Seventh Grade Language Arts
Seventh grade language arts continues to emphasize the integration of vocabulary, literature, reading strategies, composition, oral language skills, research and grammar. Literature, media and technology experiences become increasingly analytical as students study the elements of the short story, novel, drama, poetry, essay, autobiography, and other fiction and nonfiction genres. The emphasis on becoming strategic readers, critical viewers and effective communicators continues. Students learn to evaluate their own learning.
The thematic approach invites students to discover the triumph and tragedy of human experience. Themes include universal concepts such as loyalty and camaraderie.
Eighth Grade Language Arts
Eighth grade language arts focuses on preparation for high school language arts. While refining writing process skills and grammar knowledge, students produce various kinds of papers and multimedia presentations. Literature study includes novels, plays, short stories, poetry and a variety of nonfiction. The emphasis on strategic processing, critical thinking and analytical reasoning continues and prepares students for rigorous tests such as the PSAT.
The following themes are explored through diverse literature and writing assignments: "We All Need Somebody to Lean On," "The American Hero," "From Generation to Generation" and "Tales of the Strange and Mysterious."