Bible 6 is a course that primarily emphasizes relationships. Most of the emphasis will be on the student’s relationship with friends, family, and most importantly, their relationship with God. This will be taught by studying relationships of various Old Testament Bible characters. A study of Jewish History (discovering our Jewish roots) and scripture memory are interwoven throughout the course.
Seventh grade Bible class is a study of the Life of Christ. The course focuses on the Gospel of John with supplementation by the Synoptic Gospels. John writes so that his readers will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that through their belief they will live their lives according to his Name. The students will be encouraged to evaluate and take ownership of their belief and how they live their lives accordingly. In addition, the curriculum includes a cooperative reading and discussion of The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (youth edition).
The goal of this course is to help students to develop a Biblical Christian worldview. Students will begin to develop their ability to defend their faith and discern how God desires for us to live what we believe. Specific studies include the book of James, excerpts from Pauline literature and study of media and culture.
This class includes grammar and composition. Students also read short stories, poetry, and essays. English 6 concentrates on parts of speech and how words are put together to form effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Students will learn how to research a topic, and they will practice skills associated with research, including taking notes, synthesizing information, outlining, and citing sources. An online program is used in class for the study of word definitions, derivatives, context clues, and analogies.
English 7 is a combined reading and language arts course that seeks to help students advance in the writing process and expose them to various genres of literature. Building on their knowledge of the eight parts of speech, students will be introducted to more advanced grammar knowledge. Students will complete their first MLA formatted research paper with citations using a web-based app called Noodletools. Students will also begin their study of the works of William Shakespeare through the study of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
HONORS ENGLISH 7
Honors English 7 is a combined reading and language arts course that seeks to provide advanced students with accelerated curriculum in writing and literature. Building on their knowledge of the eight parts of speech, students will be introduced to more detailed study of advanced grammar knowledge. By the end of this course, the mechanics of student writing should improve. Students will complete their first MLA formatted research paper with citations using a web-based app called Noodletools. Students will also begin their study of the works of William Shakespeare through the study of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
English 8 is a combined reading and language arts course that is designed to improve students’ writing skills and introduce them to basic literary analysis. By the end of the course, students should have mastered the main parts of English grammar and syntax, should increase in verbal and written skills, should develop an appreciation of the various genres of literature, and should increase comprehension and analytical understanding of a variety of literature.
HONORS ENGLISH 8
Honors English 8 is a combined reading and language arts course that is designed to enhance students’ writing skills and introduce them to several types of literary analysis. In addition, students will have more in-depth studies of novels, grammar, and literature. By the end of the course, students should have mastered the main parts of English grammar and syntax, should increase in verbal and written skills, should develop an appreciation of the various genres of literature, and should increase comprehension and analytical understanding of a variety of literature.
Major course content covers the basic operations for whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Material is presented with a strong emphasis on problem solving and application to real life situations. Graphs, number theory, geometry, ratios, proportions, percentages, integers, and an introduction to Algebra comprise the balance of the program.
The dual emphasis of Seventh Grade Math is proportional reasoning and pre-algebra. Students will master evaluating expressions with rational numbers, simplifying variable expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, and applying algebraic techniques to geometric figures. Students will apply proportional reasoning in a variety of contexts including rates, scale drawings, statistics, probability, and an in-depth study of percentages. Students will also learn the relationship between a proportional relationship and a linear equation, thus tying together the two strands of their study. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to use their study of mathematics to gain a better understanding of God and his redemptive plan for us through Christ.
HONORS MATH 7
In addition to the proportional reasoning and pre-algebra concepts studied in 7th grade math, students in the honors course will further develop their algebra skills in order to be prepared for Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Students will study monomials, transformations, slope, and graphing linear equations. Students will also more fully develop simplifying expressions, solving multi-step equations and inequalities, and solving geometry problems using algebra.
INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA 8
Introduction to Algebra is a course designed to prepare students for the Algebra I curriculum. In this course, students use linear functions, linear equations, and system of equations to represent, analyze, and solve a variety of problems. Students will extend their understanding of slope as a constant rate of change and use this knowledge to analyze situations and solve problems. The Pythagorean Theorem will not only be used to find the distance between points on a coordinate plane but also used to solve real world problems. Upon completion of this course, students will have a solid foundation to be successful in high school mathematics.
