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Language Arts - Middle School

Grade 6

6th grade Language Arts is a year of transition into the Middle School program. The Language Arts curriculum encompasses the State and Diocesan standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.The 6th grade program focuses on the following features: Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation/Vocabulary

  • Review parts of speech through drills and authentic practice.
  • Spelling lists include root studies.
  • Literature-based vocabulary studies

Reading

  • Holt Literature, Introductory Course is the primary source of classroom activities.
  • Analysis of plot, characterization and themes
  • Focus on the development of critical reading strategies.
  • 100 minutes per week of outside reading is required.Students practice response to literature through Reading Logs and prompts.
  • Reading genres include: novel, short story, play, poetry, informational materials, forms of fiction.
  • Authors and poets include: Bradbury, Uchida, Avi, Cummings, Hughes, Stevenson
  • Major projects for reading are required each term and encompass multi-genre presentations (summary writing, art, poetry, use of graphic organizers, single paragraph and multi-paragraph compositions, creative writing, oral presentations, group and individual projects)

Writing

  • Review of the basic elements of Step Up to Writing
  • Student writing encompasses single-paragraph to multi-paragraph compositions in the following genres:narrative, memoir, response to literature, literary analysis, research essay, compare and contrast, summary writing, note-taking, persuasive
  • The 6th grade research report requires a topic related to the US Japanese Internment of WWII

Speaking

  • Oral presentations include: poetry recital, Reader’s Chair for book reviews, narrative presentations

Grade 7

7th grade Language Arts is a year of putting into regular practice the writing, critical thinking and reading strategies introduced in 6th grade. The Language Arts curriculum encompasses the State and Diocesan standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.The 7th grade program features on these elements: Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation/Vocabulary

  • Review parts of speech through drills and authentic practice
  • Spelling and vocabulary lists include root studies.
  • Literature-based vocabulary studies

Reading

  • Holt Literature, First Course text is the primary source of classroom activities.
  • Analysis of plot, characterization, themes and literary devices
  • Focus on the practice of critical reading strategies for literature and informational texts.
  • 100 minutes per week of outside reading is required.Students practice response to literature through Reading Logs and prompts.
  • Reading genres include: novel, short story, play, poetry, informational materials, forms of fiction
  • Authors and poets include Kipling, Toudouze, Poe, Henry, Dickenson, Carroll.
  • Major projects for reading are required each term and encompass multi-genre presentations (summary writing, art, poetry, use of graphic organizers, single paragraph and multi-paragraph compositions, creative writing, oral presentations, group and individual projects)

Writing

  • Review of the basic elements of Step Up to Writing
  • Student writing encompasses single-paragraph to multi-paragraph compositions in the following genres:fictional and autobiographical narratives, development of characters and setting using a variety of narrative strategies, response to literature, literary analysis, research essay, compare and contrast, summary writing, note-taking, persuasive
  • The 7th grade research report requires a science topic

Speaking

  • Oral presentations include: poetry recital, Reader’s Chair for book reviews, narrative presentations, research presentations

Grade 8

8th grade Language Arts is the year to demonstrate mastery of the main topics and strategies introduced and practiced in the previous two years. The Language Arts curriculum encompasses the State and Diocesan standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.The 8th grade program focuses on the following features: Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation/Vocabulary

  • Review parts of speech through drills and authentic practice
  • Spelling lists include root studies.
  • Literature-based vocabulary studies

Reading

  • Holt Literature, Second Course text is the primary source of classroom activities.
  • Analysis of plot, characterization, setting, themes, literary devices and writer’s style;structural features of informational materials; forms of poetry
  • Focus on the constant use of critical reading strategies.
  • 100 minutes per week of outside reading is required.Students practice response to literature through Reading Logs and prompts.
  • Reading genres include: novel, short story, play, poetry, informational materials, forms of fiction.
  • Authors and poets include:Soto, Poe, Whitman, Hughes, Cummings, Keys, Angelou,
  • Major projects for reading are required each term and encompass multi-genre presentations (summary writing, art, poetry, use of graphic organizers, single paragraph and multi-paragraph compositions, creative writing, oral presentations, group and individual projects)

Writing

  • Constant application of elements of Step Up to Writing
  • Student writing encompasses single-paragraph to multi-paragraph compositions in the following genres:narrative, biography, response to literature, literary analysis, research essay, compare and contrast, summary writing, note-taking, persuasive composition
  • The 8th grader research topic requires a focus on US History

Speaking

  • Oral presentations include: poetry recital, Reader’s Chair for book reviews, narrative presentations