- Literature – Prentice Hall
- And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
- The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
- The Pearl – John Steinbeck
- The Giver – Lois Lowry
- Writing a Research Paper: A Step-by-Step Approach – Sadlier Oxford
Reading focuses on key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas. These skills are developed through the reading of:
- Short Stories
*In addition to the assigned class readings, students must also complete three book reports – one per trimester.
Writing follows the steps of the writing process (brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, publish) and focuses on the seven traits of good writing (ideas, sentence fluency, word choice, organization, voice, conventions, and presentation). These skills are developed through the following types of writing:
- Literary Analysis
Vocabulary is developed through an online learning program called Membean. Membean provides different ways of learning a word, including audio, video, and word pictures. The site customizes a learning program for each student based on his/her existing skill level and speed of progress. Vocabulary will also be enriched by exploring new words in our readings.
Grammar lessons are integrated into the context of reading and writing activities. Sentence diagramming, IXL, and Daily Oral Language (DOL) are also used to teach and reinforce grammar concepts.