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English

English 6

The grade 6 English curriculum seeks to build writing skills, an appreciation of literature, and an increased understanding and awareness of the scope and structure of spoken and written language. Students will write for varied purposes, such as descriptive, narrative, expository and poetry. In order to develop strong writing skills, we will study sentence structure, parts of speech, and mechanics. We will also build a foundation of literary elements in order to analyze the increasingly sophisticated literature throughout the year, such as plot, symbolism, conflict, theme, character development, and tone. Speaking and listening skills will be modeled, practiced, and applied to build competence and confidence in public speaking and appropriate audience participation. In addition to the four main language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, students will develop viewing skills in analyzing visual text, including photography, paintings, and film which accompany written text. Students are also required to complete reading assignments beyond course reading, which provides them with the opportunity to apply the academic skills they have acquired.

English 7

The Grade 7 English curriculum builds upon the middle grade foundational knowledge established in the previous years. Literature will be more sophisticated regarding vocabulary, structure, time period and content. Students will add on to their writing toolbox as they explore ways to manipulate sentence structure through continued grammar and vocabulary study to develop their own writing style. Descriptive, narrative, expository and poetry are modes of writing covered similar to sixth, but with more focus on the recursive process of the writing process. In addition to this, we will also cover research skills and ethical writing for documenting sources. We will add on to our knowledge of literary elements and figurative language, such as different forms of characterization, inference, and analyzing author’s purpose. Visual literacy will become more sophisticated as students compare and contrast different forms of media. Similar to sixth grade, students are required to complete reading assignments beyond course reading, which provides them with the opportunity to apply the academic skills they have acquired.

English 8

The Grade 8 English curriculum builds upon the middle grade foundational knowledge established in the previous years. Where 6th grade literature revolves around nature, and 7th grade around choice, the 8th grade literary theme consists of identity. This will include a novel study of The Outsiders, the condensed version of “Flowers for Algernon,” and the dramatic version of The Diary of Anne Frank. An in-depth study of poetry will provide students with a strong knowledge base of different forms of poetry, creating their own anthology of self-created poems. This will lead to the main speaking component of the year where students will study song lyrics and teach the class their analysis of a song using Pre-AP strategies. Visual literacy will become more sophisticated as students view Life Is Beautiful and study cinematic structure of plot, musical scores, and camera angle effects as well as a film study over The Outsiders. The main writing component of the eighth grade will consist of a student inquiry research paper, where students will review and polish their knowledge of research skills, MLA format, using credible sources, and organizing a well-developed essay. As with previous grades, students are required to complete reading assignments beyond course reading, which provides them with the opportunity to apply the academic skills they have acquired.

 


Latin

Latin 6

The family of Caecilius and the Roman resort of Pompeii are our guides through this introduction to Latin, the language of the ancient Romans, forebears of our American culture. This year we will cover the daily life of Romans, and the sounds and structure of their language in its simple forms through many interesting and at times amazing stories. Our textual support will come from the Cambridge Latin Course, which can be previewed online at cambridgescp.com.

Latin 7

The family of Caecilius and the Roman resort of Pompeii are our guides through this introduction to Latin, the language of the ancient Romans, forebears of our American culture. This year we will cover city life of Romans, and the sounds and structure of their language in its simple forms through many interesting and at times amazing stories. Our textual support will come from the Cambridge Latin Course, which can be previewed online at cambridgescp.com. The influence of the Romans in our daily lives and language is another emphasis of the course. Seventh graders will complete Unit 1 of the series.