Middle Grades Program of Studies - Related Arts (Indian Trail)



Students explore a variety of media, techniques, and processes including drawing from observation; one point perspective drawing of lettering, buildings, and abstract forms; watercolor paintings of still life and botanicals; weaving functional objects; zentangle drawings; glazing ceramic coasters; landscape drawings; portraiture - realistic and manga; and printmaking. Art class incorporates the visual arts standards, including history of art genres and specific artists, principles and elements of design, and artwork from a variety of cultures.


Digital Media

Digital Media class addresses a variety of computer skills. Students begin by making projects in Google Suite with a focus on presenting and sharing information. The class then transitions into some basic coding sites. Students get a feel for what coding is and ways coding can be used, such as creating simple games, writing an algorithm for a character, directions, measurement, angles, and geometry. As students learn, they progress to more difficult coding tasks, such as animation, digital storytelling, loops, conditionals, JavaScript, and some Python. The class also includes some practice with online test taking skills.



Health class addresses a wide range of topics over the course of a nine week period. Topics include nutrition, personal hygiene, mental/emotional/social health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and disease prevention and control. Students also study first aid, bloodborne pathogens, body systems, social media safety, bullying, and substance use and abuse. For sixth grade students, the class also discusses puberty and adolescent development.


Physical Education / Wellness

Wellness class at Indian Trail is an all-inclusive course that gets students up and moving. Through different avenues, students are introduced to a variety of games and sports that are linked to state standards. The goal of each lesson is for students to make a connection between the standards being taught and real-life application. Students receive quality exercise each class while also developing the necessary social skills to help them in other areas inside and outside of school. Efforts are made to accommodate all students by playing a variety of sport-related games as well as non-sport-related games.

Project Based Learning

Students work over the course of nine weeks on a series of mini research projects based on the American Association of School Librarians Standards Framework. The projects are designed for students to experience the processes of inquiry, critical thinking, and information gathering. Students enhance their research skills using library materials and online sources such as Tennessee Electronic Library. Students conclude each project by illustrating their learning through a variety of platforms, including OneDrive and Google Suite.



ITIS Theatre Arts class is designed to build students’ poise and confidence in front of a live audience. The nine week class is an overview of various performance types which typically include radio commercials, puppetry, pantomime, news broadcasting, duet poetry, basic acting and character building, an after dinner speech, extemporaneous speaking practice, and improvisation. At least twice during the grading period, live audiences are invited for real class performances.



STEM class follows the seven Tennessee STEM standards. Topics include agriculture, food, and natural resources; architecture and construction; health sciences; information technology; manufacturing; safety; and science and engineering practices. Students research STEM fields and occupations and work with various forms of technology, gaining knowledge of basic computer skills and computer programming.


Spanish is a nine week exploratory course that focuses on the basics of learning a foreign language. The activities are meant to build an understanding of the skills involved in learning a new language and to develop basic vocabulary and common phrases in the target language. Topics studied include greetings, farewells, introductions, numbers, the calendar, school vocabulary, basic expressions, the alphabet, and describing people. A cultural component explores customs, traditions, and holidays of Spanish-speaking countries.