The middle school English program cultivates analytical readers and sophisticated writers. This is achieved through the close reading of literature and informational texts, as well as through explicit instruction of narrative, literary and persuasive writing. The ‘workshop’ setting allows students to apply their skill at literary analysis and articulate writing while receiving guidance from their teachers through conferencing. Students learn to write strong claims that are supported by text to prepare them for the demands of high school English.
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Sixth grade empowers students as active participants in the reading and writing process. They are encouraged to use connections in order to make deep inferences about a variety of texts including short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, and the novels Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Students will discover how close reading fuels academic writing in the yearlong study of equity and individual rights.
- Increased Independent Reading
- Greater Emphasis on writing process and literary analysis
- Characterization an Symbolism in Realisting Ficion
- Prospective/Point of View
- Dystopian Fiction
- Author Study
- Literary Circles
Seventh Grade Curriculum
Seventh grade picks up where sixth leaves off and challenges students not only to infer about character and theme, but also to investigate the craft of the writer, both as critic and writer themselves. Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck and With Child by Celia Rees and The Face on the Milk Carton by Carolyn B. Cooney are central texts that are studied in addition to other narrative and non-narrative texts.
- Increased Role in Independent Reading
- Greater Emphasis on Academic Writing Process
- Writer Empowerment
- Persuasive Writing
- Historical Fiction
- Genre Study
- Book Clubs
Eighth Grade Curriculum
The process of becoming a confident critical thinker culminates in eighth grade with the study of canonical texts such as To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee and Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare. Students are proficient in writing a thesis statement and using supportive evidence from the text to successfully argue a claim, and they are ready to meet the challenge of high school English.
- Deep Commitment to Independent Reading
- Text Analysis Proficiency
- Articulate Writing
- Thesis/Literature Connection
- Knowledge of Authors’ Craft
- Argumentative Writing
- Book Reviews