Topics: Acting techniques, story creation, plays and playwrights, theater history, business of theater. Skills: Scenework, improvisation, utilize verbal and non-verbal communication, develop empathy and new perspectives, enhance psychological well-being, appreciate aesthetic. Concepts: Responsibility, creative problem solving and decision making, individual and specialized work, expanding knowledge of plays, as well as other art forms.
Cultural Goals: To effectively compare and contrast cultural aspects of the different Latin American countries. To identify the various traditions, famous sites, foods, history and geography of Latin American countries. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: To express oneself in a variety of ways and articulate thoughts more automatically. Students have a breadth of vocabulary that […]
Skills: Intermediate sport-specific skills for individual, dual and team sports; using offensive and defensive strategies in sports; choosing appropriate strength building activities. Concepts: Physiological benefits of regular physical activity, basic training principles that improve fitness, proper attitudes towards winning and losing, cardio and respiratory endurance, the role of exercise and nutrition in body composition.
The seventh grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. FOCUS: Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). Cultural study of the contribution of African-Americans from slavery to post-slavery that have influenced our music. FOCUS EXAMPLES: African drumming, work slave songs, spirituals, and the blues song form. ROUTINES: […]
Sixth through eighth grades share a three year rotation program that builds an awareness of and excitement about existing imagery and sculpture. Focus Examples: 19th and 20th century artists and styles, Basquiat expressive symbolism portraiture, Ruscha perspective study, Marisol clay sculpture, van Gogh color study and texture drawing, Close portraiture and abstraction, Saar found object […]
FOCUS: Life science: cells and body systems, reproduction and heredity, natural selection, populations and ecosystems. PROCESS & SKILLS: The central focus of the year is how we use our understanding of living things–from the smallest scale (cells and microbes) to the largest (marine mammals and ecosystems)–to construct evidence-based explanations of the natural world. Students ask […]
Course content is interdisciplinary with language and literacy. This is a world history survey class that focuses heavily on a study of belief systems. FOCUS: Regions: Korea, West Africa, Europe and the Holocaust. CONCEPTS: Identity, Communism, Capitalism, Democracy, Imperialism, Anti-Semitism, Borders, Conflict, and White Supremacy. ROUTINES: Geography investigations, thinking routines, critical thinking activities, note-taking, research, […]
Focus: Self and Community, Diversity and Difference, Leadership, Decision Making. Students focus on building healthy relationships in a community, expressing oneself in emotional relationships, making choices, understanding other’s perspectives and perceptions, and responding to community values. Students explore their role as mentors to younger members of the community, examining stereotypes and bullying in the community […]
Content: Pre-Algebra: mathematical terminology; basic operations with rational numbers; solidifying fraction, decimal, percent, ratio, and proportion skills; solving one and two-step algebraic equations; data analysis and graphing skills; inequalities and absolute values; exponents; 2-D and 3-D geometry; problem-solving strategies; historical perspectives of mathematics.
Course content is interdisciplinary with Social Studies. Focus: Writing workshop, reading from myriad sources/texts/novels, vocabulary study, grammar workshop. Routines: Literary analysis, class novels, independent reading, thinking routines, literature discussions, vocabulary, spelling quizzes, grammar/conventions quizzes, read aloud, and reading response activity. Literature: “City of Saints and Thieves,” “Akata Witch,” “A Single Shard,” “Year of Impossible Goodbyes,” “Abina and the […]