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

  • 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
  • Ship Breaking This week the Middle School Program began its next and final unit on Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker. This book is set in a future Earth where climate change has ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 3:30 AM by Jason Brunken
  • The Big Question: Was it right? As our unit on Barefoot Gen and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 comes to an end, we are left pondering a very important questions that circles around ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2017, 7:28 PM by Jason Brunken
  • Understanding Propaganda Propaganda plays an important role in Barefoot Gen. Like most countries during WWII, Japan was inundated with pro-government and anti-Allies propaganda. What was especially nefarious was that the ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:22 AM by Jason Brunken
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