Middle School - 

English/Language Arts

Please enjoy this video from Mary White, our sixth grade homeroom and middle school English teacher.

Curriculum Overview

Sixth Grade

These are the main skills your sixth grade student will learn:

  • Reading

    • Fictional narrative text

      • Folktales, fantasy, action and adventure

      • Role of dialogue, plot, characterization, and theme in a narrative

      • Text structure and author’s purpose

      • Compare written story to its video

      • Evaluate content presented in various formats and media

    • Non-fictional text

      • Informational text, personal essays, articles,  and biographies​

      • Styles and genres

      • Text features

      • Cite text evidence

      • Identify fact and opinion

      • Evaluate information presented in different media formats

    • Accelerated Reader - independent reading

    • Vocabulary units

  • English

    • Conventions and usage of grammar​

      • Proper case, number, and form of pronouns

      • Proper use of phrases and clauses

      • Diagramming simple sentences

    • Informal writing journal

    • Formal written and oral communication

      • Paragraph responses using text evidence​

      • Essay writing

        • 5 paragraph minimum​

        • Formally constructed

        • Personal Narratives

        • Expository Writing

        • Creative Writing

    • Oral presentations of written work

      • Research presentations​

      • Team presentations

      • Voluntary sharing of work

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Curriculum Overview

Seventh Grade

These are the main skills your seventh grade student will learn:

  • Reading

    • Fictional narrative text

      • Folktales, fantasy, action and adventure​

      • Explore central themes of the text and analyze their development

      • Text structure and its meaning

      • Compare and contrast points of view of different characters or narrators

      • Compare written and video forms of a story

      • Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place or character with a historical account of that same period to understand how authors of fiction incorporate history

    • Non-fictional text

      • Informational text, personal essays, articles, and biographies​

      • Styles and genres

      • Text features

      • Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text and provide an objective summary of the written work

      • Analyze how two of more authors that are writing about the same topic shape their information to offer different interpretations of fact

      • Cite text evidence

      • Evaluate information presented in different media formats

    • Accelerated Reader - independent reading

    • Vocabulary units

  • English

    • Conventions and usage of grammar

      • Function of phrases and clauses​

      • Recognize and correct misplaced dangling modifiers

      • Choose between simple, compound, complex, sentences to advance relationships among ideas

      • Diagramming sentences that include modifiers and verbals

    • Informal writing journal

    • Formal written and oral communication

      • Paragraph responses using text evidence​

      • Essay writing

        • 5 paragraph minimum​

        • Formally constructed

        • Personal Narratives

        • How to Articles

        • Creative Writing

        • Book Reports

      • Oral presentations of written work

        • Research presentations​

        • Team presentations

        • Voluntary sharing of work

Curriculum Overview

Eighth Grade

These are the main skills your eighth grade student will learn:

  • Reading

    • Vocabulary units

      • Spelling included​

    • Non-fiction vs fiction stories

    • Dissecting story parts

    • Author points of view

  • English

    • Conventions and usage of grammar

    • Verbals and their function

      • Gerunds, participles, infinitives​

      • Active and passive verbs​

      • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood

      • Diagramming sentences

    • Informal journal writing

    • Formal written and oral communication

      • Paragraph responses using text evidence​

      • Essay writing

        • 5 paragraph minimum​

        • Formally constructed

        • Personal Narratives

        • Business Letters

        • Creative Writing

        • Persuasive Writing

        • Research Report

      • Oral presentations of written work

        • Research presentations​

        • Team presentations

        • Voluntary sharing of work

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