Middle School English Courses

Language Arts 6
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

The Language Arts program will focus on reading and writing. The writing component improves diction while reinforcing grammar and organization. Developmental reading fosters vocabulary building, improves comprehension and studies the elements of literature.

Reading selections may include:
The Giver, Lowry
Bridge to Teribithia, Patterson
Island of the Blue Dolphin, O’Dell
Holes, Sachar
The Cay, Taylor
The Westing Game, Raskin
Shadow of a Bull, Nojciechowska

English 7
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

This course is designed to help students develop and deepen literacy skills through an intensive reading and writing program. Reading strategies introduced through the year long “family” theme in literature engage students as active, critical and creative learners. Literature circles, Reader’s Theater and improvisation help readers draw inferential understanding. Connections with poetry, short stories and plays continue to reinforce the “Big Idea” of families around the world. Seventh grade writers examine and develop strong paragraphing that leads to better essay writing. Ongoing grammar gems, writing response groups and vocabulary building through literature further support the strong writing component.

Reading selections may include:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry , Taylor
Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
The Outsiders, Hinton
The Diary of A Young Girl, Frank
Habibi, Nye
Our Town, Wilder
October Sky, Hickam, Jr.
Reader’s Handbook – A student guide for reading and learning, Houghton Mifflin
Writer Source 2000, Houghton Mifflin
Various short story and poetry selections
Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition., Harcourt Brace

English 8
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

English 8 concentrates on four areas: writing, reading, grammar and mechanics, and vocabulary. Central to the course are writing and a consciousness of oneself as a writer. Novels are read and discussed by the whole class, and at times, material from the novel generates a writing project. In addition, independent reading projects are also assigned. Lessons on grammar and mechanics build on skills taught in grade seven, and students regularly study and are tested on new vocabulary.

Reading selections may include:
The Pearl, Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
The Princess Bride, Goldman
To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee
Twelve Angry Men, Rose
The Pigman, Zindel
I Am The Cheese, Cormier
Best Short Stories-Middle Level
Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Second Course

English Department