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Course Information

Our English program follows the Common Core standards and is designed to offer a variety of experiences in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  We address the skills necessary for success on the English Language Arts test, which will be given in April.  Students read a range of titles, write regularly and conference individually with their teachers to maximize success.  Finally, we are currently integrating the reading and writing workshop models that were developed by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.  We provide clear expectations for our students and appropriate assessments to mark their growth.

The 6th grade curriculum* includes:

Mythology

China

Egypt

Iroquois

Sumer

Historical Fiction
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Devil's Arithmetic

Esperanza Rising
In the Year of the Boar and

Jackie Robinson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Someone Named Eva

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Drama



Fantasy


Science Fiction
The White Mountains

Realistic Fiction
Freak the Mighty

The Misfits

Red Midnight

Stargirl

A Step From Heaven

Touching Spirit Bear

Short Stories
"The Fun They Had"

"Eleven"

"Priscilla and the Wimps"

"On The Bridge"

"Your Move"

"A Letter From The Fringe"

"Dog Days"

"Alone and Altogether"

"Muffin"

Visual Literacy

Poetry
"The Apple"

"Good Hot Dogs"

"Lodged"

"The Red Wheelbarrow"

"Street Music"

"This Is Just To Say"

"The Toaster"

 



Public Speaking

The Hero's Journey

Writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Creative Writing
Literary Analysis Essay
Portfolio

Book Clubs

Possible Titles Include:

Boy

Bridge to Terebithia

The Cat Who Wished to be a Man

The Cay

Daphne's Book

A Day No Pigs Would Die

Ella Enchanted

Follow My Leader

Hatchet

Locomotion

Matilda

Nothing But The Truth

On My Honor

Out of the Dust

The Pigman

Slake's Limbo

Summer of My German Soldier

A Summer to Die

The Trouble With Lemons

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Tuck Everlasting

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

The Witches

Z For Zachariah

Study and Test-Taking Skills
ELA Exam Preparation
Listening Skills
Reading Comprehension
Editing

Interdisciplinary Projects

Outside Reading Projects

*Please be aware that these units and projects are subject to time constraints.

The 7th grade curriculum* includes:

Mythology

Greek

Roman

Historical Fiction
Fighting Ground

The Light in the Forest

My Brother Sam Is Dead

The Pearl

Soldier's Heart

War Comes to Willy Freeman

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Drama
1776: The Musical
The Miracle Worker

Fantasy
Beowulf
Coraline

The Lightning Thief

Mysteries

Down the Rabbit Hole

The Face on the Milk Carton

From the Mixed Up Files ...

Half-Moon Investigations

The London Eye Mysteries

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Visual Literacy

Cheyenne Again

Katie's Trunk

Sleds on Boston Common

Thank You, Mr. Faulkner

Wings


Science Fiction
Among the Hidden
City of Ember
Gathering Blue

The Giver
House of the Scorpion
Uglies

Realistic Fiction
The Acorn People
Miracle's Boys

The Outsiders
Park's Quest

Petey

Short Stories

"All Summer in a Day"

"Big Joe's Funeral"

"Don't Ask Jack"

"Fever Dream"

"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind"

"Harlyn's Fairy"

"The Lady or the Tiger"

"The Last Slice of Rainbow"

"The Marble Champ"

"The Queen With The Screaming "Hair"

"Papa's Parrot"

"The Price"

"Ribbons"

"The Third Wish"

"See Dragon of Fife"

"Seventh Grade"

"The Streak"

"Treasures of Lemon Brown"

"What's the Worst that Could Happen?"



Poetry
"Aunt Sue's Story"

"The Blind Men & the Elephant"

"Fog"

"Every So Often"

"Good Behavior"

"I, Too"

"Mother to Son"

"Oranges"

"Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout

Would Not Take the Garbage Out"

"Seal"

"What Is Red"

poems from Swimming Upstream

and Class Dismissed



Public Speaking

The Hero's Journey

Writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Creative Writing
Literary Analysis Essay
Portfolio

Study and Test-Taking Skills
ELA Exam Preparation
Listening Skills
Reading Comprehension
Editing

Interdisciplinary Projects

Outside Reading Projects

*Please be aware that these units and projects are subject to time constraints.



