Course Catalog

Middle School Course Pathways – Wisconsin Virtual Learning Middle School students have three pathways in which they can pursue their education.  These pathways include 1) virtual, 2) independent, or 3) blended.  

Students in the Virtual Pathway access their courses, lessons, assignments, quizzes, tests, and submit work online. Students attend regularly scheduled, real-time classes online with a Wisconsin Virtual Learning teacher and other students. Please note that WVL reserves the right to cancel courses based on student enrollment. 

Students in the Independent Pathway access their courses, lessons, assignments, quizzes, tests, and submit work online.  Students work through the curriculum independently, and are required to sustain the recommended pacing for course completion. 

The Blended Pathway combines both the virtual and independent models.  It is ideal for students who excel in some subjects but desire more one-on-one instruction in others.   

Core Course Offerings – Core courses are offered through both the virtual or independent pathway. Please click red headings for more information. 

WVL Courses: 5th Grade

Social Studies 5
Science 5
WVL Courses: 6th Grade

Language Arts 6
Math 6
Science 6 - Life Science
Social Studies 6 - Ancient Civilizations
WVL Courses: 7th Grade

Language Arts 7
Math 7
Science 7- Physical Science
Social Studies 7- Geography
WVL Courses: 8th Grade

Science 8 - Earth Science
Social Studies - US History**
Calvert: 5th Grade

American History*
Literature*
Math Problem Solving (Singapore)
Science*
Writing/Grammar*
Teaching Real-world Uses of Technology*
Hands-on Art Lessons*
Calvert: 6th Grade

Explorations in World History*
Literature*
Math Problem Solving (Singapore)
Science*
Writing/Grammar*
Teaching Real-world Uses of Technology*
Hands-on Art Lessons*
Calvert: 7th Grade

Grammar, Composition and Literature*
Geography*
Math (Singapore)
Science*
Technology*
Understanding the World Around Us*
Hands-on Art Lessons*
Calvert: 8th Grade

American History*
Basics of Algebra (Singapore)
Enhancing Reading Comprehension*
Science*
Real-Life Science and Technology*
Learning Strategies Guidebook*






















Additional Course Offerings
Advanced Science**

Electives
Student Finance*
Self-Discipline*
Honesty*
Trust*
Study Skills*
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Learning Strategies*
Leadership Skills Development*
Social Media*

* This course is only offered through the independent pathway.
** This course is only offered through the virtual pathway.

FIFTH GRADE 

Social Studies 5- Social Studies 5 will cover material ranging from that regarding the early Americans to that of modern times using online lessons, videos, educational games, and interactive learning objects. Students will use maps to learn geography skills, and they will explore topics such as early American civilization, including the first Americans and Native American tribes, European exploration, and the colonization of North America. Other featured topics in the course will include American independence, principles and documents of government, growth and westward expansion, federal government, state and local government, patriotism, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

In this course, students will learn the concepts of basic economics: scarcity and choice, productive resources, supply and demand, distribution of goods and services, and advertising. Students will learn about the types of economic systems around the world, the United States government and the economy, government economic programs, and tax revenue. Topics such as economic interdependence and international trade, multinational corporations and economic organizations, income profit and wealth, costs and benefits of saving and borrowing, entrepreneurship, and careers and income will be taught in this course as well. Back to Top 

Science 5In Science 5, students will explore scientific concepts through online lessons, videos, and interactive learning objects, which will serve as a foundation for higher-level science courses. Students who complete this course will be able to distinguish between the engineering design process and the scientific method as well as to recognize the importance of technology in society. Students will learn about the ecosystems and their components, how energy moves through an ecosystems and how plants and animals interact and depend on one another.

As students move through the course, they will complete a study of earth and space, including a study of the resources of fresh water on earth. Students will be introduced to some chemistry and physics concepts. The successful mastery of these skills in this course, will adequately prepare students for higher-level concepts they will encounter in middle school science courses. Back to Top

Language Arts 5- Language Arts 5 will continue to develop an appreciation for literature by reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections. Students will be able to write effectively, responding to a wide variety of literary forms. In addition, students will conduct research projects, organize and evaluate information, and create presentations using online, print, and media resources. The students will also use oral and written communication skills to describe key concepts and information contained in the social studies curriculum. Finally, students will demonstrate appropriate grammar usage and mechanics, applying Standard English conventions to their writing. Back to Top

Math 5- Math 5 focuses on the following concepts:

  • Multiplying and dividing by tens, hundreds, and thousands

  • Multiplying multiple-digit numbers by two-digit numbers

  • Reading and writing ratios

  • Simplifying algebraic expressions

  • Graphing equations, determining the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes

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SIXTH GRADE 

Language Arts 6

Semester One - Language Arts 6 explores a variety of types of literature.  Students will read intriguing selections written by famous and influential authors. Comprehension strategies will be put into practice. Students will be introduced to several forms of writing, such as fiction and nonfiction, which Students will read, comprehend, and analyze.    The writing process is emphasized while given the opportunity to produce students own compositions.  In Semester One, writing will include a comparison-contrast essay, a short story, a research report, and a response to literature.   Students will learn proper conventions of grammar and how to spell commonly misspelled words. In addition, Students will learn many new vocabulary words, reading concepts, and grammar concepts.

Semester Two - Language Arts 6 explores a variety of types of literature.  Students will read intriguing selections written by famous and influential authors.  Students will learn about and read the following genres:  nonfiction, including autobiography and biography; persuasive texts, such as opinion pieces and advertisements in the media; poetry, such as haiku and free verse; and drama that includes radio plays and adaptions of a novel.     The writing process is emphasized while given the opportunity to produce students own compositions.  In Semester Two, writing will include a problem-solution essay, research reports, and descriptive essays.   Students will learn proper conventions of grammar and how to spell commonly misspelled words. In addition, Students will learn many new vocabulary words, reading concepts, and grammar concepts.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Science 6: Life Science- Students in science 6 will be learning about the life sciences. We travel through the spectrum studying the very small all the way to how all of those cells come together to form large, multi-celled organisms-humans. We also discuss plants, animals, and how these organisms interact in their environments. Students have many hands on activities throughout each unit and participate in virtual labs.  Standard lab materials are included. A list of additional lab materials is provided with each unit.  Students are also expected to be able to utilize Google Drive.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Ancient CivilizationsThis course will focus on world history from the beginnings of human civilization to the present day. Students will learn to evaluate the connections between geography and history. Topics in the course will include: the Fertile Crescent, Judaism and the Jewish People, Ancient India and China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, The Byzantine Empire, African and Asian Civilizations.  Students will study various world religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism.  Throughout this course, students will have access to interactive online activities and compelling videos that will help explain world history and enhance the course.  The textbook provides built-in reading support and helps students build map skills to better understand the world. It also helps students develop writing and geography skills.  Student assessments include a variety of projects, written assessments, and virtual presentations.

Note:  This course is offered through the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Calvert 

Calvert's Sixth Grade Curriculum will expand students knowledge of classic American literature to include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes, among others. Calvert’s Sixth Grade grammar course also teaches sentence diagramming, unique among contemporary educators. The spelling unit includes many cross-curriculum words from other subjects and integrates with phonics instruction.

Explorations in World HistoryIn history, students explore the birth of Western Civilization from the dawn of man through the fall of Rome. In Geography, students will travel to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway.

Math Problem SolvingCalvert's Sixth Grade Math emphasizes problem-solving steps. Students math skills will grow to include fractions, decimals, and two-step equations.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway.

Teaching Real-world Uses of TechnologyTechnology lessons cover operation systems, URLs, Web searches, and presentation software. In science, students study earth science, the environment, weather and climate, and chemical properties and interactions.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway.

Hands-on Art LessonsThe second volume of A Child’s History of Art: Sculpture offers hands-on art lessons coordinated with art history study.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

SEVENTH GRADE 

Science 7: Physical ScienceStudents in science 7 are engaged in the many different aspects of the physical sciences. From Newton’s Laws of Motion to an electrifying unit on electricity, this course utilizes many hands on experiences, virtual labs and video demonstrations of the various concepts we cover. Students also create their own Rube Goldberg machine to demonstrate their knowledge of force and motion. Standard lab materials are included. A list of additional lab materials is provided with each unit.  Students are also expected to be able to utilize Google Drive.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Social Studies 7: GeographyGeography 7 will encourage students to think like geographers by teaching them to study the Earth according to the five themes of geography. Students will use these themes to determine where something is located, such as a region, ethnic group, landform, or trade route, and why it can be found in a particular place. The answers to these basic questions will also equip students to more fully understand the geography, history, culture, regions, and contemporary issues facing the people of the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Calvert 

The Seventh Grade Curriculum allows students continue to build strong grammar and composition skills through descriptive and expository writing. The spelling program further incorporates grammar.

Seventh Grade Calvert Math- 7th grade math emphasizes problem-solving steps. Advanced concepts such as variables, formulas, fractions, and statistics are introduced in our pre-algebra course.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway.

Seventh Grade Calvert Science- The science program delves deeper into the life and physical sciences and introduces students to the characteristics of living things, sound, light, motion, forces, and energy.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway.

Seventh Grade Calvert Technology- Students will learn about networks, web researching and validation, desktop publishing, and databases in our comprehensive technology program.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway.

Understanding the World Around UsIn addition to continuing courses in literature and poetry, students will study geographic subjects such as thematic maps and the Eastern hemisphere. Students also will discover the development of the modern world through history courses covering the fall of Rome to the Enlightenment.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway.

More Hands-On ArtThe art history course continues with the third volume of A Child’s History of Art: Architecture, and students will apply these lessons by designing his or her own structures in the art unit.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

EIGHTH GRADE 

Science 8: Earth ScienceWhat could more exciting than volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and monster storms?  This course covers the many aspects of the Earth sciences. We begin by explore the Earth's surface, and then diving deep below to discover how and why we have earthquakes and volcanoes. We then begin our journey skyward to develop a better understanding of our weather and climate. We round out the year with a virtual trip into space. This course utilizes a variety of hands on and virtual experiences.  Students are also expected to use Google Drive.   Standard lab materials are included. A list of additional lab materials is provided with each unit.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Social Studies 8: US HistoryThis course teaches students about United States History and society, from the first human migrations to the Americas to the European colonization of the Americas and the founding of the United States, through to the end of the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Students will explore the causes and effects of the French and Indian War and will study the First Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence, and challenges of governing a new nation. The course will move through the growth of the United States, including its political landscape in the early 1800s, and slavery and territorial expansion. These discussions will lead to lessons that cover Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction of post-Civil War America.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Calvert 

Calvert Eighth Grade Curriculum allows students to study narrative poetry and prose that correspond to the United States History program. Through the literature and United States History textbook, atlas, and geography workbooks, students are immersed in the country’s intellectual, physical, and political identities.

Pre-AlgebraEighth Grade Calvert Math emphasizes problem-solving steps and helps lead into the concepts of algebra. Other topics include scientific notation, rational and irrational numbers, and graphing functions.

Note:  This course is offered through both the virtual and independent pathway. Back to Top

Enhancing Reading ComprehensionBy this point, students writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills will be intertwined. Reading comprehension is built through poetry reading, speeches, sonnets, plays, and award-winning novels. This is a new program with a mix of classic, contemporary, and multicultural literature.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Real-Life Science and TechnologyIn science, the focus will be on physical, life, and earth sciences such as electricity, magnetism, the structure of plant and animal cells, genetics, space, topography, and erosion. In technology, students child will further his or her abilities in presentations, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and HTML.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Learning Strategies GuidebookOur online Learning Strategies Guidebook helps develop skills for studying, organizing, test taking, note-taking, and researching. Our Eighth Grade curriculum builds on the skills of earlier grades while preparing students for high school.

Note:  This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

ADDITIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS  

Advanced ScienceThis course has been developed by using a variety of resources and does not rely on just one textbook.  We will be exploring many different aspects of science, conducting group projects, and having many hand-on experiences.  This course does have specific assignments and objectives.    These are the units of study for the school year:   Genetics, Chemistry, Nano science, Design and Rockets and Space.  Students are also expected to be able to utilize Google Drive.

Note: This course is only offered through the virtual pathway. Back to Top

ELECTIVES 

Elective courses are independent.  Students access their classes, lessons, assignments, quizzes, tests, and submit work online.  Students work through the curriculum independently, and are required to sustain the recommended pacing for course completion.  There are no live classes to attend with a teacher.  Those quickly demonstrating mastery of course learning goals can progress at an accelerated pace. 

Student placement in elective courses will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will be guided by input and/or approval from school staff.  Please note that middle school elective courses are offered to students as an opportunity for enrichment.  Students do not receive grades in middle school elective courses. 

Student FinanceThis course is a relevant and practical guide to student finance, understanding money beliefs, values and goals; identifying and changing unwise behaviors; opportunity costs and spending plans; credit and debt; and savings and investments.

Course Length: 1 semester
Note: This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Self-DisciplineIn this course, students will be exploring self-discipline; what it is and is not, the effects of having and lacking self-discipline, and improving self-discipline.  This is the first course in a three part personal development course.
Course Length: 1 semester
Note: This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Honesty- In this course, students will be exploring what constitutes honesty, the consequences of having or lacking it, and increasing personal honesty.  This is the second course in a three part personal development course.
Course Length: 1 semester
Note: This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Trust- In this course, students will be exploring trust; what it is and is not, the effects of having or lacking trust, and strengthening personal trust.  This is the third course in a three part personal development course.
Course Length: 1 semester
Note: This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Study SkillsThis course is designed to help students master themselves and the ability to study, learn and retain information in a manner that most aptly fits their learning style.  Students will discover their learning style, learn how to use time effectively, learn listening skills and learn tips for taking better notes.
Course Length: 1 semester
Note: This course is only offered through the independent pathway. Back to Top

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Learning StrategiesGain strategies to find important information quickly, transfer it to long-term memory, and perform better on assignments and tests.  You will learn to become a more efficient learner, find balance and prioritize goals.
Course Length: 1 semester
Notes: This course is offered through the independent. Back to Top

Leadership Skills Development - Succeed in high, college and beyond by taking your future into your own hands.  In this course, you will learn how to take action, manage your time, chart your goals and many other leadership skills.
Course Length: 1 semester
Notes: This course is offered through the independent. Back to Top

Social Media - Explore your individual contribution and influential powers by identifying your digital imprint.  In this course, you will examine the workd through social media, where citizen journalism is the news, personal audiences are your critics and your supporters and personal connection is subjective.
Course Length: 1 semester
Notes: This course is offered through the independent. Back to Top


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