ENGLISH COURSES

English 6-7

The main focus of this course remains on reading comprehension, but moves directly to the writing process, particularly informational and persuasive writing. Students will be working with various types of texts such as short stories, poetry, journalism and novels.  Students will also be accountable for reading outside of the classroom and will engage in different ways of working with their chosen novels.  Students will also learn and review basic skills (e.g. proper sentence structure, paragraph writing and basic reading comprehension).

Math 8

In this class, focus remains on reading comprehension, but moves directly to the writing process.  Literature from various cultures is explored and compared through discussions and presentations.  Students are taught the purpose of writing.   They learn pre-writing techniques to develop their ideas for a written composition.  Students will be working with various types of text such as short stories, novels and poetry.  Students will be accountable for reading outside of the classroom.  

English 9

Students concentrate on MLA formatted writing, with research being an important part of the curriculum.  Students learn to complete character analysis.  Students are given written instructions for daily work, projects, reports and tests.  Students learn pre-writing techniques for organization.  They also learn the organizational patterns available for different types of writing. Students learn about thesis statements, providing specific examples and citing references.  Expectations for a student's writing are increased during the school year according to the student's abilities.  Students will be reading various texts including short stories, poetry and novels.  Students will be accountable for reading outside of the classroom.