Where Students Dream, Believe and Do

 

 

   Nashville Christian School

   Serving PreK - 12th Grade

   7555 Sawyer Brown Rd.

   Nashville, TN 37221

   Phone: 615-356-5600

   Fax: 615-352-1324

  

Middle School Course Listings

Select Grade for Curriculum: 6th GRADE / 7th GRADE / 8th GRADE 

 

6th Grade

LANGUAGE ARTS / SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / MATH / SPECIAL CLASSES


 

LANGUAGE ARTS

The goal of the Language Arts program at Nashville Christian School is for each student to develop competency in each of the following areas--reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  We believe these skills to be developmental in nature and the keys to both academic success and positive social interaction.  NCS offers a variety of opportunities for students to develop their skills in these areas, encouraging creativity while fostering fundamental soundness. 

Grammar
Identify and use all parts of speech, including verb tense and conjugation, simple and compound sentences, adjective and adverb phrases, and correct capitalization and punctuation. 

Vocabulary
Identify commonly misspelled or misused words, recognize words from literature and the concepts of language (such as voice, propaganda, idioms, etc); distinguish synonyms and antonyms, interpret analogies, and select grade- and situation-appropriate word choice.

Writing
Brainstorm, organize, draft, revise, and edit; compose pieces that cover the foundations of composition--narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing; form unified paragraphs, summaries, and journal entries; identify and apply the elements of poetry; interpret and analyze literary works.

Literature
Students in the sixth grade will focus on building a strong basis for reading by increasing their  independence as readers, practicing reading comprehension strategies, and analyzing literary devices. While students will learn the literary elements within text selections such as theme, style, characterization, and the parts of story, they will also discover the aesthetic elements of the text, explore the emotions, and realize their ability to analyze and evaluate what they have read.


SOCIAL STUDIES

World History
In sixth grade, students will understand the characteristics and uses of maps from political to Mercator. The student will focus on the location of places and geographical features, both physical and human. The student will consider the origin of the world and birth of civilization. The student will explore various civilizations from early Africa and Asia to Mediterranean Empires. Some of the activities include a field trip to the Hindu temple, performing a Greek Mythology play, and constructing an Egyptian pyramid or tomb. Some skills that the student will focus on are effective communication, critical thinking, and group dynamics.


SCIENCE

Earth Science - Sixth grade students will explore and study the Earth and the many features that God created.
The students will explore the elements that make up planet Earth, the changing surface of the
Earth, types of water on the Earth, weather, climate, and astronomy. Students will experience
this study through reading, discussion, demonstrations, individual projects, and group projects.


MATH

Mathematics is a standard level course in the middle school mathematics sequence. Students will actively engage in the six levels of mathematics content and process standards that are outlined by the state of Tennessee. Students will refine their understanding and fluency in operating with fractions and decimals. They will explore and develop an understanding of the following mathematics concepts and their application: integers, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, properties of two- and three-dimensional figures, measurement and probability and statistics. Students who successfully complete sixth grade mathematics will continue in either Pre-Algebra or standard seventh grade math.


SPECIAL CLASSES

5th–6th Grade Chorus
Middle School is open to any fifth or sixth grade student with a desire to sing. This group sings a variety of music styles and continually works on improving sight-reading and vocal technique. Team work is stressed as an important component of choral singing. Their performances include the Fall Fine Arts Concert, a staged and choreographed Musical Revue. Participation in the Christian School Choral Festival is also an important part of this choir.

Commercial Music Ensemble
The commercial music ensemble will focus on contemporary music with a non-traditional approach; students will learn how to play popular songs on their instruments. The goal is to facilitate success through popular music and then build upon this experience by introducing more complex forms of music.

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7th Grade

LANGUAGE ARTS / SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / MATH / SPECIAL CLASSES

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

The seventh grade language arts curriculum focuses on preparing students to communicate effectively with others through the written word, while encouraging them to read in order to explore and better understand the world around them. 

Vocabulary
Vocabulary study for English includes the Wordly Wise curriculum; frequently and commonly misspelled words, and words found in the literature texts

Writing/Composition
Writing composition is taught in two ways. Students prepare to write by understanding the mechanics of good composition.  Students become writers by studying the work of great writers, then creating original works.  Focus is on writing for a variety of reasons, to a variety of audiences, in a variety of genre including both creative and expository.

Literature
Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature from classic and contemporary authors across a wide field of fact and fiction writing.  The course focuses on elements of fiction and non-fiction.

Grammar/Mechanics
Recognize,  identify, and use all parts of speech; identify simple, complex, and compound sentences; identify subordinate and independent clauses; edit peer texts for grammar and punctuation errors


SOCIAL STUDIES

World Geography
7th grade students will explore and learn about a variety of elements in geography. It will include a study of the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment, society, and the uses of geography. Students will spend time learning about the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.  Students will spend a portion of the year focusing on the state of Tennessee and its history.


SCIENCE

Life Science
Life Science is centered around the idea that God has created an incredible natural world for students to explore.  The first semester focuses on classifying organisms according to their structures, behaviors, and food habits.  Students learn to recognize characteristics that put organisms into the five main kingdoms, the many phylums, and several classes and orders.  Students take this information and learn all about how organisms change due to genetic traits being passed down to offspring.  Students explore human karyotypes and traits.  The second semester is spent investigating scientific classes in great detail.  Then students use this information to explore how God has designed the human body in such wonderful detail.  Students spend the last few weeks analyzing plants and biomes.  This entire course is dedicated to allowing students to feel, analyze and relate organisms to how they fit into God's great nature design.


MATH

Pre-Algebra
Pre-Algebra is an advanced course that reinforces and builds on a student’s prior knowledge of math with an addition of advanced computation and an emphasis on algebraic concepts. Students will become familiar and build a solid foundation with the following: the properties of mathematics, the language of algebra, solving one step and two step equations, operations with rational numbers and integers, solving inequalities, graphing equations and inequalities,  proportion, percent, statistics and graphs, probability, applying algebra to geometric concepts, measurement, introduction to trigonometry, and the study of polynomials. The skills learned in this class will prepare them for success in Algebra 1.

7th Math
7th Grade Math is a standard course that continues to help students build a solid math foundation. This class introduces students to many useful algebraic concepts. Students learn to apply their knowledge to solve many different types of problems. It covers a variety of topics that include: decimal patterns and algebra, integers, analyzing data, linear equations and functions, fractions, decimals, and percents, ratios and proportions, probability, and area and volume of two and three dimensional objects. The skills taught in this class will prepare students for Pre-Algebra.


SPECIAL CLASSES

7th–8th Grade Chorus
Middle School is open to any seventh or eighth grade student with a desire to sing. This group sings a variety of music styles and continually works on improving sight-reading and vocal technique. Team work is stressed as an important component of choral singing. Their performances include the Fall Fine Arts Concert, a staged and choreographed Musical Revue. Participation in the Christian School Choral Festival is also an important part of this choir.

Commercial Music Ensemble
The commercial music ensemble will focus on contemporary music with a non-traditional approach; students will learn how to play popular songs on their instruments. The goal is to facilitate success through popular music and then build upon this experience by introducing more complex forms of music.

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8TH Grade

LANGUAGE ARTS / SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / MATH / SPECIAL CLASSES

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

The eighth grade language arts curriculum focuses on preparing students to communicate effectively with others through the written word, while encouraging them to read in order to explore and better understand the world around them. 

Vocabulary
Vocabulary study for English includes the Wordly Wise curriculum; frequently and commonly misspelled words, and words found in the literature texts

Writing/Composition
Writing composition is taught in two ways. Students prepare to write by understanding the mechanics of good composition.  Students become writers by studying the work of great writers, then creating original works.  Focus is on writing for a variety of reasons, to a variety of audiences, in a variety of genre including both creative and expository.

Literature
Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature from classic and contemporary authors across a wide field of fact and fiction writing.  The course focuses on elements of fiction and non-fiction.

Grammar/Mechanics
Recognize,  identify, and use all parts of speech; identify simple, complex, and compound sentences; identify subordinate and independent clauses; edit peer texts for grammar and punctuation errors.

