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7th and 8th Grades - The Journey Program

Form Four, also called our Journey program, will continue to engage topics in an integral manner over the course of a two-year curriculum. The two-year survey of world history provides an intensive, academically, and spiritually rigorous preparation for high school.


The thematic units run in alternating years. One year, Form Four Journey students study Ancient through Medieval history, and then the following year, students study the Renaissance and Reformation periods, all the way through to the present day. Students explore the formation of cultural and individual identity through world history in their middle school years.


Students learn to better understand and be in awe of God’s orderly universe. The Form Four Journey Science Program follows the arc of the Humanities units. Beginning in Year 1, students study the earliest developed fields of science: geology, astronomy, navigation, and biology. The year 2 science curriculum focuses on physics and more biology and chemistry.


Students can follow two maths tracks using the rigorous Holt McDougal (formerly called McDougal-Littell) math curriculum:
 *  Pre-Algebra (7th grade) to Algebra (8th grade); or
 *  Algebra (7th grade) to Geometry (8th grade)


Journey students also have a two-year introduction to classical Latin using an in-house curriculum that focuses on parts of speech and sentence structure, and supports the grammar, vocabulary, and history instruction in the other subject areas. In most cases, completion of both years of Form Four Latin is equivalent to Latin I at the high school level.

History of the World

Year One: Ancient through Medieval–The Creation of Cultural Identity

 *  Origins–Evolution and Creation
 *  Ancient  Israelites and Surrounding Cultures
 *  Building Empires: Greece, Rome, China
 *  The Medieval World
 *  East versus West–A Study of the Crusades
 *  Exploration and Conquest: Europeans in Mesoamerica

Year Two: Renaissance to the Present–The Formation of Individual Identity

 *  Renaissance and Reformation
 *  Four Revolutions: The English Civil War, American Revolution, French Revolution and Scientific Revolution
 *  Colonization–Africa and Asia in the 18th-20th Centuries
 *  Industrialization and Immigration
 *  Totalitarianism
 *  Current Issues and Ethics

Click here for examples for literature woven into various Form 4 units every year!

The Middle School Reading List

At Lorien Wood, we seek to foster a love of reading into the crucial years of middle school. Here is a curated short list of books sure to capture the heart of any middle schooler!

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Learn more about our middle school program