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

  • The Underground Railrod The Underground Abductor is a book about Harriet Tubman. This famous woman from American history is most famous for her work as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, a network ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 8:53 PM by Jason Brunken
  • Introduction to American Slavery To begin our first unit of the year, we are reading The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale. This book is a graphic novel that tells the true story of Harriet ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:50 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Welcome (back) to the Middle School Program It's been a long four months, but the Middle School Program is back in session. I know I am excited to get things started. For anyone just joining the ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 7:28 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Until Next Year... I can't believe the school year is done already. Those 32 classes just flew by. We had a good time this year, and I hope everyone learned a lot ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:16 AM by Jason Brunken
  • Anti-Heroes Now that we have gotten further along into Ship Breaker and this unit, we can begin to explore a final lesson on literary heroes: the anti-hero. anti-heroes by ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:58 PM by Jason Brunken
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