Latin I
Advanced students will be offered an opportunity to take Latin I for high school credit as an 8th grader.   It is the purpose of this class to instill a knowledge and appreciation of the Latin language and culture.  Since Latin is not a spoken language, emphasis will be given to developing translating skills and an understanding of the value of Latin relative to derivatives in many Western languages.  The student will be able to display competency by taking exams, the National Latin Exam, in-class presentations relating to history and culture, and participation in drills, games and other techniques to develop proficiency.  Students will be asked to take an End of Course exam to demonstrate proficiency in the subject matter to earn their high school credit.

Spanish I
Advanced students will be offered an opportunity to take Spanish I for high school credit as an 8th grader. In Spanish I, students will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of building competence in Spanish.  Students will be challenged to communicate in Spanish in a variety of ways.  Both active writing and speaking are expected in the classroom as well as listening and reading comprehension.  This course will introduce basic grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, conjugation of verbs, culture and geography of Latin America.  Some of the topics to be discussed are:  alphabet, greetings, numbers1-100,000, countries, interrogative pronouns, articles, adjective agreement, weather terms, telling time, days of the week, months, subject pronouns, conjugating regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, cultural days (Quinceañera, Día de los muertos, Navidad), ser vs. estar, object pronouns, progressive tense, personal “a”, possessive adjectives, demonstrative adjectives/pronouns. 


SOCIAL STUDIES

American History
8th grade students will focus on American history in early civilization through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will summarize and understand how civilization began and continued in America. They will describe and analyze the major causes, key events, and important personalities of the American Revolution. They will examine in depth the factors, events, documents, significant individuals, and political ideas that lead to the formation of the United States. Students will participate in a chronological study of the early republic, westward expansion, and the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Students will also be introduced to the constitutional government of the United States.


SCIENCE

Physical Science
Physical Science is a mixture between introductory physics and introductory chemistry.  The first semester students investigate how the periodic table helps us categorize chemicals based on their behavior in chemical equations.  They explore mixing various chemicals that have precipitants and properties of molecular behavior in general.  Balancing equations and learning about Lewis structures is essential to understanding chemical equation steps.  The first semester ends with an introduction to acids and bases.  The second semester is centered on motion physics and nuclear reaction physics.  Students perform multiple labs in motion experiences that involve speed, velocity, acceleration and direction.  Students continue their learning with simple machines and Newton's three laws of motion.  This entire course is dedicated to allowing students to manipulate materials to increase learning about chemistry and physics to better understand the order in God's world.


MATH

Algebra 1
Algebra I is an advanced course where students have the opportunity to take a high school course.  They will be asked to take a state mandated end of course assessment to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum.  Algebra I involves a study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra that will help prepare students for solving problems by following a succession of steps. The main goal of this course is to develop confidence in working with linear equations. Students will extend their experiences with tables, graphs, and equations to where they can solve linear equations, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. Students will extend their understanding of the number system to include irrational numbers. The students will learn to simplify polynomials and begin to study quadratic relationships.  Students will use technology and models to investigate and explore mathematical ideas and relationships and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. The skills taught in this class will help to lay the foundation for upper level math and science courses.

Pre-Algebra
Pre-Algebra is a standard course that reinforces and builds on a student’s prior knowledge of math with an addition of advanced computation and an emphasis on algebraic concepts. Students will become familiar and build a solid foundation with the following: the properties of mathematics, the language of algebra, solving one step and two step equations, operations with rational numbers and integers, solving inequalities, graphing equations and inequalities, proportion, percent, statistics and graphs, probability, applying algebra to geometry, measurement, introduction to trigonometry, and the study of polynomials. The skills learned in this class will prepare the students for success in Algebra 1.


SPECIAL CLASSES

7th–8th Grade Chorus
Middle School is open to any seventh or eighth grade student with a desire to sing. This group sings a variety of music styles and continually works on improving sight-reading and vocal technique. Team work is stressed as an important component of choral singing. Their performances include the Fall Fine Arts Concert, a staged and choreographed Musical Revue. Participation in the Christian School Choral Festival is also an important part of this choir.

Commercial Music Ensemble
The commercial music ensemble will focus on contemporary music with a non-traditional approach; students will learn how to play popular songs on their instruments. The goal is to facilitate success through popular music and then build upon this experience by introducing more complex forms of music.

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