Language Arts:

  • Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes to infer literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
  • Use common word origins to determine the meaning of words.
  • Identify and analyze recurring themes, plot, character motivation, setting, and tone of fiction.
  • Evaluate unity, coherence, and logic of a non-fiction text.
  • Creates compositions with coherent thesis and end with well-supported conclusion.
  • Revises writing for word choice, appropriate organizations, consistent point of view, and transitions. between paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
  • Writes narratives or short stories, responses to literature, expository writing, persuasive compositions, and business letters.
  • Uses correct and varied sentence types and opening for a lively personal style.
  • Uses correct punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
  • Delivers oral responses to literature, narrative presentations, and recites poems of 4-6 stanzas.

Mathematics (Algebra):

  • Understand and use such operations as taking the opposite, finding the reciprocal, taking a root, and raising to a fractional power. They understand and use the rules of exponents.
  • Simplify expressions prior to solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable.
  • Solve multi-step problems, including word problems, involving linear equations and linear inequalities in one variable and provide justification for each step.
  • Graph a linear equation and compute the x- and y- intercepts.
  • Derive linear equations using the point-slope formula.
  • Solve a system of two linear equations in tow variables algebraically and are able to interpret the answer graphically.
  • Simplify fractions with polynomials in the numerator and denominator by factoring both and reducing them to the lower terms.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions and functions.
  • Solve a quadratic equation by factoring or completing the square.
  • Know the quadratic formula and are familiar with its proof by completing the square.
  • Use the quadratic formula to din the roots of a second-degree polynomial and to solve quadratic equations.
  • Graph quadratic functions and know that their roots are the x-intercepts.
  • Apply quadratic equations to physical problems, such as the motion of an object under the force of gravity.

ScienceFocus on Physical Science

  • Motion: Velocity is the rate of change of position.
  • Forces: Unbalanced forces cause changes in velocity.
  • Structure of Matter: Elements have distinctive properties and an atomic number.
  • Earth: Structure and composition of the universe.
  • Chemical Reactions: Atoms are arranged into different combinations
  • Chemistry of Living Systems: Chemistry is the basis of biological systems.
  • Periodic Table
  • Density/Buoyancy: Objects are buoyant in fluid
  • Investigation and Experimentation: Students will develop questions and perform investigations.

Social StudiesU.S. History and Geography: Constitution to WWI

Content standards include learning about the following areas:

  • A Constitutional democracy
  • Principles of the Constitution
  • The American Political System
  • Early Foreign Policy
  • People in the South
  • People in the West
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Transformation of the Economy