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Core includes English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies

Onslow County Schools 2016-2017 Middle School Course of Study (Grades 6-8) Main Page
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The Onslow County School System Middle School Program is structured to respond to the unique and changing needs of adolescents. Middle school students complete a required core academic program of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and healthful living. Students also participate in an elective program that allows them to select courses from a variety of offerings such as second languages, the arts, and career and technical education. The actual course selection varies by school and is often dependent on the availability of resources.

The following pages of the Course of Study address the courses available at our eight middle schools. For more information, please contact the staff at your child’s specific school. You may also contact the Division of Secondary Services at (910) 455-2211.

 

Grade 6 

 

English Language Arts

Grade: 6

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) challenge   students to build on comprehension and foundational skills to prepare for a   21st Century global society. Key objectives include reading, writing,   speaking and listening, research, and language development. Integral to the   course is the assimilation of literacy through history, social studies,   science and technology. A conceptual unit approach will foster conceptual and   content knowledge through informational texts and literary fiction to master   skills and to build independence. Emphasis is placed on skills attained   through reading texts in the appropriate complexity levels, such as: citing textual evidence (explicit and   inferred), evaluating argument, determining theme and central idea, analyzing   authors’ use of plot, point of view, and setting, as well as comparing works   of literature in various media. Students also write argument, narrative, and   informational texts, and develop skills of reasearch through a writing   process.   Students will take a   statewide End-of-Grade (EOG) test to determine their proficiency and measure   growth.

Mathematics

Grade: 6

Based on the common Core State Standards (CCSS), the   sixth grade math course builds upon students’ elementary knowledge by   providing opportunities to discover relationships among area, surface area   and volume. Major emphasis will be placed on areas of triangles and   parallelograms to help students extend formulas to include fractional lengths   as well as surface area and volume of right rectangular prisms. Students will   expand the scope of problems for which they can use multiplication and   division to foster problem-solving and to connect fractions and ratios.   Students will develop an understanding of statistical thinking with an   emphasis on analyzing data through graphs, tables and other visual   representations. Students will use properties of operations and the idea of   maintaining equality of both sides of an equation to solve one-step   equations. Students will take a statewide EOG test to determine their   proficiency and growth.

Science

Grade: 6

Students will use scientific reasoning, logical   reasoning, and explanations to make sense and collect evidence of earth’s   structures, the solar system, the structure and process of plants, ecosystems   and the flow of energy, properties of matter, properties of waves, and energy   conservation and transfer.

Social Studies

Grade: 6

This course takes a chronological, comprehensive   approach to World History on a global level. The course will include the   emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations and societies from the   beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration. Students will examine   the development of economic, political, and social systems on every continent   through the lens of change and continuity.

 

Grade 7 

 

English Language Arts

Grade: 7

English 7 is a conceptual course based on the Common   Core State Standards (CCSS), emphasizing literature and literary   informational text. The units are supplemented with integrated content,   highlighting global connections. As they read texts on the appropriate   complexity level, students analyze authors’ use of structure, word choice,   point-of-view, figurative language, and interactions between individuals,   events and ideas within the texts. Students write narratives, arguments and informational   texts based on their reading and research, and consider comparison of people   and events, and of literary pieces in various formats. A focus is on building   comprehension, providing textual evidence, and evaluating sources and   evidence supporting arguments. Independent reading, actively participating in   discussions, and listening critically are focus areas. Students create and   present multi-media presentations, write and publish, and utilize technology   as an instructional tool throughout the course. Students will take a   statewide End-of-Grade (EOG) test to determine their proficiency and growth.

Mathematics

Grade: 7

Students will develop understanding of proportional   relationships in real world problems that involve percentages and unit rates.   Students will also develop understanding of mathematical operations with   decimals, fractions, and positive and negative numbers and use them in   algebraic equations and expressions. Students will solve problems involving   scale drawings and measurements of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes,   including area, surface area, and volume. Students will collect data, analyze   it, and make predictions based on patterns found in the data. Students will   investigate probability of events.

Science

Grade: 7

Students will use scientific reasoning, logical   reasoning, and explanations to make sense and collect evidence of forces and   motion, conservation and transfer of energy, earth systems, structures and   processes specific to the earth’s atmosphere, weather, climate, and the   structures and functions of cells and living organisms to carry out basic   functions of life and genetics.

Social Studies

Grade: 7

This course chronologically continues upon 6th grade   standards. Seventh grade students will be investigating the progression of   human events from the Age of Exploration to present day. Additionally, the   learner will be able to utilize critical thinking skills, apply historical   thinking to interpret modern events, describe world economic systems and   develop personal financial literacy skills.

 

Grade 8 

 

English Language Arts

Grade: 8

Through the CCSS for reading, writing, speaking,   listening, language and media/technology, students will build 21st Century   and literacy skills in order to successfully transition to high school.   Students will read and analyze diverse, challenging literature and   informational texts to meet the demands of higher education and future   careers. Expectations include analyzing the effect on meaning and style of   author choices in various points of view, structures, word choice and   figurative language, how traditional themes, patterns and stories are   utilized in modern fiction, how a central idea is developed over a text, and   how an argument is supported by relevant evidence and sound reasoning. Students   will demonstrate knowledge gained from reading by producing logical, clear,   coherent writing that utilizes research practices and critical thinking   skills. Presentations generated through use of technology and media will   develop and enhance effective communication and allow students to synthesize   and create products that reflect mastery of content. Students will take a   statewide End-of-Grade (EOG) test to determine their proficiency and growth.

Mathematics

Grade: 8

Students will distinguish between rational and   irrational numbers and be able to order them. Students will investigate   square roots and exponents using positive and negative numbers. They will   understand the connections between two quantities, predict relationships, and   solve linear equations and pairs of linear equations. Students will analyze   tables and graphs to determine which function/equation rules apply. By   looking at geometric figures, students will determine if they are similar or   congruent and find missing measures. They will manipulate three dimensional   figures to determine the effect it will have on surface area and volume. By   the end of the course, students will be able to investigate, collect, and   interpret real-world data to find patterns. Students will take a statewide   EOG test to determine their proficiency and growth.

Science

Grade: 8

Students will use scientific reasoning, logical   reasoning, and explanations to make sense and collect evidence of the   properties of matter, the hydrosphere including water quality and water distribution,   microbiology including infectious diseases, biotechnology, and health and   nutrition, management and use of resources within ecosystems, renewable and   nonrenewable energy sources and earth’s geological history. Students will   take a statewide EOG test to determine their proficiency and growth.

Social Studies

Grade: 8

This course offers a historical overview of North   Carolina and the United States from the Exploration through the Revolutionary   Era through Contemporary Time. The events that shaped our nation will be   explored though history, geography, economics, culture, and globalization. A   study of primary source documents will be featured.

 

Math I

Grades: 7,8

Math I provides students the opportunity to study   concepts of algebra, geometry, functions, number and operations, statistics   and modeling throughout the course.   These concepts include expressions in the real number system, creating   and reasoning with equations and inequalities, interpreting and building   simple functions, expressing geometric properties and interpreting   categorical and quantitative data.

Middle   School students may earn high school credit for this course.

Math II

Grade: 8

Math II continues a progression of the standards   established in Math I. In addition to   these standards Math II includes:   polynomials, congruence and similarity of figures, trigonometry with   triangles, modeling with geometry, probability, making inferences and   justifying conclusions.

Middle School   students may earn high school credit for this course.

 

 


 

 

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