Middle School Course Offerings

Math—Charis Center uses  a variety of math curricula based on the individual learning styles. The delivery system for materials include textbook, computer mediated instruction, workbooks, videos and one-on-one instruction to present key concepts. General math, pre-algebra and algebra are typical math courses offered to middle school students. However, other courses can be developed.

 

US Government—This course will provide students with knowledge United States Government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the policy-making process; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy; and the American economic system.

U.S History - is designed to provide students with an overview of United States history from pre-Colonial times to modern day America. The goals of the course are to create an understanding of the major forces that have shaped the history of the United States, examine how Americans from different background have experienced that history, and understand how that history continues to influence our current understanding of the nation. The course is configurable to be taught as either a single semester overview, two-semester, or 3 semester deeper exploration of US History.

 

Earth and Space Systems—This  focuses on understanding Earth and Space science systems. Students will use scientific processes, protocols, and tools, including inquiry, to build understanding of Earth’s structure and place in the Solar System, atmospheric processes, and composition of matter. Critical thinking, collaboration, accuracy, and communication skills will be practiced as students extend their scientific literacy. This course is required for seventh-grade students. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.

Other Voices in US History—This is a survey course which explores the contributions, achievements, and barriers women, slaves, and immigrants faced from early colonization through the Progressive Era. The course is organized chronologically to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how the US was established, settled, and expanded.  This is a class for those interested in social/cultural history and who are also curious about path of the various  movements in the  United States.

Ancient History through the Middle Ages Students will study the history of humankind from ancient Egypt through the renaissance. Topics include:  ancient Egypt, ancient China, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Maya, Indus Valley, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, middle ages, feudal Japan, Mongols, renaissance, Reformation, and early explorers. Students will produce visual, written and oral projects to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subjects. Geography and current events will regularly be incorporated into the lessons.

US Geography: Students will travel the country learning the locations, histories and physical geography of states, names of capitals, famous landmarks, unique expressions of culture, and facts about the areas around them. Students will learn to read maps and create their own. Students will share what they are learning by creating a variety of projects including brochures, commercials, and tours. 

Project Citizen—The vibrancy and stability if a democratic society can be gauged in part, by the degree to which its citizens participate in the civic affairs of the community. As citizens in a representative democracy, we not only have the right, but the responsibility, to participate in our own government at every level. Project Citizen is designed ti assist young people in understanding not only how to participate effectively, but also why they should participate. This civics class is a valuable instructional tool whose primary purpose is to prepare a new generation of citizens to be competent, confident , and committed to civic participation.

 

 

Earth Science—This  course explores the foundations of Earth Science in the following related topics /  fields: Earth’s place in the universe, dynamic Earth processes, Energy in the Earth system, biochemical cycles, structure and composition of the atmosphere, and  geology. Students will have the opportunity for self assessment as well as for teacher guidance and assessment throughout the course including the preparation an d finalization of two semester Problem Solving Projects, which focus on research, organization, and drafting strategies. The course covers scientific terminology, historical and cultural advances in science, vocabulary building, test taking strategies, and several simulated labs, hands-on labs, the essay, workplace documents, and science projects using the scientific method.

Zoology - Students will study zoology through readings, videos and a variety of online activities. Students will study the main branches of the animal kingdom including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, and fish as well as others. They will study animal habitats, behaviors, diets, and adaptations. Special studies on endangered species, classification, mimicry and camouflage as well as ecosystems and food webs will be conducted. Students will complete projects and lapbooks and will have many opportunities to present what they have learned before an audience.

Intro to Chemistry/Physics -Students study chemistry and physics through experimentation, demonstration, readings, videos and a variety of online activities. They will learn about the periodic table and many of the elements, studying their structure and use. Students will model the structure of atoms and molecules and will explore the states of matter, discovering the properties of solids, liquids and gases. They will create and observe different types of chemical reactions and experiment with acids and bases. Physics topics include: light, sound, aerodynamics, forces, the Three Laws of Motion, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, simple machines and engineering. Students will learn but also apply their learning by building a roller coaster, bridge and dome as well as circuits and solar oven.

 

Visual Art—Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through visual art, understand the Historical, Cultural, and Social Context of art, and demonstrate Creative Expression and Production of visual art through a series of project, field trips, and activities. 

 

Dance—The  Dance program  is a training program based on the foundations of classical ballet technique. Dance students are taught to be proficient, confident and open-minded individuals through the dance experience. This class is only offered if there is a minimum of 5 students enrolled. 

Astronomy—This course introduces the composition and structure of the universe. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe. This class provides the student  with a study of the universe and the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. The content includes, but is not limited to, historical astronomy, astronomical instruments, the celestial sphere, the solar system, the earth as a system in space, the earth/moon system, the sun as a star, and stars.

Language Arts—(grades 6/7/8) This class is designed to help students improve in their basic language skills, the course of study will include the review and reinforcement of grammar fundamentals and standard English usage as well as reading short stories, poetry, and novels. Emphasis will be on improving writing skills, vocabulary development and reading literature.

 

 

Critical Thinking—(7/8) This class is designed  to help students think about the ways they think – metacognition, or knowing about knowing.  As critical thinkers we approach complicated situations with an awareness of our thoughts, beliefs, and opinions and how to direct them rationally. This class is self directed computer based weekly exercises. Students  submit a pretest, written responses and short quiz results, and a posttest.

 

Current Events—(7/8) This is a full year course in which we will take a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. domestic policy, and the global economy. This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe. The course will be flexible in nature to accommodate significant current events, but the general direction of the class will be to study how the world developed to what it is today and where it is going next.

Foreign Languages - Spanish, French, Latin:  Intro, 1 & 2. The foreign language curricula introduces basic vocabulary, speech, grammar and culture through guided lessons  using audio video recordings, written work, and cultural study. 

Drama & Theatre—Drama is offered at multiple levels (Drama 1,2,3,4, Advanced Acting, Production) and students are enrolled based on experience, training, and sometimes through audition. Students study selected plays that are representative of important playwrights and historical periods.

 

World Music Course - This course explores music from around the world and the cultures and traditions from which it arises. Students discuss sounds from across continents and latitudes. This survey course  provide a broad overview of the music of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 modern, jazz and character dance. It  frequently collaborates with other arts disciplines and live musical accompaniment for select performances. The Dance program provides students with a robust learning environment and cross-disciplinary education.

Survey of African Music—Students learn about the diverse contemporary music of the African continent and its historical beginnings. The course generally breaks up music by the north, south, east and west regions. The course also discusses native music and its relationship to colonialism, gender, history, politics and religion.

 

Survey of Latin American Music—Students are introduced to the music of Latin America, from traditional folk to contemporary pop. Music of the region is explored in the context of the culture, its adaptation and its modern manifestations.

 

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