ISE Middle School (Grade 6-8)

ISE Middle School

ISE Middle School strives to serve the unique needs of international middle school students on the Eastern Seaboard. Students are at a critical period of their lives as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Staff at ISE is committed to creating a holistic environment that fosters physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. The school's organization and activities are designed for exploration and discovery to enrich the learning environment.

We believe in the importance of:

• Active Learning: we engage students in interactive endeavors
• Advocacy: we facilitate the unique developmental needs of grades seven, and eight
• Family and Community Partnerships: we promote a supportive and involved partnership across a variety of regional communities
• High Expectations: we inspire, challenge and actively support our students and each other to become positive participants in an ever-changing world
• Safe and Supportive Learning Environment: we foster a caring, creative environment emphasizing the holistic development of each child
• Unique Nature of Middle School Teaching: we value teachers’ special commitment to working with the particular needs of students
• Acknowledging the Individual Student: we seek to recognize and develop the potential of each student's unique abilities and attributes
• Working Together: we expect teachers, staff and administrators to collaborate in the learning process

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

The language arts program is closely linked to the academic success of all students in the middle school as they prepare for high school and the rigors of the American Diploma or the International Baccalaureate program. This curriculum is critical to the academic growth and social development of students throughout the school. The language arts curriculum is specifically designed to provide a framework of instruction that will support students in reaching the goal of becoming proficient written and oral communicators in English. The program focuses on the broad development of skills and learning strategies in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

EAL ACADEMY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH 7/8

These courses focus on the development of the English language and the skills aligned with grade level Language Arts standards. The four standard areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are differentiated in order to correspond with needs of the individual student. Grammar, vocabulary development, study skills, reading comprehension, and oral language are included in teaching these four areas. Concepts are reinforced and applied in guided level reading groups. These groups provide the opportunity for students to learn at their “just right” reading level and participate more actively in a small group setting. An important focus will be on using the English language confidently and effectively as a means of communication within the social, cultural, and academic life of our school.

GRADE 7 ENGLISH

Students will develop their skills in the four main areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Skills learned in language arts help to develop academic success in all subjects. The Reader’s and Writers’ Workshop Programs are utilized as part of a K-8 system to foster quality reading and writing. The writing process of planning, prewriting, writing and editing is followed in all essays, assignments and projects. A study of literature and informal textbooks are used to encourage appreciation of good writing, and to develop a lifelong reading habit. Students will analyze elements of literature and try to become more skilled at making inferences while reading.

GRADE 8 ENGLISH

This course serves to build upon and enhance the overall curriculum work already developed in seventh grade. Students will work to further develop critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for academic independence that is needed to be successful in the high school English courses. A variety of writing projects that express their confidence as well as their freedom of thought will help them become clear and productive writers.

Course offerings in English as an Additional Language (EAL) are intended for students who do not speak English as a first or native language and who do not meet the minimum level of English language proficiency required for their gradelevel. The EAL classes are designed to enhance English skills and provide subject-specific support to prepare students for the challenges of an English based curriculum.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH as an ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

Students will develop the ability to listen to English speakers with understanding, to communicate effectively when speaking, to improve reading comprehension and to develop their writing skills. Students will also further their understanding and use of English grammar and vocabulary.

Textbook(s): Integrated Language Skills: New Opportunities Series Pearson

Shining Star, Pearson Longman

Grammar: Oxford University Press Grammar Series

The social studies curriculum teaches critical thinking skills. Students develop an understanding of ancient cultures in sixth and seventh grade and apply the skills they have learned to a broad study of the different regions in eighth grade. Students are challenged to become critical readers, identify patterns in human history, and apply their knowledge of history to current issues. Through a variety of assessment strategies, students demonstrate increasing sophistication in completing research, their ability to form and present logical arguments, and effective communication using a variety of styles.

SOCIAL STUDIES 7

The seventh grade social studies course will develop an understanding of ancient cultures and their belief systems. Students will develop the ability to extract information from primary sources, and form opinions based on a critical examination of relevant information. They will understand the importance of technological development. They will also appreciate the importance of geography in the development of ancient cultures. Students will be introduced to Ancient China, Thailand, and Ancient India.

Textbook(s): South and East Asia and the Pacific, Houghton Mifflin

SOCIAL STUDIES 8

This course is developed to introduce and develop relevant social study skills through the study of various topics and regions of the world. The five themes of geography, government and economics will be studied while exploring the regions of Thailand, Asia, Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Europe. Some of the goals and objectives include being able to interpret information, draw inferences, note cause and effect, state relationships between categories, and write summaries. In addition, the students will be able to arrange information in usable forms such as timelines, note taking, grouping data, and developing oral presentations. Lastly, the students will develop effective presentation skills using the different regions of the world.

