English

Students devote the majority of their study to reading literature and gaining proficiency in composition. In support of these areas, grammar and vocabulary are focuses each year, often in the context of the student’s writing but also through formal instruction of basic skills. Teachers encourage a process approach to writing - with drafting, peer review, and editing as integral components - whether students are writing exposition, fiction, personal essays, or poetry.

English - Grade 6

The Individual and the Community

Readings may include: The Giver, Lois Lowry; Animal Farm, George Orwell; and Witness, Karen Hesse. Students practice writing skills through poetry and creative writing and are introduced to expository writing. In the context of their literature and writing assignments, students are taught formal study skills along with spelling instruction and grammar. Students are also expected to read and do a project on one book of their choosing each marking period.

English - Grade 7

Another Time/Another Place

Readings may include: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie; A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare; Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury; and True Grit, Charles Portis. Creative and expository writing assignments accompany each reading. In class, students work to build discussion skills. A unit of poetry introduces students to classic and contemporary poets, as well as to personal poetic expression through directed exercises. One outside reading book and project is required each marking period.

English - Grade 8

Students devote the majority of their study to reading literature and gaining proficiency in composition. In support of these areas, grammar and vocabulary are focuses each year, often in the context of the student’s writing but also through formal instruction of basic skills. Teachers encourage a process approach to writing - with drafting, peer review, and editing as integral components - whether students are writing exposition, fiction, personal essays, or poetry.

Conflict and the Outsider

Readings may include: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare; The Book Thief, Markus Zuzack; Night, Elie Wiesel; To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; and selections from a short story anthology. In addition to honing their essay and creative writing skills, students present memorized monologues and scenes during the study of Shakespeare; produce an extended, thoroughly drafted short story; and occasionally teach the class. Creative writing assignments provide opportunities for self-expression, both on books read in class and for each marking period’s required outside reading. A basic study of grammar is woven throughout the year as part of the writing process.

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