Middle School Curriculum (6-8)

Language Arts


Sixth Grade 
  • Explore several genres such as historical fiction, survival fiction, mythology, poetry mystery and realistic fiction
  • Use historical facts to weave a creative short story
  • Employ varied poetic structures and figurative language to write poems
  • Use analysis while developing essay writing skills in a compare/contrast essay 
  • Study Greek Mythology with a culminating performance of a Greek Play
  • Read for deeper meaning such as symbolism or clues in a mystery
Seventh Grade 
  • Explore topics such as: reluctant heroes in difficult times, everyday heroes, comedic heroes, heroes of war and ethical choices in heroics
  • Study three main phases: critical reading and analysis of text, exploration of case studies (both real and literary) and engagement in project work/written analysis
  • Elaborate on skills to develop an organized and strong essay which include thesis statement, evidence with examples for support and work cited page
  • Explore how using evidence and examples from the text help support arguments
  • Expand vocabulary to include key literary devices (such as irony, allusion, point of view and symbolism)
  • Work collaboratively with other subjects to produce cross-curricular projects such as the Medieval Feast, Shark Week and Colonial reenactment
Eighth Grade 
  • Explore how values reflect and shape different societal groups (families, communities, cultures) as well as individuals
  • Examine what happens when values change over time and look closely at societies and individuals in transition 
  • Review the investigation of values that is both self-reflective and literary through idea generation, curiosity, flexibility and openness to exploring ideas 
  • Produce, clear, focused writing, perfecting phrasing, word choice, mechanics and organization 
  • Expand creative thinking components and participate in Socratic seminars
  • Broaden understanding of major themes in literature, history and culture that align with 8th grade American History curriculum
Eighth Grade Honors
  • Expand units of study with additional rigor
  • Read additional novels, maintain a pace of reading and writing that is beyond the regular 8th grade language arts class
  • Embark on a series of fiction writing experiences that culminate in a bound 8 chapter novella

Andrews Osborne Academy

Grades PK - 12, PG
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Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.