Reading focuses on key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. Students will work toward proficiency on these skills/concepts through the reading of a variety of genres including:
- Short stories
Writing focuses on the development of the seven writing traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. These writing traits will be developed through the following assignments and more:
- Reflective narrative – “This I Believe”
- Argumentative Essays – Research based: Are students for or against homework?
- Research paper – New Seven Wonders of the World
- Monthly 40-minute timed writing experiences
- Constructed Responses to literature and non-fiction material
Vocabulary knowledge develops the student’s ability to choose a word or phrase to enrich comprehension and expression. Our online learning tool, Membean.com, provides several 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. In addition, we will focus on academic and domain-specific vocabulary throughout the year. The study of Greek and Latin roots is also part of the curriculum.
Grammar focuses on the understanding and application of the conventions of standard English. We take a practical approach to grammar, covering concepts in context for greater accuracy and retention. We supplement the in-context learning with IXL online, Daily Oral Language in the classroom, and diagramming.
- Literature (Prentice Hall)
- Al Capone does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (A Readers’ Theater Adaptation)
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne