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 identify the location and most important features of Spanish-speaking countries, and the overarching similarities and differences among them. To know what constitutes Hispanic culture and be able to recognize its influence over the United States. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: To articulate personal information, ask and respond to basic questions, and describe […]
Skills: Using strength building activities to increase muscle and endurance; warm-up, cool down and stretching routines; make positive contributions to group in cooperative activities; sport -specific skills; offensive and defensive strategies during team games. Concepts: Examining strategies for success or failure; understanding the role of cardiovascular fitness in overall health; understanding target, maximum and resting […]
FOCUS: The sixth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). Includes a diverse perspective of cultures that influenced American music. FOCUS EXAMPLES: Study of African drumming, Mardi Gras Indians, and other cultures that influenced New Orleans; Introduction of traditions specific […]
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: Environmental science: River formation and the effects of rivers on Earth’s landscape including erosion, weathering, deposition, and the formation of soil; botany (plant structure and function, photosynthesis) and the role of plants in the cycles of matter; how water carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen move throughout the environment; ecology, energy, and natural resources including how […]
Integrated with language and literacy in a humanities course. FOCUS: democracy, social justice and civic engagement; interaction of peoples and communities throughout time; ancient river valley civilizations. ROUTINES: observing and analyzing patterns and themes between peoples and time periods; comparing and contrasting; map studies; taking notes; analyzing multiple perspectives; using primary and secondary sources. TEXTS: […]
Focus: Self, diversity and difference, leadership, decision-making. Students focus on building self-awareness including understanding of one’s emotional self, how to take care of one’s self, knowing and expressing personal boundaries, how to make independent contributions to a community, how to resolve conflicts and how to effectively communicate ideas and advocate for oneself.
FOCUS: To gain an understanding of data collection, analysis and representation; sampling and probability; integer operations; order of operations; introduction to variables and writing expressions; fraction and decimal operations; percent calculations; application of variables to algebraic patterns; introduction to proportional reasoning; introduction to coordinate graphing and linear functions; deriving formulas for area and volume of […]
Integrated with social studies in a humanities course. FOCUS: Concepts of self and group identity; empathy; loyalty; belonging and community membership; grammar study. ROUTINES: Reading journals; critical thinking activities; fishbowls and other literature discussions; vocabulary building; thinking routines; literary responses and reviews; reading strategy notes; student-guided book clubs; building personal reading routines; read-aloud; reading informational […]