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Humanities, Life Skills
Students work their way through an extensive reading program while in the Middle School, reading books of increasing difficulty from a list of fiction, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies and non-fiction. The books also integrate with the texts utilized in the history courses. Students will read an average of five to ten books per month, depending on length and complexity. Examples of books included are Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Aesop's Fables, Tom Sawyer and The Hobbit. Becoming more competent and more widely read are significant elements of the students' daily routine.
Literature Seminars focus on key literary works at a slightly more advanced reading level, encouraging students to broaden their viewpoints through group discussion. Examples of Literature Seminar books include To Kill a Mockingbird and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Periodically, students will read aloud to the teacher to demonstrate reading skills and comprehension. One-on-one discussions develop interest and understanding in books read.
Focus is on developing a strong writing discipline, including spelling and grammar, as well as clear, concise expression of ideas.
Grammar and punctuation are mastered and demonstrated as students develop their formal writing skills. Research referencing and footnote techniques are covered as part of writing discipline. Students will write 2,000 words a month on a variety of subjects.
Students study a foreign language (usually Spanish or French) in seminar sessions. The focus is on a conversational understanding of the language and on building vocabulary.
Life Skills, Ethics & Integrity
Understanding the meaning of ethics, morals and their relationship to one's life is an important element of the Middle School program. Health and first aid are also addressed.
Students will cover the following material in Middle School: Introduction to Manners, The Ethics Book, Money and Exchange, and will thoroughly review the Delphi Student & Parent Handbook.
Students will learn about the harmful effects of drugs, will become knowledgeable in nutrition through the Basics of Nutrition course and will also learn first aid skills.
Students do a thorough study skills class at this level and become expert at being effective students and overcoming study barriers.