Curriculum for the Digital Generation
MIDDLE SCHOOL : ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
A combination of high-interest readings, standards-applicable activities, and real-world critical thinking skills, the Language Arts courses reflect careful consideration and research of literature and composition concepts. Projects, activities, and lessons are designed to be motivational, realistic, and engaging while fostering a love of literature and a can-do attitude for writing.
In this course, students will read and analyze informational texts.
Over the course, students will read the novel The Road by Jack London. They will also examine informational texts to better their understanding of the science behind sunsets, the lives of several important historical figures, the history of the Olympics, and the process of flotation used by archaeologists, among other topics.
In this course, students will focus on learning reading skills based on literary texts.
They will read excerpts from the novels Little Women and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and stories and plays about challenging situations, getting caught doing something wrong, finding something unexpected, and why the crocodile has a wide mouth. Additionally, students will read poems from famous poets, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, and Carl Sandburg, to name a few. Students will also watch several videos of famous poems being read aloud.
In this course, students will read and analyze informational texts. These texts take many different forms, including biographies, personal accounts of events, presidential speeches, and persuasive letters.
Over the course of ENG071, students will read the biography The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. They will also examine informational texts to better their understanding of the lives of several important historical figures, including Jane Goodall and Zora Neale Hurston; places as far away as Dubai, the Galapagos Islands, and the Hoover Dam; and the similarities between country music and hip-hop, among other topics.
In this course, students will focus on learning reading skills based on literary texts. The texts come from various genres.
They will read excerpts from the novel Black Beauty and a passage from Grimm’s “The Golden Bird” fairy tale. Students will also read stories and plays about challenging situations, discovering alternate realities, and robot rebellions. They will witness powerful historical events and people and compare how written texts are portrayed in film or audio. Additionally, students will read poems from famous poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Wordsworth, to name a few.
ENGLISH 8A – Foundations of the English Language
In this course, students will read and analyze literary and informational texts.
They read the novel The Call of the Wild and short stories, such as “The Lottery,” “A Sound of Thunder,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” They examine informational texts to better their understanding of the Yukon, the Klondike Gold Rush, dog sledding, and wolves. In addition, they encounter numerous infographics and videos that build on the instruction.
ENGLISH 8B – Language Arts
In this course, students focus on learning reading skills based on literary texts.
As they read the materials in this course, they practice ways to identify central ideas and themes; make inferences; analyze word choice; identify figurative and connotative language; and compare and contrast. In addition, they will learn about basics in grammar, usage, and punctuation, and the elements of narrative writing. Through the lessons provided in this course, students will master techniques that help them achieve a deeper appreciation of texts and writing.