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Middle School

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CURRICULUM (Grades 6-9)
The general goals of the English curriculum at NAIS are to foster language skills—including writing, reading, speaking skills, and critical thinking skills—in the areas of grammar, analysis, problem solving, self-expression, and comprehension.

Grade 6
The student will be an active participant in classroom discussions, will present personal opinions, understand different viewpoints, distinguish between fact and opinion, and analyze the effectiveness of group communication. Word origins will be studied and vocabulary development will continue. A variety of fiction and nonfiction works, including a significant number of classic works, will be read for appreciation and comprehension. Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit narratives, descriptions, and explanations with attention to composition and style as well as sentence formation, usage, and mechanics. They will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling. Reading and writing will be used as tools for learning academic concepts, and available technology will be used as appropriate.

Grade 7
Oral communication skills will be developed further and the effects of verbal and nonverbal behaviors will be studied. Seventh grade students will continue to read a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry while becoming more independent and analytical. Written composition skills—with special emphasis on word choice, organization, style, and grammar—will be increased. Written explanations utilizing informational writing and persuasive writing will be introduced. Students will study figurative language, vocabulary, and roots and affixes. The study of the impact of media on public opinion will be introduced. Proficiency in the use of print and electronic information resources will increase and students will learn how to reference sources. Correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking will be demonstrated.

Grade 8
Students learn and apply interviewing techniques, demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking, and plan, draft, revise, and edit writing, with emphasis on exposition and persuasion. Reading and writing skills are applied in all subjects and literature is responded to critically. Vocabulary development continues with special attention paid to connotations and figurative language as the student continues to develop an appreciation for literature through studying a wide variety of selections. Themes and main ideas will be inferred and cause and effect relationships will be interpreted. Students will become skillful interpreters of the persuasive strategies used in print and mass media.

Grade 9: Language and Literature
In ninth grade English emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, exploring the writing process, and improving reading comprehension and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature genres and writing styles both classical and contemporary and will develop writing and analysis skills through practical daily activities. Reading, writing, and grammatical assignments along with team projects are frequent features of ninth grade English and should be expected by all students.

SCIENCE CURRICULUM
The general goals of the NAIS Science curriculum are to give students an understanding of the nature and methods of science and to develop conceptual and practical skills in the context of student involvement in scientific activity. Students will develop their ability to analyze scientific information critically, apply knowledge and skills in order to generate new knowledge, communicate scientific ideas and their awareness of the impact of science on society, thus helping prepare them for life in the age of 21st century technology.

Grade 6
Students investigate plants and plant processes, atoms, elements and compounds. Students delve deeper into properties and changes in matter.

Grade 7
Seventh graders continue to focus on Cells, Body System and Classification, Invertebrates and Vertebrates, Properties of Sound and Light, Electricity, Magnetism and Earth Science.

Grade 8
In Grade 8, students will be introduced to Matter with its states Elements, Compound and mixtures, Atoms and Periodic Table.

Grade 9
In ninth grade, students will be introduced to specialized courses covering, Diversity of Living Things, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Forces, Atomic Energy, Work and Machines.

MATH

Grades 7 and 8
The syllabus is set up to build all basic skills in arithmetic, geometry, and basic statistics. It also enforces all the needed algebra concepts and paves the way to Algebra 1 & 2 through a smooth introduction of Pre-Algebra in Grade 8.

Grades 9
The syllabus combines Algebra and Geometry. In Grade 9, Algebra 1 is introduced, and it helps in solving numerical problems in geometry which are often used in SAT Math. In Grade 10, the course syllabus includes Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus introduction is given as a warm up. In Grade 10, SAT Test Prep Classes are offered, up to grade 12.

Social Studies

Grade 6: History of Egypt
After going over ancient Egyptian history in grade 5, students will continue to unveil the rich historical events from Coptic Egypt up till the time of Hosni Mubarak.

Grade 7: World History
The World History course for grade 7 is more of like a trip around the world. The students would study about different countries, different cultures, different civilizations, major historic events such as wars and revolutions.

Grade 8: Geography
Geography for grade 8 studies humans, areas of land, countries, cultures, physical features, environments etc., which is very useful since it helps in understanding such questions such as: how the world is divided, where each country is located, how the different countries are interrelated, what are the cultures in each country, why the physical features of the world are as such, etc.

Grade 9: World History
This course will take the students through the early civilizations preceding the modern world history. These civilizations pave the way for what will happen next in the modern world. Students will be exposed to the Empires of the ancient world, the roots of Islam/Empire of Islam, Feudalism, The renaissance, the Reformation and the scientific revolution, European rule and expansion and finally the Enlightenment.

Arabic Language
Since we believe in striking a balance between the Egyptian and American culture, it is one of our school objectives to teach high quality Arabic, Religion, and Civics. Teaching Arabic starts from KG 2 to grade 12. Our approach is a very modern one in teaching the Arabic Language. Students use multimedia and videos, and all available teaching aids. Our students are also encouraged to do research in Arabic as much as they do in English and all other subjects.