Sixth grade students integrate reading, writing, listening, thinking, and speaking skills in sixth grade English. They use literature and topics of interest to further enhance their writing skills through the development of various types of paragraphs and compositions. Along with reviewing and developing spelling, grammar, and writing skills, students learn to practice using study skills, word processing skills, and library skills.
Seventh grade students continue to develop and refine thinking, writing, listening, and speaking skills as they read and respond to pieces of literature with special emphasis on the short story. Students practice using a process of writing that includes prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. The study of grammar, mechanics, and standard usage continues. In addition, students demonstrate effective listening and speaking skills by giving presentations and participating in discussions.
Eighth grade students move to a more analytical approach to short stories, poetry, and novels. New literary terminology is incorporated into their oral and written expressions. Additionally, standard usage, correct spelling, and proper mechanics are taught and evaluated in conjunction with the writing process. Students learn to construct a thesis statement, identify and explain supporting evidence, and write cohesive paragraphs.
Advanced English 7 & 8
The Advanced English courses incorporate the same curriculum as the regular English class; however, the concepts are covered at a faster pace and with a more in-depth analysis. It is necessary for students not only to be adept at English, but also to be self-motivated and self-directed in order to keep up with the pace of the class.