Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

Tier I:   Students are provided the opportunity to participate in higher-order activities in their core classes.  The classroom teacher will collaborate with the PoGStudio teacher to provide differentiated instruction.  The enrichment program adopts problem based learning ideas, where students assume increasing responsibility for their learning, giving them more motivation, a feeling of accomplishment, and setting the pattern for students to become life-long learners.

 

Tier II:  Similarly to our 4th and 5th grade Tier II program, students entering grade 6 not previously identified based on the district’s criteria, can complete a rigorous, yet age-appropriate application for possible entrance into PoGStudio courses. The following are course descriptions for the Holdrum Middle School PoGStudio program that are available by grade level on a rotating basis:

  

Grade 6: Identified students (up to the 10th percentile) will get priority of class choice for two quarters.

  • History on Trial:  US Law: In-depth review of historical figures using nonfiction texts and conducting mock trials


  • Facts, Folklore, & Unsolved Mysteries: Cross-Curricular class researching Poe and Dickens, other mysteries, and completing CSI investigations into their deaths, etc.

Below is an example schedule for grade 6 students:


Quarter 1

A Day

10 Students

History on Trial

B Day

10 Students

History on Trial

Quarter 3

A Day

10 Students

History on Trial

B Day

10 Students

History on Trial

Quarter 2

A Day

10 Students

Facts, Folklore...

B Day

10 Students

Facts, Folklore...

Quarter 4

A Day

10 Students

Facts, Folklore...

B Day

10 Students

Facts, Folklore...

Grade 7: Seventh grade PoGStudio students will meet during two marking periods of the school year.  They will be given the opportunity to choose two different classes in place of two of the three seventh grade special classes including Careers and Entrepreneurship, Music, and Art.  Again, students not identified in the top 10th percentile will have the opportunity to complete a rigorous, yet age-appropriate application for potential inclusion in these courses. Samples of the PoGStudio courses offered are: Introduction to Archaeology, TV and Film, da Vinci: The Inventor, da Vinci: The Scientist, and da Vinci: The Artist (a three trimester course which includes two trimesters in eighth grade). All PoGStudio classes will meet five days a week during the assigned trimester.

 

Grade 8:

Eighth grade PoGStudio students will meet at least one marking period during the school year.  The eighth grade PoGStudio program operates as part of the elective program offered at Holdrum Middle School.  Studio students will receive first preference when selecting a PoGStudio class, but the electives are open to all students.  Samples of the eighth grade PoGStudio electives are: Business Marketing and Economy, Our Green Earth, Public Speaking, Forensic Anthropology, and Television Production.

 


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