Jr. High - Enlish/Language Arts

GRADE 7 & 8

The primary goal in English-language arts is to develop 21st century skills in these four areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students read a mixture of classical literature, modern literature, and nonfiction text. Through these studies, students are taught to be critical readers and responders of literature and nonfiction text by asking the right questions, and through their developing skills in text analysis and interpretation. Students are also introduced to academic talk for the purpose of becoming mature listeners and speakers through Socratic seminars, vocabulary usage, and text accountability.

Major Units:

  • Poetry
  • Classic Novel
  • Persuasion
  • Research Paper
  • Novel

Classwork and homework include responses to literature or nonfiction text in a class notebook, independent home reading, annotation, vocabulary, essays, and group projects.


Major projects:

  • Literary Analysis Essay
  • Narrative Essay
  • Research Paper
  • Persuasive Essay