VERSO INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL BANGKOK

    MIDDLE LOOP : A general guideline to the learning targets

    Math

    • Grade 5

      Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
      ● Multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals

      Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

    • Grade 6

      Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
      ● Ratios and proportional relationships
      ● Early algebraic expressions and equations

      Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

    • Grade 7

      Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
      ● Ratios and proportional relationships
      ● Rational numbers

      Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

    • Grade 8

      Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
      ● Linear algebra and linear functions

      Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

    English Language Arts

    • Grade 5

      Read a range of high-quality text widely and deeply

      Build knowledge about subjects through literary and informational sources

      Write stories or essays over short and extended timeframes

    • Grade 6

      Make sense of longer, more challenging text

      Sharpen ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence

      Expand vocabulary to use new words in their writing

    • Grade 7

      Analyze, define, compare, and evaluate ideas when reading, writing, speaking, and listening

      Analyze how themes in fiction and nonfiction develop over the course of text

      Use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking

    • Grade 8

      Read major works of fiction and non-fiction that extend across cultures and centuries

      Question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of the claims

      Report findings from their own research and analysis of sources clearly

    Science

    • Grade 5

      Evaluate methods for collecting data
      Revise models based on evidence
      Analyze data to make sense of phenomena
      Develop a deeper understanding of:
      ● The effects of chemical reactions, forces, and energy
      ● Interactions of different organisms and the environment
      ● Interactions of the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere 
      ● How engineering design can be a regular part of problem solving

    • Grade 6 - Grade 8

      Collect evidence and draw conclusions
      Understand relationships between objects
      Apply critical thinking that leads to designing effective solutions for problems
      Develop a deeper understanding of:
      ● Physical and chemical interactions
      ● Factors that affect organism survival and reproduction
      ● Factors that influence the Earth and our solar system
      ● How to optimize design solutions

    Social Studies

    • Grade 5

      Identify causes and effects using examples from current events and historical events

      Describe how people in positions of power can influence people’s rights and freedom

      Identify rights and responsibilities in various contexts

      Participate in activities that focus on an issue

    • Grade 6 - Grade 8

      Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of an event from current events or history

      Identify multiple perspectives on a given historical experience

      Describe and compare multiple events in the history 

      Participate in activities that focus on an issue

      Identify ways that current figures can influence people’s rights and freedom.

    WORLD LANGUAGE

    This includes additional languages that the students may learn and/or Heritage languages. Heritage language is the language that each student selects as their native language, upon consultation with their family and VERSO’s Learning Designers. The Heritage Language learning progressions will be modeled after the English Language Arts based on the student’s language proficiency level and not on their grade level. Students who hold Thai passport must study Thai language as part of the Thai Ministry of Education requirements.

    • Novice

      Understands the general topic and some basic information from familiar and everyday contexts by recognizing practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences.

      Communicates information on very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases and sentences that have been practiced and memorized.

    • Intermediate

      Understands main ideas and some details on familiar topics from sentences and groups of sentences.

      Communicates information and expresses own thoughts about familiar topics using sentences.

      Handles short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions.

    • Advanced

      Understands main ideas and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics from complex, organized texts.

      Expresses self with detail and organization on familiar topics and concrete social and academic topics.

      Confidently handles situations with unexpected complications.

    • Superior

      Interprets and infers meaning from complex, academic and professional texts on a range of unfamiliar, abstract and specialized issues.

      Participates fully and effectively in spontaneous spoken and written discussions and debates on topics ranging from broad general topics to areas of specialized expertise.

    • Distinguished

      Interprets and infers meaning from dense and sophisticated texts on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts.

      Interacts, negotiates and debates on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts, adapting to the cultural context of the conversation.