Textbook(s):  Eastern Hemisphere, Houghton Mifflin

Students develop an understanding of the physical and biological world and solve real world problems in the ISE science program. Students design and conduct experiments, critically analyze data for patterns, and use data to draw conclusions.

SCIENCE 7/8

Students investigate real world challenges integrating content and techniques from a variety of sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, and Engineering. Themes include space colonization, sustainable energy solutions, and forensic investigation.

The middle school mathematics program is committed to challenging each student while allowing them to succeed. Curiosity and self-confidence in doing mathematics are fostered, leading to enjoyment and a positive attitude toward mathematics. The mathematics program strives to give a balance between understanding basic number sense, fractions, computing, using estimation and mental math, using calculators and other technology, solving a variety of problems, communicating and justifying reasoning with manipulative.

GLENCOE MATH COURSE 2

This course prepares seventh grade students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The class prepares students for 21st century success by focusing on four critical areas: 1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; 2) operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; 3) solving problems involving scale drawings, geometric constructions, and surface area, and volume; 4) drawing inferences about populations.

Textbook(s): Glencoe Math, Course 2,McGraw-Hill

GLENCOE MATH COURSE 3

This course prepares eighth grade students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.  The class prepares students for 21st century success by focusing on three critical areas: 1) using and applying equations in one and two variables; 2) understanding the concepts of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships/ 3) applying the Pythagorean Theorem and the concepts of similarity and congruence.  This course emphasizes a depth of understanding and is designed to strengthen skills needed in order to be successful in Algebra I.

Textbook(s): Glencoe Math Course 3, McGraw-Hill

ALGEBRA I

Grades:                       8/9/10

Length:                        Yearlong

Credit:                         1 for high school students

Prerequisite:                Glencoe Math Course 2 or 3, or teacher approval

Algebra is rich in applications while real-life situations motivate and provide the settings for practice of algebra skills. The variety of content permits algebra to be embedded in applications settings. Reading and problem solving are emphasized throughout Units covered include basic concepts, addition in algebra, multiplication in algebra, algebraic expressions, lines and distance, slopes, exponents and operations with polynomials, systems, parabolas and quadratic equations. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

Textbook(s): Algebra,McGraw-Hill

The native language program offers our middle school students the opportunity to continue to learn and use their native language. In the Middle School at ISE we offer Thai and Korean native language classes.

KOREAN FOR KOREANS 7/8

MIDDLE SCHOOL KOREAN FOR KOREANS G7/8

중학교국어

대상: 7학년, 8학년

기간: 각1년

교재: <중학생국어1, 2(노미숙)>, <중학교국어3, 4(노미숙)>, 천재교육

수업자료: 교재외문학/비문학텍스트, 인터넷기사, 동영상뉴스, 다큐멘터리, 교사자료등

중학교국어과정은대한민국교육부에서정한중등교육과정을기준으로한국어를모국어로하는Middle School Grade 7과Grade 8 학생을대상으로합니다. 학습자들은언어의네가지영역인읽기, 쓰기, 말하기, 듣기교육을통하여의사소통능력을개발할수있습니다.

문학과비문학텍스트를통해문학적지식, 문체적특징과효과, 작가와시대적배경, 문학감상의여러방법들을학습할수있고한국사회에서다루어질수있는여러가지사회적이슈와현상에대해이해하고자신의생각을논리적으로나타낼수있습니다.

수업의형식은교과서를중심으로한이론학습과여러가지주제에대한개인발표, 토론등과같은협력과제, 형식적에세이등의작문수업등으로이루어집니다. 또한한국의역사와문화에대해배울수있는다양한문화활동들도수업에서다루어집니다.

THAI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FOR THAI STUDENTS 7/8

The Thai language and culture curriculum provides Thai students with an understanding and increased awareness of an appreciation for their own country, the Thai people and their history, language and traditions. In this course as reading, spelling, literature and composition are aimed at developing the students’ comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language. In addition, students will learn grammar and language conventions to communicate effectively. Using media and the technology as a tool to assist in communication and work presentation is also stressed set by the Ministry of Education.

Textbook and Workbook: The Thai Instructor uses both teacher-developed materials, as well as curricular materials developed by the Ministry of Education.

Thai Language and Culture G .7 –  8    ( Thai for Thai )

นักเรียนเรียนเรื่องสั้น บทความชีวประวัติ  บทร้อยกรอง โคลงโลกนิติ ข่าวเหตุการสำคัญทั้งในและต่างประเทศ  นวนิยานอิงประวัติศาสตร์  เรียนวรรณกรรมแปล   ศึกษาประวัติบุคคลสำคัญของไทย  ศิลปกรรมไทย จากการเรียนสรรณคดี  นิทานชาดก  และโคลงโลกนิติ   นักเรียนอ่านออกเสียงบทร้อยกรองและร้อยแก้วได้อย่างถูกต้อง  จับใจความสำคัญจากงานเขียนประเภทเรื่องสั้น บทความ เพื่อแยกแยะข้อเท็จจริงกับความคิดเห็นได้ แล้วนำมาเขียนเชิงบรรยาย อธิบาย เขียนเชิงสร้างสรรค์ ตลอดจนสามารถถอดความจากวรรณกรรมประเภทร้อยกรอง เพื่อประเมินความเข้าใจ ความหมายของศัพท์ และแนวคิดสำคัญของเรื่อง มีทักษะการดู  พูด ฟัง  และอภิปรายข่าวอย่างมีมารยาท

