L.A. and S.S. @ AISC

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 Social Studies: Sixth Grade Social Studies will integrate the themes of social studies and geography into a study of ancient civilizations. The civilizations studied include: early human societies, ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient India, ancient China, and ancient Greece. Students will complete many integrated technology projects throughout the year and will develop their study skills throughout the course. Study skills emphasis will be placed on note-taking and reading skills in the content area.

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Language ArtsAt AISC, middle school students are taught using the reading and writing workshop model.  Our goal is to ensure every student is highly engaged and working on materials that are appropriate to their proficiency levels.  The workshop model helps to develop independent, thoughtful, and competent readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.  Students are introduced to a variety of different genres and writing styles.
In grade six students continue to nurture their reading and writing lives by building agency and independence and by responding to their reading in meaningful ways. Students use various reading comprehension strategies to make meaning from texts. We use textual evidence to support our analysis of inferences and what is stated explicitly in the text. Students explore literary elements and compare and contrast these among different genres.
In writing the students continue to build their skills in the three writing styles. Students focus on engaging the reader, organizing our writing in various ways, using effective transitions and descriptive details, and writing satisfying conclusions. Students are provided opportunities to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through selection, organization, and analysis.