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Magnet Program

Boonsboro Middle Magnet Program for Global Citizenship

Magnet students will study the impact of language and global culture on communications while building global literacy and examining their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.  The central theme focuses on migration and settlement in which students analyze culture and language through collaboration, global literature, current events, and history in order to answer, “How does migration force change?”  Students with aptitudes for/interests in reading, writing, and learning about other cultures and languages will enjoy this program.  Each year, magnet program students take special English language arts (ELA) and social studies classes that infuse the magnet theme into the curriculum; they are also enrolled in a full-immersion Spanish course.  Upon successful completion of three years in Spanish, students will enter high school with two language credits. They may also earn a high school credit for Foundation of Technology.  Additionally, students practice reading and writing skills in Latin, using Transparent Language during ELA and/or social studies..  Coursework moves at an accelerated pace that is one to two years above grade level in terms of breadth and/or depth. Students are expected to complete summer assignments, which “frontload” content and allow magnet teachers to increase the depth of unit exploration throughout the school year. Within this program, students will take action and create community projects to promote the global theme at both the local and global community levels.  In addition, students will frequently collaborate with other students in Maryland and globally via digital exchange and online discussions.  Past program activities have included guest speakers, field experiences, multi-media projects using various technology tools, student-led social action projects, ongoing digital exchange with Peru, student-led conferences, and other “showcase” events.