Middle School English instruction is student-centric, thematic, and authentic.
Student readers select literature from a variety of award-winning titles as they deepen their appreciation for a given genre or widen their perspective by choosing a new one. Students participate in literature circles which allow them to collaborate while further developing a love for literature. In small groups, students receive instruction focused on essential reading skills. Readers then apply new concepts in their literature circle meetings. Lessons help readers infer, predict, evaluate, and connect literature to themselves, their community, and their world. Recognizing the value of choice in the curriculum, teachers supplement whole class readings with individual and small group reading opportunities.
Throughout the English Language Arts program, students learn the traits of excellent writing and practice the steps of the writing process. Student writers produce work for an authentic audience whenever possible, writing posts for the classroom blog and drafting poems to be published in the Middle School Literary Magazine. In the middle school English classroom, students are constantly involved in collaboration, communication, and presentation throughout the writing process. This pedagogy of student-driven excellence allows learners to practice the skills they will need to be successful leaders in the 21st century.
Middle School learners are welcomed into our community with thematic literature selections focusing on the mission and values of Austin Preparatory School. Each year, teachers provide students with reading that challenges them and makes them think about one of the Augustinian charisms: veritas, unitas, and caritas.