MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Language arts classes build upon students’ current skills in reading and writing and push them to develop more sophisticated reading strategies and writing abilities. Classes combine reading and writing and also include spelling and grammar instruction and practice.



OVERVIEW

The Outcomes in ELA
All ELA curriculum values our four school outcomes: students learn and practice oral presentation skills, oral reading fluency, and articulate writing (Effective Communication), peer conferencing and collaboration (Community Membership); careful interpretation of rubric expectations, study skills, and meeting due dates (Self-Direction), and Active Reading strategies to inform reading comprehension, inference, and context clues (Problem Solving).



Sequence of Study

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade ELA focuses on teaching basic grammar, paragraph writing structure, use of details, and reading comprehension. In order to assist in building foundational reading skills and tools, all fifth graders are also required to take a reading course titled Critical Thinking and Reading which highlights use of Systems Thinking tools to assist with comprehension and interpretation of articles and novels, analysis of character change, and relationships between factors in text.

Sixth Grade

Sixth grade ELA concentrates on components of persuasive writing including thesis statements, strong details, and citing evidence. Sixth graders also continue their development of reading comprehension and inference skills.

Seventh and Eighth Grade

Seventh and eighth grade ELA classes build skills in note-taking and more complex writing, including research writing, citing sources, and bibliographies. The goal is to prepare students for success in high school.