GREEN WOODS CLASSROOMS
7/8 Language Arts
The middle school writing curriculum focuses on creating student authors that are able to proficiently write for different purposes in multiple genres. Grammar will be studied and literary devices will be explored to fortify the students' writing abilities. Using the writing process, the students will hone their writing skills to perfection. Specific genres of writing that will be studied include persuasive, expository, narrative, research, and literature response. The students' writing skills will also be utilized for their work in the new Media Studies program.
The 7th to 8th grade language arts classes will mimic a reader's workshop model. Through modeling and mini-lessons students will have a specific focus which will be strengthened and guided through independent, whole group, and small group instruction. We will be utilizing a variety of reading materials and genres. We will be taking a close look at biographies, novels, short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, and plays. Reading comprehension strategies and vocabulary will be interwoven throughout the curriculum where relevant and will also be taught in isolation. Many of our reading selections will be integrated with the social studies, writing, media studies, and science curriculum and will provide us with relevant background knowledge about what we are studying in those subjects.
Examples of reading selections seen throughout the school year:
The Misfist (7th Grade)
The Outsiders (8th Grade)