6 – 8 Curriculum

ENGLISH


Language Arts 6
Highlighting basic storytelling structures, this course focuses on a variety of literary, expository, and informational texts, which encourage students’ understanding of plot, setting, characterization and theme. (2 semesters)

Language Arts 7
Students read, analyze, and respond to a variety of literature. This analysis consists of reading for understanding, answering comprehension questions, researching literary elements, and writing for a variety of purposes. The writing consists of paragraph writing, literary analysis, journaling, personal narrative, and expository essay. The course also focuses on grammar, conventions, and the six traits of writing. (2 semesters)

Language Arts 8
Students read, analyze, and respond to a variety of literature. This analysis consists of reading for understanding, answering comprehension questions, researching literary elements, and writing for a variety of purposes. The writing consists of paragraph writing, literary analysis, report writing, and poetry. This course also focuses on grammar, conventions, research, and the six traits of writing. (2 semesters)

MATH


Math 6
This course introduces whole numbers, patterns, variables, and integers in an engaging and practical format. (2 semesters)

Math 7
This class addresses number sense and operations with an emphasis on integers, data analysis, probability/discrete mathematics, patterns, algebraic thinking and functions, geometry, measurement, problem solving, structure and logic. (2 semesters)

Math 8
Curriculum addresses number sense and operations with an emphasis on rational numbers, data analysis, probability (two stages)/discrete mathematics, patterns, algebraic thinking and functions, geometry, measurement, problem solving, structure and logic. (2 semesters)

SCIENCE


Science 6
Examining a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, this course is a two-semester course for middle-school students that will build on basic principles of scientific inquiry and translate those skills to more complex overarching biological themes. (2 semesters)

Science 7
This class addresses scientific processes, the nature and history of science, ecology, earth’s structure and earth’s processes. This course emphasizes the development of laboratory skills, science process skills, and mathematical and graphing skills necessary for data analysis. (2 semesters)

Science 8
This class builds on laboratory and science process skills studied in seventh grade science. These skills include experimental design, working appropriately with the basic tools of science, data analysis through mathematical processes and graphing. Topics studied include animal and plant diversity, heredity, properties of matter, and force and motion. (2 semesters)

SOCIAL STUDIES


Social Studies 6
Providing students with an opportunity to learn the diverse history that has shaped our world, this course delves into the evolution of civilization from the rise of ancient empires through the 21st century. (2 semesters)

Social Studies 7
This course is the study of physical, economic, and cultural features of people, place, and environment. Utilizing the tools of geography, students will acquire essential geographic knowledge and concepts while developing thinking and information acquisition skills which will cultivate a local-to-global perspective. (2 semesters)

Social Studies 8
A study of the local, state, and national government, basic economics, and U.S. History from English colonization to Reconstruction. (2 semesters)

ELECTIVES


Strategies for Academic Success

Offering a comprehensive analysis of different types of motivation, study habits, and learning styles, this class encourages students to take control of their learning by exploring varying strategies for success. This course is recommended for 8th grade students. (1 semester)

*This course is available for high school credit.

Students grades 6-8 enrolled in VDLP are encouraged to take advantage of our High School electives. These courses allow students the opportunity to earn high school credit while still being successful in middle school.
Learn more about our high school elective offerings here.