XIS works with an American based curriculum for the sixth through twelfth grades (about 12-18 years of age). Smaller class sizes of 15 students or less allow for both individual instruction and research into topics of student interest. XIS secondary teachers are dedicated to their students and bring enthusiasm to their specialties.

The school focuses on preparing students for entrance into American universities. Classes are targeted towards fulfilling credit requirements and providing a solid knowledge base for future learning. The credit system allows for a year by year rotation of study available within a subject. Thus, when a student graduates from XIS, he or she will have been able to study biology, chemistry, physics, and even anatomy in the sciences.

This broad range of study provides students with a strong platform from which to understand others and successfully interact with the world.

Middle School’s American system is designed to challenge students to become independent learners and active decision makers. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade curriculum is designed to give the students a broader range of knowledge while focusing on the development of study, test taking, organizational, and research skills. With a team of qualified teachers, the students are divided into period-long classes for the core courses and electives. These include English language arts; pre-algebraic and algebraic mathematics; life, physical, and earth sciences; world history, geography and world cultures, and United States history; Mandarin Chinese; physical education, health, music, and various other electives.

Middle School Minutes per Week

  • Chinese
  • Electives
  • English
  • Health
  • Math
  • PE
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Curriculum Maps

Quarter 1

Earth Science iScience ©2018

Chapter 1- Mapping
Chapter 2- Earth
Chapter 3- Minerals
Chapter 4- Rocks
Chapter 5- Weathering
Chapter 6- Erosion

Ancient History Prentice Hall’s World Studies: The Ancient World

Unit 1- History Foundations/Early History
Unit 2- Mesopotamia
Unit 3- Egypt

Mathematics I Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 6

Ch. 1- Positive Numbers and the Number Line
Ch. 2- Negative Numbers and the Number Line
Ch. 3- Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Decimals

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 1: Childhood
Anchor Text: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Media: Gallery of Calvin and Hobbes Comics
Whole Book Study: Holes

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

MLA Foundations Course and Nonfiction Narrative
Citations
Author’s Style and Voice

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 6

Wordly Wise 1-5
Greek and Latin Word Roots: ann, frig, chron, neg

English Grammar Writing Coach Textbook

Noun and Pronoun
Types of Nouns and Pronouns
Hard to Find Subjects

Quarter 2

Earth Science iScience ©2018

Chapter 7- Tectonic Plates
Chapter 8- Forces that Shape the Earth
Chapter 9- Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Chapter 10- Fossils
Chapter 11- Dating Methods

Ancient History Prentice Hall’s World Studies: The Ancient World

Unit 4- India and China
Unit 5- Greece
Unit 6- Rome

Mathematics I Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 6

Ch. 4- Ratio
Ch. 5- Rates
Ch. 6- Percent
Ch. 7- Algebraic Expression

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 2: Animal Allies
Anchor Text: My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
Media: Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
Whole Book Study: Black Beauty, Where the Red Fern Grows, or Redwall (advance)

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Write an Explanatory Essay
Conventions
Combining Sentences for variety
Word choice

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 6

Wordly Wise 6-10
Greek and Latin Word Roots: neg, lum, son, bibl

English Grammar Writing Coach Textbook

Verbs
Verb Types
Verb Tenses

Quarter 3

Earth Science iScience ©2018

Chapter 12- Earth’s Atmosphere
Chapter 13- Air
Chapter 14- Climate
Chapter 15- Properties of Water
Chapter 16- Salt Water
Chapter 17- Fresh Water

Ancient History Prentice Hall’s World Studies: The Ancient World

Unit 7- Byzantines and Islam
Unit 8- Africa
Unit 9- Asia
Unit 10: Middle Ages

Mathematics I Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 6

Ch. 8- Equations and Inequalities
Ch. 9- The Coordinate Plane
Ch. 10- Area of Polygons
Ch. 11- Circumference and Area of a Circle

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 3: Modern Technology and Unit 4: Imagination
Anchor Text: 3 featured texts by Arthur C. Clarke, Stefan Etienne, and Leena Khan
Whole Book Study: The Secret of Platform 13 OR The Phantom Tollbooth

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Write an Argument
Do electronic devices and online access really improve our lives?
Style and transitions

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 6

Wordly Wise 11-15
Greek and Latin Word Roots: cred, foli, pyr, equ,

English Grammar Writing Coach Textbook

Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions and Interjections

Quarter 4

Earth Science iScience ©2018

Chapter 18- Energy Resources
Chapter 19- Observing the Universe
Chapter 20- Earth and Moon
Chapter 21- Our Solar System
Chapter 22- Beyond Our System

Ancient History Prentice Hall’s World Studies: The Ancient World

Unit 11- Americas
Unit 12- Renaissance and Reformation

Mathematics I Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 6

Ch. 12- Surface Area and Volume of Solids
Ch. 13- Introduction to Statistics
Ch. 14- Measures of Central Tendency

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 5: Exploration
Anchor Text: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierlely
Video: BBC Science Club: All About Exploration
Whole Book Study: Tuck Everlasting

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 6 Modified by Miss Harris

Write to Argue and Poetry
Can anyone be an explorer?
Conventions
Word Choice for Style and Tone
Figurative Language

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 6

Wordly Wise 16-20
Greek and Latin Word Roots: dyn, cog, port and review

English Grammar Writing Coach Textbook

Prepositions, Direct Objects, Indirect Object, and Complements

Quarter 1

Life Science iScience @2018

Chapter 1- Characteristics of Life
Chapter 2- Cellular Material
Chapter 3- Cell Cycle
Chapter 4- Meiosis and Mitosis

Geography Prentice Hall’s World Culture and Geography

Topic 1: Tools of Geography
Topic 2- Representing Earth
Topic 3- The Natural World
Topic 4- Humans and the Natural World
Topic 5- Economics and Geography
Topic 6- Population and Movement
Topic 7- Culture and Geography
Topic 8- Government and Citizenship
Topic 9- Tools of History

Mathematics II Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 7

Chapter 1- The Real Number System
Chapter 2- Rational Number Operations

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 1: Generations
Anchor Text: Two Kinds from the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Whole Book Study: Ribbons, Stand Tall

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Informational Essay and Nonfiction Narrative
MLA, reliable sources, formal style, citations
What unexpected event shows how a person can influence someone from a different generation?
Finding your voice

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 7

Wordly Wise Lessons 1-5
Greek and Latin Word Roots: com, ex/exo, pro, retro,

English Grammar Writing Coach 7

Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs
Types of Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs
Verb Tenses
Hard to Find Subjects

Quarter 2

Life Science iScience @2018

Chapter 5 and 6 – Inheritance and Evolution
Chapter 7 and 8- Bacteria and Fungi
Chapter 9- Plants
Chapter 10- Plant Reproduction

Geography Prentice Hall’s World Culture and Geography

Topic 1- The United States
Topic 2- Canada
Topic 3- Mexico
Topic 4- Central America and Caribbean
Topic 5- Caribbean South America
Topic 6- The Andes and the Pampas
Topic 7 – Brazil
Topic 8 – Ancient and Medieval Europe

Mathematics II Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 7

Chapter 3- Algebraic Expressions
Chapter 4- Algebraic Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 5- Direct and Inverse Proportion

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 2: A Starry Home
Anchor Text: Dark They were and Golden Eyed by Ray Bradbury
Whole Book Study: Crater
Do the benefits of exploring Mars outweigh the risks?

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Original Fiction Writing (NaNoWriMo)
Adding Description and transitions
Long Term Plans
Precise Language
Engaging Reader

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 7

Wordly Wise Lessons 6-10
Greek and Latin Word Roots: aqua, inter, magnus, scio

English Grammar Writing Coach 7

Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
Types of each

Quarter 3

Life Science iScience @2018

Chapter 11- Animal Characteristics
Chapter 12- Animal Movement
Chapter 13- Animal Development
Chapter 14 and 15 and 16- Human Organ Systems

Geography Prentice Hall’s World Culture and Geography

Topic 1 – Europe in Modern Times
Topic 2 – Western Europe
Topic 3 – Eastern Europe
Topic 4 – Russia
Topic 5 – West and Central Africa
Topic 6 – Southern and Eastern Africa
Topic 7 – North Africa
Topic 8 – Arabia and Iraq

Mathematics II Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 7

Chapter 6-Angle Properties and Straight Lines
Chapter 7-Geometic Construction
Chapter 8- Volume and Surface Area of Solids

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 3: Turning Points
Anchor Text: A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley
Whole Book Study: Mister Monday

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Informative Essay
How does Scrooge’s character transform over the course of the play?
Or how does Arthur’s character transform through the course of the novel?

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 7

Wordly Wise Lessons 7-15
Greek and Latin Word Roots: trans, verbum, amo

English Grammar Writing Coach 7

Complements (D.O., I.O., P.N., P.A.)
Phrases (Verbal, Appositives, Adjectival, Adverbial)

Quarter 4

Life Science iScience @2018

Chapter 17- Immune System
Chapter 18- The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Chapter 20-23 The Ecosystem

Geography Prentice Hall’s World Culture and Geography

Topic 1 – Israel and Its Neighbors
Topic 2 – Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus
Topic 3 – Central Asia and the Caucasus
Topic 4 – South Asia
Topic 5 – China and Is Neighbors
Topic 6 – Japan and the Koreas
Topic 7 – Southeast Asia
Topic 8 – Australia and the Pacific

Mathematics II Houghton Mifflin’s Math in Focus 7

Chapter 9- Statistics
Chapter 10- Probability

Reading Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Unit 4: People and the Planet and Unit 5: Facing Adversity
Anchor Text: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Whole Book Study: The Goose Girl
Anchor Text: Surviving the Dust Bowl
Whole Book Study: Hatchet

Writing Pearson’s myPerspectives English Language Arts 7 Modified by Miss Harris

Argumentative Essay and Poetry
What is the most significant effect that people have on the environment?
How did the individuals in the selections cope with the obstacles they faced?
Conventions, Commas,

English Vocabulary Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook Book 7

Wordly Wise Lessons 16-20
Review Word Roots/practical aplication

English Grammar Writing Coach 7

Basic Sentence Types
Clauses (Adj. and Adv.)
Putting it All Together