Middle School Language Arts builds on the writing, reading, and speaking foundation begun in Lower School. Students begin the year working on the complexities of the five-paragraph essay. Writing assignments at the Middle School level include narrative, informative, and persuasive units of study culminating in an 8th grade student driven research paper. All writing involves the process of brainstorming, outlining, revision, and editing.
Reading skills focus on increasing vocabulary, critical thinking, and comprehension. All three grades require outside reading in addition to the assigned in-class literature, which in sixth grade includes, The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt; in seventh grade, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; and in eighth grade, Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson.
Grammar, vocabulary, and usage are interwoven components of the Language Arts curriculum. The grammar program includes sentence analysis and examines writing style in a variety of genre. Middle School students are enrolled in Membean, an online vocabulary program that differentiates learning and tracks progress over time.
It is our intention to instill a lasting appreciation for literature and help nurture active literacy, strong presentation skills, and a distinct writing voice in our students.