By the end of the Middle School cycle, students will be exposed to (WBETs): Language Benchmark The Writing Process - Strategies for brainstorming/pre-writing - Drafting (crafting pieces of increasing length, complexity, & sophistication) - Responding (giving critical and significant feedback to others) - Revising (accepting and incorporating critical feedback from others) - Editing work of self and others (proper use of editor’s marks) - Publishing 7 Traits of Effective Writing - Ideas - Organization - Voice - Word choice - Sentence Fluency - Conventions - Presentation Research Skills - Mapping/Planning - Researching from multiple sources, including internet - Organization/synthesis of information - Creation of original work from source material - Proper citation Structure & Organization - Narrow & manageable topic choice - Crafting a thesis statement - Outlining - topic sentences that support thesis - logical sequence - isolation of topic w/i paragraphs - engaging introduction & conclusion Genre The structure & conventions of, as well as exposure to important pieces from the following genres (students will also create pieces of original work in most of these genres): - poetry (inherited & open form) - short story - novel - non-fiction - essay (5 ¶ persuasive) - essay (5 ¶ literary analysis) - the letter - speech/public address - biography/autobiography - drama - journalism Literary interpretation/analysis Identification and definition of literary devices such as: - simile & metaphor - alliteration & assonance - foreshadowing - irony - personification - rhyme scheme Socratic seminar Interpretation of: - character - theme/motif - setting - point of view - plot - Analysis of author’s intentions - Consideration of historical context Conventions - Application of proper punctuation, capitalization & grammar to original work - Proper use and interpretation of editor’s marks - Application of word processing technology to identify/correct errors of convention Math Benchmark Problem Solving Strategies - Solving by making a diagram - Solving by making a table - Solving by simplifying the problem - Solving by working backwards Algebra - Commutative property - Operations w/ integers - Exponents - Order of operations - Associative property - Distributive property - The symbols of Algebra - Translating real problems into Algebraic expressions - Evaluating expressions for a given value of x - Using variables - Simplifying expressions - Using formulas - Solving equations & inequalities in one variable - Recognizing and creating equivalent equations & inequalities - The Cartesian coordinate plane - Graphing functions using multiple strategies - Slope - Recognizing the equation of a graphed line - Graphing Inequalities - Solving systems of equations/inequalities using multiple methods/strategies - Comparing the equations of parallel and perpendicular lines - Definition/concept of monomials - Operations on monomials - Factoring monomials 87