English Language Arts Program Overview
English Language Arts (ELA) courses help students develop comprehensive literacy skills to succeed in the world. Students are asked to engage with texts, process and use information, and express their thoughts in writing.
English Language Arts (ELA) courses focus on enhancing students’ reading comprehension, their skill in expressing themselves through writing, and their ability to think critically and interact with others. Students are tasked with reading a diversity of texts – from poetry to plays to news; writing in a wide range of genres – from narrative to expository to persuasive; expressing themselves and interacting in varied formats, and always sharpening their power to think critically and engage with information.
7TH Grade English Language Arts
Students write personal narratives while reading mentor texts; focus on narrative arc and produce creative short stories; and are introduced to the research process as they workshop persuasive essays.
Students read texts including Wonder; Trouble Don't Last, Richard Wright and the Library Card, "Thank You, Ma'am," "Why I Quit the Klan" (Ellis), and “The Monsters on Maple Street.”
8TH Grade English Language Arts
Students write and revise personal narratives while reading mentor texts; focus on narrative arc and genre elements while while producing multiple creative pieces; and are introduced to citations while following a writing process to produce persuasive essays.
Students read texts including Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Holes, Animal Farm, Raisin in the Sun, "The Landlady," "The Monkey's Paw," and "Flowers for Algernon."