M2 Language Arts consists of reading, writing, research, vocabulary, and grammar. We study literature that includes short stories, drama, poetry, nonfiction, and novels. The novels we read all follow the theme of personal growth and transformation. We will read Touching Spirit Bear, Paperboy, and The Miracle Worker. Students will also be required to complete one novel of their choice during the second semester and give an oral presentation (Book Talk) to the class. Throughout the school year, students will improve their skills in reading, writing, collaborative learning, research, and technology.
M2 Social Studies covers world history from 1400 to modern era with a focus on unrest and revolution. We will focus on topics such as the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and World War II. Students will learn how these events shaped geography and history primarily in Europe, but also around the world. Students will examine the growth of political and economic ideas in the modern world as well as how the exchange of ideas, beliefs, and technologies affect the society of a country.
M2 Science is a comprehensive overview of the study of life. The topics expand from micro to macro starting with chemistry basics and culminating an overview of the human body. Students in M2 science will learn about chemical reactions, cellular functions, and major systems of the human body.
In M2 Writer’s Workshop students will complete assorted creative and expository writings, respond to prompts, and organize a portfolio of work in Google Docs. Through this course, students will learn how to research a topic, develop questions and conduct an interview with key people, organize ideas, format stories for print news media, and edit their stories for publication of a periodic school newspaper. Students will also study different works of poetry and use the knowledge gained to express themselves through their own poems.