Middle School

Middle School Literature 6-8

Instructor : Felicite Badillo

Tuesdays 9:00-10:15

Grades 6-8


15 weeks 

Jan. 26th to May 18th

Good literature takes us to different times and places, introduces us to fantastic characters, and teaches us to imagine and tell good stories. The more we read, the better we communicate in spoken and written word. Written word is powerful and developing the ability to write well is essential. Middle school students will be exposed to engaging classical works of literature covering a wide range of genres, while emphasizing the development of excellent writing skills. This is an engaging, fast-paced class where students will write essays, expand their vocabulary, participate in group activities, memorize and recite, and give oral presentations. This class will prepare students to excel in English through high school and beyond.  

​Unit 1- Historical Fiction - True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

  • Descriptive paragraph writing 

Unit 2 – Fairy Tales – various works

  • Elements of fairy tale genre

  • Write an original fairy tale  

Unit 3 – Dystopian Literature – The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Outlining and paragraph development

  • Dialogue and punctuation review

Unit 4- Historical Poetry – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhah Lai

  • Formal five-paragraph research essay on immigration and culture 


Unit 5 – Historical Fiction – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (begins in Spring semester)

  • Oral heritage presentation


Unit 6 - Poetry- various selections

  • Analysis and writing of various forms of poetry

  • Includes annual poetry recital


Unit 7 – Mystery – The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

  • Formal letter writing

  • Email etiquette

Students should have paperback copies of the following novels:​ 

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhah Lai

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Spring semester)

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Spring semester)

All other materials will be provided by the instructor. Many items will need to be downloaded and printed at home for this course, so students should have a good supply of ink and paper. 

Middle School Math 

Instructor : Lisa Clemons

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:15-11:15 (meets twice per week)


15 weeks 

Jan. 26th to May 18th

In this class, we will use Saxon Math 7/6 and Algebra 1/2. Each student will take a placement test before the first day of class.

Middle School Life Science

Instructor : Ruth Kim

Tuesdays  11:30-12:45


15 weeks 

Jan. 26th to May 18th

In this class we will cover classification and will conduct a brief survey of the kingdoms including archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals including invertebrates, arthropods and vertebrates. We will also study viruses.
A brief study of some of the systems of the human body is also included.

Weekly homework will be assigned from the textbook. Lab reports and handouts will be completed by the students at home each week. Labs will be completed in class. Tests will be administered by their parent and will be taken online by with the student at home. 

A textbook is required. All other materials are included in the cost of the class. The lab book will be provided by the instructor.

These are the main topics that will be covered this year:

  • Intro to Cell Biology

  • Protein Synthesis

  • Photosynthesis

  • Genetics

  • Origins

  • Ecology

Textbook options:

Life Science by Bob Jones University Press. 3rd edition.
ISBN: 978-1-59166-474-1
Publisher: BJU Press, 2007
Length: 896 pp. Hardbound or softbound. 7th grade.

Glencoe Life Science – Student Edition
ISBN: 9780078778001
Publisher: Glencoe, 2008, Hardcover
**Charter students must use the Glencoe textbook**

American History

Instructor : Felicite Badillo

Tuesdays 1:15-2:10


15 weeks 

Jan. 26th to May 18th

In this class, the students will be able to grasp the history and culture of our great nation. They will have an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how our government works and realize what makes America truly unique and special.