The language arts classroom is a place where students begin to connect their own lives to the lives of others through great literature. A balanced language arts program gives students opportunities to read and respond critically to both literary and information texts; to write creatively, expressively and analytically; to develop effective oral language skills; to investigate and present topics of interest using research methods; and to use media and technology to communicate for a variety of purposes.
Sixth Grade Language Arts
Sixth grade language arts focuses on the integration of vocabulary, literature, reading strategies, composition, oral language skills, research and grammar. Reading instruction teaches students to use cognitive strategies before, during and after reading to help them monitor their understanding and evaluate the author’s presentation of ideas. A thematic approach allows students and teachers to work collaboratively to explore fiction and nonfiction literature, composition and research. Global concepts such as self-discovery, justice for all and moments of truth covered in sixth grade themes have universal appeal. Students participate in the writing process, incorporating grammar study as a part of the revision of their compositions. Oral language and technology instruction is also part of the instruction that helps students become effective communicators. Sixth graders learn to view and question the media and technology, forces that exert a strong influence on teenagers today. Finally, students will learn to conduct research and present their findings through a variety of oral, written, visual and technological media.
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 is the bridge between middle school and high school as content begins to focus on preparation for high school language arts. While refining writing process skills and grammar knowledge, students produce personal narrative, persuasive, expository, and character analysis papers. Students also create multimedia presentations from research and begin honing their public speaking skills with various presentations throughout the year. 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.