Middle School Core Department Course Summary

English Language Arts

  • Our approach to literacy integrates all aspects of ELA (reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, research, speaking and listening) into our various units. 

    7th Grade 

    Units include the following genres and themes: 

    • Short Fiction, Novel Study of The Outsiders and book clubs: Finding your voice 
    • Historical Fiction book clubs: Silenced Voices 
    • Mythology: Voices of the Past 
    • Poetry: Poetic Voices 
    • Informational Text: Voices of History 
    • Argumentative Texts and Debates: Using Your Voice 
    • Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

    8th Grade 

    Units include the following genres and themes: 

    • Short Fiction 
    • Historical Fiction: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, To Kill a Mockingbird (Advanced ELA only)
    • Novel Study: Independent reading 
    • Drama: Diary of Anne Frank 
    • Poetry: American Voices 
    • Argumentative Texts: American speech study 
    • Informational Texts and Research 

    Interventions 

    Topics in ELA 7 and 8 are 45-day courses available for students to provide targeted ELA instruction to improve proficiency. Students recommended for these courses can choose these when they select their exploratory classes. 

Mathematics

  • Based on their readiness, students will be placed in one of the courses listed in each grade. 

    7th Grade 

    • Algebra 1A: rules of algebra, integers, equations, inequalities, graphing, formulas, functions, and systems of equations. 
    • Pre-Algebra A: percent, measurements, ratios, proportions, data analysis, integers, geometry, statistics, formulas, and equations. 
    • Foundation of Mathematics 7: categories of the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability. 

    8th Grade 

    • Algebra 1B: study of probability, graphing, linear functions, quadratic functions, systems of equations, complex numbers, polynomials, polynomial functions, and rational expressions.
    • Algebra 1A: rules of algebra, integers, equations, inequalities, graphing, formulas, functions, and systems of equations.
    • Pre-Algebra B: linear functions, system of equations and inequalities, Pythagorean theorem, volume, rules of exponents, probability.
    • Foundations of Mathematics 8: number system, equations and inequalities, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability to prepare students for Algebra 1A Applied CP in grade 9. 

    Interventions

    Topics in Math 7 and 8 are 45-day courses available for students to provide targeted math instruction to improve proficiency. Students recommended for these courses can choose these when they select their exploratory classes. 

Science

  • 7th Grade: Life Science 

    This introduction to the major concepts and principles of biology will include project-based learning experiences that encourage students to apply science concepts in solving problems while using their knowledge base and analytical skills that define science. Major topics in the course include the following: 

    • Scientific method 
    • Cells 
    • Classification of life forms 
    • Genetics 
    • Ecology 

    8th Grade: Earth Science 

    This course emphasizes the major concepts and theories of earth science through the use of project-based learning, laboratory exercises, classroom discussion, and reading and writing assignments. Major topics in the course include the following: 

    • Weather and its causes 
    • Earth’s surface features 
    • Earth in the context of space and environmental studies 

Social Studies

  • 7th Grade: World History 

    Through collaborative inquiry, research experiences, and literacy strategies, this course examines civilizations from the ancient Sumer and Egypt to the rise of the nation states in the fifteenth century and the Age of Discovery including the study of the following: 

    • Physical and political geography 
    • Cultural and historical background 
    • Social, political, economic, and religious systems 
    • Relationship of ancient cultures to present day 

    8th Grade: American History 8 

    Students become familiar with primary and secondary sources as they study from the country’s early beginnings through the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era. Analytical writing, essays, research, reading and vocabulary assignments are all part of the course covering the following: 

    • Physical and political geography of North America 
    • Political, economic, social, and cultural development from the Confederation Period through the late 19th century 

PA Department of Education

  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction at the Hempfield School District are correlated to the standards provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These standards can be found at https://www.pdesas.org/standard/ 

    Information regarding state assessments including PSSA and Keystone Exams can be found at http://www.pdesas.org/assessment/ 

Middle School Contact Information

  • Centerville Middle School 

    865 Centerville Road
    Lancaster, PA 17601 

    Landisville Middle 

    340 Mumma Drive
    Landisville, PA 17538 

    Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum 

    Mrs. Katherine Deisley
    katherine_deisley@hempfieldsd.org
    (717) 898-5550

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