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Curriculum

7th and 8th Grade
Academic Core Components
 
Grades 7- 8 Curriculum
 

English Literature

Students are guided through challenging coursework that will support their understanding and analysis of a variety of literary genres. Students recognize and analyze genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse text. They conduct in-depth research, complete independent and group projects, and engage in meaningful learning opportunities as part of a dynamic collaborative environment. Students will continue to improve reading skills including decoding, vocabulary building, and comprehension through the use of traditional literature, non-fiction and informational text. Critical thinking skills are emphasized to prepare students for high school English Literature.

 

English Grammar and Composition

Students extend their knowledge of grammar and basic conventions of written language through integrated grammar instruction with lessons on writer’s craft. By analyzing strong mentor texts, young writers explore, discover, and apply what makes good writing work. Students are encouraged to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning. Students participate in whole class lessons, small group activities, mini lessons and individual conferences. Students are given daily opportunities to write in a conversational atmosphere in an effort to develop automaticity in grammar and composition.

 

Mathematics - General Math (7) and Pre-Algebra (8)

Dallas Academy utilizes the Moving with Math Learning System with the accompanying curriculum of Foundations for Algebra. Moving with Math Learning System is a topic-focused, TEKS based curriculum which is designed to build critical math concepts in three important ways: (1) by employing a standards based assessment and learning system, (2) by using conceptually based instruction, and (3) by delivering proven results using research-based instructional strategies. 

 

Science - Life Science (7) and Earth Science (8)

The life sciences comprise the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings. Earth science focuses on the study of the planet Earth including the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, oceans and biosphere, as well as the solid earth. Middle school students study these areas of the sciences while enjoying many hands-on projects, such as the Future City Competition held annually at the University of Texas at Arlington, related STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum.

 

Social Science - Texas History (7) and American History: Beginning to the Civil War (8)

Students are presented with grade-level subject matter covering the history, geography, economics, government, and political sciences pertaining to the state of Texas as well as the United States of America up to the Civil War. These classes are enriched by interdisciplinary approaches which include the arts and multi-media technology.

 

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of the total education of every child at Dallas Academy. Students participate in a wide range of activities to increase physical competence, health-related fitness, and enjoyment of physical activity so that they develop lifelong habits of a healthy lifestyle. Physical fitness, gross and motor skill development, endurance, flexibility, strength, knowledge of basic game strategies, and having fun through participation are the focus and goal of physical education.

 

Home Economics/Keyboarding (7)

Home Economics deals with the management of the home and community and will cover topics such as money management, cooking, nutrition, hygiene, volunteer opportunities, and social skills. Keyboarding will also be emphasized which will increase students’ technology skills and will aim to improve proficiency and speed on the computer.

 

Fine Arts (8) - Choir, Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art

Students have their opportunity to explore their creative side through the participation in a variety of fine and performance arts opportunities. Students will enjoy discovering new talents and passions.