Forging a Brighter Future

Curriculum and Instruction

LCIS  follows the Indiana Academic Standards as its core curriculum, which specifies the minimum expectations for learning in all grades and disciplines. 

Locally-developed additions to the curriculum serve to expand and enrich these state-wide measures of performance. The core curriculum is fluid and flexible, responding to the learning needs of students and affected by new information and technologies. Technology plays an integral role in the daily operations of LCIS. 

Technology as Instructional Support: At LCIS, we believe integrating technology into the instructional process has the potential to positively impact the educational experiences we provide to our students. The availability of technology and high quality digital resources allows for students to demonstrate creativity and innovation, to communicate and collaborate, to research and evaluate information, and to think critically.

LCIS’s K-8 Curriculum

Reading and ELA K-6:  McGraw Hill Wonders Reading

Reading and ELA K-6 Remediation:  McGraw Hill WonderWorks 

ELA and Humanities:  7th and 8th Grade Units of Study*

ELA Remediation: IXL Learning

*7th Grade: The study of literature and history are interwoven. Students will grapple with definitions of justice and the role laws and individuals play in creating a just society. Primary sources, novels, and poetry provide students with an interdisciplinary study from the American Revolution through Civil Rights Movements. By mastering U.S. geography, students will understand how place impacts history and community life. Students will be challenged to expand their grammar and composition skills through thesis-driven essays as well as creative writing; they will present and perform, illustrate and instruct, research and report, all in an effort to engage wholeheartedly with the complex narrative of this nation! 

Units of Study in Humanities 7

  • The American Revolution and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Constitution and Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
  • Constitution Works
  • Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny and The Displacement of Native Americans
  • Mexican-American Relations – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Slavery, Civil War, and Excerpts from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • Reconstruction and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Civil Rights Movements

*8th Grade: Humanities focuses on conflict, trauma, and recovery. The course includes an examination of justice and reconciliation in the 20th century through the study of World War I, World War II and the Holocaust as well as Apartheid South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The ultimate goal is to help students succeed academically and grow intellectually so they can navigate a complex world and be empowered to help march humanity into a brighter future.

Units of Study in Humanities 8

  • Understanding Humanity through the Lens of Basic Human Needs
  • Democracy, Civics, and Resource Allocation
  • World War I – The Traps of Conflict and the Traumas of Combat – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Holocaust and World War II – Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs selected by students South Africa and Apartheid: Repression, Resistance, and Reconciliation – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Tradition, and Tribalism: Love and Conflict in Elizabethan England – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Mathematic K-6:  McGraw Hill Reveal Math        

Mathematics 7-8:  Singapore Mathematics  

Mathematics 7-8: Remediation IXL Learning

Science K-5: McGraw Hill Inspire        

Science 6-8: SepUp Lab Aids

Social Studies K-5: McGraw Hill Impact

Humanities 7-8: (see above for description) 

Social Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention K-8:  Second Step

Rise Up And Become A Phoenix At LCIS

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