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American School of Dubai

Middle School Course Description Guide 2013-2014


Using Your Course Description Guide The American School of Dubai is committed to assisting our Middle School students to succeed in a robust program of study during their 6th, 7th and 8th grade years and to be well prepared for the transition to high school. The pillars of this program are our challenging core courses in the disciplines of mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies. This academic rigor is one component of a multi-dimensional education that also emphasizes physical, artistic, musical, and linguistic development. Our program is rounded out with enrichment courses that invite students to explore areas of interest in a more focused, project-oriented manner. This year we are excited to be developing enrichment courses in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Global Issues Network. We believe these two areas offer great potential for students to expand their ability to adapt and contribute in our rapidly changing world. This guide is designed to assist parents and students in navigating the course selection process for the middle school years through providing a greater understanding of our course offerings and a greater understanding of our overall program goals. Students; please read carefully and explore the available options with your parents. Talk about long-term goals (e.g. learning to play an instrument, learning a language, becoming a scientist) when you make your selections for arts, languages and enrichments. Parents; listen carefully to your children and help them to think through their choices in terms of their goals, ambitions and interests. Remember, middle school is a great time to explore something new. All members of the ASD Faculty are here to assist you as you select your courses for the next academic year. Please contact us for more information. Counselors

Department Chairs

Ms. Lamonda Lewis llewis@asdubai.org

English Language Arts Ms. Christine Calderon ccalderon@asdubai.org

Arts Ms. Emily De Rosier ederosier@asdubai.org

Mathematics Ms. Deborah Reynolds dreynolds@asdubai.org

Information Technology and Library Ms. Allison Hart alhart@asdubai.org

Social Studies Mr. Matt Ewart mewart@asdubai.org

World Languages Ms. Elita Fakhry efakhry@asdubai.org

Mr. Eric Kunik ekunik@asdubai.org

Middle School Administration Dr. Ronald Lalonde Middle School Principal rlalonde@asdubai.org Mr. Jake Dibbert Middle School Associate Principal jdibbert@asdubai.org

Science Mr. Bernard O’Hearn bohearn@asdubai.org Physical Education Mr. Juan JosÊ Fuentes jfuentes@asdubai.org

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American School of Dubai

Identity Statement The American School of Dubai, an independent not for profit American community school, offers what is the best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students.

Mission Statement The American School of Dubai’s mission is to challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

Core Values Compassion | Excellence | Integrity | Respect | Responsibility

Student Profile THINKER

COMMUNICATOR

LEADER/ROLE MODEL

Creative

Effective

Inspires

Critical

Confident

Guides

Reflective

Collaborative

Persistent CONTRIBUTOR

LEARNER

Aware

Engaged

Ethical

Responsible

Respectful

Self-directed

Open-Minded

Inquisitive

Compassionate

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Table of Contents ASD Middle School..................................................................................... 4 Overview Of Courses................................................................................. 5 Enrichments in the ASD Middle School............................................ 6 Information and Technology Literacy in the Middle School......... 6 Sixth Grade Course Description........................................................... 7 Core Courses................................................................................................... 7 English Language Arts 6............................................................................. 7 Math 6............................................................................................................... 7 Integrated Science 6..................................................................................... 8 World History I................................................................................................ 8 Physical Education and Health 6.............................................................. 8 Middle School Survival Skills..................................................................... 8 Creative Arts.................................................................................................... 9 Middle School Boys Choir.......................................................................... 9 Sixth Grade Girls Choir................................................................................ 9 Instrumental Music 6................................................................................... 9 Drama 6............................................................................................................. 9 Art 6.................................................................................................................... 9 World Languages........................................................................................10 Arabic as a Foreign Language 1C..........................................................10 Modern standard Arabic 1C....................................................................10 Enrichments..................................................................................................10 Bonkers For Books.......................................................................................10 Film in Reel Life............................................................................................10 Robotics 6.......................................................................................................11 Outdoor Adventure Skills.........................................................................11 Mapping the World by Heart..................................................................11 Recycled Art..................................................................................................11 Seventh Grade Course Descriptions............................................... 12 Core Courses.................................................................................................12 English Language Arts 7...........................................................................12 Math 7.............................................................................................................12 Pre-Algebra 7................................................................................................12 Integrated Science 7...................................................................................13 US History I....................................................................................................13 Physical Education and Health 7............................................................13 Eighth Grade Course Descriptions.................................................. 14 Core Courses.................................................................................................14 English Language Arts 8...........................................................................14 Pre-Algebra 8................................................................................................14 Algebra I.........................................................................................................14 Integrated Science 8...................................................................................15 US History II...................................................................................................15 Physical Education and Health 8............................................................15

Seventh & Eighth Grade Choice Courses...................................... 16 Creative Arts..................................................................................................16 Middle School Boys Choir........................................................................16 Seventh/Eighth Grade Girls Choir.........................................................16 Middle School Band...................................................................................16 Performing Arts I.........................................................................................16 MS Dance 1....................................................................................................17 MS Dance 2....................................................................................................17 MS Latin Dance Class.................................................................................17 Middle School Art.......................................................................................17 Advanced Sculpture and Ceramics.......................................................18 Advanced Painting and Drawing...........................................................18 Advanced Mixed Media............................................................................18 Film Making...................................................................................................18 World Languages........................................................................................19 Arabic As a Foreign Language 1A..........................................................19 Arabic As a Foreign Language 1B..........................................................19 Arabic as a Foreign Language 1D..........................................................19 Arabic as a Foreign Language 1E...........................................................19 Modern Standard Arabic 1D....................................................................20 Modern Standard Arabic 1E....................................................................20 French 1A.......................................................................................................20 French 1B........................................................................................................21 Spanish 1A.....................................................................................................21 Spanish 1B......................................................................................................21 Enrichments..................................................................................................21 Myth Busters.................................................................................................21 Yearbook.........................................................................................................21 Reading Rocks!.............................................................................................22 Public Speaking...........................................................................................22 Global Issues Network: Environmental Issues...................................22 Global Issues Network: Human Rights Issues...................................22 Advanced Robotics.....................................................................................22 Video Broadcasting and Editing............................................................23 Introduction to Digital Photography...................................................23 Music Technology.......................................................................................23 Outdoor Adventure Skills.........................................................................23 Investing 101................................................................................................23 Technology Foundations..........................................................................23 The Course Selection Process............................................................ 24 Course Choice Process...............................................................................24 Schedule Changes......................................................................................24 Course Sequences.................................................................................... 25 Mathematics in the ASD Middle School.............................................25 World Languages in the ASD Middle School....................................26 Sixth Grade Course Selection Form................................................ 27 Seventh and Eighth Grade Course Selection Form................. 28

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Middle School at the American School of Dubai Early adolescence is a unique time in a child’s life when physical and emotional characteristics are rapidly changing. Societal expectations for these emerging young adults increase. The middle school years are clearly a period of transition. PHILOSOPHY • We believe that students’ intellectual growth must be stimulated with a pursuit of academic excellence. • We provide a challenging program based on the unique and diverse needs of our students. • We encourage the development of the aesthetic, social, physical, ethical, creative and emotional aspects of each individual. • We are caring and attentive role models. • We guide students in character development and personal growth. • We prepare students for future academic and emotional challenges.

BELIEFS • Striving for excellence is critical to our success. • Every person has equal inherent value. • Embracing our diversity strengthens our community. • Integrity and honesty are essential to a safe and trusting community. • It is our responsibility to give help where needed. • Each person is responsible for his or her choices.

GOALS • Mastery: To provide an academic program through which students master skills that will serve as a foundation for continued growth and intellectual development. • Self-concept: To assist students in the development of individuality, selfesteem, and interpersonal relationships so that they may regard themselves as contributing members of a global society. • Multi-Cultural Awareness: To provide a supportive environment where cultural diversity and international awareness is respected and appreciated. Students should view themselves as global citizens. • Exploration: To offer choices that allow students to explore a variety of relevant and meaningful educational experiences and interests that encourage creative thinking, decision-making, use of technology and problem solving skills. • Responsibility: To develop individual responsibility and accountability for personal choices and actions.

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Overview Of Courses CORE COURSES Core courses are the foundational learning program of the Middle School experience. Each student in the Middle School will learn in full year core courses in Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Physical Education. Starting in 7th Grade students will also choose one World Language, which is also considered a core course.

CREATIVE ARTS COURSES Creative Arts courses are designed to expose each student in the Middle School to visual, performance, dance, and music courses. The purpose of these courses are to celebrate creativity. In 6th Grade, students are introduced to basic courses in art, drama and music which are required for all students. In 7th and 8th Grade, courses in the arts grow in comprehension and build on the foundational experience in 6th grade. Students are required to select at least one full year Creative Arts course or two semester long Creative Arts courses in each of their 7th and 8th Grade years.

ENRICHMENT COURSES Enrichment courses offer students the opportunity to explore areas of aptitude or areas of interest in a more focused, hands on, project-oriented approach. Each course has a distinct set of course outcomes that involve both content learning, skills learning and integration. These courses are graded Pass/Fail.

The Global Issues Network The Global Issues Network was begun by teachers and students from six international schools in Europe and was based upon High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them by Jean-François Rischard, former World Bank VicePresident for Europe. Rischard describes imminent issues that can only be solved through global cooperation. Among these are water shortages, global warming, environmental degradation, infectious diseases, poverty, illiteracy, depletion of fisheries, peacekeeping, and the loss of ecosystems. Our Global Issues Network courses are designed to fulfill the mission of the Global Issues Network: To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues. This year we are pleased to be able to offer two Global Issues Network courses in our Enrichment Program: Environmental Issues and Human Rights Issues The objectives for learners are: • INFORM: provide resources for students to learn about global issues • INSPIRE: coordinate events that motivate students to act on global issues • EQUIP: train students with the necessary skills and tools to tackle global issues • ACT: encourage and facilitate collaborative and sustainable action on global issues Source: Global Issues Network: http://www.global-issues-network.org/page/about-gin

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR THE 2013-2014: STEM & GLOBAL ISSUES NETWORK Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has taken on great prominence in the past several years as educational and business interests have combined to heighten awareness and create opportunities for students to use the scientific method to discover and explore. This year we are pleased to be able to offer three STEM courses in our Enrichment Program: Robotics, Technology Foundations, and Myth Busters.

STEM education is closely linked with our nation’s economic prosperity in the modern global economy; strong STEM skills are a central element of a well-rounded education and essential to effective citizenship.

- Stem Education Coalition, General Principles, http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

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Enrichments in the ASD Middle School SIXTH GRADE

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE

Mapping the World by Heart Film in “Reel� Life Bonkers for Books Outdoor Adventure Skills Robotics Recycled Arts

Video Broadcasting & Editing Myth Busters Yearbook Investing 101 Reading Rocks! Digital Photography Public Speaking Robotics Outdoor Adventure Skills Technology Foundations Global Issues Network Music Technology

Information and Technology Literacy in the Middle School Information and Technology Literacy (I&TL) expands the traditional definitions of literacy to include visual, textual, technological, and digital competencies. These skills are essential for students to thrive as engaged, ethical contributors in a constantly evolving and complex global society. Students will have the opportunity to pursue academic and personal growth through the use of information and technology resources. These authentic activities, which allow student choice and acknowledge learning styles, will require students to gather, analyze and synthesize information. Higher level thinking and problem-solving skills will be used to evaluate and produce media that can be shared or communicated in a creative manner using appropriate technologies. Conditions essential for the success of all stakeholders include timely and sustained access to current and appropriate technology and information resources, effective support systems, professional development and time devoted to collaborative planning. Both formative and summative assessments will be collaboratively designed to match ASD standards and benchmarks, and encourage self, peer, and teacher evaluation.

Technology Integration Facilitators in each division work closely with teachers to design technology and media-rich units and lessons that integrate the ISTE NETS Standards, essential information, and technology literacy skills into the core curriculum. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes are also offered for students who have an interest in further exploring these topics.

An important aspect of the NETS standards is a focus on Digital Citizenship. All parents and students are introduced to, and must sign, a Technology Responsible Use Policy (RUP) that outlines what constitutes acceptable, responsible, and safe use of technology. We believe that technology can be a great tool to support and deepen learning, but only when used properly and appropriately. 6 | ASD MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE


SIXTH GRADE

Sixth Grade Course Descriptions CORE COURSES ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 6

MATH 6

Department: English

Department: Mathematics

Length: Full Year

Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grade 6

Grade Level: Grade 6

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of the preceding E/LA compulsory course

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Math 5

Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes - 60 minutes The ability to read, write, and express oneself empowers individuals. In Language Arts courses, students will refine their skills in these areas, as well as challenge themselves to think critically. Using Columbia University’s Teachers College Writers Workshop approach, students will continue their exploration into what makes writing powerful. Students will study author’s craft, as well as develop their own craft through practicing various writing strategies. Students will encounter and create a variety of genres: creative non-fiction, literary essay, research writing, fiction writing, and poetry. Grammar and mechanics are taught in the context of this writing workshop approach. Understanding and interpreting literature is explored using the Readers Workshop approach through class novels, themed literature circles, and independent reading, as well as through various interdisciplinary units. Within these units, students become familiar with story elements including character, setting, plot, conflict, theme, and point of view. Independent reading is expected, encouraged, and valued in class. In addition to the life-skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, students will enhance their 21st century skills as technology is constantly blended into the curriculum to enrich the learning.

Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes Math 6 deepens and extends the skills from Grade 5 math, corresponding to the five key concepts from the Common Core State Standards for mathematics: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. In class, students are presented with standard level and challenge level opportunities, both on homework and assessments. Performance in Math 6 determines placement into grade 7 courses. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics state that the student will: • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems •Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions •Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions. • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities. • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables. • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume. • Develop understanding of statistical variability. • Summarize and describe distributions.

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INTEGRATED SCIENCE 6 Department: Science Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 5 Science Expected study time per lesson: 15 minutes The Integrated Science 6 course provides an overview of life, earth and physical science concepts in the context of real world problems. The course emphasizes the use of problem-solving and content application to examine current issues in science. Hands-on labs will be a major focus.

WORLD HISTORY I Department: Social Studies Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 5 Social Studies Expected study time per lesson: 15-30 minutes The sixth grade social studies program encompasses two different modules: the ancient world and medieval times to today. Geography is integrated throughout the curriculum in order to promote students’ understanding of the connection between people and the Earth especially how physical geography affected the growth of civilizations. The course of study focuses on selected empires within the ancient world, and ends with an investigation of Renaissance Europe. Both modules assist students in understanding today’s world and developing a global perspective by learning about the past. Students will learn how ancient civilizations laid the foundation for modern culture. Students will explore the rise and eventual fall of civilizations and the impact they have on life today. Becoming familiar with various research tools and presenting information in a variety of formats are emphasized. Finally, the curriculum aims to help students recognize contributions made to society by different cultural, religious and ethnic groups throughout time and how they are still relevant today.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH 6 Department: Physical Education & Health Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes The aim of the Physical Education program is to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is vital to all aspects of normal growth and development and the health benefits are widely recognized.

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The P.E. curriculum is made of four strands: Health, Fitness, Sports and Aquatics. Students have to fully participate in all four components of the curriculum in order to complete the course. Each strand will be divided into smaller units: • Health: Wellness, Decision Making & Substance use and abuse, and Human Growth and Development. • Fitness: Fitness is integrated into the Aquatics, Sports and Health courses. Fitness will not have a standalone grade in Power School. • Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Ultimate, Basketball, Tennis, Rugby, and Badminton. • Aquatics: Stroke Improvement (Front Crawl, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke) and Water Safety; Water Polo, Water Basket and Water Games. Students are required to wear a specific P.E. uniform to all fitness and sports classes. The kit consists of sports shoes (sneakers are best, so avoid the big, high top, unlaced skateboard shoes, sandals, ballerina, or flip flops), socks, red Falcon’s shorts and a grey Falcon’s shirt. For safety reasons, no jewelry is allowed during physical activity (including watches). For swimming, swimsuits (board shorts are acceptable) and swim caps are mandatory, goggles are highly recommended. Not having a P.E. uniform will affect the student’s Participation grade. However, the students will still be expected to participate in that class. Please note that the PE Department will not provide uniforms to middle school students. A lack of complete P.E. uniform will result in a deduction of 5% from the day’s participation grade.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVIVAL SKILLS Department: Interdisciplinary Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes New schedules, many teachers, more expectations, different classes, how will you survive? This class will help you to cope with the new and exciting adventure of Middle School. Learn some strategies to give you success in your classes, such as the best way to manage your time between homework, activities, and your friends. You will be introduced to the skills and tools you will need to successfully use technology to support your learning. Areas of emphasis will include online safety and digital citizenship, development of information literacy skills, including word processing presentation, and multi-media skills that can be used in school projects. Taking this class will help you have success as you begin your journey through Middle School.


CREATIVE ARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS CHOIR Department: Creative Arts

Throughout the year, a variety of genres, styles and cultures of music will be demonstrated as well as a consistent opportunity to perform in a small and large group setting.

Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grades 6, 7, or 8 Prerequisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes This is a new class being offered for boys in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Previous experience in choir is not required, just a love of singing. The Boys Choir is an opportunity for boys to feel confident and supported through their voice change experience, as well as to have fun while making music with their friends. In addition to performing as a group, they will sing in combination with girls groups at both concerts. Students will also practice their music-reading skills over the course of the year, becoming more competent musicians as a result. 7th and 8th grade participants in the Boys Choir are eligible and encouraged to audition for renowned, high-level regional and international festivals.

SIXTH GRADE GIRLS CHOIR

DRAMA 6 Department: Creative Arts Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: None The 6th Grade Drama Course is an introduction to theater as an art form. The course will focus on the fundamentals of acting and theater through a combination of theater games and improvisation, as well as short units in ensemble building, clowning, and American melodrama. Emphasis is placed on participation, creativity, and a willingness to explore. The ultimate objective of the course is for the students to gain confidence in themselves, discover the creativity in themselves and in others, and to show growth through discussion and personal reflection.

Department: Creative Arts Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 6

ART 6

Pre-Requisite: None

Department: Creative Arts

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

Length: 1 Semester, broken into two quarters

This performance-based ensemble gives girls who love to sing the opportunity to sing high-level and beautiful music from many different genres in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Girls will learn and develop the techniques, skills, and confidence needed to be a contributing member of a secondary choral ensemble. The girls will also have the opportunity to combine with other groups for the holiday and spring concerts. In Sixth Grade girls choir, students will cultivate a lifelong love of music, and build meaningful friendships with peers who share a common interest.

Grade Level: Grade 6

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 6

The main goals are:

Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment. Sixth grade art is an interdisciplinary subject, which includes elements from student’s social studies curriculum. This interaction is accomplished while students further develop their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design. This course cannot be repeated.

Length: Full Year

• Expressive experimentation with a variety of materials, techniques, and processes, such as: drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media.

Grade Level: Grade 6

• Know and use appropriate art vocabulary.

Pre-Requisite: None

• Practice and demonstrate the skills of craftsmanship.

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

• Use materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

Department: Creative Arts

The purpose and intent of the 6th grade instrumental program is to comprehend an overall understanding of what it means to be a contributing member in a traditional Concert Band setting. History and theory of music will be supplemented throughout the year in the form of written quizzes in order to build musical vocabulary.

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WORLD LANGUAGES

ENRICHMENTS

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1C

BONKERS FOR BOOKS

Department: World Languages

Department: Enrichment

Length: Full Year

Length: 1 Quarter

Grade Level: Grade 6

Grade Level: Grade 6

Pre-Requisite: Grade 5 ASD Arabic as a Foreign Language (student placement by assessment)

Pre-Requisite: None

Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes This course is the beginning of a three year program that builds upon students’ prior knowledge in Arabic language and culture. The program stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing using basic Modern Standard Arabic are all highlighted in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help understand the structure of the language. By the end of the sixth grade, students should be able to carry on basic conversations related to the topics covered. Students will practice writing short sentences about themselves or one of the topics covered. Students will learn vocabulary pertaining to the following topics: (Greetings/Introductions, Classroom/school subjects, My Family/Jobs, My House, Food/Eating healthy); conjugating verb ‘to have’ and regular verbs with all pronouns; feminine and masculine nouns; some prepositions, and numbers 1-100. Textbook + Workbook+ audio: Qisas wa Hiwaarat series.

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes If you love to read then you need to join the 6th Grade Bonkers For Books class. This class offers the opportunity to explore different genres of reading through small group book clubs and large group discussions. We will learn how to write good book reviews by looking at professional book critiques. We will share our books through logs, book talks, creative projects, and reviews within our own class. A list of recommended books will also be created. You may find a future as a book critic or as a Library Media Specialist. Come explore the exciting world of books.

FILM IN REEL LIFE Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 6

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC 1C

Pre-Requisite: None

Department: World Languages

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: Grade 5 ASD Modern Standard Arabic (student placement by assessment) Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes This course is the beginning of a three year program that introduces students to Modern Standard Arabic language and culture. It focuses on developing fluency in spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic. The program stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing using basic Modern Standard Arabic are all highlighted in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help understand the structure of the language. The students’ progression is considerably dependant on their knowledge of their own Arabic dialect and their exposure to Arabic language and culture at home. The main areas covered are: Vocabulary (Self, home, family, nationalities, classroom, food, clothing, jobs, and ordinal numbers); Pronouns; singular and plural nouns; adjectives and adverbs; present tense; long and short vowels; prepositions and numbers 1-100. By the end of this course, students should be able to carry on basic conversations, follow conversations, read simple vocalized texts and write simple texts in Modern Standard Arabic. Resources Used: Arabic Language Through Dialogue (Part One) with online resources and cultural projects.

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Film is a form of artistic expression, as well as a reflection of our culture. Film has never been more relevant to our daily lives than it is today. In order to analyze what makes a good film, we must first learn what makes a good story. We will examine how camera angles, lighting style, directing your actors, and how other techniques work together with the story to produce believable created reality. How do we critique existing films for style and content? How are films relevant to our lives? We will analyze film from a literary and historical perspective. Career opportunities that are transferable skills from film studies graduates might include advertising, film/TV production, journalism, museum curating, education, craft & design institutions, civil service departments, and public relations, to list a few. Get ready for “lights, camera, action” as we explore the elements of film.


ROBOTICS 6

MAPPING THE WORLD BY HEART

Department: Enrichment

Department: Enrichment

Length: 1 Quarter

Length: 1 Quarter

Grade Level: Grade 6

Grade Level: Grade 6

Pre-Requisite: None

Pre-Requisite: None

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

Students build robots using the LEGO Mindstorms. Students practice mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. Using LEGO blocks, motors and sensors, students build robots that can walk, draw, move objects, or find their own way and avoid obstacles. Students use a control console or computer to program their robots to move, react, and make sounds in order to solve challenges. This is a good class for students interested in computer programming, computers or problem solving.

In this class you will learn to draw a detailed map of the entire world. It may seem hard to believe, but after this course you will have a comprehensive knowledge of geography that allows you to map the world entirely from memory. You will create a memory map from a blank grid and accurately draw a detailed world map including latitude and longitude lines, political borders, mountain ranges, rivers, oceans and major cities of the world! Budding geologists this class is for you! You will learn how the tectonic plates have shifted to create the continents that we recognize today. The earth is constantly changing and this class will help you put all the pieces together.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes This course; originally focused on climbing, aims at exploring the different outdoor activities in Dubai, on and off campus, in addition to the classic climbing classes. The goal of the course is to educate the students to become independent in an outdoor setting, explore leadership skills and problem solve in unfamiliar conditions. Challenge by choice is the guiding philosophy behind the program. The skills learned throughout the course will transfer easily to any activity or endeavor you choose to pursue in the future. Problem solving and leadership skills are a main part of any project we undertake and this course is an opportunity to challenge and test our skills in a different setting. Possible careers explored in this class are, Outdoor Recreation Leader, Outdoor Education Teacher, and even an Adventure Tour Guide.

RECYCLED ART Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 6 Pre- Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment. In this course students will create a variety of art pieces using recycled materials such as old books, magazines, fabric, wood, and cardboard. The focus will be on exploration, creativity and collaboration. Students will be creating 3D sculptures and 2D mixed media pieces of art. This course cannot be repeated

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Seventh Grade Course Descriptions CORE COURSES

• Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 7

• Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.

Department: English Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of the preceding E/LA compulsory course Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes - 60 minutes The ability to read, write, and express oneself empowers individuals. In Language Arts courses, students will refine their skills in these areas, as well as challenge themselves to think critically. Using Columbia University’s Teachers College Writers Workshop approach, students will continue their exploration into what makes writing powerful. Students will study author’s craft, as well as develop their own craft through practicing various writing strategies. Students will encounter and create a variety of genres: creative non-fiction, literary essay, research writing, fiction writing, and poetry. Grammar and mechanics are taught in the context of this writing workshop approach. Understanding and interpreting literature is explored using the Readers Workshop approach through class novels, themed literature circles, and independent reading, as well as through various interdisciplinary units. Within these units, students become familiar with story elements including character, setting, plot, conflict, theme, and point of view. Independent reading is expected, encouraged, and valued in class. In addition to the life-skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, students will enhance their 21st century skills as technology is constantly blended into the curriculum to enrich the learning.

MATH 7 Department: Mathematics Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Math 6 with placement recommendation from the Math Teacher Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes This is a 7th grade course consisting of units that correspond to the five “Big Ideas” in mathematics: Numbers and Operations, Patterns and Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Probability and Data Analysis. The course deepens and extends previously learned skills from Math 6 curriculum. The focus of this course is on operational fluency and application. Students are expected to fulfill Common Core Standards for Grade 7 Mathematics throughout the year-long course.

• Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. • Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them. • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume. • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population. • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. • Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

PRE-ALGEBRA 7 Department: Mathematics Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Math 6 with recommendation from the Math Teacher Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes This is an enriched 7th grade course consisting of units that correspond to the five “Big Ideas” in mathematics: Numbers and Operations, Patterns and Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Probability and Data Analysis. This enrichment course deepens and extends previously learned skills at a rapid pace. Emphasis is placed on operations with rational numbers and algebraic concepts and their applications, including linear equations. Students in this class are expected to show mastery of all seventh and eighth grade Common Core Standards, and will enter Algebra 1 in Grade 8. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics state that the student will: • Perform operations with rational numbers • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations. • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations. • Define, evaluate and compare functions • Use functions to model relationships between quantities

The Common Core Standards for Grade 7 Mathematics state that the student will:

• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area measure, area, surface area and volume of cylinders, cones and spheres

• Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems

• Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationship between them.

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SEVENTH GRADE • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models and geometric software. • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations • Investigate chance processes and develop, use and evaluate probability models. • Investigate patterns and association in bivariate data.

INTEGRATED SCIENCE 7 Department: Science Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 6 Science Expected study time per lesson: 15 minutes The Integrated Science 7 course provides an overview of life, earth, space, and physical science concepts in the context of real world problems. The course emphasizes the use of problemsolving and content application to examine current issues in science. Hands-on labs will be a major focus.

US HISTORY I Department: Social Studies Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 6 Social Studies Expected study time per lesson: 30-45 minutes

individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is vital to all aspects of normal growth and development and the health benefits are widely recognized. The P.E. curriculum is made of four strands: Health, Fitness, Sports and Aquatics. Students have to fully participate in all four components of the curriculum in order to complete the course. Each strand will be divided into smaller units: • Health: Wellness, Decision Making & Substance use and abuse, and Human Growth and Development. • Fitness: Fitness is integrated into the Aquatics, Sports and Health courses. Fitness will not have a standalone grade in Power School. • Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Ultimate, Basketball, Tennis, Rugby, Badminton. • Aquatics: Stroke Improvement (Front Crawl, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke) and Water Safety; Water Polo, Water Basket and Water Games. Students are required to wear a specific P.E. uniform to all fitness and sports classes. The kit consists of sports shoes (sneakers are best, so avoid the big, high top, unlaced skateboard shoes, sandals, ballerina, or flip flops), socks, red Falcon’s shorts and a grey Falcon’s shirt. For safety reasons, no jewelry is allowed during physical activity (including watches). For swimming, swimsuits (board shorts are acceptable) and swim caps are mandatory, goggles are highly recommended. Not having a P.E. uniform will affect the student’s Participation grade. However, the students will still be expected to participate in that class. Please note that the PE Department will not provide uniforms to middle school students. A lack of complete P.E. uniform will result in a deduction of 5% from the day’s participation grade.

The seventh grade social studies course is the beginning of a two-year survey of United States history through a world lens. The course connects the specifics of American history to world historical events and big ideas. It focuses on the period from the development of the first Native American cultures to the rise of sectional division, culminating with the American Civil War. An in-depth study of the social, economic, and political structures of the US will help explain how a tiny colony was transformed into a major world power. Basic geography skills, cooperative learning activities, current events, and research projects are used to enhance student learning. Effort is made to create interdisciplinary lessons that coincide with literature concurrently studied in Language Arts classes.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH 7 Department: Physical Education & Health Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: Physical Education 6 Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes The aim of the Physical Education program is to enable ASD MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE | 13


Eighth Grade Course Descriptions CORE COURSES

PRE-ALGEBRA 8 Department: Mathematics

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 8 Department: English Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of the preceding E/LA compulsory course Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes - 60 minutes The ability to read, write, and express oneself empowers individuals. In Language Arts courses, students will refine their skills in these areas, as well as challenge themselves to think critically. Using Columbia University’s Teachers College Writers Workshop approach, students will continue their exploration into what makes writing powerful.. Students will study author’s craft, as well as develop their own craft through practicing various writing strategies.. Students will encounter and create a variety of genres: creative non-fiction, literary essay, research writing, fiction writing, and poetry. Grammar and mechanics are taught in the context of this writing workshop approach. Understanding and interpreting literature is explored using the Readers Workshop approach through class novels, themed literature circles, and independent reading, as well as through various interdisciplinary units. Within these units, students become familiar with story elements including character, setting, plot, conflict, theme, and point of view.. Independent reading is expected, encouraged, and valued in class. In addition to the life-skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, students will enhance their 21st century skills as technology is constantly blended into the curriculum to enrich the learning.

Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Math 7 Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes Math 8 consists of units that correspond to the “Big Ideas” in mathematics: Numbers and Operations, Patterns and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. The focus of this course is on algebraic concepts and their applications, with the aim of preparing students for Algebra I the following year. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics state that the student will: • Perform operations with rational numbers • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers • Work with radicals and integer exponents • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations. • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations. • Define, evaluate and compare functions • Use functions to model relationships between quantities • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models and geometric software. Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres • Investigate patterns and association in bivariate data.

ALGEBRA I Department: Mathematics Length: Full Year Grade Level(s): Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Math 7 Plus (Pre-Algebra Grade 7), or teacher recommendation from Math 7 Expected study time per lesson: 30 - 60 minutes Algebra I concentrates on algebraic concepts such as: linear relationships, their graphs and functions; systems of linear equations and linear inequalities; powers and exponents; quadratic equations; polynomials and factoring. Problem solving skills are emphasized throughout the course. Students will also learn to use technology to aid them in problem solving. A TI-83 or TI-84 calculator is required for this course.

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EIGHTH GRADE

INTEGRATED SCIENCE 8

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH 8

Department: Science

Department: Physical Education

Length: Full Year

Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grade 8

Grade Level: Grade 8

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 7 Science

Pre-Requisite: Physical Education 7

Expected study time per lesson: 15 minutes

Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes

The Integrated Science 8 course provides an overview of life, earth, and physical science concepts in the context of real world problems. The course emphasizes the use of problem-solving and content application to examine current issues in science. Hands-on labs will be a major focus.

The aim of the Physical Education program is to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is vital to all aspects of normal growth and development and the health benefits are widely recognized. The P.E. curriculum is made of four strands: Health, Fitness, Sports and Aquatics. Students have to fully participate in all four components of the curriculum in order to complete the course. Each strand will be divided into smaller units:

US HISTORY II

• Health: Wellness, Decision Making & Substance use and abuse, and Human Growth and Development.

Department: Social Studies Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Grade 7 Social Studies Expected study time per lesson: 30-60 minutes The eighth grade social studies course is the second half of a two-year study of United States history. It starts by looking at the major causes of the American Civil War and examines the brutal fighting that occurred between the Union and Confederacy and its long-term effects. The course goes on to investigate post-war reconstruction, the growth and development of immigration and urban areas, and the entry of the United States onto the world stage. The course will examine America’s role in the armed conflicts of World War I and World War II as well as various social movements through to modern day. While studying US History, students’ views are broadened by a more expansive look at these events as they relate to the rest of the world. Reading, notetaking, and analytical skills are emphasized, teaching students ways to effectively study not only history but any topic. Students will complete a number of different types of assessments in order to strengthen their content knowledge and skills as they move through the course.

• Fitness: Fitness is integrated into the Aquatics, Sports and Health courses. Fitness will not have a standalone grade in Power School. • Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Ultimate, Basketball, Tennis, Rugby, and Badminton. • Aquatics: Stroke Improvement (Front Crawl, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke) and Water Safety; Water Polo, Water Basket and Water Games. Students are required to wear a specific P.E. uniform to all fitness and sports classes. The kit is made of sports shoes (sneakers are best, so avoid the big, high top, unlaced skateboard shoes, sandals, ballerina, or flip flops), socks, red Falcon’s shorts and a grey Falcon’s shirt. For safety reasons, no jewelry is allowed during physical activity (including watches). For swimming, swimsuits (board shorts are acceptable) and swim caps are mandatory, goggles are highly recommended. Not having a P.E. uniform will affect the student’s Participation grade. However, the students will still be expected to participate in that class. Please note that the PE Department will not provide uniforms to middle school students. A lack of complete P.E. uniform will result in a deduction of 5% from the day’s participation grade.

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Seventh & Eighth Grade Choice Courses CREATIVE ARTS

PERFORMING ARTS I Department: Creative Arts

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS CHOIR

Length: 1 Semester

Department: Creative Arts

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Length: Full Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Grade Level: Grades 6, 7, or 8

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

Pre-Requisite: None

Performing Arts I will continue to explore the fundamentals of acting and theater through 3 major units of study: Ensemble building, Masks in Theater, and Children’s Theater. The units of study are designed to help the student learn the importance of the ensemble in theater, learn how to develop characters and relationships on stage, and to learn the basics of theater production. Throughout the semester, students will create, stage, and perform original or scripted pieces of theater. The semester will culminate in a live performance for an Elementary School audience. The ultimate objective of the course is for the students to gain confidence in themselves, discover the creativity in themselves and in others, and to develop a lasting appreciation of theater. This course cannot be repeated.

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes This is a new class being offered for boys in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Previous experience in choir is not required, just a love of singing. The Boys Choir is an opportunity for boys to feel confident and supported through their voice change experience, as well as to have fun while making music with their friends. In addition to performing as a group, they will sing in combination with girls groups at both concerts. Students will also practice their music-reading skills over the course of the year, becoming more competent musicians as a result. 7th and 8th grade participants in the Boys Choir are eligible and encouraged to audition for renowned, high-level regional and international festivals.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS CHOIR Department: Creative Arts Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes This choir is open to all 7th and 8th grade girls with an interest in singing, with the aim of gaining appreciation for music through performance. Throughout the year we will explore a wide variety of musical styles, working toward an ensemble sound in three parts. The girls will sing at several school events, both as an ensemble, and combined with other school groups. Members of this choir are eligible and encouraged to audition for renowned, high-level regional and international festivals. Students will also refine and improve their music-reading skills.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND Department: Creative Arts Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Prerequisite: 1 year of band experience Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes Middle School Band is an exciting and challenging ensemble to be a member of. The purpose of the Falcon Band is to provide as many performance opportunities as possible while still laying a foundation of sound theoretical and historical knowledge. We perform three times during the school year with the opportunity to perform at community events at school and in Dubai. 16 | ASD MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE

PERFORMING ARTS II Department: Creative Arts Length: 1 Semester Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes Performing Arts II will be a more advanced theater course for students who want to continue developing their theatrical skills and understanding. The major units of study will be improvisation, scene study, and play production. In Improvisation students will learn to create characters and relationships on stage without a script. Scene study will allow the students to enhance their acting skills, while also stepping into the role of the director. Play production will allow students to participate in all areas of theater production as they develop a performance for a live Middle School audience. The ultimate objective of the course is for the students to refine their acting and directing skills, to gain confidence in themselves as performing artists, and to develop a lasting appreciation of theater. This course cannot be repeated.


SEVENTH & EIGHTH GRADE

MS DANCE 1

MS LATIN DANCE CLASS

Department: Creative Arts

Department: Creative Arts

Length: 1 Semester

Length: 1 Semester

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: None

Pre-Requisite: None

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

The goal of this dance class is to introduce students to a variety of dances. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to acquire basic overall knowledge of dance, develop dance skills, and expand their creative potential and appreciation of dance styles. Students will be given opportunities to choreograph their own dances and perform during the course of the year. No previous dance experience is required. A costume fee will apply. This course can be repeated.

High-energy class will be focusing on Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Paso Doble, and Jive. Partners will be switched frequently during each class. Learn the basic rhythm and footwork of Latin dances, lead and follow technique, and elements of style while building confidence and a foundation for progression. Chance to perform in the final show at the end of the year. No previous dance experience is required. A costume fee will apply. This course can be repeated.

MS DANCE 2

MIDDLE SCHOOL ART

Department: Creative Arts

Department: Creative Arts

Length: 1 Semester

Length: 1 Semester

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: Dance Experience or teacher recommendation

Pre-Requisite: Successful Completion of Art 6

Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes

Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment.

MS Dance 2 gives students with dance experience (ASD or any other dance companies) the opportunity to develop an advanced level of dance technique and refine their skills as both choreographer and performer. Students apply their creative and technical knowledge and skills through a variety of production and performance opportunities. Students learn to assess personal health and fitness, develop and achieve personal dance goals, and integrate knowledge and skills with a variety of other content areas. Students will maintain a portfolio that contains written and/or visual examples of their work. Dance experience and teacher recommendations are required. A costume fee will apply. This course can be repeated.

In 7th and 8th Grade the art concepts become more sophisticated in terminology and depth of comprehension than in the 6th grade program. The students learn to appreciate the aspects of composition, color discrimination, positive and negative space and perspective. In MS Art students will focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, printmaking and sculpture while applying the elements of art and principles of design. This course cannot be repeated.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS

ADVANCED MIXED MEDIA

Department: Creative Arts

Department: Creative Arts

Length: 1 Semester

Length: 1 Semester

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: Successful Completion of Middle School Art

Pre-Requisite: Successful Completion of Middle School Art

Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment.

Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment.

Students will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design to create functional and non-functional sculptural pieces. When producing these sculptures a focus will be put on technical skill, craftsmanship, originality, effort and responsibility. Students will work with a variety of media such as wire, fabric, clay and paper mache. Students will participate in class critiques of their work. They will be assessed on their sculptures visual appeal, craftsmanship, their creative process, as well as through writing and verbal critiques. This course cannot be repeated.

Mixed Media is an advanced arts course designed to challenge the conventions of traditional visual art methods, materials, and techniques. You will have an opportunity to work with a combination of acrylic mediums, printing techniques, cut paper design, relief sculpture work, watercolor, ink, and collage. A basic knowledge of how to properly use a variety of materials is required, and only students who have successfully completed both MS Art 1 and MS Art 2 may take this course. Mixed Media will help you prepare for the challenges of more advanced art classes in High School if that is the direction you wish to take, however it is also for anyone who is interested in expressing themselves and experimenting using a variety of techniques and materials. This course cannot be repeated.

ADVANCED PAINTING AND DRAWING Department: Creative Arts Length: 1 Semester Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: Successful Completion of Middle School Art Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their pieces during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment. Students will explore in depth two-dimensional design, techniques and materials. The elements of art and principles of design will be emphasized as the technical skills of handling the media are further developed. Students will be encouraged to start developing a personal style while they work with pencil, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic paint. Students will learn techniques to interpret and critique their own and others work. Students will be assessed on the visual appeal and craftsmanship of their work as well as through written and verbal critiques. This course cannot be repeated.

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FILM MAKING Department: Creative Arts Length: 1 Semester Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes In this Film Making course students will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking as they create their own original short films. Specifically in class, students will analyze and discuss the qualities of a successful short film, they will learn the responsibilities of each member of a filmmaking team, and they will participate in all aspects of film production as they develop and create their own original films. Skills learned in this class can be transferred to career opportunities in advertising, film/TV production, theater, journalism, and public relations. This course can be repeated.


WORLD LANGUAGES

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1D Department: World Languages

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1A

Length: 1 Year

Department: World Languages

Grade Level: Grade 7

Length: Full Year

Pre-Requisite: Arabic Non-Native C (student placement by assessment)

Grade Level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: None required Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Arabic language and culture. The program stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing using basic Modern Standard Arabic are all highlighted in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help understand the structure of the language. By the end of the Seventh Grade, students should be able to carry on very basic conversations. Students will learn the ‘right to left’ Arabic script and alphabet and will be able to write a paragraph about one of the subjects covered in class. Students will learn elementary vocabulary (greetings, self, classroom, food, and family); conjugating the verb ‘to have’ and regular verbs with 1st and 2nd person pronouns; feminine and masculine adjectives and nouns; prepositions, and numbers 1-100. Resources used: Ya Hala! 1A textbook, workbook and audio (Chapters 1-6).

Expected study time per lesson: 15-30 minutes. This course is the second of the three years program that students started in Grade 6 Arabic as a Foreign Language. The program stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing using basic Modern Standard Arabic are all highlighted in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help understand the structure of the language. By the end of the seventh grade, students should be able to follow more complex conversation, read simple texts, and write simple and short paragraphs pertaining to the topics covered. Cultural aspects of the language are further explored with a variety of activities and projects. Resources used are Ya Hala! 1A & 1B textbook, workbook and audio

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1E Department: World Languages Length: 1 Year

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1B

Grade Level: Grade 8

Department: World Languages

Pre-Requisite: Arabic Non-Native D (student placement by assessment)

Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Arabic Non-Native A (student placement by assessment) Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes This course is a continuation of the material acquired in Arabic as a Foreign Language 1A. The course stresses language acquisition through the development of the four communication skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Grammar is introduced as needed to help students understand structure of the language. The main areas covered are: singular nouns and regular/ irregular plural nouns; singular and dual nouns; conjugating present simple with all pronouns; affirmative and negative; expressions of quantity; formulating questions. Students will learn expanded vocabulary (school, home, sports, time, weather, clothing, cities, travel, transportation and numbers 1-100). By the end of this course, grade 8 students should be able to: carry on basic conversations, follow more complex conversations, read simple texts, and write short compositions about themselves and aspects of their life. Cultural aspects of the language are further explored with a variety of activities and projects. Resources used: Ya Hala! 1A & 1B textbook, workbook and audio

Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes. This course is a continuation of the material acquired in the seventh grade, Arabic 1D. The course stresses language acquisition through the development of the four communication skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Grammar is introduced as needed to help students understand structure of the language. The main areas covered are: singular nouns and regular/ irregular plural nouns; singular and dual nouns; conjugating present simple with all pronouns; affirmative and negative; expressions of quantity; formulating questions. Students will learn expanded vocabulary (school, home, sports, time, weather, clothing, cities, travel, transportation and numbers 1-1000). By the end of this course, grade 8 students should be able to: carry on basic conversations, follow more complex conversation, read simple texts, and write short compositions about themselves and aspects of their life. Cultural aspects of the language are further explored with a variety of activities and projects. Resources used: Ya Hala! 1B textbook, workbook and audio

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MODERN STANDARD ARABIC 1D

FRENCH 1A

Department: World Languages

Department: World Languages

Length: Full Year

Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grade 7

Grade Level: Grade 7

Pre-Requisite: Arabic Heritage C (student placement by assessment)

Pre-Requisite: None required

Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes This course is the second of the three year program that students started in Grade 6 Modern Standard Arabic. Its focus continues to be on developing fluency in spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic. The program stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing using basic Modern Standard Arabic are all highlighted in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help understand the structure of the language. The main areas covered are: Vocabulary (at the market place, at the farm, the four seasons, invitations, parts of the body and senses); present and past tense; adjectives and adverbs; making questions and expressions of quantity, time and place. By the end of the course, student will be able to carry on basic conversations, follow conversations, read and write simple texts in Modern Standard Arabic. Resources Used: Arabic Language Through Dialogue (Part One & Part Two) with online resources and cultural projects.

Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the French language and culture. The program stresses language acquisition, through the development of communication skills in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar is introduced gradually. By the end of the seventh grade, students should be able to carry on very basic conversations, read simple texts, and write a few paragraphs about themselves, their family members and friends or about one of the subjects covered in class. The main areas covered are: elementary vocabulary (housing, friends, classroom, greetings, food, family, sports, school, time, likes and dislikes, irregular verbs (to be, to have), regular verbs ending with -er and a few common verbs, a variety of articles, adjectives, prepositions & pronouns, numbers from 0 to 100, and affirmative, negative and interrogative statements. Resources Used: Bien Dit! textbook, online book and other online resources and cultural projects. Bien Dit! (Chapters 1 to 5) – HOLT

FRENCH 1B MODERN STANDARD ARABIC 1E Department: World Languages Length: 1 Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: Arabic Heritage D (student placement by assessment) Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes. This course is an expansion of the material covered in the seventh grade course. A considerable amount of informational language is introduced at this level. The course stresses language acquisition and usage, as well as information on culture & traditions. It focuses on developing fluency in spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic. The course stresses language acquisition and develops grammar to understand the structure of the language. The main areas covered: vocabulary (sports, eating out, travel, transportation, time, school subjects and test taking); noun phrases and verbal phrases; types of present and past tenses; possessive and reflexive pronouns, derivatives and roots. By the end of this course, eighth grade students should be able to carry on more complex conversations with a greater variety of topics, read more advanced texts, and write compositions using Modern Standard Arabic. Resources used: Arabic Language Through Dialogue (Part Two) with online resources and cultural projects (Chapters 9- 16).

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Department: World Languages Length: Full Year Grade Level: Grade 8 Pre-Requisite: French 1A Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 30 minutes This course is an expansion of the material covered in the seventh grade course. A considerable amount of informal language is introduced at this level. The course stresses language acquisition and usage, as well as information on culture & traditions. The seventh and eighth grade programs combined, correlate to high school French I. The main areas covered are: verbs ending with -er, -ir and -re, irregular verbs (prendre, être, aller, avoir, and faire), the futur proche (near future tense), the passe composé (past tense) with ‘avoir and être (with ‘to have’ and ‘to be’) the imperative form, adjectives (regular, irregular, and position), and a variety of expressions of quantity, interrogative words, formation of inverted questions, & expanded vocabulary (food, family, home, city, sports, school, weather, clothing, nationality, vacation, transportation). By the end of the course, the students should be able to carry on more complex conversations with a greater variety of topics, read more advanced texts, and write compositions. Resources Used: Bien Dit! textbook, online book and other online resources and cultural projects. Bien Dit! (Chapters 6 - 10) – HOLT


SPANISH 1A

ENRICHMENTS

Department: World Language Length: Full Year Grade level: Grade 7 Pre-Requisite: none Expected study time per lesson: 15 minutes. Reviewing vocabulary or any grammar concept the student may need. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to Spanish language and culture. The program stresses language acquisition, which students will achieve through the development of the four communication skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Grammar is introduced gradually. By the end of seventh grade, students should be able to carry on basic conversations, read simple texts and write a paragraph on a variety of topics. Students will learn elementary vocabulary (greetings, self, school, sports, food, family, shopping); affirmative, interrogative, & negative statements; feminine and masculine articles, adjectives and nouns; prepositions, adverbs and numbers from 1 to 1000. Resources Used: ยกAvancemos! 1A, McDougal Littell 2008

MYTH BUSTERS Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: Completion of grade 6 math and science Expected study time per lesson: 0-30 minutes Myth Busters is a class that follows the format of the popular television series, where the scientists use science, technology, engineering and mathematics to investigate commonly held myths. Students work in groups to plan and produce quality video segments of their experiment, which, either confirms, busts or finds plausible the myth they are investigating. This course reinforces the same processes taught in the ASD middle school math and science classes.

SPANISH 1B Department: World Language

YEARBOOK

Length: Full Year

Department: Enrichment

Grade level: Grade 8

Length: 1 semester

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1A

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Expected study time per lesson: 15 - 20 minutes. Reviewing vocabulary or any grammar concept the student may need.

Pre-Requisite: None

This course is a continuation of the material acquired in the seventh grade (Spanish IA). The course stresses language acquisition through the development of the four communication skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Grammar is introduced as necessary to explain language structure. By the end of eighth grade, students should be able to carry on basic conversations, read and comprehend simple texts, and write short paragraphs about various topics. Cultural aspects of the language are further explored with a variety of activities and projects. Resources Used: ยกAvancemos! 1B, McDougal Littell 2008.

Expected study time per lesson: 30 minutes Students will learn to use two multi-purpose programs, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to create a key ASD publication. They will be responsible for producing the ASD middle school yearbook. Two editors will be nominated to lead the publication but all students are responsible for collaborating their efforts. Contributing personal time outside of class is required in order to document extra curricular activities. Students will learn layout, editing, formatting and reporting skills while documenting the life and times of the Middle School.

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READING ROCKS!

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Department: Enrichment

Department: Enrichment

Length: 1 Quarter

Length: 1 Quarter

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: None

Pre-Requisite: An interest in active research, using technology for communication and developing an action plan to enact change

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes In this course, you will go beyond English Language Arts to explore self-selected books to develop as a reader and become passionate about Young Adult (YA) stories. You will learn to select the right book for you and how to get into the “reading zone�, where the characters are your friends and the pages turn themselves. Discussions, small presentations, book critiques and blogs will deepen your understanding of fiction and illuminate connections between the text, your life, and the world while improving your reading abilities. You will also take part in voting for Teen Read Week and the ALA mid-winter awards. Arranging question/answer sessions via goodreads.com and Skype sessions with authors are also included in the course. Furthermore, you will speak to other classes (booktalks) and inspire others to read through book posters. The careers of author, publisher, book critic and librarian will also be explored.

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes This course is based on the work of the Global Issues Network and helps students realize that they can make a difference by working with other students from around the world on global issues. Students will get involved with real world issues such as water shortages, climate change, animal rights and other environmental issues. Most importantly, students will engage in hands on projects to make a difference in the world.

GLOBAL ISSUES NETWORK: HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Grade Level: Grades 7 or 8

Department: Enrichments

Pre-Requisite: An interest in active research, using technology for communication and developing an action plan to enact change

Length: 1 Quarter

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes From speaking games and impromptu speeches to demonstration and informative speeches, students will learn to write and present speeches. They will also have the opportunity to analyze famous speeches. This is a great way to have fun and to build confidence about public speaking! Students who take this class may develop career interests in speech analysis, speech writing, or public speaking.

This course is based on the work of the Global Issues Network and helps students realize that they can make a difference by working with other students from around the world on global issues. Students will get involved with real world issues such as poverty, human trafficking, access to education and other human rights issues. Most importantly students will engage in hands on projects to make a difference in the world.

ADVANCED ROBOTICS Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0 minutes

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Students build robots using the LEGO Mindstorms. Students practice mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. Using LEGO blocks, motors and sensors, students build robots that can complete a variety of challenges and obstacles. Students use a control console or computer to program their robots to move, react, and make sounds. This is a good class for students interested in programming, computers or problem solving. Skills learned in this class can be transferred to programming and engineering careers.


VIDEO BROADCASTING AND EDITING

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS

Department: Enrichment

Department: Enrichment

Length: 1 Quarter

Length: 1 Quarter

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: None

Pre-Requisite: None

Expected study time per lesson: Course participants are expected to participate in at least two broadcasting events during the quarter.

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

In this Video Broadcasting and Editing course you will learn the fundamentals of working in front of the camera, as well as what goes on behind the scenes. Specifically in class you will write scripts, develop announcing skills, prepare appropriate visual materials, and study broadcasting operations and management. It is expected that you participate in the broadcasting of ASD events that occur during and after school. Skills learned in this class can be transferred to career opportunities in advertising, film/TV production, journalism and public relations.

This course originally focused on climbing, aims at exploring the different outdoor activities in Dubai, on and off campus, in addition to the classic climbing classes. The goal of the course is to educate the students to become independent in an outdoor setting, explore leadership skills and problem solve in unfamiliar conditions. Challenge by choice is the guiding philosophy behind the program. The skills learned throughout the course will transfer easily to any activity or endeavor you choose to pursue in the future. Problem solving and leadership skills are a main part of any project we undertake and this course is an opportunity to challenge and test our skills in a different setting. Possible careers explored in this class are, Outdoor Recreation Leader, Outdoor Education Teacher, and even an Adventure Tour Guide.

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

INVESTING 101

Department: Enrichment

Department: Enrichment

Length: 1 Quarter

Length: 1 Quarter

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8

Pre-Requisite: None

Pre-Requisite: None

Expected study time per lesson: Students will complete their work during class time in the studio unless required to work after school or at lunch to complete their assignment.

Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes

Students will incorporate different techniques of digital photography into their picture taking as they practice photographic terminology. Assignments will consist of photographing and editing topics such as hands, patterns and shadows. This is a project-based course that will allow students to participate in class critiques and develop their presentation skills using Picasa and a final photography exhibition. Students are required to have a digital camera for this course. This course cannot be repeated.

Investing 101 is an elective that gives a realistic glimpse into the world of the stock market. It provides a historical overview of the stock market, explains how the market works, defines important terminology, and teaches essential math skills for “playing” the market. Students are given $100,000 to invest into a virtual stock market looking to make a profit. The winning team will earn the right to call themselves the “Oracles of ASD”. Students who take this course may discover a career interest in becoming a stockbroker or investment analyst!

TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS Department: Enrichment

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Department: Enrichment Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: Grade 7 or 8 Pre-Requisite: None Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes Students will leave the course with a fundamental ability to record and produce music using Garage Band and Logic Pro.

Length: 1 Quarter Grade Level: 7 and 8 Pre-Requisite: none Expected study time per lesson: 0 - 30 minutes An introduction to object-based programming languages, digital animation, game creation, 3D modeling, and data analysis tools. Create your own computer game and animate a story, all while learning the basics of computer programming languages and developing your problem solving skills. No previous experience required. ASD MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE | 23


SELECTION PROCESS

The Course Selection Process COURSE CHOICE PROCESS Students are introduced to the course registration process in grade level assemblies. Follow up instruction occurs within individual advisories and parents are also informed about course registration. Students have approximately one month to select courses and register in advisory classes. Student schedules are available to students in August before the school year begins. Students should consult with parents, advisors, teachers and counselors to make informed decisions about course requests. Students need to complete the appropriate course selection sheet and return it to their Advisory teacher with a parent signature. Students who do not have a completed course registration sheet will not be allowed to register for courses. SCHEDULE CHANGES Schedules are changed only when students were incorrectly placed in a required course (i.e. placed in Math 6 when they should be in Pre-Algebra). Unfulfilled Creative Arts or Enrichment requests will not be considered as a need for schedule changes. Students will have two weeks of the new school year to meet with a counselor and request a schedule change.

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COURSE SEQUENCES

Course Sequences

Mathematics Course Sequence

Math 5

MATH 6

PRE ALGEBRA 7

MATH 7

ALGEBRA 1

PRE ALGEBRA 8

ADVANCED GEOMETRY

GEOMETRY

ALGEBRA 1

* Selection of students into the Math 7 and Pre-Algebra courses is based on student readiness, teacher recommendation and performance on 6th grade assessments (including MAP scores) ** Students in Pre-Algebra in the 7th grade may register for Algebra in 8th grade. It is possible for a student who is in Math 7 to register for Algebra under the following conditions: • The student scores 100% or nearly 100% on all Math 7 assessments • Spring MAP scores show high proficiency • Students’ work ethic, organization and determination is exemplary • Parents and Student commit to summer work administered by the teacher

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Arabic Course Sequence

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE B

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC A OR B

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC C

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE C

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE D

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC D

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE E

ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE B

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC E

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5TH GRADE


Sixth Grade Course Selection Form Please return this completed form to your Homeroom Teacher.

SECTION 1 – Required Courses World History

English Language Arts 6

Science 6

Math 6

Physical Education

MS Survival Skills

Art 6 Drama 6

SECTION 2 – Choose ONE Music

Instrumental Music 6

MS Boys Choir or 6th Grade Girls Choir

SECTION 3 – Choose Arabic OR Enrichments Please note if Arabic is chosen DO NOT choose any Enrichments.

ARABIC Choose one (1) only

Arabic as a Foreign Language 1C

Modern Standard Arabic 1C

Placement by ES Arabic teacher

ENRICHMENTS Rank by preference 1 (highest) to 6 (lowest)

Bonkers for Books

Film in “Reel” Life

Mapping the World by Heart

Outdoor Adventure Skills

Recycled Arts

Robotics 6

2013/14

Printed Student Name

Parent Signature

Homeroom Teacher Signature

(For current ASD students)

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Seventh and Eighth Grade Course Selection Form

Please return this completed form to your Advisor.

SECTION 1 – Required Courses No selection required Language Arts Math Physical Education US History

Integrated Science

SECTION 2 –MATH PLACEMENT No selection required, determined by math placement process Possible math courses: Math 7 | Pre-Algebra 7 | Pre-Algebra 8 | Algebra 1 SECTION 3 – WORLD LANGUAGES Choose one only Spanish IA: Prereq: None Spanish IB: Prereq: Spanish 1A French IA: Prereq: None French IB: Prereq: French 1A Arabic Foreign Language A: Students new to Arabic Modern Standard Arabic: Student placement by assessment Arabic Foreign Language: Student placement by assessment SECTION 4 – CREATIVE ARTS/ENRICHMENTS Step 1: Select 1.0 credits from the REQUIRED Creative Arts courses indicated with **. Mark selections with an “X”. Step 2: Select 1.0 additional credits from any of the courses listed below, including more Creative Arts. Mark selections with an “X”. Step 3: Select four alternate courses in Creative Arts and/or Enrichments. Mark selections with an “A”. Step 4: Review your selections and check that you have selected: • One World Language • 1.0 credits in REQUIRED Creative Arts courses (indicated with **) • An additional 1.0 credits in Creative Arts and/or Enrichments • Any four alternate courses in Creative Arts and/or Enrichments

** MS Boys Choir ** 7th & 8th Girls Choir ** MS Band ** MS Dance I ** MS Dance II ** MS Latin Dance ** Film Making Myth Busters Outdoor Adventure Skills Video Broadcasting & Editing Intro to Digital Photography GlN: Environmental Issues GIN: Human Rights Issues Technology Foundations

1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25

** MS Art ** Adv Painting & Drawing ** Adv Sculpture & Ceramics ** Adv Mixed Media ** Performing Arts I ** Performing Arts II

0.5 0.5 Prereq: MS Art 0.5 Prereq: MS Art 0.5 0.5 0.5 Perf Arts I

Investing 101 Public Speaking Yearbook Reading Rocks! Advanced Robotics Music Technology

0.25 0.25 0.50 0.25 0.25 0.25

Note: Selections in Section 4 must equal 2.0 in total credits. This total does not include the alternate sections. 2013/14

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Parent Signature

Advisor Signature

(For current ASD students)


Notes


P.O. Box 71188 Dubai, U.A.E. | +971 04 395 0005

www.asdubai.org

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