Our middle school faculty works as an interdisciplinary team made up of science, math, humanities, Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The team works together to create a dynamic curriculum which is exploratory and challenging and incorporates student generated questions and concerns. Curriculum is guided by Common Core Standards to determine age appropriate content and skills. The middle school team develops these basic concepts and skills into student-centered, inquiry based units. Below are a few examples of our interdisciplinary units.
Essential Question: How do humans interact with their environment?
Grade SevenEssential Question: How does one’s perspective impact the telling of history?
Students cite evidence that most strongly supports the analysis of a text or historical event. They develop arguments and support them with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Texts: 12 Angry Men, Johnny Tremaine
Primary documents including: the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Indian Removal Act.
Essential Question: How do you build a nation with disparate voices and desires? What is the balance between the individual and community?
Students learn about the experience of Jewish people in Europe at the end of the 19th century, Jewish people in the Arab countries, and the Creation of the State of Israel.
Texts: History of the Jewish People, Part II by Jonathan Sarna and Jonathan Krasner, The Jew in the Modern World by Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz