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Ms. Jaime Wunderlich - 7th & 8th Grade ELA / Social Studies


Welcome to my classroom page for Southern Highlands Preparatory School. My name is Miss Jaime Wunderlich and I teach Language Arts and Social Studies in the middle school. I have just completed my 15th year of teaching and my 4th year at SHPS. My personal journey has taken me from California where I majored in  Environmental Studies and History at UCSB to earning a Masters Degree in Literacy Education at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. I have taught in both public and private schools and have never been happier than working here at SHPS.


This year in 8th grade language arts, we worked on preparing for the rigors of high school reading and writing programs. Our theme for the year was character motivation. Through our readings and writings, we  examined characters in real and fictional situations to delve deeper into why people do what they do.

For our writing program, we wrote across many genres from short stories and personal narratives to literary analysis essays and research papers. We  explored the writing process and learn to be both writers and critics.


In 8th grade social studies, we  focused on learning about the American government and how citizenship works in the U.S. We started by looking at the duties and responsibilities of citizens, moved through the levels of government and our court systems, delved into the U.S. Constitution and other documents, and   explored the U.S. economic system. A major portion of this class was   dedicated to using and analyzing primary sources, from historical documents to political cartoons. Argumentation and debate are also key skills we  worked on and we practiced these skills each Friday at a teatime debate where we discussed our article of the week while drinking tea, as the most refined gentlemen and ladies would!

In 7th grade social studies, our focused   on the geography and history of the ancient world, Asia, Europe, and Russia. We started the year transitioning ourselves into historians and geographers by practicing the tools they use to navigate this world. We explored through hand-on activities and authentic simulations such as the  creation our own city-states and our very own Olympic Games, where the city-states compete to win the gods’ favors.  Many of our lessons are inquiry-based as history should be about exploration.





Updated Wednesday 05-29-2019 09:53pm

Classroom Notes

Reading Suggestions for the summer:

Here are some suggestions that support some of the SHPS ELA  concepts:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell (Great book to delve into some of the political issues we will discuss in 8th grade social studies).
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Although we do not read this as part of our curriculum, it is a great novel to not only look at character development for ELA but also into the Civil Rights Era for social studies).
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (great look into government control and what happens when the people are kept from learning and knowledge).

Other great summer reads:

  1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: A story about four young girls who have known each other since birth and must struggle with the challenges of growing into young ladies.Image result for sisterhood of the travelling pants 

    2. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: A young boy who has a hard time with some of the students in his town takes up the fight to save a nest of endangered owls.

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To all my former students, this was one of my best teaching years. I will miss you dearly. To all my future students, I cannot wait to work with you! And keep on reading…!!!




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Below are some links to great websites:

ALMA: Our new grade book system.

Scholastic Book Wizard: This is a is a great website for checking the grade level of books and gives excellent information.

No Red Ink: A great website for grammar practice.

7th Grade Social Studies Quizlet Group

8th Grade ELA / Social Studies Quizlet Group

Colonization Text Source (For Colonial Advertisements)

Decades Project: Every year, students in the SHPS Middle School take part in a year-long, cross-curricular Decades / Living History project where they focus on a particular country and decade to research.

8th Grade Focus: United States

8th Grade Decades Project

7th Grade Focus: Europe

7th Grade Living History Assignments 2

*Use Pinterest, Good Reads, and Fantastic fiction to get updated reading lists for middle schoolers. They have many great ideas for next reads!



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