Students will begin to develop writing and reading skills through phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding. Students will learn how to identify story elements through the use of literary and informational texts.
Students will build on and add to their previously learned foundational skills. They will develop a fuller range of phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and fluency skills. Students will think critically about literary and informational texts and begin to practice writing to communicate their thoughts. Genres of writing will include narrative, informational, and persuasive writing.
Students will increase the complexity of foundational phonics, high-frequency words, and sentence creation. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are intertwined so that students learn them organically and with purpose. Students will read a variety of texts, excerpts, articles, and leveled readers across genres. Through reading and writing, students will explore character analysis, story structure, biographies, and interpretation of informational texts.
Students will apply critical thinking skills in their reading and learn the skills to become independent readers and writers. Students will read multiple genres of both literary and informational texts and use these texts as models for their own writing.
Students will continue to develop their reading and writing skills with a growing focus on expository and opinion writing. Students will increase their autonomy as readers and support claims through the use of textual evidence.
Students will read both fiction and nonfiction texts and will work to write opinion pieces with strong evidential support. Students will work to examine multiple types of texts and writing to support claims with textual evidence.
HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; English 6A, English 6B
This course provides a strong foundation in grammar and the writing process. It emphasizes simple but useful composition and language mechanics strategies with multiple opportunities for modeling practical, real-world writing situations that will enable students to improve their written communication skills quickly. Through a variety of grade-appropriate reading selections, students develop a clear understanding of key literary genres and their distinguishing characteristics.
HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; English 7A, English 7B
English 7 Integrates the study of writing and literature through the examination of a variety of genres. Students identify the elements of composition in the reading selections to understand their function and effect on the reader. Practice is provided in narrative and expository writing. Topics include comparison and contrast, persuasion, and cause and effect essays, as well as descriptive and figurative language. Lessons are supplemented with vocabulary development, grammar, and syntax exercises, along with an introduction to verbal phrases and research tools.
HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; English 8A, English 8B
English 8 extends the skills developed in English 7 through detailed study of parts of sentences and paragraphs to understand their importance to good writing. Students also acquire study skills such as time management and improved test-taking strategies. Other topics include punctuation, word choice, syntax, varying of sentence structure, subordination and coordination, detail and elaboration, effective use of reference materials, and proofreading.
HALF-CREDIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE; ENGLISH 9A, ENGLISH 9B
Honors course available
English 9 is a course that uses texts of high complexity to provide an integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in order to ready students for college and career. Students must think critically while actively reading for explicit and implicit meaning as they examine both literary and informational texts.
Students will write for a variety of purposes including developing and supporting argumentative claims, creating informative and expository responses, and crafting narratives that develop real or imagined events. The course places an emphasis on identifying and using textual evidence to support critical analysis whether it be for a written or spoken response. Finally, students will acquire effective listening, viewing, and speaking skills and be able to transfer those specific skills into a collaborative setting.