Middle School English/Language Arts Curriculum
The middle grades serve as a bridge between our elementary and high school curricula. Students will utilize reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to access a variety of complex informational texts and literary forms. The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), becomes an important strategy for teaching and learning beginning in this grade. Four modules have been crafted to support movement towards the shifts of Common Core State Standards, and essay writing becomes a district-wide expectation. Two of the modules result in an informational essay, one module is crafted around an essay that is argumentative, and the novel study results in a narrative essay. Skills needed for successful completion of the modules are carefully scaffolded, and a calendar of recommended pacing is provided. Non-negotiable components of the modules include the Teaching Task and LDC Scoring Rubric for the genre under consideration. Carefully constructed units for writing are being piloted this year to align our LDC modules with Pennsylvania Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.Instructions for accessing curriculum resources can be found at the link below:
The following novels are taught in fourth quarter in each grade:
Grade 6—Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Grade 7—Splendors and Glooms by Amy ShultzGrade 8—Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosThese titles were chosen after consideration of 1) teacher recommendations, 2) qualitative demands (Lexile, Flesch-Kincade, and/or ATOS), 3) quantitative demands (Structure, Language Demands, Knowledge Demands and Levels of Meaning), and 4) interest-level ratings.