Middle School Program

Welcome! You've found the online home for Happy Kids's Middle School Program, a course offered at Happy Kids for our secondary students.

Throughout the course of the year, the program’s students follow a curriculum that combines middle school language arts with history, geography, and civics in a manner of instruction that reflects what one would see in a typical US classroom. The curriculum, designed and facilitated by me, Mr. Brunken, follows my vision of helping today’s youth understand the changing world around them, and the increasing importance of being able to interact positively with people from cultures all over the world. With the Earth’s population projected to equal about 9 billion people by the year 2030, the world is getting much smaller, and this generation will have to face and handle problems that their grandparents couldn’t even imagine. The class is meant to educate students about important global issues, and help them to learn from our past and each other to broaden their understanding of their world and help bring about a peaceful future.
Each year the curriculum for this class is a little different. However, the overall format of the class remains constant. Four novels are used as the inspiration for four eight-week units throughout the year. This year will look like this:

Novel, Author (Theme)
  • Hazardous Tales: The underground Abductor (Slavery)
  • Soldier's Heart (American Civil War)
  • Red Scarf Girl (Chinese Cultural Revolution)
  • Feed (Technology and the Value of Life)

Middle School Announcements

  • Getting Started with Red Scarf Girl This week we began a new unit in the Middle School Program. The unit will be on the themes of identity, bullying, and authoritarian power using the book Red Scarf ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:47 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Connecting the Civil War to the Present The American Civil War ended over 150 years ago, but it's lessons, issues, and effects can still be felt and seen today. America is the country it is today ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:38 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Learning about the Civil War The American Civil War is not taught in Taiwan, nor should it be. There is a rich history of both Taiwan and China that needs to be studied and understood ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 6:36 PM by Jason Brunken
  • So they were excited about the war? Teaching the American Civil War is certainly something I've missed teaching at Happy Kids. One thing I've missed about it, is the opportunity to help kids empathize with ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 5:48 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Why Civil War? As we conclude our first unit this semester about American Slavery and the Underground Railroad, it is time to begin preparing to read and discuss the American Civil War. However ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2017, 3:36 AM by Jason Brunken
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