As we work on developing curriculum, we will store our "in progress" work in a place where we can all see it.
Grade 6- LA

Q 1
Q 2
Q 3
Q 4
Reading instruction
Patterns of Change
Jacob’s Ladder- short stories
Patterns of Change
Autobiographies

Jacob’s Ladder - poetry
Autobiographies
Writing
Journals
History Day, Editing
Autobiographies
Autobiographies
Non-fiction
History Day

Biography reading

Fiction
1 class novel
Literature circles
1 class novel
Literature circles
Vocabulary and Grammar
ML lectures, WWW 1-10
ML loops 1-5 and WWW 11-20
Three parts of the year:
ML loops 6-10 and WWW 21-30

Poetry



Poetry and Humanity
Critical thinking
Junior Great Books
Junior Great books
Socratic seminar / touchstones
Socratic seminar / touchstones
Grade 7

Q 1
Q 2
Q 3
Q 4
Reading instruction
Persuasion
Persuasion
Jacob’s Ladder- Non fiction

Writing
Figurative Language
History Day, Editing
Elaboration and Word Choice
Newspaper
Non-fiction
History Day



Fiction
1 class novel
Literature circles
1 class novel
Literature circles
Vocabulary and Grammar
ML lectures, WWW 1-10
ML loops 1-5 and WWW 11-20

Three parts of the year:
ML loops 6-10 and WWW 21-30
Poetry


Poetry, Plato, and Beauty

Critical thinking
Junior Great Books
Junior Great books
Socratic seminar / touchstones
Socratic seminar / touchstones


Grade 8

Q 1
Q 2
Q 3
Q 4
Reading instruction
Junior Great Books

Decades of Change: 1940s
Jacob’s Ladder: Poetry
Writing
Advanced Academic Writing, Editing
History Day, Editing
Poetry
Poetry
Non-fiction
History Day



Fiction
1 class novel
Literature circles
1 class novel
Literature circles
Vocabulary and Grammar
ML lectures, WWW 1-10
ML loops 1-5 and WWW 11-20
Three parts of the year:
ML loops 6-10 and WWW 21-30

Poetry



Poetry and Humanity
Critical thinking
Debate
Debate
Socratic seminar / touchstones
Socratic seminar / touchstones

Evaluate your current Pre AP course

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Here are our working drafts-


























What is Pre AP?

Pre AP at the middle level is for some students that need a high amount of academic challenge. This is the document we created a while back to detail what Pre AP should look like in our district. 

Priority Action Steps

  1. Research time for additional curricula and comparing to other schools’ programs.
  2. Define a scope and sequence for Pre-AP Math and Science 6-8 and clearly describe the curriculum and how it differs from general classes.
  3. Clear communication about what the pre-AP program entails. Guidelines for entrance into the program and expectation when in the program.
  4. Common assessments for teachers with the same class.
  5. Time and training to learn how to create Moodle sites, web pages, use Probewear, promethean bards, and more.

Standards

We can pull from a variety of standards documents when thinking of Pre AP classes.

ACT College Readiness Standards

College Board Standards for College Success


Discussion Questions

  1. What evidence do we have that shows us the students need to learn what we plan on teaching?
  2. Is the textbook supposed to be the backbone of our instruction or a resource?
  3. How will we know if we are making good choices re: vocab? What contributes to a broad vocabulary?
  4. Do you have to assess independent reading?
  5. What does active learning in English or SS look like?
  6. Does CMS want to use some AVID strategies or ideas as Columbia Academy opens?

New Science Course Sequence

Here is the updated science course flowchart that will be in place as of fall 2011.



Yet for Pre AP Science:
1. Determine the amount of PBL work to include
2. Assessments and activities to determine
3. Wrap our minds around the WM and Mary units
4. Need to select vernier labs

Next time we meet we will:
Flesh out the different activities for Pre AP
Field trip?
Order?

Pre AP English 9 goals-
Focus more on writing
Pre AP English 10 goals-
Synthesis, research, evaluation
critiques of books we are reading (look at critical theory about the book)


Engineering Q
Is Angel using science content in Engineering?
What software is Angel using for CAD?
Why are we getting a sixth grade engineering class? What will that class include? Is it elective or required?
When does engineering and science communicate with each other so there isn’t overlap?

Get a year’s supply of science world magazines for Mallory

Yet to do for science regular curriculum: assessments and activities
a couple hours per unit

Social Studies

  • Social studies is a catch all class. There is a huge variety of readiness levels within the class, as well as huge class sizes.
  • Sixth grade students seem to do best with short SS units. Does that mean we shouldn't attempt longer units with them?

How/ when can we offer more GT staff training?

What should we be doing with kids that don’t want to read or participate?



Notes- where we are at now

Tammy and Anna-
Tammy has rough drafts in Atlas for each unit. She will be combining some units yet.
She is experiemneting with Springboard unit
Figure out where grammar and vocabulary will fit in
Novels are still undecided

Anna is stuck thinking about connections between ss and English between grade 6 and 7. She’s going to start with an immigration pairing for Pre AP English April 8.

Chris will look at the novels for grades 6 and 7 in the social studies storeroom.

Chris- Keep working on Atlas
- units are started
- matching standards to units
- meat of each unit – could benefit from helpful people