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Middle School English & Language Arts Department

Phillipsburg Middle School English & Language Arts Department

Grade 6 Overview
 

Reading
Through participation in frequent teacher-guided literary discussions, sixth grade students will develop their fluency in reading while becoming critical and analytical readers, who are able to comprehend, apply, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate various genres of literature. The Making Meaning program is a classroom-tested reading curriculum that combines the latest comprehension research with support for students’ social and ethical development. The program uses nonfiction and fiction read-aloud books to teach students nine different comprehension strategies while they learn to read and think at a high level. Making Meaning’s unique dual academic and social focus encourages students to work together, appreciate others’ ideas, disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning and behavior.

Language Arts
Sixth grade students will add to a repertoire of strategies that allow them to vary genre, style, and convention in order to write for real and varied purposes. The Being a Writer program is a yearlong writing curriculum that combines two decades of research in the areas of writing, motivation, and learning theory with social and ethical development. The program has two goals: to develop the creativity and skills of a writer, and to cultivate the social and ethical values of a responsible person. It uses high-quality trade books for genre immersion and author studies, and each-to-teach minilessons to reinforce the skills and conventions taught in the program. The lessons integrate writing instruction, regular community-building elements, and guided partner work to develop in students a sense of autonomy, belonging, and competence. Their writing will become more coherent and organized within paragraphs and in the connection of paragraphs.

Communication
Through participation in informal discussions, formal speeches, and class debates, sixth grade students will become critical and analytical speakers, listeners, and viewers.

 
 

Grade 7 Overview

 

 

Reading
Seventh graders have become proficient readers who deal with complex topics and issues. The Making Meaning program is a classroom-tested reading curriculum that combines the latest comprehension research with support for students’ social and ethical development. The program uses nonfiction and fiction read-aloud books to teach student nine different comprehension strategies while they learn to read and think at a high level. Making Meaning’s unique dual academic and social focus encourages students to work together, appreciate others’ ideas, disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning and behavior. Through teacher-guided and student-initiated literary discussions, students will demonstrate critical and analytical reading, comprehending, applying, interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating literature at a sophisticated level. Seventh grade students will be exposed to a variety of reading experiences through the use of novels, short stories, non-fiction, and independent reading.

Language Arts
Seventh grade students have become proficient writers who have a repertoire of strategies that allow them to vary genre, style, and conventions in order to write for real and varied purposes. Seventh graders will use sophisticated language and sentence structure to increase the power of their writing. These students will begin to internalize the process of writing. Students will develop persuasive writing techniques adding to their grammar skills.

Communication
Seventh graders will participate in informal discussions, formal speeches, class debates, and dramatic interpretations. These students will become increasingly critical analytical speakers, listeners, and viewers.

 
 
 

Grade 8 Overview

 

 

Reading
Eighth grade students will become advanced readers, dealing with highly complex topics and issues. Through both teacher-guided and student-initiated literary discussions, these students will demonstrate in-depth critical and analytical reading. Eighth graders will independently comprehend, apply, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate both young-adult and adult literature. Along with novels and short stories dealing with fantasy, mystery, social issues, and adventure/survival, students will explore biographies and autobiographies, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as a variety of informational pieces.

Language Arts
Eighth grade students have become advanced writers who have a repertoire of strategies that will allow them to vary genre, style, and conventions in order to write for real and varied purposes. Having internalized the writing process, they will be able to write cohesive, in-depth pieces as well as working independently with complex writing projects. Students will continue to advance their grammar, and persuasive writing techniques.

Communication
Eighth graders will integrate language processes in order to critically comprehend and effectively convey meaning using oral, written, and visual forms. Through observation of video, multimedia resources, and visual text, as well as participating in formal discussions, highly entailed presentations, formal speeches, and class debates, these students will become highly critical and analytical speakers, listeners, and viewers.