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Language Arts

Language Arts

Middle School English Language Arts

Curriculum

Wit and Wisdom, a nationally regarded curriculum from Great Minds, is used for sixth, seventh and eighth grade ELA. For each grade level, there are four modules, focused on the building of background knowledge, reading and writing skills, and vocabulary development, among other things. The Wit and Wisdom approach, and the approach taken at St. Elizabeth, is an inquiry based one, in which students look at essential questions throughout a module as a means of deepening the depth of their understanding of not just the English language, but also of the world they inhabit. The curriculum revolves around novels, and the immersing of young minds into the minds of authors, challenging students to see and use the English language in a similar way.

Units

Sixth

Module 1: Resilience in the Great Depression

Module 2: A Hero’s Journey

Module 3: Narrating the Unknown

Module 4: Courage in Crisis

Seventh

Module 1: Identity in the Middle Ages

Module 2: American All

Module 3: Language and Power

Module 4: Fever

Eighth

Module 1: The Poetics and Power of Storytelling

Module 2: The Great War

Module 3: What is Love?

Module 4: Teens as Change Agents

Assessments

Regular assessments will be given in the form of exit tickets, quizzes, tests, and essays. In-class exams will generally be assessing a student’s grasp of certain information covered, while essays will assess the progress and status of an individual’s writing.

Grading

All grades will be based upon summative assignments (individual assessments – not classwork, group work, or homework). Summative assignments will account for 100% of the final grade in English Language Arts, and will include all of the forms of assessment stated above.

Writing

Regular, daily writing, as well as longer essays, are a staple of English classes. Essays consist of narrative writing, information-based research papers, and expository writing of all kinds. Grammar, and a focus on syntax, are the ground upon which strong sentences are built, and therefore, are a staple of writing instruction.