This course will encompass literary analyses, vocabulary development, grammar usage and application, and written and oral communication. A primary goal is to introduce and reinforce the relationship between strong writing, reading and critical thinking. 

Life Science 2017-2018

In the life sciences, performance expectations at the middle school level focus on students developing understanding of several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate understanding of several of engineering practices including design and evaluation.  These practices will be demonstrated through 5 units: 

  1. From Molecules to Organisms
  2. Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Relationships in Ecosystems
  3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  5. Engineering Technology and Science

More detailed information can be found at the Next Generation Science Standards Website: