CHHS Pre-Leadership Incubation Program Courses



7th Grade Course Descriptions and Syllabi:

7th Grade Math


7th Grade Mathematics

Textbook: Spectrum Math Grade 7 & Grade 8

Course Objectives:

  1. This class is designed to develop the students’ ability to use the English language in the context of mathematics while also promoting a deeper understanding of mathematics, especially applications in mathematics.

  2. Additionally, this course should begin to prepare students for standardized testing in mathematics like the PSAT/SAT and ACT.

Important Note: This course is NOT a course that exclusively teaches the concepts of algebra. This is a course that assumes the student has the basic knowledge and understanding of algebra. This course will prepare the student with the proper English language skills to discuss concepts in algebra and deepen the students’ understanding of the subject.

Grading: Homework 30%, Quizzes 30%, Projects 30%,

Participation 10%.

Homework: Short homework assignments will be given after each class. These homework assignments will primarily consist of word problems and reading assignments.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given weekly. Quizzes will focus on understanding definitions and short word problems.

Projects: Projects will be regularly assigned throughout the school year. Projects will often take the form of oral presentations and focus on developing a deeper understanding of mathematics and studying more complex problems.

Participation: Participation is imperative for improvement of language skills and effective learning. Students will be expected  to actively participate in class discussions and assignments. In particular, students will regularly be given reading assignments as homework. These reading assignments are highly important as they will prepare students to have informative discussions in class.

Course Schedule:


上學期First Semester



下學期Second Semester

週次Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus


週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus

1

No Class


1

No Class

2

Pretest


2

Pretest

3

Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers I


3

Geometry I

4

Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers II


4

Geometry II

5

Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers III


5

Geometry III

6

Review:

Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers


6

Review:

Geometry

7

Posttest


7

Posttest

8

Pretest


8

Pretest

9

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers I


9

Statistics I

10

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers II


10

Statistics II

11

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers III


11

Statistics III

12

Review & Posttest

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers


12

Review & Posttest

Statistics

13

Mid-Test


13

Mid-Test

14

Pretest


14

Pretest

15

Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities I


15

Probability I

16

Ratios and Proportional Relationships II


16

Probability II

17

Ratios and Proportional Relationships III


17

Probability III

18

Review & Posttest:

Ratios and Proportional Relationships




18

Review:

Probability I

19

Pretest


19

Posttest

20

Ratios and Proportional Relatioships I


20

Final Test

21

Ratios and Proportional Relatioships II


暑假

Spectrum Math Grade 8

Pretest

Whole Numbers, Decimals,and Fractions I

Whole Numbers, Decimals,and Fractions II

Whole Numbers, Decimals,and Fractions III

Review & Posttest:

Whole Numbers, Decimals,and Fractions

寒假

Review & Posttest:

Ratios and Proportional Relatioships

Final Test







7th Grade Social Studies

年級社會學科

7th Grade Social Studies

Textbook: Contemporary’s World History, McGraw-Hill Education

Course Objectives: In this course, you will learn:

1.  The history of various people, cultures and movements that shaped the world from 1300 up until the present time.

2.  English vocabulary to be able to describe the events you are learning about.

3.  How to evaluate historical sources and gain information from them.

4.  How to express what you have learned in written form (example- essays) and verbal form (example- presentations).

Course Outline: In this class we will be studying the history of people all around the world and how they interacted with each other. We will start with the 1300 s, before Columbus discovered the Americas and we will continue until the 1800 s covering some of the revolutions that changed the world to finish the semester. In the second semester, we will learn about the technological advances made in the 1800 s and continue on until we get to the present world. It is not practical to want to cover everything that has happened in 700 years in just one year, so we will attempt to cover as much as possible focusing mainly on events that have shaped the way we live now. We will follow the outline of the book but at times we may go a different route depending on the needs of the class. We will have readings from the textbook but students may also be assigned other texts outside of the book.

Participation: The purpose of this course is not only to improve the students’   understanding of World History, but to improve their grasp of the English language. There will be many unfamiliar terms and new vocabulary, and the reading in the textbook can be challenging, so it is important that the students participate and communicate their level of understanding. We will do the best we can, to ensure that the students comprehend the content but we also expect the students to be engaged in the class and do their best to absorb what’s being taught. The students should have no hesitation in asking for help or clarification. Our purpose as teachers is to help them understand and learn.

Assignment Descriptions:

Mini Quizzes: Once or twice a week, we will administer a small quiz at the end of the class to assess the students’ comprehension of the material. The average quiz will only be five questions long. At times it will be an ‘open-book’ quiz but at the teacher’s discretion.

Reading Responses: Students will be required to write a short reflection occasionally,  after completing a reading assignment for the class.

Not more than once a week and instructions will follow in class.

Presentation: Students will be required to prepare a presentation to teach the rest of the class about an assigned topic in World History. Teachers will always be available to offer support.

Midterm/Final: Half way through the course and at the end of the semester the students will take exams that test their understanding of the material taught up to that point. Part of the test will be multiple choice and the other part will be descriptive.

Grading: Grades will be determined as follows, Mini Quizzes 15%, Reading Responses 15%, Class Presentation 20%, Midterm 20%, Final 30%.


Course Schedule:


上學期First Semester


下學期Second Semester

週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus


週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus

1

No Class


1

The Global Age: Ch13. Medieval Europe, Primary Source

2

The Beginning of civilization: Ch1. The Earliest humans, Biography


2

The Global Age: Ch13. Skill Builder, Ch14. Renaissance and Reformation

3

The Beginning of civilization: Ch1.Skill Builder,

Ch2. Southwest Asia


3

The Global Age: Ch14. Biography, Skill Builder

4

The Beginning of civilization: Ch2. Primary Source, Skill Builder


4

The Global Age: Ch15. Age of European explorations, Primary Source

5

First civilizations: Ch3. The Ancient civilizations of North Africa, Biography


5

The Global Age: Ch15.Skill Builder, Monarchies and revolutions: Ch16. Political revolutions

6

First civilizations: Ch3. Skill Builder, Ch4. The Indian subcontinent


6

Monarchies and revolutions: Ch16. Biography, Skill Builder


7

First civilizations: Ch4. Primary Source, Skill Builder


7

Monarchies and revolutions: Ch17. Social revolutions, Primary Source

8

First civilizations: Ch5. Early Chinese civilizations, Biography


8

Monarchies and revolutions: Ch17. Skill Builder, New age: Ch18. Nationalism in Europe

9

First civilizations: Ch5. Skill Builder, Ch6. Ancient Greek City


9

New age: Ch18. Biography, Skill Builder

10

First civilizations: Ch6. Primary Source, Skill Builder



10

New age: Ch19. Imperialism and modernization, Biography

11

First civilizations: Ch7. Ancient Rome, Biography



11

The World at war: Ch20. World War I and the Russian Revolution, Primary Source

12

First civilizations: Ch7. Skill Builder



12

The World at war: Ch20. Skill Builder

13

Mid-Test


13

Mid-Test

14

Later world civilizations: Ch8. Byzantine Empire, Biography


14

The World at war: Ch21.Between the wars, Primary Source

15

Later world civilizations: Ch8. Skill Builder, Ch9. Islam and Muslim Civilizations


15

The World at war: Ch21. Skill Builder, Ch22. World War II and the Cold War

16

Later world civilizations: Ch9. Primary Source, Skill Builder


16

The World at war: Ch22. Biography, Skill Builder

17

Later world civilizations: Ch10. Civilizations of Africa, Primary Source


17

The World today: Ch23. World enters the 21st century, Skill Builder

18

Later world civilizations: Ch10. Skill Builder, Ch11. The Americas


18

The World today: Ch24. The World

19

Later world civilizations:  Ch11. Biography, Skill Builder


19

Historical documents and maps: Declaration of Independence

20

Later world civilizations:  Ch12. The Spread of Cultures in Asia, Primary Source


20

Historical documents and maps: Universal Declaration of Human RIghts, Final Test

21

Later world civilizations: Ch12. Skill Builder


暑假

(5)

Historical documents and maps:

maps, Projects

寒假

(2)

Review Ch1.~ Ch12.

Final Test






7th Grade Science


7th Grade Science

Textbook: Spectrum Science Grade 7

Course Objectives:

  1. We have hand-picked topics from their primary science textbooks to be taught in English to ensure that students do not get frustrated by high levels of challenge.

  2. By focusing on the mastery of new vocabulary, we will be able to expound the students’ abilities to communicate their understanding of basic physical science in the English language.

  3. They will learn to read, write, and express basic scientific methods and procedures. This course will support the students’ prior knowledge of physical science without re-teaching what they have already learned.

  4. By focusing on science vocabulary in English, we will begin to prepare students to succeed in future standardized testing such as SSAT, and ISEE.

Classroom Procedures: We will use a variety of methods in order to facilitate learning science. The class assignments are level appropriate, using a range of formative assessments to ensure students’ comprehension. We understand that all students are not equal and therefore try our best to differentiate classroom instruction. A large majority of our focus will be on developing the vocabulary skills  to communicate orally and in writing. We will use readings, group projects, presentations, listening activities, writing assignments, vocabulary quizzes, and tests to accomplish our objective.

Participation: Participation in class will be essential for success. The more that students are willing to read outloud, complete assignments, ask questions, answer questions, and use their new English vocabulary, the more prepared they will be to utilize it in future testing situations. No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Grading: Grades will be determined as follows, Vocabulary quizzes 15%, Group projects 15%, Oral Presentations 20%,

Assignments 20%, Exams 30%.

Course Schedule:

上學期Fisrt Semester


下學期Second Semester

週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus


週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus

1

No Class


1

Ch3. Life Science: Homeostasis: The Balance of Life

2

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Keys to Unlocking the World


2

Ch3. Life Science: The Great Debate: Nature Versus Nurture

3

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: The Human Hobbits


3

Ch3. Life Science: The Ankle Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

4

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Searching for Our Ancestors


4

Ch3. Life Science: Antibiotics: Life Killing Life

5

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Vanishing Nature


5

Ch3. Life Science: Nature’s Talented Weavers

6

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Lab Notes


6

Ch3. Life Science: Journey for Survival

7

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Squeaky Clean


7

Ch3. Life Science: Animal IQs

8

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Older Than Time


8

Ch3. Life Science: Standing Tall and Strong

9

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Measuring the Stars


9

Ch3. Life Science: Review

10

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Changing with the Times


10

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Frozen in Time

11

Ch1. Science as Inquiry: Review


11

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: El Niño: Stirring Up Trouble Around the World

12

Ch2. Physical Science: Everything Must Change


12

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Mountain Mayhemg

13

Mid-Test


13

Mid-Test

14

Ch2. Physical Science: A Common Reaction


14

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Flowing Underground

15

Ch2. Physical Science: Testing the Waters


15

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Everything Falls Apart

16

Ch2. Physical Science: Malleable Metals


16

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Crystal Clear

17

Ch2. Physical Science: A Force to Be Reckoned With


17

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: It Begins with a Bang

18

Ch2. Physical Science: The Science of Vacuums


18

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Closest Neighbor

19

Ch2. Physical Science: Sports Science


19

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: The Martian Question

20

Ch2. Physical Science: The Spectrum: The Long and the Short of It


20

Ch4 .Earth and Space Science: Review, Final Test

21

Ch2. Physical Science: The Smallest of the Small


暑假

(5)

Ch5 .Science and Technology: Copycats, Where Art and Science Meet, Buildings in the Clouds, Focusing on the History of Eyeglasses,The Instruments of Weather Science  

寒假

(2)

Ch2. Physical Science: Review, Ch3. Life Science: Anatomy of a Cell, Final Test








7th Grade Literature


7th Grade Literature

Textbook: Spectrum Reading Grade 7

Course Objectives:

  1. This course is designed in a manner to supplement the principles being taught in the students’ primary writing and English classes.

  2. Literature that is appropriate for their level has been chosen and the approach to the material is heuristic. The material is a mix of short stories, poems and passages to ensure reading comprehension. Great authors’ like Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, William Carlos Williams etc. whose works are extremely revered, are also explored in this course.

  3. We will focus on writing, reading, and oral skills in order to begin to prepare students to succeed in future standardized testing such as the PSAT, SAT, TOEFL and TOEIC.

Classroom Procedures: We encourage students to exercise their higher order and critical thinking skills by means of classroom discussions, debates and text analysis etc. We will focus on developing a broader understanding and transfer of knowledge including new vocabulary, proper grammar, style, and tone. We will use readings, writing assignments, vocabulary quizzes, group projects, presentations, listening activities, and assessments to accomplish our objective.

Participation: Participation in class is extremely important. The more that students are willing to read outloud, complete assignments, ask questions, answer questions, and use their new English vocabulary, the more prepared they will be to utilize it in future testing situations. No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Grading: Grades will be determined as follows, Vocabulary quizzes 15%, Reading Comprehension 15%, Projects and Presentations 15%, Writing Assignments 15%, Exams 15%.




Course Schedule:

上學期First Semester


下學期Second Semester

週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus


週次

Weeks

教學進度及內容

Syllabus

1

No Class


1

Life in the Mangrove Forest

2

Cooking 101


2

A Monument to Love

3

Julia Child


3

The Imperfect Gift of Memory

4

Julia’s Famous French Bread


4

Helping with Alzheimer’s Disease

5

Take a Hike, Allergies!


5

Give Your Brain a Workout

6

Let’s Move


6

Catching up with the Past


7

The Future of Food Today


7

Norman Rockwell

8

Welcome to the Days of Olde


8

Trash or Treasure?

9

Maria Merian: Artist, Naturalist


9

Dining with the Stars

10

A Feast Fit for a KIng


10

NASA’s Twin Mission

11

Take a Bow


11

An Out-of-this-World Summer

12

Keeper of the Castle, Review


12

Fire in the Sky, Review

13

Mid-Test


13

Mid-Test

14

Jim Abbott Fails to Quit


14

Dragon in Space

15

The Black Sox Scandal


15

Snowboarding 101

16

Nice Hit!


16

The X Games: A History

17

Building the Frozen Ark



17

A Birthday to Remember

18

Save the Manatees!


18

The Multifaceted Shaun White

19

Slow—Manatee Xing



19

Parking Lot Plans

20

The Festival of Lights


20

Review, Final Test

21

Mohandas Gandhi


暑假

(約5週)

America’s First Railroad, A Basement Full of Trains, The Legend of John Henry, “The Beatles!” , Mackenzie and The Racket

寒假

(約2週)

Review, Final Test








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Chung Hsin Academy(CHHS’s junior high program) is a focused effort to ensure a bright and meaningful high school experience. Here are a few reasons that should compel you to join us:

  • Our class size is small and approximately under 35 students per class. We want to ensure that each student gets the attention he/she deserves.

  • We provide the best modern facilities to students. Our classrooms are equipped with projectors, speakers, cameras and microphones. Students each have a personal chromebook to facilitate their learning.

  • Our teachers are extremely experienced and highly qualified with international teaching licenses so the students are in safe hands.

  • We use textbooks aligned with the Common Core standards from the USA so the students learn as consistently as native speakers.

  • We effectively supplement our teaching with the usage of technology in our classrooms. We use classroom management systems like Google classroom, 1Know to assess and track student progress. We also encourage discovery learning so students can use their chromebooks to become self-regulated learners.

  • We prepare students to perform successfully in standardised tests like the National Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School (5A), the GEPT(Intermediate) and the TOEFL Junior(745+).

  • Our program is especially beneficial for students that want to study abroad or enrol in one of the many elite Taiwanese universities.