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Curriculum

7th and 8th Grade
Academic Core Components
 
Grade 7- 8 Curriculum
 
English - Grammar and Composition
Grammar and Composition encompasses grammar, written expression, vocabulary, reading comprehension, literature, and developmental reading. The focus of this class is to improve writing skills and reading comprehension.
 
English - Orton Gillingham Phonics Program and Literature
Dallas Academy utilizes the Orton Gillingham Phonics and Reading Program in the classroom. This multisensory program uses techniques to promote better retention as students are taught the phonetic codes of the language. Multisensory teaching is simultaneously visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile to enhance memory and learning. Dallas Academy instructors give clear instruction in the key areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, rules of spelling, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. Dallas Academy promotes sequential skill-building and curriculum is individualize and effective for all ages. 
 
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
Students participate in physical education every day.  Students are presented with opportunities to participate in yoga, calisthenics, organized sports, sensory integration and games, along with perceptual-motor skills activities.
 
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.