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Middle School Curriculum

  • Language Arts
Language Arts 6

The primary goal of the sixth grade Language Arts program is to increase the experience, frequency, expertise, and enjoyment of literature and writing. Students read and write about the stories of different identities in order to better understand themselves and others. With this overall goal in mind, the program provides ample time and space for students to practice these skills and to make choices about what they read and write.

Reading: The Reading Curriculum is a combination of independent reading and whole group novel studies. Class literature selections typically include award winning titles such as The Westing Game, Finding Someplace, The Last Cuentista, and other thematic novels. 

Vocabulary: Students grow vocabulary through reading and through the use of the Membean Vocabulary Program which is an individualized digital learning program. Through a differentiated word list, students acquire mastery and long-term retention of new vocabulary words.

Writing: In a variety of workshop formats, students approach writing as a process which includes drafts, peer reviews, teacher conferences, revisions, and publishing. Publishing opportunities exist through the creation of personal blogs, book arts projects in conjunction with a local art gallery, and submission to the DA Locker literature magazine. 

Grammar: Students work with self paced and teacher led grammatical instruction. Grammar is taught as a tool for effective communication within the reading and writing components of the curriculum. 

  • Grade 6