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    Language Arts - Reading

    Literary studies provide opportunities for students to engage in active questioning, analysis, and discussion.  Non-fiction and technical reading emphasize strategies for constructing knowledge from text.

    The curriculum topics for each grade level are aligned with the Cherry Creek School District Middle School Curriculum and the Colorado Academic Standards.                                                 

    • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
    •   Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas
    •     Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text
    •     Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
    •     Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text relate to each other and the whole
    •     Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text
    •     Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words
    •     Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence
    •     Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take 
    •     Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently 


    Language Arts - Writing

    Writing continues to be a way for students to discover and interact with their surrounding world.  In the writing classroom, the middle school student participates in writing activities that encourage this discovery and provide skills for expression.  Students use the writing process to help them identify ideas, organize information, and draft writing pieces and revise them.  Holding high standards for the writing product make students accountable for clear and appropriate language usage.  Vocabulary enrichment and the use of correct grammar and spelling are integral parts of the writing curriculum.

    The curriculum topics for each grade level are aligned with the Cherry Creek School District Middle School Curriculum and the Colorado Academic Standards. 

    •     Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
    •     Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
    •     Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences
    •     Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    •     Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
    •     Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others
    •     Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation
    •     Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism
    •     Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

    What Can Students Use to be Successful in Language Arts: 
    Understand Google Docs for Typing and Submissions
    Understand How to Cite Using MLA
    Establish Good Study Habits
    Use AVID Strategies:
    W: Writing
    I: Inquiry
    C: Collaboration
    O: Organization
    R: Reading
    Using BrainPop to review:
    Username: falconcreek
    Password: falconcreek
    Use PaperRater to check grammar, writing, and plagiarism 
    Use Khan Academy for additional resources: 
    Quizlet to review for quizzes and tests:
    Check Schoology for reviewing resources
    Check PowerSchool for grades