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Online Middle School Program

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Wyoming

Online Middle School: Grades 7-8

The middle school years are a critical time for developing critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Wyoming’s online middle school program is tuition-free. We designed our Wyoming state-approved online middle school program with your child’s success in mind. Our online middle school curriculum offers education for seventh and eighth grade.

We strive to provide a relevant, engaging, and challenging online public school curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, meets their individual needs, and prepares them for high school.

* Course offerings are subject to change and may vary based on school staffing.

Curriculum, Grades 7-8

ENGLISH 7A

In this course, students will read and analyze informational texts. These texts take many forms, including biographies, personal accounts of events, presidential speeches, and persuasive letters. The course’s reading selections demonstrate ways to understand explicit and implicit information, central ideas and key details, and claims and arguments, among other ideas and concepts. In the course, students will read the biography The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. They will also examine informational texts to better their understanding of the lives of several important historical figures, including Jane Goodall and Zora Neale Hurston; places as far away as Dubai, the Galapagos Islands, and the Hoover Dam; and the similarities between country music and hip-hop, among other topics.

ENGLISH 7B

In this course, students will focus on learning reading skills based on literary texts. The texts come from various genres and include a novel and excerpts from novels, short stories, poems, and plays. The course’s reading selections demonstrate ways to understand explicit and implicit information, themes, characters, plot, poetic and dramatic techniques, and figurative language, among other ideas and concepts. Students will read the entire novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and read a portion of it in almost every lesson throughout the course. They will read excerpts from the novel Black Beauty and a passage from Grimm’s “The Golden Bird” fairy tale. Students will also read stories and plays about challenging situations, discovering alternate realities, and robot rebellions. They will study significant historical events and figures and analyze how written texts are depicted in film or audio. Additionally, students will read poems from famous poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Wordsworth, to name a few.

MATH 7A

In this course, students begin with adding and multiplying rational numbers by using number lines, rules, and properties. Then, they focus on proportional relationships in tables, diagrams, graphs, equations, and verbal descriptions. They will learn how to solve problems by finding and comparing unit rates. Next, they learn to rewrite expressions using properties and write and solve simple linear equations using different methods. The next area of study is probability and statistics, where they will interpret and calculate simple probabilities and learn about populations and samples. Finally, they move on to geometry, solving problems about scale drawing, circles, and angle relationships, and drawing some geometric shapes.

MATH 7B

In this course, students will subtract and divide rational numbers using number lines, rules, and properties and apply strategies to perform four operations. They will study and interpret proportional relationships, write equivalent expressions and explain their relationships, and write and solve linear equations and inequalities to solve real-world problems that involve rational numbers. Next, they’ll compare two data sets of random samples using their center values and variability measures and make conclusions about their populations. Finally, students will progress into geometry topics and work on problems that involve the area, surface area, volume, and cross-sections of two- or three-dimensional objects.

SCIENCE 7A

Science 7 (1 of 2) focuses on science concepts from chemistry, biology, and ecology. Science 7 (1 of 2) explores the relationship between matter and energy. Next, the course examines chemical reactions. Students will then use their knowledge of matter, energy, and chemical reactions to build on their understanding of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Students will explore synthetic materials, including their manufacturing process and societal impact.

SCIENCE 7B

Science 7 (2 of 2) focuses on science concepts from ecology and geology. Science 7 (2 of 2) begins by exploring the ecosystem’s interactions between and among organisms. Next, the course examines different types of rocks, the rock cycle, and Earth’s resources. Students can then use their knowledge of Earth’s processes to better understand how natural hazard events and severe weather events occur. Students will then learn how technology can assist in natural hazard events and discover other benefits of technology. Finally, students will track some of Earth’s changes through time.

SOCIAL STUDIES 7A

This seventh-grade course explores Europe, Africa, and Asia’s social, cultural, and technological changes in AD 500–1789. After reviewing the ancient world and how archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. These include the Roman Empire, the early Muslim empires, and empires in Africa, the Americas, and East Asia.

SOCIAL STUDIES 7B

In this second segment of the course, students study the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration, examining the growing economic interaction among civilizations. Students learn about the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They study the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in today’s world.

ENGLISH 8A

In this course, students will read and analyze literary and informational texts. These texts will come from several genres and sources, including short stories, novels, myths, poems, magazine articles, and autobiographies. The course demonstrates how to understand explicit and implicit information, themes, central ideas, and figurative language through the presentation of these types of reading selections. They read the novel The Call of the Wild and short stories such as “The Lottery,” “A Sound of Thunder,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” They examine informational texts to better their understanding of the Yukon, the Klondike Gold Rush, dog sledding, and wolves. They will learn the basics of grammar, usage, and punctuation, including phrases and clauses, sentence structures, ellipses, dashes, and commas. Students will examine the elements of a fictional narrative to plan, create, write, revise, and edit their fictional narrative. In addition, they encounter numerous infographics and videos that build on the instruction.

ENGLISH 8B

In this course, students focus on learning reading skills based on literary and informational texts. These texts come from several genres and sources, including short stories, novels, poems, Internet articles, and political speeches. The course’s reading selections demonstrate ways to understand explicit and implicit information, theme, central idea, and figurative language, among other ideas and concepts. parts of the novels Fahrenheit 451, Hatchet, and Black Beauty, as well as short stories such as “How the World Was Saved,” “Harrison Bergeron,” and “All Summer in a Day.” Students will examine informational texts to better their understanding of global warming and its effect on Earth, the fast-food industry’s role in our lives, the widespread presence of corn in the food we eat, and the ways sleep affects the ability of students to learn, among other topics. In addition, they will learn about basics in grammar, usage, punctuation, and informational and argument writing. Through this course’s lessons, students will master techniques that help them better appreciate texts and writing. Numerous infographics and videos help build on the instruction.

MATH 8A

In this course, students begin with the fundamentals of algebra. They compare, order, and perform operations on rational and irrational numbers; use inverse operations to solve for a variable in one- and two-step equations; write and solve two-step equations from contextual situations; and analyze properties of functions, focusing on linear functions. The next area of study is very large and very small numbers, where they will solve expressions involving powers of a common base, convert numbers to and from scientific notation, and perform operations on numbers in scientific notation. They will then move on to geometry, where they will perform rigid transformations on figures and prove the congruence of figures through a series of rigid transformations.

MATH 8B

In this course, students will build on and extend the knowledge they gained in Math 8A. After reviewing how to solve one- and two-step equations, they will learn multi-step equations and proportions. They will apply their knowledge of proportional relationships to geometry, where they perform transformations on figures and prove the similarity of figures through a series of rigid transformations and dilations. Next, students will extend their knowledge of linear relationships by identifying and comparing the properties of lines and their equations. Then, students will learn how to solve systems of linear equations using graphs, substitution, and elimination. After that, they build upon their algebraic skills by applying them to statistics, where they analyze and interpret patterns in bivariate data. Finally, students will explore and analyze three-dimensional shapes, including cylinders, cones, and spheres.

SCIENCE 8A

Science 8 (1 of 2) focuses on life science concepts from biology, ecology, and environmental science. Students will explore the nature of science and have engineering and technology practices threaded throughout the course. Students begin with an introduction to scientific processes. Then, they explore cells, heredity, evolution, ecology, and genetic technology.

SCIENCE 8B

In Science 8 (2 of 2), students will focus on physical science concepts, including topics from physics and space science. They will explore the history of science and highlight influential scientists who laid the groundwork for the fields students are about to discover. Students will start with physics—one of the more interactive sciences seen in action in the world. They will explore concepts of velocity and acceleration and dive into forces and Newton’s laws of motion. Students will also study space, including the solar system, planets, and the Moon.

SOCIAL STUDIES 8A

Students will begin by exploring how American Indian societies lived in their environments. Next, they will examine the reasons for European exploration and settlement in North America. From there, students will explore the development of the British colonies and the causes behind the American Revolution. They will learn how the Patriots defeated Great Britain and achieved independence. They will be able to name the documents that define the democratic nature of our American republic. They will learn why the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are so revolutionary. Throughout the course, students study the growth of sectional divisions and conflict.

SOCIAL STUDIES 8B

This course will take students from early Spanish missions in western North America to the end of the 19th century in the United States. Next, students will examine reasons for Western westward exploration and expansion. From there, students explore the causes and effects of the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War. They will also analyze the California gold rush and immigration to the West Coast. The course then explores the sectional causes and effects of the Civil War. After that, students will examine the changes to the lives of African Americans during Reconstruction, followed by the explosive economic growth of the Second Industrial Revolution. The Indian Wars of the 19th century are also a consistent topic of the course.

*OFFERINGS MAY VARY EACH YEAR.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CODING 1A: INTRODUCTION 

Do you wonder how your favorite apps, websites, and games were made? You may want to try building your own. Well, now you can! In Middle School Coding 1a, you will learn all about the technology you use daily and explore how the internet functions. Get an introduction to the basics of computer science and discover how to create and build a website using HTML and CSS. You’ll also become familiar with programming languages like JavaScript and Python Programming. You will leave the course with your very own portfolio of work that will showcase your skills and all that you’ve created.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CODING 1B: LEARNING PYTHON  

Based on the prerequisite course, students will expand their programming languages and web development knowledge by further exploring Advanced Python, HTML, and JavaScript. Students will also analyze web and application development differences while growing their portfolios, highlighting everything learned and created in the course.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIGITAL ART & DESIGN

There are so many different types of art in this world—fine art, classical art, visual art—but the impact of digital art and design is all around us, often in ways that you probably aren’t even aware of! After taking Digital Art and Design, you’ll enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as you explore this unique genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society. Additionally, you will create your digital art and make it come alive. Give your creative side a boost with this Digital Art and Design course!

MIDDLE SCHOOL FITNESS 

In this course, students explore the importance of physical activity. Students learn aspects of sports and recreation, including sportsmanship, leadership, and inclusivity. Safety while being active and developing lifelong healthy habits by encouraging daily activity they enjoy for lifelong fitness.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH 

This course provides an overview of how behavior affects health. The broad range of topics include nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury and safety prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health. Students will explore how their choices about their bodies affect their present and future. They will also learn the tools to make informed decisions to better their health.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPLORING MUSIC 

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? Or do you think about instruments and scales and chords? The word music means something different to everyone, so this Music course has something for everyone! You will learn about how we hear music, how music affects our lives, essential elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony, different musical genres, singing and your voice, various instruments, music composition, and the history and culture of music over the years. Sign up for this course to tune up your understanding and appreciation for all things music!

MIDDLE SCHOOL 2D STUDIO ART

Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in an art studio. The smell of paint, the heat of the kiln, and the infinite creative possibilities linger in the air. Imagination is where art is born, and in 2D Studio Art, you’ll learn how to bring your art visions to life. Whatever medium you prefer: painting, drawing, or photography, this course will teach you the design elements and principles needed to create a work of art, explore your artistic inspirations, travel back in time to look at art in different cultures, and gain insight into the art of critiquing. If you’ve ever dreamed about making a living as an artist, this course will give you the tools and background to turn those dreams into a reality! 

SPANISH 1A (APPROVAL REQUIRED) 

This introductory course introduces Spanish basics through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn to introduce themselves and others, discuss interests and hobbies, ask for directions, and more!

In addition to learning the language, students will also study the cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. They will learn about daily life in Mexico, Spain’s history, Argentina’s cultural traditions, and more!

Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.

SPANISH 1B (APPROVAL REQUIRED)

This course is the second semester of year one of Spanish. Students will continue with an introduction to the basics of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn to discuss school subjects, professions, daily routines, and likes and dislikes.

Students will also explore the cultures of Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Cuba. Students will learn about each country’s history, traditions, and practices.

Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a multimedia writing project, and a speaking project.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAREER EXPLORATION 1

Students will explore careers in various fields and disciplines and understand the necessary skills and education to choose a future path. Students will discover careers including business and finance, manufacturing, engineering, and many more! Detailed information on the required education and training options for each are included. Have your students begin gathering information for their career path today!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAREER EXPLORATION 2

Imagine that it’s 20 years from now. What career do you see yourself in? What do you imagine that you’ll be doing? Will you be fighting forest fires or engineering the next rocket into space? With all the available careers, narrowing them down can be difficult. In Middle School Career Explorations 2, we’ll explore more careers and what it takes to succeed. You’ll learn more about the steps needed to prepare for your career and how to compare the pros and cons of different career choices. Finally, you’ll get to try out parts of various careers to see if you’re a perfect fit!

NEW! INTENSIVE READING (GRADES 6TH– 8TH)

This course provides foundational reading skills for middle-school students to remediate gaps in reading skills and support reading learning. This course provides instruction that enables students to further develop and strengthen their skills in reading and responding to texts. The instruction emphasizes reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary and vocabulary skills, grammar skills, and writing fluency through text responses. The course teaches skills by using a variety of literary and informational texts. The readings have different text structures, different genres, and varying levels of complexity while focusing on a wide range of topics.

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