Middle School Academic Team

  • Middle Grades Content Areas

    Middle Grades Mathematics

    Mathematics questions make up one-fifth of each Quick Recall round. The Mathematics Written Assessment exam has balanced proportions from each category.

    1. Number Theory
    2. Sequences and Patterns
    3. Absolute Value, Integers, Rational Numbers
    4. Ratio, Proportion and Percents
    5. Problem Solving
    6. Systems of Measurement
    7. Geometry: Angles, Parallel Lines, Polygons, Circles, Geometric Solids
    8. Geometry: Measurement (Perimeter, Circumference, Area, Surface Area, Volume)
    9. Indirect Measurement (Similar Polygons, Pythagorean Theorem, Special Right Triangles, Trigonometry)
    10. Statistics and Data Analysis
    11. Probability: Independent/Dependent Events, Permutation, Combinations
    12. Inequalities and Absolute Value
    13. Polynomials, Polynomial Factoring, Algebraic Fractions
    14. Relations, Functions and Variations
    15. Linear Equations and Functions
    16. Radicals and Exponents
    17. Quadratic Equations and Functions

     

    Middle Grades Science

    Science questions make up one-fifth of each Quick Recall round. The Science Written Assessment exam has balanced proportions from each category.

    1. Matter: Chemical and Physical Properties, Compounds, Elements, Mixtures
    2. Motion and Force: Inertia, Changes in Speed/Direction, Waves
    3. Transfer of Energy: Heat Predictability, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electricity
    4. Living Systems’ Structure and Function: Uni/Multicellular Organisms, Specialization
    5. Regulation and Behavior: Obtaining and Using Resources, Stimuli
    6. Reproduction and Heredity
    7. Diversity and Adaptation of Organisms; Populations and Ecosystems: Food Webs, Sunlight & Energy, Carrying Capacity
    8. Earth’s Subsystems: Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Climate, Resources
    9. Solar System and Beyond: Objects, Events, Gravity/Inertia, Constellations
    10. Scientific Process: Experiments, Data Interpretation, Variables, Hypotheses, Laboratory Safety and First Aid (Written Assessment only)
    11. 1950 to Present: Science, Technology, Fields of Study, Tools of Science
    12. Plants: Resources/Uses, Diversity, Ecosystems, Evolution, Life Cycles
    13. Animals: Diversity, Ecosystems, Evolution, Life Cycles
    14. Fungi, Viruses and Bacteria
    15. History of Science: Scientists, Inventions/Inventors, Technology
    16. Health and Nutrition

     Middle Grades Social Studies

    Social Studies questions make up one-fifth of each Quick Recall round. The Social Studies Written Assessment exam has balanced proportions from each category.

    1. Current History: People and Events from 2010 to the present
    2. U.S. Geography: Physical and Political
    3. World Geography: Physical/Political Geography, Maps
    4. Geography: Climate, Land, Resources, Map Skills
    5. World Civilization: Ancient Africa and Egypt, River Valleys, Fertile Crescent, India and China
    6. World Civilization: Greece and Rome
    7. World Civilization: Middle Ages
    8. World Civilization: Age of Exploration – Emphasis on European Explorers
    9. U.S. History: Prehistory, Native American Cultures, Exploration
    10. U.S. History: Colonial Period (1500-1775)
    11. U.S. History: Becoming a New Nation (1775-1815)
    12. U.S. History: The Nation Grows (1815-1860)
    13. U.S. History: Civil War and Reconstruction
    14. U.S. History: Presidents and Great Political Figures
    15. U.S. Government (Major Documents and Citizenship)
    16. Economics: Principles, Practices, Money/Banking, Economic Systems

     Middle Grades Language Arts

    Language Arts questions make up one-fifth of each Quick Recall round. The Language Arts Written Assessment exam has balanced proportions from each category.

    1. Classic American Novels (Early American to 1900)
    2. Newbery Award Winners
    3. Classic Children’s Novels
    4. Award-winning Contemporary Young Adult Literature
    5. Award-winning Contemporary Young Adult Nonfiction, Famous Speeches
    6. Famous Poets and Poetry (including Contemporary)
    7. Famous Plays and Playwrights (including Contemporary)
    8. Short Stories: Authors, Titles, Characters, Themes
    9. Characters in Fables, Folklore, Tall Tales
    10. Grammar: Types of Sentences, Phrases, Clauses, Mechanics, Language Usage
    11. Grammar: Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Capitalization
    12. Parts of Speech and Their Usage
    13. Vocabulary: Spelling and Definitions
    14. Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots
    15. Common Foreign Words and Phrases
    16. Literary Devices and Techniques

     Middle Grades Arts and Humanities

    Arts and Humanities questions make up one-fifth of each Quick Recall round. The Arts and Humanities Written Assessment exam has balanced proportions from each category.

    1. Visual Arts: Elements of Arts, Principles of Design, Media, Processes, Purposes of Art
    2. Visual Artists and Their Works – Emphasis on Cole, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Picasso, David, Monet, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Pollock, O’Keeffe; Historical/Cultural Aspects of Art
    3. Architecture — Emphasis on Ancient Greece and Rome; Architects – Emphasis on Michelangelo, Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, I. M. Pei, Christopher Wren
    4. Elements of Music: Rhythm, Tempo, Harmony, Form, Dynamics, etc.
    5. Composers and their Works: Classical, Baroque and Romantic – Emphasis on J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin
    6. American Composers and their Works
    7. Musical Instruments and Families (including traditional folk instruments)
    8. Purposes and Styles of Music—Latin musical styles, Medieval (e.g. Gregorian chant), gospel, popular, ballads, etc
    9. Dance: Elements, Movements, Famous Dancers and Choreographers
    10. Dance: Historical/Cultural Aspects
    11. World Religions and Holidays, Religious Leaders and History
    12. Mythology: Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses and Characters
    13. Drama/Theater: Elements, Format, Production Terms
    14. Drama/Theater: Historical/Cultural Aspects, Broadway Plays
    15. Drama/Theater: Musical Theatre
    16. Cultural Icons 1990-present

    Language Arts Required Readings

    Governor’s Cup

    Elementary: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (changed from a previous work)
    Middle Grades: The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
    High School: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

    Sixth Grade Showcase

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan