The English programs for 7th and 8th grades will have students studying novels, and reading poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Our Pre-AP Honors track will teach qualified students at a level commensurate with the College Board Pre-AP requisites.

English Language Arts, 7th Grade

7th Grade English/YR 

Seventh grade English is a dual period that covers the state standards of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will continue to develop and apply reading strategies in various genres. They will complete novel studies, read poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Additionally, Accelerated Reader is used as an independent reading program. Vocabulary development and the writing process, including grammar, usage, and six traits, will be continuous and woven throughout instruction. Students will be introduced to and develop expository paragraphs, multi-paragraph essays, and writing for a variety of purposes. Students will complete library research and projects involving written and oral presentation.

English Language Arts, 8th Grade

8th Grade English/YR

Eighth grade English is a dual period that covers the state standards of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will complete novel studies, read poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Additionally, Accelerated reader is used as an independent reading program. Vocabulary development and the writing process, including grammar, usage, and six traits, will be continuous and woven throughout instruction. Students will continue to develop expository and multi-paragraph essays, as well as writing for a variety of purposes. Students will complete a research paper and projects involving written and oral presentation.

Pre-AP Honors English- 7th and 8th

Over the course of two years students develop their ability to think, read, and write at a level commensurate with the College Board Pre-AP requisites. Classical literature is studied, not just read. Pre-AP strategies for analysis are taught so that students are not applying them for the first time during their junior year for AP studies. Nonfiction material serves as the basis for constructing arguments, informational/expository text, and as inspiration for narrative work. Students learn over 700 Latin and Greek Stems and 600 high level vocabulary words outside of those already embedded in their literature studies. Grammar, writing, poetics, and etymology are entwined with an historical and cultural backdrop to give students a clearer perspective. Finally, project based learning allows research to be definable, meaningful, and relevant to meet our middle school learners' needs and pique their interests.