Middle School (5-8)
Note: In Grade 6, students choose to continue either French or Spanish while adding Latin to their program.
Grade 5 Curriculum
English Language: Composition: creative paragraph writing. Handwriting. Vocabulary/Dictionary work. Oral interpretation. Reading comprehension. Children’s classics. Grammar, spelling, usage/mechanics. Drama and pageants.
Mathematics: Continue practice and retention of skills. Practice division, fractions, decimals. Problem solving geometric constructions. Math vocabulary. Measurement. Operations on sets.
Science: Elementary Biology. Scientific method using microscope. Living/non-living things; cell structure and function; diffusion and osmosis. Mitosis, DNA and cloning. Theory of evolution/adaptation. Classification method: viruses, fungi, plants, reproduction, simple animals. Systems within organisms.
Social Studies: Classical Mediterranean civilizations, prehistory and history: Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek, Roman, Myths geography, art and architecture, political ideas, cultural heritage, philosophy. Early Christianity. Original and secondary sources. Project research and presentation, map studies.
Art and Music: Color theories, perspective, other techniques for the illusion of depth. Singing alone and with others. Reading and writing music. Music appreciation. Recorder playing. Two-part songs. Percussion instruments.
Foreign Language: Begin Bienvenue French textbook, integrating written work and fluency of conversation. Begin Expresate Spanish textbook, encouraging meaningful, practical communication by immersing students in the language and culture of the Spanish world.
Grade 6 Curriculum
English Language: Paragraph Writing, creative writing. Grammar, vocabulary and presentations. Reading comprehension. Children’s classics. Origins of the English language; spelling, usage and mechanics. Drama and pageants.
Mathematics: Set definitions and field axioms. Number systems: negative integers and rational numbers. Laws of arithmetic; geometric constructions. Fractions, decimals, percents. Mathematical sentences. Graphs and measurements.
Science: Elementary Physics. Laws of motion, energy, acceleration. Levers, pulleys. Measurement. Electricity, optics, heat.
Social Studies: European Middle Ages. Dark ages, feudalism, crusades, urbanization, guilds. Art and architecture. Age of exploration. Renaissance and Reformation, Project research and presentation, map skills.
Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music.
Foreign Language: Choose between French and Spanish. Continue Bienvenue or Expresate.
Classical Language: Latin A: Cambridge Latin Stage 1. Introduction to basic structures of Latin.
Grade 7 Curriculum
English Language: Paragraphs into compositions; creative writing, functional writing. Grammar, vocabulary, speech making. Group discussions. Literary genres, interpretive comprehension skills. Shakespeare play. Library use for pleasure reading and information. Drama and pageants.
Mathematics: Pre-Algebra. Structure of the number system. Sets, rational numbers, ratio and proportion. Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. Field axioms. Cartesian coordinate system. Exponents and scientific notation. Manipulation of equations.
Science: Elementary Chemistry. History of Chemistry. Systems of measurement. Matter and energy. Atomic theory. Periodic table, chemical bonding. Balancing equations. Chemical reactions. Acids, bases and salts. Introduction to organic chemistry.
Social Studies: Texas History. Native peoples, geography, regions. Conquistators and missions. Mexican era, independence, statehood and Civil War. Cattle and oil industry, politics and ethnic diversity.
Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight- reading of music, writing music.
Foreign Language: Continue Bienvenue or begin Expresate Level II. Participate in the National Spanish Exam or National French Exam.
Classical Language: Latin B: Cambridge Latin Unit 2: add perfect tenses and other grammatical complexity.
Grade 8 Curriculum
English Language: Expository writing, essay test questions, functional writing. Creative writing, Grammar, usage, vocabulary. Interviewing, public speaking. Eras, incidents, themes in American literature. Drama and pageants.
Mathematics: Algebra. Sets, number systems, variables, quantifiers, field axioms, absolute value, exponents, powers, polynomials, factoring, equations in two variables, inequalities, roots and radicals. The quadratic equation.
Science: Earth Science. Weather observation and meteorology, elementary astronomy. Rocks, soils and weathering. The water cycle. Tectonic theory, earthquakes and volcanism. Field observation and note-taking. World regional geography.
Social Studies: American History. European influences on New World, colonization, regions, Revolutionary War, constitution and Bill of Rights. Federalism and westward expansion, Industrial Revolution, Civil War.
Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight-reading of music, writing music.
Foreign Language: Finish Bienvenue and begin À Bord or continue Expresate Level II. Participate in the National Spanish Exam or National French Exam.
Classical Language: Latin C: Cambridge Latin Unit 3: add subjunctive mood and ablative case uses.