Language Arts Curriculum

 

6th Grade

Overview of the conventions and distinctions of the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction genres
Book reviews
History of the English language
Spelling strategies: proofreading techniques, spelling patterns, homonyms, root words, prefixes, and suffixes
Punctuation study: general review and reinforcement of commas, periods, apostrophes, quotation marks, question and exclamation marks
Focused study of the five paragraph essay

Class novels may include:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech, 
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli 
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Ginnifer Choldenko
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
 

7th Grade

Focused study of formal and free verse poetry conventions and distinctions
Class reading of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, James Wright, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman
Review and reinforcement of parts of speech
Book Club projects: students select and read
Book reviews
Etymology, or study of word origins for vocabulary and spelling
Focused study of higher order writing conventions and concerns including punctuation, sentence structure, concision, and clarity
Focused study of expanding the five-paragraph essay format into a three-page research essay

Class novels may include: 
Things Not Seen by Anthony Clements
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Pretties by Scott Westerfield
 

8th Grade

Focused study of the fiction genre conventions and distinctions
Book Club projects: students select and read novels and/or memoirs in small groups
Book reviews
Etymology: study of word origins for vocabulary and spelling
Focused study of higher order writing conventions including punctuation, sentence structure, concision, and clarity
Focused study of the nonfiction genre: students apply lessons on creative and formal nonfiction toward the completion of their own five-page research essays

Class novels may include:
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Night by Elie Wiesel
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
 


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