Parents Curriculum Middle School

Fifth Grade

The curriculum for fifth grade includes a core of English language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, students may receive instruction in art, computer keyboarding, music, career exploration PBL, and physical education. Fifth grade students may elect to take orchestra, band or chorus.

Sixth Grade

The curriculum for sixth grade includes a core of English language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, students receive instruction in art, PLTW/STEM, music, physical education, and career exploration PBL. Sixth grade students may elect to take orchestra, band, or chorus.

Seventh Grade

The curriculum for seventh grade includes a core of English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Additional required curricula may include art, music, physical education, PLTW/STEM, and career exploration PBL. Seventh graders may elect to take a combination of the following courses: art, orchestra, band, chorus, computer applications, PLTW/STEM, career exploration PBL, French, Spanish, and journalism/creative writing.

Eighth Grade

The curriculum for eighth grade includes a core of English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Additional required curricula may include computer applications, physical education, PLTW/STEM, and career exploration PBL. Eighth graders may elect to take a combination of the following courses: art, orchestra, band, chorus, computer applications, PLTW/STEM, career exploration PBL, French, Spanish, and journalism/creative writing.

  • PBL=Project/Problem-Based Learning
  • PLTW=Project Lead The Way
  • STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

Core Content Outlines


Parents can access instructional materials for courses on Canvas.
Assignment listings will also be posted in Skyward.


English Language Arts

Grade 6 Pacing Guide

Major assignments: Writing: narrative, informative/explanatory paper,
argument essay, research project. Weekly Vocabulary Workshop Units.
Library Genre book every 3‐4 weeks. Greek/Latin word parts.

Field trips: TBD.

Grade 7 Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: To be completed this year: 1) Hatchet novel study and integrated writing workshops, includes PBL entitled, “You are the Reporter.” 2) Ongoing vocabulary development program, SAT Volumes 1-10. 3) Interdisciplinary study with Ties that Bind Ties that Break. 4) Researched and prepared speech. 5) Drama study on A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley. 5) Short story PBL unit. 6) Poetry PBL unit and writing workshops.

Advanced:

Major Assignments: To be completed this year: 1) Hiroshima novel study and integrated writing workshops, includes PBL entitled, “You are the Reporter.” 2) Ongoing vocabulary development program, SAT Volumes 1-10. 3) Interdisciplinary study with Ties that Bind Ties that Break. 4) Researched and prepared speech. 5) Drama study on A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley. 5) Short story PBL unit. 6) Poetry PBL unit and writing workshops.

Field trips: Wesley Woods in October; May TBD.

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Grade 8 Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: Writing Plan PBL, The Giver Memory Project, Independent Reading Program (Book Reviews/Presentation)

Advanced:

Major Assignments: Writing Plan PBL, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer PBL, The Giver Memory Project, Independent Reading Program (Book Reviews/Presentation), All But My Life Study Unit

Field trips: A Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville and Lincoln Memorial Museum.

Math

Grade 6 Pacing Guide

Grade 6 Advanced Pacing Guide

Major assignments: Habitat for Humanity PBL. Field trips will include possible walks to the build site.

Grade 7 Pacing Guide

Grade 7 Advanced Pacing Guide

The major part of the grade for this course consists of unit assessments supplemented by homework and quiz scores. A PBL is scheduled for 2nd semester. Possible field trips: Titanic Museum (end of 2nd nine weeks) and Dollywood trip (end of 4th nine weeks).  Course content, instructional materials, and mathematical resources can be found on Canvas. The online textbook for this course can be accessed in the Clever app through the Big Ideas Learning link.

Grade 8 Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: Mathematician Research Project, Student Business PBL & Other PBLs to be determined.

Algebra I Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: Mathematician Research Project Other PBLs to be determined.

Geometry Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: Mathematician Research Project Other PBLs to be determined

Field trips: Christmas Carol and ORHS tour. Select Math Students: TMTA Regional competition at Roane State, Pellissippi State Math Contest, MATHCOUNTS regional competition.

Science

Grade 6 Pacing Guide

Major assignments: yearlong ongoing process of interactive notebook development and implementation of all sixth grade science standards.

Field trip: possible grade-level field trip TBD.

Grade 7 Pacing Guide

Grade 7 Syllabus

Major Assignments: frog dissection,  cow eyeball dissection,  energy t-shirt, mineral project/labs.

Grade 8 Pacing Guide JMS

Grade 8 Pacing Guide RMS

Major Assignments: biodiversity research project, “Water: A Scarce Resource” project, hot air balloon project.

Social Studies

Additional resource: Discovery Education Techbook

Grade 6 Pacing Guide

Course description: sixth grade students will study the beginning of early civilizations through the fall of the Roman Empire. Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for early civilizations progressing through the Roman Empire. They will analyze the shift from nomadic societies to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. The study of these civilizations will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development, and economic change. The geographic focus will include the study of physical and political features, economic development and resources, and migration patterns. The sixth grade will conclude with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This course will be the first concentrated study of world history and geography and will utilize appropriate informational texts and primary sources. Yearlong ongoing process of interactive notebook development and implementation of all sixth grade social studies standards.

Field trips possible in December and May. TBD.

Grade 7 Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: Geography Awareness Week, National History Day Competition
Course description: Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical, political and technological changes that occurred with the birth of the Byzantine Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including China, Japan, Southwest Asia and Northern Africa, and West Africa. The course provides more emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, 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 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 North American, Meso-American and Andean civilizations, and the age of European explorations. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world. This course will also teach students about the historical contexts of ancient and major world religions and the standards follow a common template for major world religions so as to not privilege any religion.

Field Trips: Camp Wesley Woods (Fall), TBD (Spring)

Grade 8 Pacing Guide

Major Assignments: In-depth map analysis of 13 American Colonies and the regions they were associated with. Anger Points of the American Revolution. Essay on 1 of the 10 Bill of Rights. Narrative Essay on Cherokee Nation. Anger Points of the Civil War.

Field Trips: 8th Grade Williamsburg Field Trip (Optional, not required)