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Language Arts

English Language Arts

Middle school ELA is focused on preparing students for high school-level English classes. Using units of study that incorporate texts from multiple genres, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts, students will use texts as tools to develop their analytical, argumentative, and creative writing. Students will participate in weekly book clubs as part of the unit-concurrent novel study in an effort to develop their communication and leadership skills in their small groups, and where they and their peers will develop their critical thinking and annotation skills as part of their book club curriculum. 


In middle school ELA, students will also work on refining their grammatical skills using the platforms IXL and NoRedInk. They will also learn strategies to expand their vocabulary, and they will practice those strategies using Membean, unit-specific vocabulary practice on CommonLit, and through learning Greek and Latin root words.


Overall, there are many skills that are important to focus on in ELA, with the goal of creating readers and writers who are analytical, creative, and articulate.