No experience or guitar needed, but you may use your own guitar. Learn basic chords and strumming patterns to play some of your favorite songs! Learn how to tune and read guitar tab.

Build: Build interesting and useful things with wood, wire, and found objects.

Computer: You will learn skills to impress your teachers and parents: Gmail and Google apps, Web 2.0 sites, and Presentation, Spreadsheets and Word Processing apps. This course is the same as the Computer Major.

Dance/Yoga: Introduction to Basic Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Yoga (for stretching, increasing flexibility).

Draw: Increase your drawing skills and explore pastels, pencil and ink.

Fast Forward: Designed for current 6th grade band students who need additional help in a smaller setting! This course will help bring students up to speed .Students enrolled in Fast Forward will also be enrolled in the year-long 6th Grade Band.

PE Plus: Learn alternative game play units and skills such as golf, lacrosse, tennis, Frisbee golf, and PE Olympics.

PE Plus Girl Power: PE tailored for female students with an emphasis on team sports as well as individual activities and skills, such as fitness, gymnastics/tumbling, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

All That Jazz: Do you play an instrument? This course is open to any student who plays a band instrument, guitar, piano or drum set. We will learn to play in the jazz style, discuss improvisation, and work through full-band charts.

Sports Center: LOVE sports? Learn sports lingo, how stats work, rules of the game, why THAT ref made THAT call, and much more!

Surviving Middle School: Lockers, more freedom, school sports and clubs -This class will discuss techniques and skills that will make your transition to middle school even better! If you’re a little nervous about middle school life or just want to get a smooth start to the new semester, this class is for YOU!

Zumba: A high energy class with music, dance, exercise and FUN! If you like moving to sweet beats from hip hop to around the world…this is a class for you! NO dance experience necessary!

7th Grade Course Descriptions

Majors

Art: Do your fingers itch to make beautiful and interesting things? Interested in learning all kinds of different ways to make art? Art class will include: clay sculpture, assemblage, painting, drawing, glass, and more. Semester Course.

Band: 7th Grade band is designed to be a building block for all previous 6th Grade Band students. Students will participate in school and local concerts, MTSBOA Concert Festival, Rodeo Parade and other venues. There is a $100 fee for participation and information regarding instrument rental is available. Yearlong Course.

Choir: Is your inner rock star waiting to be heard? Choir will help you learn to sing various styles of music, from pop to traditional, and perform in a group setting. Semester Course.

Computer: This course will allow you to create awesome digital works of art! Class will cover Digital Photo Enhancement, Video Editing and Effects, Stop Motion Animation, and Desktop Publishing. 9 Week Course.

PE: Ready to exercise your mind and body? P.E. will cover basic health concepts as well as athletic skills, and gameplay units (fitness, volleyball, soccer, floor polo, flag football, basketball, bowling and cooperative games.) 9 week course.

Theatre: Is onstage your favorite place to be? Theatre class will include: -Character Development , Acting, Stage/Costume Design, and Historical Research (Time period writing/pieces).  Semester course.

Future Teachers: Interested in teaching? Gain a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of the teacher. Work with small groups and/or individual students in K-3 classrooms. 9 week course.


Minors

All That Jazz: Do you play an instrument? This course is open to any student who plays a band instrument, guitar, piano or drum set. We will learn to play in the jazz style and discuss improvisation.

Computer: Learn advanced features of various Apps, evaluation of Web 2.0 sites, and 21st Century Technology Assessment Skills (a passing score is required for HS graduation).

Dance/Yoga: Introduction to Basic Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Yoga (for stretching and flexibility).

Fast Forward: Designed for current 8th grade band students who would like additional help in a smaller setting! This course will help bring students up to speed .Students enrolled in Fast Forward will also be enrolled in the year-long 8th Grade Band Class.

Guitar 1: For Beginning Guitarists – No experience or guitar needed, but you may use your own guitar. Learn basic chords and strumming patterns to play some of your favorite songs! Learn how to tune and read guitar tab.

Guitar 2: Increase your acoustic guitar skills! You must already know how to play C, G, D, and Em chords, know basic strumming, how to read guitar tab, and how to tune an acoustic guitar. You may bring your own guitar or use a school guitar.