นักเรียนพัฒนาทักษะในการจับใจความสำคัญจากการอ่านวรรณกรรมเพื่อเข้าใจความหมายทั้งโดยตรงและโดยนัย เช่น สำนวนสุภาษิต  คำพังเพย  พัฒนาการคิดวิเคราะห์วิจารณ์ผ่านกระบวนการฟัง ดู  พูด เพื่อสร้างวิจารณญาณในการเลือกรับข่าวสาร ความรู้หรือแนวคิด

THAI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FOR NON-THAI STUDENTS 7/8

This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education. This course will provide international students in grades 7 and 8 some knowledge of Thai language and culture knowledge that they can apply to different situations. Classes focus on improving students’ listening and speaking skills through an integrated course approach that develops students’ knowledge of the country in which they reside. The program offers activities that allow students to be involved in understanding Thai festivals, making handicrafts, participating in Thai games, and reading maps. In the area of language, students are taught different learning strategies, training in vocabulary, listening, and speaking tasks.They learn survival language skills, and increase their proficiency as a result of their continued exposure to the program.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7-8

Physical education is an integral part of the development and education of every student. The program seeks to develop and promote a positive attitude about health and fitness through the understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Our primary focus is on lifetime fitness and giving the student the skills to participate in activities outside of the classroom.

The PE classes will involve the learner in a wide range of movement, knowledge, and skill-building experiences. The class will contribute to the learner’s growing value system and his/her development of responsible attitudes and behavior essential to a healthy lifestyle. The class will promote understanding and appreciation for differences among people in physical activity settings and develop the habit of choosing to regularly participate in physical activity as part of a health-enhancing personal fitness plan. The physical education curriculum will be developmentally appropriate; that is, suitable for the developmental range of the learner in a group, but implemented with careful attention to the needs, interests, and developmental level of individual learners within the group. The course will help the individual learner develop the ability to make wise and appropriate choices about physical activity now and in the future.

SPEECH AND DEBATE 7-8

The speech and debate class will focus on speech events and presentation skills.  Students may choose a speech event of their choice including persuasive, informative, extemporaneous and humorous or dramatic interpretation.  Special emphasis will be placed on use of language, voice, gesture, and organizational skills. This class will also focus on debate emphasizing argumentation and persuasion skills.  Students can debate individually or in teams. Students will learn the art of argumentation through a variety of assignments both prepared and impromptu.  Special emphasis will be placed on use of logic, voice, gesture, and organizational skills.

CHORAL MUSIC 7-8

Chorus students will learn to use their vocal instrument to create a correct and pleasing singing sound.  In addition to learning proper vocal production and technique, students will also learn music reading skills, sight-singing skills, and performance skills.  Chorus also offers opportunities for students to develop team building and leadership skills. This is a performance-based class.  Participation in concert performances outside of regular class hours is required.

APPROACHES TO LEARNING 7-8

This course is based on the approach that student education is not only what you learn, but also how you learn. Approaches to Learning teaches students how to learn by providing more explicit support for teaching skills including: (integrating/incorporating these skills in the classroom)

  1. Thinking Skills (Life Skills and ATL)
  2. Communication Skills (ATL)
  3. Social Skills (Life Skills)
  4. Self-management Skills (time management, ATL)
  5. Research (ATL) – Big 6 Research Model (school-wide)

These skills will be taught:

  • Based on inquiry, curiosity, personal passion
  • Focused on conceptual / contextual understanding
  • Developed in local and global contexts
  • Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
  • Differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • Informed by formative and summative assessment

Students have a chance to explore two and three-dimensional media through projects relating to their social studies and language arts classes. This cross discipline approach allows students to develop their fine motor skills while enhancing their understanding of world cultures.

ART 7/8

This course provides relevant and engaging learning in art, while exposing students to art from across the globe and throughout history. Focus will be on the elements of art and principles of design, while offering a wide range of dynamic studio activities.

Middle school students receive training on traditional Western band instruments. Musical skills are developed through regular practice and performances in the middle school concert band.

CONCERT BAND 7/8

Students will be placed in ability-based groups that will perform appropriate music of various genres. Regular lessons and skill checkups are available to help each student make consistent progress throughout the year. These groups will use traditional Western band instrumentation and perform at least once each semester. Instruments we offer are: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion.