Middle Years

Middle Years Core

Skills covered in the Middle Years program include:

  • Literary Analysis
    • Plot, Setting, Conflict
  • Literary Devices
    • Allusion, Allegory, Foreshadowing, Metaphor, Simile, Word Choice
  • Informational Textual Analysis
    • Context
    • Textual Support
    • Bias/Perspectives
  • Writing
    • Knowing the purpose and audience
    • Formal/Informal
    • Humanities/Scientific
  • Writing Mechanics
    • Sentence Structure
    • grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
    • Paragraph Structure
    • Multi-paragraph Structure
  • Rational Argument
    • Multiple points of evidence
  • Vocabulary and Spelling
  • Historical Cause and Effect
    • Relationship between past events and modern day society

  • Scientific Method
    • Asking questions
    • Defining problems 
    • Developing and using models 
    • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data 
    • Using mathematics and computational thinking 
    • Constructing explanations and designing solutions 
  •  Engaging in argument from evidence 
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information  
  •  Understanding and Exploring
    • Patterns 
    • Cause and effect 
    • Structure and function 
    • Systems and system models 
    • Stability and change 
    • Scale, proportion, and quantity 
    • Energy and matter

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The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy seeks and accepts students for admission without reference to race, color, religion, age, disability, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made independently.