Literature and Composition
To prepare students to be able to communicate and express themselves as Christians in an ungodly world; to examine different genres of literature.
This course consists of five components: literature, composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. The literature component is built around selected books read by the class as a whole, as well as by using specific stories from the grade level literature book. Students are required to read daily and to complete a quarterly book report project. Composition assignments are taken from journal prompts and selected class discussions from literature books. The basic writing process (outline, rough draft, editing, and final draft) is practiced. Grammar and Vocabulary/Spelling alternate weekly.
Areas to be Evaluated
- Vocabulary – Spelling
- Comprehension and expression
- Compose written work that is articulate, clear, creative, grammatically accurate, and that has a meaningful purpose
- Appreciation of literature
- Oral speaking
- 3-ring notebook
- Tab dividers
- Dictionary and Thesaurus
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Index cards (lined)
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
- Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
- Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
- First Quarter: Where I Belong/Autobiographies
- Second Quarter: Growing Times: Biographies: Fiction: Poetry
- Third Quarter: What’s Most Important: The Will to Win: Short Stories: Poetry
- Fourth Quarter: To Strange Places: Science fiction: Drama: Poetry
Student/Teacher Resources and Texts
- Literature – The Reader’s Choice, Course 1: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill/2000 edition
- God’s Gift of Language C: 3rd edition: A Beka Book; Pensacola, FL 2010 edition
- Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6 2nd edition: Educator’s Publishing Service/2007/Cambridge, MA
- Vocabulary from Classical Roots: 2006 edition: Educator’s Publishing Service/2000/Cambridge, MA
- The Winston Grammar Program: Teacher edition only. Battleground, WA: Precious Memories Education Resources, 1982.
The challenge of middle school mathematics course of study is to acquire a deeper understanding of math concepts, a proficiency in math skills, mastering all arithmetic functions, fractions, decimals and measurements; becoming fluent in rounding, estimating, interpreting data, using basic geometric terms and functions, problem solving techniques; and developing algebraic thinking.
Saxon Math, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
60 minutes for 175 days
(The Saxon program mixes math concepts throughout the year in a cyclical pattern for planned practice and repetition – the following highlights areas of emphasis):
- First Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, analysis and probability, and problem solving
- Second Quarter: Number and operations, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, problem solving, algebra
- Third Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, problem solving, data analysis and probability
- Fourth Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, problem solving
Areas to be Evaluated
Above course content and mathematical practices
Students will develop an understanding that science is constant, historic, probabilistic, and replicable because God is sovereign over all the universe.
Observing God’s World, 4th Edition (A Beka Books, 2010)
35 minutes for 85 days
(Approx. 3 weeks each unit)
- Plants: their structures and processes that enable them to survive
- Earth’s structures: constructive and destructive forces that affect and change Earth and its inhabitants
- Earth in the universe: the seasons, tides, phases of the moon, gravity, space exploration
- Matter: Properties and change – atoms and the effect on atoms through heat. Compare properties of substances – density, melting point, boiling point, etc.
- Energy: Conservation and transfer
- Ecosystems: Biomes – producers, consumers, decomposers – biotic and abiotic factors
Areas to be Evaluated
Class participation, tests, class assignments.
Students will develop competent motor skills, behavioral strategies to demonstrate responsibility, respect of self and others, and understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
45 minutes a day; 5 days a week for 175 days
- 3 Weeks: Personal / Social Responsibility
- 11 Weeks: Motor Skills
- 11 Weeks: Movement Concepts
- 11 Weeks: Health Related Fitness
Areas to Be Evaluated
- Participation as an individual and in a group
- Teacher observation
- Checklists / Fitnessgram / Assessments