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Program of Studies 2011 12

Program of Studies 2011 12

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 ACS
Athens
 
Excellence in Education since 1945
Program of Studies
A full IB Diploma SchoolAccredited by theMiddle States Associationof Colleges & Schools
American Community Schools
Middle School
2011-12
 
 ACS
 
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PROGRAM OF STUDIES
PREFACE
The Middle School offers a variety of required courses in the eight subject areas, as wellas exploratory and elective courses in the arts, computer technology and modernlanguages. What follows is a brief description of each of these courses.Instruction is organized in both homogeneous and heterogeneous groupings. In theModern Language, Mathematics, English, Humanities and Science or ESL coursesstudents are grouped according to ability or proficiency levels. All other classes areheterogeneously grouped. Students with special needs are supported by an OptimalMatch teacher. Students learning English as a Second Language are supported by avariety of ESL courses and a teaching assistant in some classes.
I. REQUIRED COURSESA. LANGUAGE ARTS
The Language Arts Program continues to focus on critical thinking skills and on makingconnections in concepts and skills with the other disciplines. The goal is to makestudents life-long readers and writers.
1. Sixth Grade Language Arts
– 
A
(MS 1000)
 
Students in the sixth grade language arts class will learn grammar, vocabulary, readingwriting skills, speaking, and listening skills. The reading program emphasizesimprovement of comprehension and vocabulary development through reading a variety of literature and focusing on research-
based “active reading” strategies. Students will
become skilled literary critics as they read, analyze, and interpret literature throughwritten and oral responses.Additionally, students will become experienced writers, adept in various forms and stylesof writing for multiple purposes. They will engage in all the different stages of thewriting process to bring creatively written pieces to finished drafts.Independent reading throughout the school year is a requirement of the course, andstudents will give book reviews regularly.
Texts: The Language of Literature 6,
McDougal Littel, 2006
 Write Source 2000,
Houghton - Mifflin 1999Selected Novels such as
Walk Two Moons, Hatchet, Tuck Everlasting, Holes, TheGolden Goblet, The Breadwinner 
and Shakespeare’s
 
A Midsummer Night’s
Dream.
 
2.
 
Sixth Grade Language Arts
– 
ESL (
MS 1001)
Any students in the ESL program will be placed in LA 6 ESL based on their performanceon the admissions test, ESL entrance or exit examination and teacher recommendation.Students enrolled in this course will have a developed knowledge of the Englishlanguage, but will still have difficulties with materials written for native speakers. Thebooks used for this course might vary from the 6
th
Grade Language Arts A course, but theskill sets attained by the students are the same in both levels (MS 1000 and MS 1001).Students in the sixth grade ESL language arts class will learn grammar, vocabulary,reading writing, speaking, and listening skills. The reading program emphasizesimprovement of comprehension and vocabulary development through reading a variety of literature and focusing on research-
based “active reading” strategies. Students will
become skilled literary critics as they read, analyze, and interpret literature throughwritten and oral responses.Additionally, students will become experienced writers, adept in various forms and stylesof writing for multiple purposes. They will engage in all the different stages of thewriting process to bring creatively written pieces to finished drafts.Independent reading throughout the school year is a requirement of the course, andstudents will give reviews regularly.
Texts:
 
The Language of Literature 6, McDougal Little, 2006Write Source 2000, Houghton- Mifflin, 1999
Selected Novels such as:
Walk Two Moons, The Breadwinner, Holes
,
20, 000Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein, Call of the Wild, The Crown of Violet,
and
Shakespeare’s
 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
 
3. Seventh Grade Language Arts
– 
A
(MS 1010)
 
The seventh grade language arts course is a literature-based program that encouragesstudents to develop their own voices as writers and to appreciate the work of others.Through the study of novels, poetry, short stories and plays, students will learn to readincreasingly challenging texts and will explore what to do when reading breaks down inreading. Students will also take their narrative and expository writing skills to a higherlevel by crafting multiple drafts of poetry, literary essays and research papers. The studyof correct English usage and spelling will be taught through the writing process.Vocabulary enhancement will focus on using vocabulary in contexts and onunderstanding root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Independent reading throughout theschool year is a requirement of the course, and students will give book reviews regularly.
Texts: The Language of Literature 7,
McDougal Littel, 2006
Write Source 2000,
Houghton - Mifflin 1999Selected Novels such as:
Freak the Mighty,The Pigman, Anna of Byzantium, TheKite Rider, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Habibi,
The Storyteller’s Beads,
and
Shakespeare’s
Much Ado About Nothing
4. Seventh Grade Language Arts
– 
ESL
(MS 1011)
Any students in the ESL program will be placed in LA 7 ESL based on their performanceon admissions test, the ESL entrance, and teacher recommendation.Students enrolled in this course will have a developed knowledge of the Englishlanguage, but will still have difficulties with materials written for native speakers. Thebooks used for this course might vary from the 7
th
Grade Language Arts A course, but theskill sets attained by the students are the same in both levels (MS 1010 and MS 1011)

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