The 8th grade curriculum* includes:

Fantasy
Alice in Wonderland

Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Little Prince

The Underneath


Science Fiction

Brave New World

Feed

The Handmaid's Tale

Historical Fiction

The Book Thief

Farewell to Manzanar

Jim the Boy
Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy
Milkweed

The New Boy

Spite Fences

What I Saw & How I Lived



Realistic Fiction

The Chocolate War
I Am The Cheese

If You Come Softly

Inventing Elliot

Monster
Shattering Glass
Speak

Tree Girl

The Wave

Whale Talk

 

Autobiography

The Color of Water


Drama
Brian’s Song
The Diary of Anne Frank
A Raisin in the Sun


Short Stories
"The Amigo Brothers"

"And Summer is Gone"

"A & P"

"Checkouts"

"Harrison Bergeron"

"I Go Along"

"Fairy Tale"

"The Gift of the Magi"

"The Moustache"

"The Necklace"

"A Retrieved Reformation"

"Raymond's Run"

"Rules of the Game"

"School Spirit"

Poetry

"Analysis of Baseball"

"The Colossus"

"Desert Places"

"Dog"

"Do Not Go Gentle

Into That Good Night"

"The Gray Squirrel"

"I Have All These Parts"

"I'm Nobody.  Who Are You?"

"January"

"Jetliner"

"The Man He Killed"

"The Negro"

"Playing Stickball With Robbie Shea"

"Portrait of Girl With Comic Book"

"Quilts"

"Reel One"

"Richard Cory"

"The Road Not Taken"

"Sandy Jane Meador"

"Seal"

"Silver"

"Sonnet XCI"

"Stopping by Woods on a

Snowy Evening"

"Taught Me Purple"

"Theme For English B"

"This Is A Photograph Of Me"

"The Tiger"

"Truth"

"We Real Cool"

Visual Literacy
Picture Books:

The Arrival

Black and White

works by Anthony Browne

Bear Goes To Town

A Day, A Dog

Fox


Public Speaking

The Hero's Journey

Graphic Novels

American Born Chinese

Bone

Coraline
Kampung Boy

Maus

Persepolis

Pride of Baghdad

Superman For All Seasons

Interdisciplinary Projects

Outside Reading Projects

Self-Select Seminars

Writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Creative Writing
Literary Analysis Essay
Portfolio

Study and Test-Taking Skills
ELA Exam Preparation
Listening Skills
Reading Comprehension
Extended Response

*Please be aware that these units and projects are subject to time constraints.

The ESL program provides instruction to students from foreign backgrounds in developing their knowledge and skills in English and in related content areas geared to acclimate the student to American culture.  ESL classes are designed to supplement the general middle school curriculum offerings. Students are grouped by level of proficiency in English into beginning, intermediate and advanced classes.

The English Center is a place where students become better readers and writers.  Using specific writing and reading techniques taught in the Center, students will learn to make connections to the reading and writing assignments they work on in their content area classes.  Students will also work on vocabulary, grammar and ELA test taking skills.

Students will also learn test taking strategies that increase their ability to answer multiple choice, short response, and essay questions.  Such practice will make their class assignments easier to complete successfully.

English Electives

Creative Writing
This course is designed for eighth graders who enjoy writing. Students will have the opportunity to write frequently on personal and assigned topics. They will compose their pieces on the computer, share them with their classmates and conference with the teacher. (2-3 periods per week-Half Year)

Books to Film
This course is designed for eighth graders who are interested in reading novels, plays or stories and comparing them to the film versions. After reading, students will make predictions about the film. After watching the movie, students will discuss the similarities and differences in the story-telling techniques.   (2-3 periods per week-Half Year)

Public Speaking
This course, designed for eighth graders, provides students with a variety of opportunities to practice public speaking. Students will learn useful skills for making oral reports, as well as speeches to inform, convince and entertain. Students will also be involved in debates and panel discussions. Videotaping may be used for feedback.  (2-3 periods per week-Half Year)

 
 
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