Academics of 6th, 7th & 8th Grades

Middle school at GGCA is a period of transition from elementary school to high school. Beginning in grade 6, the amount of homework increases and behavioral and academic expectations become higher. In addition, sixth grade marks the beginning of formal computer instruction.

Middle school students should be demonstrating more and more personal discipline and organization. They need to arrive at each class on time, with the supplies they need and should be prepared to learn. Students are still in a self contained classrooms, but they are exposed to a few teachers for their academic classes and move from class to class on their own.

Middle school students are allowed to play on the middle school sports teams and need to keep their grades up to be eligible. Depending upon their ability and the need for players, some eighth graders may be invitied to play on the varsity sports teams.

Middle school also provides the student with opportunities for evangelistic outreaches through the school year.

Eighth grade is another unique period for students as they prepare themselves for high school. The emphasis for eighth graders is to take their studies seriously and develop the academic and personal habits that will enable them to be successful in grades 9-12 when they will be building a permanent record where every grade counts. In addition, as students mature, they need to consider the consequences of their actions and decisions, especially as they begin to understand the kind of Christian they want to be. 

Curriculum

used in our 6-8 grade classes come from these sources:

Mathematics:

  • Go Math! by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

English:

Literature: Scott Foresman America Reads series

  • Beginnings in Literature © 1989 for 6th grade
  • Discoveries in Literature © 1989 for 7th grade
  • Explorations in Literature © 1989 for 8th grade

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com)

  • Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, Level B © 2014

Grammar & Vocabulary: Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com)

  • Fix It! Robin Hood © 2014
  • Fix It! The Frog Prince
  • Fix It! The Little Mermaid

Novels (partial listing)

  • Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth Gearge Speare
  • Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis
  • The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Science:

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology © 2010
  • Bob Jones Space and Earth Science (Books A and B) © 2005

History and Social Studies:

  • Prentice Hall World Studies – Africa © 2005
  • Prentice Hall World Studies – Asia and the Pacific © 2005
  • Bob Jones World History for Christian Schools, 2nd Edition © 1994
  • Bob Jones The American Republic, Third Edition © 2010

Computer:

  • Prentice Hall Technology Applications: Middle Grades © 2004
  • Prentice Hall Learning Microsoft Office 2007 © 2007

Bible:

  • Positive Action Route 66 – Travel Through the Bible © 2007
  • The Holy Bible © Eternal