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Middle School English



  • Middle school English offers a fully integrated curriculum encompassing grammatical foundations, literary analysis, reading comprehension techniques, vocabulary acquisition, and writing applications.
  • Grammar throughout middle school scaffolds effectively and seamlessly to provide a platform of language from which students can grow as effective communicators.
  • Sixth grade explores the various means in which the parts of speech come together to form phrases and clauses. They embark on the study of the structure of the language as they examine the effects of purposeful word choice.
  • Seventh grade grammar focuses on an investigative approach to the building blocks of the English language, emphasizing the power of the written word.
  • Eighth grade grammar extends beyond simple conventions into elements of style for precise and powerful writing.
  • Literary study entails analyzing the great works of literature as well as modern classics to discover how the devices and elements of fiction, poetry, and drama work together to express universal themes. We encourage students to become active readers in order to understand more fully the human condition and to apply thematic life lessons to the world around them.
  • Practical comprehension techniques afford students the opportunity to increase understanding and retention not only by exploring literary works but also by examining functional text: charts, graphs, menus, websites, contracts, and other real-life examples of every day interactions with words.
  • Class-wide, small-group, and one-on-one reading sessions provide rich learning opportunities in which students make real-world connections and see themselves as literary scholars. Differentiated reading materials accommodate each student’s personal literacy needs and abilities, empowering all students to achieve success.
  • Vocabulary instruction targets language that students will encounter as they mature: word play, creative application, research-backed approaches to retention, origin analysis, and technology-enhanced practice assist students in building vocabulary which will last a lifetime.
  • Weekly writing labs allow students to apply grammar and vocabulary to all forms of writing. Students enjoy exploring not only the classic techniques of rhetoric and argument, but also they appreciate the opportunity to share their creativity as they develop stories, dramas, and poetry.
  • All grades create research-based writing projects tailored to the abilities, needs, and interests of the students. Proper research and reporting methods ensure not only academic excellence but also academic ethics now and in the years to come.
  • Project-based learning offers a great way for students in all grades to discover and learn; often these tasks require collaboration and reflection, two important 21st Century skills.

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