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

ELA Curriculum Overview

Oak Ridge Schools adopted Guidebooks as our 5th grade ELA curriculum. It is aligned to TN standards and was approved through the state’s textbook adoption process. Students read, discuss, and write about texts that help them build knowledge about the world in the Guidebook’s units. Foundational skills are authentically applied throughout the ELA block as they read high-quality, complex texts and write in response to texts. An overview of the curriculum can be found here.

Grade 5 TN standards alignment

Oak Ridge Schools adopted Amplify ELA as our 6-8 ELA curriculum. It is aligned to TN standards, was rated green on EdReports, and was approved through the state’s textbook adoption process. Students learn how to make sense of complex texts through classroom discussions and meaningful digital experiences. It’s an interactive core curriculum that brings complex texts to life. Students are empowered to become critical thinkers as they develop ideas and opinions on real-world, relevant texts. An overview of the curriculum can be found here.

Grades 6-8 TN standards alignment

Math Curriculum Overview

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based curriculum rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all.  Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language.  Teachers can shift their instruction and facilitate student learning with high-leverage routines that guide them in understanding and making connections between concepts and procedures.  Illustrative Math is highly rated on EdReports, achieving the maximum score in all categories.

Grade 5 TN standards alignment

Grade 6-8 TN standards alignment


Core Content Outlines


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


English Language Arts

5th Grade

Grade 5 Pacing Guide

6th Grade

Grade 6 Pacing Guide

7th Grade

Grade 7 Pacing Guide

8th Grade

Grade 8 Pacing Guide

Social Studies

Additional resource: Discovery Education Techbook

5th grade

Grade 5 Social Studies Pacing Guide

6th grade

Grade 6 Social Studies Pacing Guide

7th Grade

Grade 7 Social Studies Pacing Guide

8th Grade

Grade 8 Social Studies Pacing Guide