6TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS
Students will be challenged to read various texts and learn to analyze them. They will do evidence-based research and writing assignments. Classroom practices are standards-based. Your child will learn to:
Write a complete paragraph with topic sentences and supporting details.
Use new vocabulary in discussions, reports, and texts.
Consistently apply rules of spelling and grammar
7TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS
Seventh graders become more precise with their written language and learn to present large ideas in a concise format. Classroom practices include:
Comparing books to alternative versions (movies, stage productions) and describing the impact on message
Giving a summary report of a text.
Conducting short, evidence-based research projects
Applying rules of grammar to recognize differing relationships among ideas associated with sentence structures (e.g. simple, compound, complex)
8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS
Eighth graders focus on writing texts that are cogent and coherent with regards to purpose and audience. Reading comprehension focuses on mastery of complex reading (passages and texts) and the ability to discern meaning of new words. Students learn to express their ideas using correct language and grammar. Classroom practices include:
Understanding, comparing and contrasting ideas and recognizing logical connections such as cause and effect, symbolism, inference, and other literary tools (e.g. mood, tone, author’s view)
Using critical thinking to discern truth, goodness, evil, and gratuitous behavior.
Developing skills with pre-writing and planning.
Recognizing different verb forms (e.g. indicative, imperative, etc.)
CURRICULUM: THE READER'S JOURNEY