Middle School Literature
During the school year we will work on developing our vocabularies as well as participate in in-depth analysis of literature through themed short story units, novels, mythology, and Shakespearean plays. The following are example activities we may use.
- Class Discussion – Sharing thoughts and ideas, making predictions, asking questions, and connecting with what we are reading are all important parts of literature class. Through discussion, overall comprehension is monitored, and strategies are implemented to clear up uncertainties.
- Vocabulary Development – Broadening one’s vocabulary is essential in developing communication skills (both written and verbal).
- Responding to Literature – We will work on going beyond summarizing by making connections between our selections and real life, putting ourselves in our characters’ shoes, and delving into what may happen beyond the story. We will be working on expressing our responses not only orally but also in writing.
- Independent Reading – Students are expected to read independently for a minimum of 20 minutes five times a week. While some class time is set aside most weeks for silent reading and book report check-ins, it is expected that students always have their books with them in case they have a spare moment during the school day.
Middle School Language Arts
This course is designed to increase students’ communication skills through the study of the English language. The areas focused on are:
- Grammar – Studying grammar raises students’ awareness of the rules of the English language. It helps them to communicate more effectively by developing a varied and interesting style of speaking and writing.
- Spelling – Students work with strategies they can use as they encounter spelling new words – not only with regular focused lists but also with words they encounter in their daily lives. This not only helps improve students’ writing but also their reading fluency as they make connections between letters and sounds.
- Writing – Students use a multi-step writing process to develop, revise, evaluate, and improve their written work. Within that process, students view writing samples and pieces of literature to discuss the qualities of good writing and how to improve these areas in their own writing. This includes idea development, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and presentation. Overall, students gain the ability to express themselves more clearly in writing.