6th Grade Language Arts

  • 6th Grade Language Arts
    Students will read and comprehend literary and informational text, including poetry, short stories, novels, and
    articles. Students will read to determine topic, main idea, author’s purpose, and theme. Writing content will
    focus on summary, informational, argumentative, narrative, and an organized short-constructed response.
    Students will learn appropriate research techniques, how to determine the reliability of sources, and an
    introduction to the process of source citation.

    6th Grade Pre-AP Language Arts
    This Pre-AP class has the same areas of focus and course of studies as 6th grade language arts (see above).
    Students work at an accelerated pace, the content is condensed, and independence and self-initiative are
    expected. Advanced novels will be required reading. Mastery of writing conventions is practiced and expected.
    Outside-the-box ideas are encouraged in student writing, as well as the use of sophisticated word choices and
    strengthening of voice. Students will practice and master the art of writing five paragraph essays. In addition
    to interest, students requesting this course should have a strong body of evidence in language arts, including
    teacher input, attendance, habits of mind and PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper quadrant of the “Meets” or
    “Exceeds” category in reading and writing.

7th Grade Language Arts

  • 7th Grade Language Arts
    Students will read texts to determine central ideas or themes, compare/contrast, analyze author’s point of
    view, and evaluate arguments made by others. They will express their thinking through argumentative,
    expository, and narrative writing. Written responses to literature will focus on using details from the text to
    support ideas. Students will use conventions of English to express their ideas concisely both in writing and in
    class discussion.

    7th Grade Pre-AP Language Arts
    This Pre-AP class is the same course of study as 7th Grade Language Arts with more rigorous discussion and an
    accelerated pace in reading and writing assignments. Students will manipulate writing conventions and standard
    format to achieve a high level of creativity. Students should be committed to independent reading both in school
    and at home. In addition to interest, students requesting this course should have a strong body of evidence in
    language arts, including teacher input, attendance, habits of mind, and PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper
    quadrant of “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading and writing.

8th Grade Language Arts

  • 8th Grade Language Arts
    Students will examine, through thematic units, a range of literary and artistic expression by analyzing fictional
    and nonfictional texts for the purpose of writing narrative, informational, and argumentative texts. Students
    will also identify elements of literature, read to compare/contrast works, improve their oral communication
    skills, and analyze informational materials for relevance and accuracy. Students will grow to recognize the
    interdependence of oral language, literature, and written language in a context of social and cultural
    expression.

    8th Grade Pre-AP Language Arts
    This Pre-AP class is the same course of study as the 8th Grade Language Arts class with an accelerated pace in
    reading and writing assignments. Students will interact with texts of greater complexity as well as learn
    advanced essay writing skills. Independence and self-initiative are expected for this class. Students requesting
    this course should have a strong body of evidence in language arts, including teacher input, attendance, habits
    of mind and PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper quadrant of “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading and writing,
    as well as, student interest.

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