Take your middle school students from Sixth through Eighth Grades with our Preparatory Unit Program Tools.
Tired of trying to put together your own curriculum, year after year? Try our Preparatory Unit Program Tools.
Instead of trying to create a unit study structure from scratch, start with one already built for you. Start with our Preparatory Unit Program Tools for 6th through 8th graders. With nine history and topical units, your children will start at the beginning with Creation, and go right through Modern times.
Not only do we provide the structure. With our Unit Program Tools, you’ll learn how to naturally integrate history, science. language arts, and fine arts within our units.
In addition to that, our Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum will teach you how to use the best children’s books to teach, (instead of the dry textbooks you might be using now). Along with curated booklists arranged by history unit and topic, our Preparatory Unit Program Tools provide assignment choices and project/activity ideas in these areas:
- arts and crafts
- map work
- mini-books and lapbooks
- writing and ideas for further research
And even better? All our Unit Program Tool components cover the same units and topics at the same time, so you can teach history and science to all of your children together.
Our book selections will keep your students’ attention. Our teaching methods will help your students learn.
The Preparatory Unit Program helps your middle school student:
- discover the flow of history with our annual Creation-to-Modern format
- learn about the significant events and people of each time period with our Teacher’s Overviews
- be interested and attentive by moving to fresh material quickly
- read language-rich, concept-oriented, in-depth chapter books from our recommendations, including both fiction and non-fiction
- have a more in-depth understanding of historical periods, people, and events when compared to the Intermediate Unit Program Tools.
- utilize a variety of books offering different learning channels as we identify materials that are available in auditory or more visual formats
- read science books focusing on specific concepts and study the scientific method through suggested experiments and activities
- have the opportunity for more challenging hands-on projects than with the Intermediate Unit Program Tools.
- gain a deeper understanding of geography and organizational skills
I understand how I could teach history and science with books, but what about Language Arts?
Our Teacher’s Manual for Fifth through Twelfth Grades (digital format) included in the Preparatory Unit Program Tools will teach you how to teach and evaluate language arts. It’s easy! And because we integrate subjects, you’ll learn to teach language arts using the same books you are using for history and science.
Additionally, our upper grades Teacher’s Manual includes an English Skills checklist specifically for middle schoolers (and one for high schoolers, as well). We’ll show you how to teach oral and written narrations and use them for evaluation. You’ll also learn how to use students’ compositions to teach grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Along with this, we’ll give you ideas on how to teach vocabulary from your student’s reading. (Remember the SAT and ACT will be coming before you know it!) Speaking of high school, the Teacher’s Manual also contains a crucial section on teaching and evaluating middle school and high school writing, something our parents tell us they love!
If you have another Language Arts program that you are already using, no problem! You can use the Preparatory Unit Program Tools history, science, fine arts, and language arts OR use it with another program you already have on your shelf.
What’s Included with the Preparatory Unit Program Tools?
Our digital Preparatory Unit Program Tools include nine historical units and one resource unit covering from Ancients through Modern. Each unit has a 3-10 page Teacher’s Overview of the most notable people and events of that time period. Our Preparatory Unit Program Tools also includes a 100+ page Teacher’s Manual, customizable forms, graphic organizers and other resources, and nine printable, cut-apart history bookmarks corresponding to our nine historical units.
Our Preparatory Unit Program Tools also include map activities, topic ideas for mini- and lapbooks, writing assignments, and ideas for further research.
Note: This is a digital product. We’ll send you the download link as soon as we receive your payment.
How do I use the Preparatory Unit Program Tools?
First, simply read our Teacher’s Manual to learn how to plan and teach history, language arts, science, and fine arts. Choose to plan your study in advance, or just get started and journal what you read and do after you’ve done it. It’s your choice! We encourage you to use our Unit Program Tools the way that best serves your family. You can:
- Read the Teacher’s overview in each history unit, giving you a summary of significant events and people
- Decide on what aspects you want to cover this year for this time period. Possible areas of focus could include:
- Daily Life
- Wars or conflicts
- Significant people
- How the literature of a time period reflects its culture
- Choose from our book suggestions labeled by unit and topic and gather your books from the library or online
- Pick out the assignments and projects from our suggestions or create your own
- Choose a few English skills you want to work on for each week from our checklists
- Choose the copy work illustrating those skills from your history and science books (we teach you how)
- Have your students narrate over their reading (orally or in writing)
- Journal what you and your students read and do.
And that’s all there is to it!