English Language Arts

7th Grade English

7th Grade English provides a comprehensive approach to writing instruction in accordance with PA Core Standards for English Language Arts. Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content for informative, argumentative, and narrative writing. Students also practice appropriate speaking and critical listening skills in whole group and small group discussions.

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Reading provides students opportunities to read challenging complex texts closely and cite multiple examples of specific evidence to support their claims. Students recognize the interplay between setting, plot, and characters and provide an objective summary of a text apart from their own reaction to it. Students also compare and contrast different interpretations of a topic, identifying how authors shape their presentation of key information and choose to highlight certain facts over others. Students trace how an argument develops within a text and assess the validity of the evidence. They make their reasoning clear to their listeners and readers and constructively evaluate others’ use of evidence while offering several sources to back up their own claims. The use of vocabulary develops to distinguish between denotative and connotative meaning with analysis of the effect of specific word choice on tone.

8th Grade English

8th Grade English provides a comprehensive approach to reading and writing instruction in accordance with PA Core Standards for English Language Arts. Students experience in depth analysis of informational text, literary nonfiction, and literary fiction to continue to broaden understanding of a wide variety of text. Students also write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content for informative, argumentative, and narrative writing. Additionally, students refine appropriate speaking and critical listening skills.

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading focuses on improving reading skills through the practice of vocabulary integration and reading comprehension strategies to reinforce reading standards. Reading proficiency is improved through students’ increased understanding of how to construct meaning from literature and informational text. The ongoing development and reinforcement of comprehension strategies promotes independent reading and learning. Through this course students will acquire independent reading strategies that can be applied to in future coursework.