Middle School English instruction is student-centered, thematic, and authentic. Student readers select literature from a variety of award-winning titles as they deepen their appreciation for the multitude of genres available while exploring their interests. Middle School students learn the traits of excellent writing as they practice the steps of the process from drafting to publishing.
Choice and voice are integral to nurturing a genuine love of reading. Sixth graders build fluency and stamina as readers with a goal of learning how to infer, predict, evaluate, and connect literature to themselves, their community, and their world.
From study of works from the oral tradition through the latest in young adult literature, seventh graders develop an appreciation of written work from around the globe. Student writers emulate their favorite authors and produce work for an authentic audience whenever possible, including writing their own novel in the fall semester.
Reading and writing activities connect with and support the civics curriculum as students learn through the lens of literature what it means to be a citizen scholar. Student writers use challenging vocabulary and new grammar concepts to enrich their sentence structure and to build effective arguments. Students appreciate writing as a process, not an end, and build these essential communication skills in order to be active participants in our democracy.