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Middle School ELA

5th Grade

Green Woods 5th grade literacy program uses novels as anchor texts to challenge students and serve as a foundation for an investigation into theme, genre, and related essential questions.  The novels serve as the base and supplemental complex texts support and complement the students’ reading journey. The 5th grade reading program also uses Journeys, a comprehensive K-6 language arts program. It provides an instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing. Students read and respond to works of literature and informational texts with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence. Students respond to literature with written responses and practice Text Dependent Analysis.

 

Theme

Novel

Meet the Challenge: Lenesha must overcome many challenges and obstacles...

Ninth Ward by Jewel Parker Rhodes

Sustainable Energy Source/ Perseverance: WIlliam perseveres to make his dream a reality

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Identity and Heroism: Percy struggles with his true identity

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

6th Grade

Green Woods 6th grade literacy program focuses on novels as anchor texts to challenge students and serve as a foundation for an investigation into theme, genre, and related essential questions. The novels serve as the base and supplemental complex texts support and complement the students’ reading journey. The 6th grade reading program also uses Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections which is a comprehensive middle school literacy program that provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Collections program uses topically linked complex texts to drive instruction in close reading, drawing inferences and conclusions, citing specific textual evidence, and developing argument. Students read and respond to works of literature and informational texts with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence. Within the Collections program students practice the skills of communication in speaking, listening, and writing with interactive lessons that provide models and feedback.  Students demonstrate careful analysis, well defended claims, and synthesis of ideas. 

 

Theme

Novel

Animal Intelligence- Pax is able to develop a special connection with Peter. As a fox, Pax displays human characteristics such as friendship, loyalty, love and determination.


Pax by Pennypacker

Facing Fear- “Nothing to fear, but fear itself!”

Literature Circles:

  • Tight; Torrey Maldonado
  • The Only Road; Alexandra Diaz
  • Freak the Mighty; Rodman Philbrick
  • Under a Painted Sky; Stacey Lee
  • A Good Kind of Trouble; Lisa Moore Ramee
  • Maybe He Just Likes You; Barbara Dee

Dealing With Disaster - “Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors.” —Robert Fulghum 

Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

The Dead & the Gone by Susan Pfeffer

7th Grade

Green Woods 7th grade literacy program focuses on novels as anchor texts to challenge students and serve as a foundation for an investigation into theme, genre, and related essential questions. The novels serve as the base and supplemental complex texts support and complement the students’ reading journey. The 7th grade reading program also uses Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections which is a comprehensive middle school literacy program that provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Collections program uses topically linked complex texts to drive instruction in close reading, drawing inferences and conclusions, citing specific textual evidence, and developing argument. Students read and respond to works of literature and informational texts with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence. Within the Collections program students practice the skills of communication in speaking, listening, and writing with interactive lessons that provide models and feedback.  Students demonstrate careful analysis, well defended claims, and synthesis of ideas

 

Theme

Novel

Facing Adversity- Cole had to take bold actions internally and externally to overcome adversity.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson

Perception and Reality- Jonas is living in a community perceived to be perfect. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Disaster & Human Nature (Nature at work)- Conflict either with nature, self, or with man impact human behavior 

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

8th Grade

Green Woods 8th grade literacy program primarily focuses on novels as anchor texts to challenge students and serve as a foundation for an investigation into theme, genre, and related essential questions. The novels serve as the base and supplemental complex texts support and complement the students’ reading journey. The 8th grade reading program also uses Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections which is a comprehensive middle school literacy program that provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Collections program uses topically linked complex texts to drive instruction in close reading, drawing inferences and conclusions, citing specific textual evidence, and developing argument. Students read and respond to works of literature and informational texts with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence. Within the Collections program students practice the skills of communication in speaking, listening, and writing with interactive lessons that provide models and feedback.  Students demonstrate careful analysis, well defended claims, and synthesis of ideas

 

Theme

Novel

Culture and Belonging- examining values and beliefs and how they shape us.


Refugee by Alan Gratz

Social Inequality - The historical move towards freedom through the eyes of powerful characters and historical figures

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Approaching Adulthood: Developing into an adult requires life skills such as self reliance, innovation, and the will to survive in dire situations.  

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman