English Curriculum Overview & Resources
The goal of the English Language Arts program at Loiederman Middle School is to create literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world. Guided by the Maryland English Language Arts Standards and the Common Core State Standards, the ELA program is designed to have students refine specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing through the study of language and literature. Exploring a variety of texts and tasks over the course of three years, students will develop skills and strategies for learning and reflection, and appreciate language and literature as catalysts for deep thought and emotion.
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
Specialized Reading Programs
An intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading and writing skills.
Digital Literacy 1
The goal of Secondary Literacy is to provide a framework for the 21st Century Learner both in what they are learning and how they are learning it. Students will be able to navigate and critically evaluate a variety of complex texts that they interact with every day. In today’s digital culture, it is essential for adults and students to be able to collaborate around a common problem or goal, ask questions about the information they are analyzing, synthesize
information from a variety of viewpoints and draw conclusions based on that understanding. Students will create their understanding and communicate that through thoughtful and strategic speaking and writing practices. Investigating topics of interest, students will become active learners-- building authentic motivation for research. Through engaged and ongoing practice with the CCSS of literacy, students will be able to transfer the skills as the processes through which they learn in all of their middle, high, and college courses as well as life-long learners.
Digital Literacy 2
The Digital Literacy 2 curriculum focuses on increasing critical and creative thinking through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing through an integrated approach. By participating in a problem-based process, students learn to define, analyze and evaluate real world problems of interest related to standards-based curriculum topics. Students will use research skills to investigate problems using real-time global texts and then create solutions to address the problems. Students will participate in sustained inquiry, analysis, and evaluation of text through reading complex informational, expository and argumentative texts in a technology-rich medium. Students will hone their communication, collaboration, research, and problem-solving skills and learn to give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products during complex tasks. Digital Literacy creates authentic work for students to engage in by allowing for presentation of their solutions beyond the walls of the classroom.
Challenging Problem or Question
Semester 1: Humanities
Semester 2: STEM