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Language Arts Courses

Language Arts (Grade 6):

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing


Description:

This course teaches comprehension skills and vocabulary within the context of guided and independent reading. Process writing provides practice in a variety of purposes and models and the context for instruction in the grammatical and mechanical skills of language.


Pre-AP Language Arts (Grade 6):

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing. Student must commit to pre-advanced placement expectations.


Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content from the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional Pre-AP courses in middle school and further into high school.


Language Arts (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing


Description:

This course focuses on writing as a process while students further their written communication skills. An array of genres will be explored while students practice producing pieces that exhibit depth of development, focus and coherence, organization, voice, and command of conventions. Guided and independent multicultural reading, hand in hand with writing, will also cover a variety of genres and encourage critical thinking skills, extensive class discussions, and literary analysis. Multiple in depth group and independent projects will support listening and speaking as will as viewing and representing.



Pre-AP Language Arts (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements and complete the required summer readings.


Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school. Students will be challenged to develop advanced skills in reading, composition, oral communication and logical argument. The grammatical, mechanical and syntactical skills of language are taught within the meaningful context of the writing process. Extensive in and out of class reading, individual and group research projects, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.


Language Arts (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing


Description:

This course provides written communication skills as the major focus for 8th grade language arts students, including practice with narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and informative compositions using a process approach to writing. Reading and literary skills emphasized address critical and ana


lytical thinking. Oral communication and study skills are applied through appropriate activities. Research skills are strengthened through varied activities.



Pre-AP Language Arts (Grade 8)


Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.


Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school. Students will be challenged to develop advanced skills in reading, composition, oral communication and logical argument. The grammatical, mechanical and syntactical skills of language are taught within the meaningful context of the writing process. Extensive in and out of class reading, individual and group research projects, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.



Math Courses

Math (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing


Description:

Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Students learn to simplify expressions containing parenthesis as the first step in solving multiple-step equations and are introduced to exponents, square roots, and geometric formulas. Students work extensively with rations, percent, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.


Accelerated Math (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

Grade 6 standing. Student must meet pre-AP requirements and also pass a placement test to qualify.



Description:

Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics courses are introduced and developed incrementally. This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, and ratios; perimeter, circumference, area, and volume; exponents, scientific notations, and signed numbers. Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems.



Pre-AP Math (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing. Students must commit to pre-advanced expectations.



Description:

Acceleration and in-depth study of mathematical concepts for specific sixth and seventh grade TEKS are addressed.



Math (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics courses are introduced and developed incrementally. This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, and ratios; perimeter, circumference, area and volume; exponents; scientific notation, and signed numbers. Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems.



Accelerated Math (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing and teacher recommendation. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.



Description:

This course focuses on topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, scientific notation and word problems involving pre-algebra concepts and skills. Students are also introduced to rudimentary algebra topics such as the evaluation of algebraic expressions and geometric topics such as perimeter, area, classification of geometric figures and solids, and writing and solving proportions.



Accelerated Math -- Algebra I (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.



Description:

This course focuses on topics such as arithmetic of and evaluation of expressions involving signed numbers, exponents and roots, properties of the real numbers, scientific notation, work problems requiring algebra for their solution, graphical solution of simultaneous equations, Pythagorean theorem, solution of quadratic equations via factoring and completing the square, computation of the surface area and volume of a wide variety of geometric solids, and statistics and probability. Students who successfully complete both semesters of Algebra I will receive one high school credit.





Science Courses



Science - Physical Science (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This course provides students with the skills to apply science concepts to their daily life. Science instruction involves teaching students to answer questions and solve problems, to become skilled in collecting information and data, to organize it in an effective manner, draw conclusions by analyzing this data, and to become knowledgeable in the content of science.





Pre-AP Science - Physical Science (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing. Student must commit to pre-advanced placement expectations.



Description:

This course builds on the range of concepts from the on-level course, and has students investigate science in more depth. The students are required to do science research projects that reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life.



