• 7th Grade Advanced Language Arts Curriculum

     

    1st Nine Weeks                                                                                        

    Collections – Unit 6 - “Guided by a Cause”            

    Writing Focus - Informative                                                     

    Novel - Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

    2nd Nine Weeks

    Collections - Unit 4 - "Risk and Exploration"

    Writing Focus - Argumentative

    Novel - Tangerine by Edward Bloor                 

     3rd Nine Weeks                                         

    Collections - Unit 2 - "Perceptions and Reality"   

    Writing Focus - Writing Boot Camp               

    Novel -  Complete Tangerine by Edward Bloor       

    4th Nine Weeks

    Collections - Unit 1 - "Bold Actions"

    Writing Focus - Narrative

    Novel - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

     

    Homework/Test Schedule

    Planner

    On Mondays your child is required to write the homework assignments and upcoming tests/quizzes in his/her planner.  I encourage you to check it as some children need reminders and wait until the last minute to complete assignments or study. 

    Homework 

    Your child will be given a homework assignment each block day which will be due a week later, on the next block day.  Most homework assignments will contain short reading passages with follow up questions (usually three).  Students may choose to do the entire assignment at once or one a day (there are a total of five). 

     

    Our class will go to the library every other week.  Independent reading is a requirement.  Checks will be made through quick writes, presentations, book reports, and book talks.  We will have two per nine weeks.  You should always have a book to read! 

     

    Each unit will have a culminating project that students will complete.  The rubric for these will be given weeks in advance.  Reminders will be given in class of due dates and should be written in students' planners.  There will also be a copy on the website. 

     

    Tests

    Tests will be given at the completion of story collections and novel sections.  Essays will also be assigned throughout each nine weeks based on the writing focus of the term. 

     

    8th Grade Advanced Language Arts Curriculum

    1st Nine Weeks                                                   3rd Nine Weeks           

    Collections – “Culture and Belonging”                    Collections –“The Move Toward Freedom”

                        “The Thrill of Horror”                        Writing Focus – Literary Analysis

    Writing Focus - Informative                                                           – Writing Bootcamp 

     

    2nd Nine Weeks                                                    4th Nine Weeks     

    Collections – “Anne Frank’s Legacy”                         Collections – “Approaching Adulthood”

                       “The Value of Hard Work”

    Writing Focus - Argumentative                                 Writing Focus - Narrative

     

    We will also be reading novels in class. For the first nine weeks, we will read The Giver by Lois Lowry.  

    Homework/Test Schedule 

    Planner 

    On Mondays your child is required to write the homework assignments and upcoming tests/quizzes in his/her planner.  I encourage you to check it as some children need reminders and wait until the last minute to complete assignments or study.  

    Homework 

    Your child will be given a homework assignment each block day which will be due a week later, on the next block day.  Most homework assignments will contain a variety of reviews including comprehension, writing, and grammar.  Students may choose to do the entire assignment at once or one a day (there are a total of five). 

    Our class will go to the library every other week.  Independent reading is a requirement.  Checks will be made through quick writes, presentations, book reports, and book talks.  We will have two per nine weeks.  You should always have a book to read! 

    Each unit will have a culminating project that students will complete.  The rubric for these will be given weeks in advance.  Reminders will be given in class of due dates and should be written in students' planners.  There will also be a copy on the website. 

    Tests 

    Tests will be given at the completion of story collections and novel sections.  Essays will also be assigned throughout each nine weeks, based on the writing focus of the term.