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

  • Activities and Discussion Questions for M. T. Anderson's Feed We are nearing the end of our unit on Feed. I know some of out there are curious about the different assignments we are working on on in class. I ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 1:09 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Feed This week we started our fourth and final unit of the year. Our guide material is the novel Feed by M. T. Anderson. Feed is an interesting book. It is ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 6:49 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Finishing Red Scarf Girl Sorry for not posting during this unit. We got pretty busy at school. However, the main reason I didn't post much was because I borrowed heavily from someone else ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 6:15 AM by Jason Brunken
  • 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
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