HONORS ALGEBRA 8
The Honors Algebra curriculum was designed to give students the foundation necessary for completing higher-level mathematics courses at the high school level. In this rigorous course, students will cover four major categories: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, and Statistics and Probability. Students will gain a solid foundation of Algebra, which will be incorporated in all honors-level mathematics courses in high school. Upon completion of this course students will receive credit that counts towards high school GPA and the honors diploma.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 6, 7, 8
The goal of PE/Lifestyle Wellness 6,7,8, is to instill in our students that their bodies are temples for the Lord and subsequently we want them to desire a fitness lifestyle. In order to achieve these goals, we will emphasize the components of overall fitness including but not limited to strength conditioning, endurance, and agility training. Students will engage in popular team games such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, etc. The skills acquired in these games also allow our students to learn to encourage others, develop team spirit, sportsmanship, and strategic planning.
The theme for sixth grade science is how energy, found in multiple systems and scales, is driving ecosystems (populations, food chains/webs), Earth’s natural resources, and Earth processes (oceans, weather, and climate). In turn, oceans, weather, and climate help determine characteristics of ecosystems. A focus on science literacy is placed through the use of the science and engineering practices. Often times, students are required to gather information from reliable sources to construct evidenced-based arguments. Finally, STEM integration is supported both as a stand-alone disciplinary core idea. By the end of sixth grade, it is expected that students should be able to demonstrate the skills and content knowledge emphasized in the following standards in preparation for future learning in science and its practice.
Seventh grade science is a course that introduces the student to the world of life science. While other disciplines of science are integrated, we will focus on how the areas of chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences influence life. We study the complexity of life and the structure of molecular interactions, how a cell becomes an organism, how the body works together, and how our choices can affect our environment.
SCIENCE 8 (description coming soon)
ANCIENT HISTORY 6
Sixth grade social studies is a survey of the development of Western civilization from Creation, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Europe through the fall of the Roman Empire and beyond as time permits. The Bible is used to integrate sacred and secular history. God’s World, Top Story news magazine keeps students abreast of current events.
WORLD HISTORY II 7
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 Islamic world, 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. Students will learn about the resulting spread of Enlightenment philosophies and the examination of new concepts of reasoning toward religion, government, and science that continue to influence our world today. Students will analyze geography’s influence on the development of these civilizations as they continue their study of world history and geography. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the age of European explorations, and the political revolutions of the American colonies and France. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.
U.S. HISTORY 8
U.S. History builds on the introduction to American History that is given in the fifth grade. This course principally covers the time period from prehistory through the reconstruction of the south after the Civil War (Pre-History through 1880). The last weeks of the school year are used to cover changes in the twentieth century. The students are taught to analyze information about historic events to reveal the causes of these events in our history. Developing the student’s abilities of applying, synthesizing and evaluating information on people, places and turning points in history of the United States is a goal of this course.
6th Grade will be introduced to all 21 Spanish speaking countries and their capitals through song. Students will learn the alphabet, greetings (write a conversation), numbers, dates, days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather. Students will learn how to write about the day and will participate in a group project.
7th Grade will start the year with a preliminary lesson that is a review of 6th grade material learned. Other material introduced will be verbs/conjugation, pronouns, plural nouns, articles, and adjectives. Students will learn to do more in depth writing by writing their own stories. All students will participate in a group project.
8th Grade will use a textbook ¡Así se dice! Students will begin class by exploring the Spanish speaking world with Geo Vista which includes information on each Spanish speaking country. Students learn to identify and describe people and things, tell where someone is from, tell what subjects they take and express opinions about them and talk about Spanish speakers in the United States. Writing assignments and group projects are part of the curriculum.
Students will be given an introduction to French culture and different French speaking countries. They will learn conversational French, numbers, greetings, colors, date and time. We will focus on pronunciation and the phonetics of French. Students will learn how to properly order crepes in French and practice this on French Crepes Day! They will engage in active listening, speaking games and fun activities!
Students will continue learning about French culture. More basic conversation and writing skills will be taught. They will learn how to discuss sports, activities, their families, and physical descriptions in French. They will spend time in class on a project that will include writing about themselves in French. Students will learn how to properly order crepes in French and practice this on French Crepes Day!
Students will receive a short review of previous years of French. This class will include an emphasis on life in France and the many historical/beautiful sites. We will study conjugation and proper sentence structure. Students will be exposed to the many uses of French globally. They will engage in active listening and speaking games. Students will do both group and individual presentations throughout the quarter.
HONORS FRENCH 1
This is a beginning course in French language, which will include significant amounts of vocabulary, grammar, and culture. There is an overview of the countries where French is spoken, but emphasis on France, Canada, and Senegal. The grammar consists of present, near future and one past tense of verbs, as well as articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and many nouns. There will be an increasing amount of French spoken in class by both teacher and student with some orally graded presentations.
Text- Bien Dit Level 1
Novel- Brandan Brown dit la verite
READING 6 (description coming soon)
READING 7 (description coming soon)
ORATORY SKILLS 8 (description coming soon)
We will break STEM down into seven standards of practice (or skill sets) for educating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students. These skills are: learn and apply content, integrate content, interpret and communicate information, engage in inquiry, engage in logical reasoning, collaborate as a team, apply technology appropriately. In addition we will weave computer skills and current class projects into the class workflow when appropriate.
This course is a study of the basic ins and outs of the filmmaking process. Students will then apply these skills to create films ranging from vlogs to a short film.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTISTS 6
Students will experience many different elements of music during our year long study. Emphasis will be on rhythm development, music reading, vocal development, expression through theatre games and improvisation, and experiences in performance. There may be possible during school field trips and visits to our classroom from practicing musicians in our community.
MUSIC ROTATION 7
Students will experience and explore music through perfecting music reading with choir chimes, an introduction to the piano, and rhythmic reading ("bucket jam" and other percussive activities). Students will also explore self-expression through improvisation (both musically and theatre related).
MUSIC ROTATION 8
Students will put into practice the elements of music theory learned in 6th and 7th grades. Students will experience an introduction to the piano, the ukelele, and through other classroom activities. Students will be encouraged to explore their "creative side" through many interactive classroom activities.
PIANO LAB: 6th, 7th, 8th (This course is a commitment for the entire school year.)
Prerequisite: For First Year students, no prior piano experience is needed. Students must complete Year 1 to be admitted to Year 2 and must complete Year 2 to be admitted to Year 3; students MUST have a piano to practice on at home; once the student has been accepted for the class, he/she will not be permitted to drop the class since the class is a commitment for the entire school year.
20 students from each grade (60 students total) will be eligible to take the class. 10 students from each class will be assigned to Tuesday’s class with the remaining 10 students being assigned to Thursday’s class according to level (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, etc).
Play piano with proper technique
- Perform alone and with others
- Read music notation
- Listen to, analyze, and describe music
- Evaluate music and music performance
There is a small ONE TIME fee that will be billed to your CAK account through the Business Office for the cost of the books used (approximately $30).
"The CAK Middle School Band program serves to help students achieve a high level of musical excellence. Beginning Band is offered in 6th grade, 7th grade is 2nd Year Band, and 8th grade is Advanced Band. Each year of middle school band is progressive and is designed to prepare students with essential musical skills should they pursue band in high school. In addition to individual instruction on their specific instrument, students will also have exposure to elements of music history and music theory. Students participating in the CAK Middle School Band program can expect to perform in 2-3 concerts a year."
SEMESTER ART 7 and 8
7th grade curriculum will cover Elements and Principles of Art and Art History from Paleolithic Art to Modern Art doing 'hands on art' related to each lesson. We will use all mediums including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, ipad, and photography.
8th grade curriculum will cover each medium of art with a concentration each month on styles and techniques of that medium. This curriculum includes drawing, painting, clay sculpture, ipad and photography.
Classes meet each day for 18 weeks. There is a $150 materials fee for Semester Art.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVE ART 6,7,8
We will cover many aspects of art and art history. We will create masterpieces all year that cover all media including painting, drawing, assemblage, clay and technology. Students in 6th grade will have a more introductory course for styles and techniques. 7th grade artists will be guided through more abstract and more difficult concepts of art. 8th grade students will be working on projects that will launch them towards high school levels in art. All students will study Elements and Principles of Art while looking Art History to trend towards their own style of work.
Classes meet 1 time/week for the entire year. There will be a $75 art fee for Elective Art.
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 6th – 8th:
The English Academic Enrichment Class offers additional instruction in grammar, reading comprehension, and writing skills. As a result of their work in this class, boys and girls should improve in these areas and gain confidence as English students.
The Math Academic Enrichment Class will improve basic math skills that are required to be successful in each particular grade level. The mastery of these skills will improve and build confidence in the area of mathematics.