PE Plus: Learn alternative game play units and skills such as golf, lacrosse, tennis, Frisbee golf, and PE Olympics.

PE Plus Girl Power: PE tailored for female students with an emphasis on team sports as well as individual activities and skills, such as fitness, gymnastics/tumbling, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Multimedia: Multimedia class is a combination of Yearbook and Video Production. Students will take pictures and video while also helping create the school yearbook.

Photography: Learn how to take awesome photographs! You may bring your own camera or use a school camera!

Theatre Production: Go behind the scenes of HPAC! Learn set design (sketching, building, painting), prop design, tech (light and sound design), advertising, and set organization.

Zumba: A high energy class with music, dance, exercise and FUN! If you like moving to sweet beats from hip hop to around the world…this is a class for you! NO dance experience necessary!

8th Grade Course Descriptions

Majors

Art: Do your fingers itch to make beautiful and interesting things? Interested in expressing your thoughts and ideas in images? Art class will include: clay sculpture, assemblage, painting, drawing, mask making, and more. Semester Course.

Band: 8th Grade band is designed to be a building block for all previous 7th Grade Band students. Students will participate in school and local concerts, 8th Grade Exhibition, MTSBOA Concert Festival, Rodeo Parade and other venues. There is a $100 fee for participation and information regarding instrument rental is available. Yearlong Course.

Choir: Is your inner rock star waiting to be heard? Choir will help you learn to sing various styles of music, from pop to traditional, and perform in a group setting. Semester Course.

PE/Computer: Ready to exercise your mind and body? P.E. will cover basic health concepts as well as athletic skills, and gameplay units (fitness, volleyball, soccer, floor polo, flag football, basketball, bowling and cooperative games.) Computer Class will cover advanced features of various Apps, evaluation of Web 2.0 sites, and 21st Century Technology Assessment Skills (a passing score is required for HS graduation). 9 Week Course for each.

Theatre: Is onstage your favorite place to be? Theatre class will include: Improv, Advanced Acting, Play Writing, Tech (incorporating sound/lighting), and Directing.  Semester course.

Video Production: Do you enjoy shooting and editing with video? Or being on camera? Would you like to take it to the next level? Students will create news-style videos that will be shown weekly to the entire school. Semester course.

Minors

All That Jazz: Do you play an instrument? This course is open to any student who plays a band instrument, guitar, piano or drum set. We will learn to play in the jazz style, discuss improvisation, and work through full-band charts.

Build: Build interesting and useful things with wood, wire, and found objects.

Computer: Learn advanced features of various Apps, evaluation of Web 2.0 sites, and 21st Century Technology Assessment Skills (a passing score is required for HS graduation).

Dance/Yoga: Introduction to Basic Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Yoga (for stretching, increasing flexibility).

Draw: Increase your drawing skills and explore pastels, pencil and ink.

Fast Forward: Designed for current 8th grade band students who would like additional help in a smaller setting! This course will help bring students up to speed .Students enrolled in Fast Forward will also be enrolled in the year-long 8th Grade Band Class.

Guitar 2: Increase your acoustic guitar skills! You must already know how to play C, G, D, and Em chords, know basic strumming, how to read guitar tab, and how to tune an acoustic guitar. You may bring your own guitar or use a school guitar.

PE Plus: Learn alternative game play units and skills such as golf, lacrosse, tennis, Frisbee golf, and PE Olympics.

PE Plus Girl Power: PE tailored for female students with an emphasis on team sports as well as individual activities and skills, such as fitness, gymnastics/tumbling, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Photography: Learn how to take awesome photographs! You may bring your own camera or use a school camera!

Spanish 1 Honors: See Attached Letter. Spanish 1 is a High School Credit Class. Teacher Recommendation required. Limited Enrollment. Yearlong Course.

Theatre Production: Go behind the scenes of HPAC! Learn set design (sketching, building, painting), prop design, tech (light and sound design), advertising, and set organization.

Zumba: A high energy class with music, dance, exercise and FUN! If you like moving to sweet beats from hip hop to around the world…this is a class for you! NO dance experience necessary!

Spanish I Honors Program

Students may elect to take a high school Spanish I class during the 8th grade. This is a year-long honors level class and students will receive one high school credit on their transcript. Upon successful completion of the course students will start high school with either Spanish II or Spanish II Honors.