Middle School

Middle School Literature 6-8

Instructor : Felicite Badillo

Tuesdays 9:00-10:15

Grades 6-8

$365 per semester (2 semester course) 

Each semester is 15 weeks long

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

  • 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


CLASS MATERIALS:
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

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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 Science

Life Science

Instructor : David Yun

Tuesdays  10:30-11:45

Grades 6-8   
$365 per semester (2 semester course)

Each semester is 15 weeks long

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**

Math 6 

Instructor : Jerica Sterling

Tuesdays  2:00-3:00

$365 per semester (2 semester course)

Each semester is 15 weeks long

Course topics are listed here.

 

 

 

Math 7

Instructor : Jerica Sterling

Tuesdays  12:30-1:45

$365 per semester (2 semester course)

Each semester is 15 weeks long

Course topics are listed here.

 

 

 

Middle School World History and Geography

Instructor : Edwin Chang

Mondays  9:00-10:00

$325 per semester (2 semester course)

Each semester is 15 weeks long

This class will cover "Medieval and Early Modern Times" based on the CA State Standards for 7th grade Social Studies.

"Students in Grade 7 study the social, cultural, and technological changes that oc­curred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500–1789. After reviewing the an­cient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times." (CA State Standards)

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