Science - Life and Environmental Science (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

This course focuses on life on planet Earth. This course stresses the interrelationships and interdependence between living organisms and the physical, chemical and earth science world. Curriculum follows a coordinated thematic approach. Learning in each of these topics will be accomplished through the presentation of complex concepts and explanations of science related phenomena and additional laboratory activities. The students are encouraged to do a science research project reinforcing the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life.





Pre-AP Science - Life and Environmental Science (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.



Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content from the on-level course, and has students investigate science in more depth through additional lab activities and content. The students are required to do science research projects that reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life. This course also prepares students for entry into pre-advanced placement courses in middle school and further into high school.





Science - Earth and Space Science (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing



Description:

This course focuses on students' understanding of basic scientific concepts such as chemical reactions, forces and motion, and genetics. Students will use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to help prepare them for high school science courses.





Pre-AP Science - Earth and Space Science (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.



Description:

This course focuses on students' understanding of basic scientific concepts such as chemical reactions, forces and motion, and genetics. Students will use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to help prepare them for high school science courses. In addition to daily learning experiences related to content and laboratory-oriented activities, the students will be required to do a science research project. This project is intended to increase the student's appreciation of science and reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem-solving approach to daily life.







Social Studies Courses



Social Studies - World Cultures (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This course studies the people and places of the contemporary world. This course is multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology. It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts.





Pre-AP Social Studies - World Cultures (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

Grade 6 standing. Student must commit to pre-advanced placement expectations.



Description:

This course builds on the range of concepts covered in the on-level course and requires students to investigate social studies in more depth. Like the on-level course, Pre-AP social studies in multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology. It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts.







Social Studies - Texas History (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

This course will help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and geography of Texas as well as the state's cultural heritage from the early times to the present.



Pre-AP Social Studies - Texas History (Grade 7)



Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements



Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate Texas history in more depth. This course will help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history and geography of Texas as well as the state's cultural heritage from the early times to the present.





Social Studies - American History & Civics (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade standing.



Description:

This course presents a detailed study of history from the early colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will be required to research major themes and/or to develop creative projects for historical periods covered. Knowledge of the founding documents will be stressed as well as the skills and attitudes of responsible citizenship.





Pre-AP Social Studies - American History & Civics (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing. Student must also meet pre-advanced placement requirements.



Description:

This course builds on the range of basic content form the on-level course, and has students investigate history in more depth. This course presents a detailed study of history from the early colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will be required to research major themes and/or to develop creative projects for historical periods covered. Knowledge of the founding documents will be stressed as well as the skills and attitudes of responsible citizenship





Elective Courses



Physical Education - P.E. (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This course assists students in developing lifetime recreational interests and fitness habits that improve their quality of life. Through developmental and movement activities, students are provided opportunities to (1) interact with other students in both cooperative and competitive activities; (2) develop skills necessary to participate in games, sports, gymnastics and rhythmic activities; (3) increase perceptual awareness; (4) develop a positive self image,. Requirements include suiting out, personal hygiene and daily participation. This course is required of all sixth grade students for the duration of the school year.





Band (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

Grade 6 standing and band director's approval.



Description:

This course is designed for students who wish to learn to play a wind or percussion instrument. The instruction emphasizes cognitive, performance and social musical skills. Separate classes may be provided for brass band and woodwind/percussion band.





Social Arts (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

This track is a year-long course comprised of two semester long courses; Skills for Living and Art.



Skills for Living (Grade 7)

Description:

This course is a comprehensive foundations course providing opportunities to explore family relationships and personal development, personal management, and planning for the future. Emphasis is on effective communication skills; how to get along with others; decision-making and goal setting; acceptance of responsibility, and child-care practices. Hands-on experiences are an important aspect of this curriculum. Students will engage in a variety of lab experiences related to clothing care and maintenance, and nutrition and food preparation. This course will be taken for one semester.



Art (Grade 7)

Description:

This course introduces students to the Elements (Line, Form, Color, Value, Texture) and Principles (Balance, Rhythm, Variety, Harmony, Emphasis) of Design. This course will be taken for one semester.





Leadership Skills (Grade 6)

Prerequisite

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This track is a year-long course comprised of two semester long courses; Leadership and Keyboarding.



Leadership (Grade 6):

Description:

Students will learn to utilize leadership skills through character education, problem-solving, and teamwork. A study of careers that require good leadership skills will also be explored.



Keyboarding (Grade 6)

Description:

This course develops basic keyboarding skills applicable to the computer. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of touch control of keyboard characters, correct key stroking, proper manipulations of operative parts, and care of the machine.





Creative Arts (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This track is a year-long course comprised of two semester long courses; Art and Writer's Workshop).



Writer's Workshop (Grade 6)

Description:

This course focuses on a study of various forms and genres of prose and poetry. Students will read and write in both poetry and in prose. There will be in-class writing exercises as well as opportunities for exploring how writing can be integrated into the rest of the student's life.



Art (Grade 6)

Description:

This course is designed to develop critical thinking and the imagination and to introduce students to various media through the exploration of different Art forms.





Performing Arts (Grade 6)

Prerequisite:

6th Grade Standing



Description:

This track is a year-long course comprised of two semester long courses; Choir and Theater Arts).



Choir (Grade 6)

Description:

This course focuses on teaching students to sing together as a group. Students will work on many musical concepts such as vocal warm-ups, sight-reading, rhythm reading, musical symbols and performance skills.





Theater Arts (Grade 6)

Description:

In this course the student will be provided opportunities to develop sensory use of the body and voice, experiment with imitative and interpretive movement, utilize acting concepts and skills, and practice audience etiquette.





Physical Education - P.E. (Grades 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade Standing



Description:

This course includes individual motor skills, individual fitness, team, as well as dual and individual sports. Special units are offered in recreational and lifetime activities. Requirements include suiting out, attendance to personal hygiene, and daily participation. Students may choose to participate in special instructional units that may require a nominal fee. A unit on health including first aid, nutrition and mental health will be incorporated into the course. This course is taken for the duration of the school year.



Athletics (Grades 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade standing and coach's recommendation.



Description:

Sports available include volleyball, basketball, football, and track. This course is designed for students interested in participating in competitive sports. Students must be available before school, after school, evenings and Saturdays for practice sessions and games. A physical examination is required. Maximum team size for each sport will be established and maintained based on written criteria. If enrollment exceeds the number that can be accommodated on the teams, then students will compete for the available positions. Students who are not selected for a team will be assigned to an off-season conditioning class until the beginning of a new sport. This procedure will be used for each sport.



Band (Grade 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade Standing and band director's approval.



Description:

This course emphasizes a continued growth in technique, tone production, tuning, musical style, and in responsibility as a member of a performing organization. This organization may perform at University Interscholastic League Concert Sight-reading Contest as well as other festivals. This is a public performing organization for students with skill development at the intermediate level.



Performance Arts (Grades 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade Standing



Description:

This track is a year-long course comprised of two semester long courses; Choir and Theater Arts).



Theatre Arts (Grades 7 & 8)

Description:

This course is designed with an emphasis on more expressive use of the body and voice, acting and theater concepts, and the skills, analysis, and evaluation of theatrical experiences. Projects for theatre arts will include puppets, radio shows and scenes with dialogue. Students will be encouraged to develop more expressive voices while exploring basic acting skills, script writing, and scene analysis. This course is taken for one semester





Choir (Grades 7 & 8)

Description:

This course will focus on mastering basic musical skills through the use of choral music. These skills include rhythmic reading, solfege, sight reading, and vocal development. Instructional strategies used will be various types of unison, and two and three part choral music, and the state adopted textbook. Choir members will also have the opportunity of attending UIL and TMEA sponsored choral events. This course is taken for one semester.



Computer Literacy (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

This course will continue to advance primary technology applications including keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation skills. In addition, students will learn the basics of computer hardware operation, desktop publishing, graphic design, and 3-D modeling software.



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Personal Family Development - PFD (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade standing.



Description:

This comprehensive lab course is designed to address a broad range of knowledge and skills related to personal development and management, promotion of strong families, and preparation for adult roles. Content includes communication skills; child development and care; clothing care and maintenance; and career exploration. Other studies address nutrition and wellness; food selection and preparation; budgeting and consumer-buying practices; and family housing needs. Due to the nature of this elective course, students in PFD are required to join the co-curricular student organization, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Dues are $26 for the year, which includes a chapter T-shirt. If a student chooses this course it must be taken during both semesters. Students who successfully complete this course will receive high school credit.





Science Olympiad (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

6th, 7th, or 8th Grade Standing



Description:

This course is a guided independent study class that emphasizes problem solving aspects of science focused on generating knowledge in genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Students in this course will work together to develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies needed to demonstrate that they can perform at levels that surpass expectations practicing scientist and engineers. Students in this course are required to compete at at least one Science Olympiad Tournament as part of their coursework. If a student chooses this course it must be taken during both semesters.







Yearbook (Grades 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade Standing



Description:

Students develop abilities in gathering information, writing copy and captions, understanding components of quality photography, copy editing skills, and techniques of headlines. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in layout and design, graphics. Students assume responsibility for planning and coverage of spreads in school yearbook.





Journalism (Grades 7 & 8)

Prerequisite:

7th or 8th Grade Standing



Description:

This introductory journalism course is designed for students interested in the construction and publication of regular editions of the school newspaper. Focus areas are learning the skills of newspaper writing and developing skills in layout and design.





Spanish (Grade 7)

Prerequisite:

7th Grade Standing



Description:

Students acquire the basic skills of the Spanish language with emphasis on listening and speaking. Reading and writing of material mastered audio-lingually are emphasized. The study of culture includes the life and customs of the Spanish people.



Spanish I (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing



Description:

This course introduces the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate in everyday situations. Students are expected to take an active role in all oral activities.

A variety of projects, films, songs, and student presentations will reinforce language skills and introduce various aspects of Hispanic culture. Students who successfully complete this course will receive high school credit.



Business Computer Information Systems - BCIS (Grade 8)

Prerequisite:

8th Grade Standing



Description:

This course introduces basic concepts and skills related to microcomputer systems. Special emphasis will be placed on developing technology skills with applications to personal or business situations focusing on word processing, databases, spreadsheets, telecommunications, desktop publishing, presentation management, networking, operating systems and emerging technologies. Students who successfully complete this course will receive high school credit.







PRE-AP REQUIREMENTS



Students opting for enrollment in Pre-AP need to meet the following criteria for each subject requested:



Language Arts, Science or Social Studies

•1. Grades of 80% or above for the last three semesters depending on course

•2. Satisfactory TAKS scores for applicable subjects

•3. Written parental permission for participation

•4. A teacher recommendation for each subject area

•5. A signed waiver if student does not meet admission criteria

•6. Completed Pre-AP application packet (available from the counselor)



Accelerated Math Grades 6-7(Initial Placement)

•1. Criteria designated for subjects other than math

•2. Score of 80% or higher on a state approved placement test for initial placement

•3. No waivers will be accepted for math

•4. A parent/guardians or teacher may request a committee review to decide final placement



Algebra I Grade 8(Initial Placement)

•1. Criteria designated for subjects other than math

•2. Recommended score on the district selected algebra aptitude test

•3. No waivers will be accepted for math





Gifted and Talented Students

Farley Middle School provides GT services through Pre-AP in language arts, science, social studies and math. Although GT students are expected to meet Pre-AP placement criteria, GT students are placed in these classes as a matter of course with the exception of Pre-AP math. The difficulty of students taking more than two Pre-AP courses is recognized, and it may recommended that GT students be placed in advanced classes according to their areas of strength.



Parents are encouraged to meet with their child's teacher(s) to discuss these matters so informed decisions can be made that best benefit the child. If the student is not placed in certain courses, then a waiver-out must be submitted.