English Language Arts

Middle School

Courses

English 6 (7880)

This course integrates the five English/language arts processes (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing) and the two contents (language and literature) in a thematic organization of four units. Rigor and challenge are essential components of the instructional approach to English 6, and instruction in reading and writing strategies, grammar, and vocabulary is embedded in every unit.

Students read, analyze, and study different genres related to each of the themes and complete required common tasks. The common tasks focus primarily on the writing process for three types of writing—argument, narrative, and informative/explanatory—and they include the use of information, word processing, and presentation technology to address a variety of language skills. Students have opportunities to present their work orally and through various technology tools. All students develop portfolios and revisit their compositions as they work to strengthen their writing skills.

English 7 (1001)

This course integrates the five English/language arts processes (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing) and the two contents (language and literature) in a thematic organization of four units. It builds on the students’ experiences in English 6, involving greater rigor and challenge in the instructional approach to the study of English.

Students in English 7 examine language and literature in the context of the challenges people face. Students read, analyze, and study different genres related to each of the themes and complete required common tasks. Core texts include multicultural, contemporary, and classic titles. The common tasks focus primarily on the writing process for three types of writing—argument, narrative, and informative/explanatory— and they include the use of information, word processing, and presentation technology to address a variety of language skills.

Students have opportunities to present their work orally and using various technology tools. Instruction in reading and writing strategies, grammar, and vocabulary is embedded in every unit. All students develop portfolios and revisit their compositions as they work to strengthen their writing skills. English 7 prepares students—through activities integrated into each thematic unit—for county, state, and national assessments.

Students are awarded 10 SSL hours at the completion of English 7 for their full participation in SSL activities.

English 8 (1002)

English 8 is composed of two semester courses: Writing and Language 8A and Literature and Language 8B.

Writing and Language 8A—like its counterpart in ninth grade—puts writing at the center of teaching and learning. The course focuses on developing the skills students need to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes, audiences, and media in a world in which the means for communication are rapidly changing. The writing class is a workshop: Students write every day, keep a portfolio to track progress and set goals, and explore ways to convey their own voice. They read as writers, analyzing short texts, practicing the writers’ techniques, and imitating the style and sentence structures of published authors. They study literature and language as an integral part of the writing and revision process. Students write to explore their own thinking, engage in reflection, and learn each day that they have control over improving their craft.

Literature and Language 8B—like the first semester course—parallels English 9B. Both courses center on the study of language and literature as the vehicle of creative and critical thought that enables students to think about and understand the world. The focus shifts in the second semester to a careful study of how professional writers create stories and use language in thoughtful and deliberate ways. Students read short stories, novels, nonfiction, drama, and poetry and explore how writers use the same techniques students have practiced in their own writing. Through careful reading of both print and nonprint texts, students search for understanding and sometimes learn to be comfortable with ambiguity in a world of people who have both common and diverse experiences. 

Instruction in reading and writing strategies, grammar, and vocabulary is embedded in every unit. All students develop portfolios and revisit their compositions as they work to strengthen their writing skills. English 8 prepares students for the rigors of high school English classes as well as for county, state, and national assessments.