English Language Arts
In 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts students learn skills in reading literature and informational texts, writing, language, speaking, and listening. Students hone these abilities through reading and analyzing novels, short stories, poetry, and articles. Writing skills are taught and practiced in conjunction with class readings; students will practice argumentative writing with text-based evidence, informational writing, and narrative writing throughout the year. In addition to assigned texts, 7th and 8th graders will also choose independent reading books throughout the year, fostering responsibility through choice in their reading to expand their reading horizons and interests!
In 7th grade, class novels include A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. 7th grade students will also learn research skills through a research unit focused on African-American inventors throughout U.S. history. In 8th grade grade, class novels will include Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 8th grade students will also practice analysis skills through a short story unit, and an argument-based writing unit. Throughout these units, both grades will expand their academic vocabulary through the study of the authors’ writings and practice language and usage skills to improve and expand upon the foundation of their writing and speaking skills.