English

The middle school English program consists of writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature.  The four areas of language arts are integrated in an effort to develop student readers who can analyze and appreciate many different genres of literature and can then express that appreciation and understanding through effective and meaningful writing.  Our goal by the conclusion of middle school is for our students to write with both creative and critical thinking skills.  Their technical skills should be honed to the point that the idea comes alive through vivid word choice and original sentence structure with few distractions from incorrect syntax or punctuation errors.

  • Grade 6 Language Arts

Writing – Students will be encouraged to understand writing as a recursive process and to develop ownership of their own writing process.  They will be introduced to a variety of writing forms including research paper, narrative, poetry and descriptive writing. They will be taught to develop voice and adjust their writing to various audiences and purposes.  They will apply prewriting strategies for generating and narrowing writing topics.  Students will be taught to approach revision in a systematic way in terms of overall structure, paragraphs, sentence and word choice.  They will edit and proofread drafts to ensure appropriate usage and accuracy in spelling and the conventions and mechanics of written English.

Grammar – Students will understand parts of speech and basic sentence patterns and apply relevant concepts to their own writing.  Students will understand concepts of agreement relating to subjects and verbs and pronouns and antecedents, and apply this understanding to their own writing.  Students will compose sentences of increasing sophistication.

Vocabulary – Students will receive a list of vocabulary words every two weeks.  Students will study both the literal and figurative meanings of the words.  They will learn how the words are used and how they relate to other words.  Students will be able to include the words in their active, daily-use vocabulary.  Students will be able to use a given word with confidence as speakers and writers.

Literature – Through the use of selected anthology pieces and novels, students will read, analyze, evaluate and appreciate many different literary genres. Students will use cognitive strategies before, during and after reading to better understand and evaluate the author’s presentation of ideas.  Students will begin to develop and apply reading skills such as making predictions and inferences.  Global concepts such as unconditional friendship, kindness, the danger of pre-judging, and life as a journey are covered in sixth grade literature.

  • Grade 7 Language Arts

Writing – Students will be encouraged to understand writing as a recursive process and to develop ownership of their own writing process.  They will be introduced to a variety of writing forms including research paper, narrative, descriptive, persuasive and expository writing.  They will be taught to develop voice and adjust their writing to various audiences and purposes.  They will apply prewriting strategies for generating and narrowing writing topics.  Students will approach revision in a systematic way in terms of overall structure, paragraphs, sentence and word choice.  They will edit and proofread drafts to ensure appropriate usage and accuracy in spelling and the conventions and mechanics of written English.

Grammar – Students will understand parts of speech and basic sentence patterns and apply relevant concepts to their own writing.  Students will understand concepts of agreement relating to subjects and verbs and pronouns and antecedents, and apply this understanding to their own writing.  Students will compose sentences of increasing sophistication.

Vocabulary – Students will receive a list of vocabulary words every two weeks.  Students will study both the literal and figurative meanings of the words.  They will learn how the words are used and how they relate to other words.  Students will be able to include the words in their active, daily-use vocabulary.  Students will be able to use a given word with confidence as speakers and writers.

Literature – Through the use of selected pieces from the anthology and novels, students will read, analyze, evaluate and appreciate many different literary genres. Students will identify elements of literature and make inferences as they read.  Students will begin to use critical thinking skills to analyze the author’s purpose for writing and to then evaluate the quality of the communication.  Students will continue to apply reading skills such as making predictions and inferences.  Global concepts such as pride, individuality, destruction of war, friendship, and family are covered in seventh grade literature.

  • Grade 8 Language Arts

Writing – Students will understand writing as a recursive process and develop ownership of their own writing process.  They will continue with a variety of writing forms including research paper, narrative, descriptive, persuasive and expository writing.  They will continue to develop voice and adjust their writing to various audiences and purposes.  They will apply prewriting strategies for generating and narrowing writing topics.  Students will be taught and encouraged to approach revision in a systematic way in terms of overall structure, paragraphs, sentence and word choice.  They will edit and proofread drafts to ensure appropriate usage and accuracy in spelling and the conventions and mechanics of written English.

Grammar –  Students will understand concepts of agreement relating to subjects and verbs and pronouns and antecedents, and apply this understanding to their own writing.  Students will compose sentences of increasing sophistication.

Vocabulary –Students will study both the literal and figurative meanings of the vocabulary words.  They will learn how the words are used and how they relate to other words.  Students will be able to include the words in their active, daily-use vocabulary and use a given word with confidence in spoken and written language.

Literature – Through the use of novels and selected pieces from the anthology, students will read, analyze, evaluate and appreciate many different literary genres. Students will continue to refine critical thinking skills as they analyze the purpose of the author and the impact of that purpose.  Students will respond to various literary genres using interpretive and evaluative processes, paying particular attention to themes and symbolism.  Global concepts such as pride, justice, equality, and freedom are covered in eighth grade literature.