Middle School (6 - 8)
Growing Minds, Deep Thoughts
Active minds, active bodies, active community members
The three Chicago SCORES values of teamwork, leadership, and commitment are embedded into all aspects of Middle School Programming: creative writing, soccer, Game Days, service learning, and poetry performance. Middle school-aged poet-athletes are also experiencing large changes personally and socially; Chicago SCORES is a safe space to express themselves and fully engage with deeper content issues.
The Middle School Program is designed to meet the physical, social, and academic development needs of poet-athletes grades 6 - 8. Middle Programming takes place three days a week. There is one day of writing practice, one days of soccer practice, and one Friday Game Day per week during the season.
The Soccer Coach Manual 6 - 8 is aligned with the 6 National Standards for Physical Education (National Association for Sport and Physical Education). It uses a combination of small-sided games and soccer activities to keep practice moving, fun, and safe. Each activity is associated with a health piece to create on-the-go health knowledge. Coaches also have a back-pocket guide to set up quick games.
The Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Song writing curriculum is aligned with the 12 Standards for English Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English). Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Song lessons use poetic devices such as rhyme, alliteration and comparison. Students write journal entries reflecting on their emotions and experiences, while also engaging in leadership and literacy activities.
Teams create an original music video for their poem and premier it at the Community Poetry SLAM! at the end of the fall season. Poet-athletes also create their own original written works throughout the season.
Thank you to our partner Tiny's Performing Arts Center for filming and editing our middle poet-athletes music videos.
Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Song sample lesson
The spring Leadership in Action curriculum is aligned with the 8 K-12 Service-Learning Standards (National Youth Leadership Council), exploring the relationship between self and community. Leadership in Action encourages poet-athletes to develop perspective about their important role in their community. It also serves as the building blocks for teams to research a topic of their choice and create an original service learning project. Projects are carried out throughout the spring season and presented at Jamboree!, the end of season celebration. Project topics have included subjects such homelessness, community clean up, and immigration rights.
Writing for the Community sample lesson