English Department Course Descriptions

6th Grade

6th Grade Language Arts
The focus of this class is grammar, spelling and writing which includes narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive styles.
 
6th Grade Literature
This class includes stydying the different genres of reading: drama, poetry, folk literature, fiction, non-fiction, and short stories. Students learn different reading strategies, create book reports and projects, and they participate in literature circles.
 
6th Grade English
This class is a combination of Literature and Language Arts with a focus more on writing and it is at a faster pace.

7th Grade

     Writing, listening and speaking are taught in an integrated format appropriate to the students grade level. Grammar and vocabulary are addressed on a daily basis using a unique story approach. Writing and vocabulary instruction will be geared specifically to target the needs of the students to achieve grade level skills. In writing students will practice in the four modes: narrative, expository, persuasive and imaginary. Writing will be evaluated using specific traits: ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice and conventions. These are the writing modes that are identified by the State of Oregon. 
 
7th Grade Literature
We read classic and contemporary literature, including short stories, dramas, and nonfiction. Personal connections, interpretations and responses to literature are made to show understanding of the text. Vocabulary instruction and growth is emphasized throughout the year. Instruction goes beyond the usual literature discussion and the elements of literature. We draw posters, story boards, connect with the internet, dramatize the story with readers’ theatre, and read and retell. Readers are simultaneously extracting and constructing meaning through interaction with the text and shared reading. Students with reading difficulties are motivated to improve while reading for understanding as well as for appreciation and enjoyment.
 
7th Grade English
This course is a combination of language arts and literature. The literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, comprehending, and thinking are taught. Students gain practice in grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. Assignments include all writing modes identified by the State of Oregon:  persuasive, narrative, expository, descriptive and imaginative. The writing process includes ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency and voice. In literature we read classic and contemporary literature, including short stories, dramas, and nonfiction. Personal connections, interpretations and responses to literature are made to show understanding of the text. Vocabulary instruction and growth is emphasized throughout the year.
 
7th Grade Honors English
The literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, comprehending, and thinking are taught. Students gain practice in grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. Assignments include all writing modes identified by the State of Oregon:  persuasive, narrative, expository, descriptive and imaginative. The writing process includes ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency and voice. In literature we read classic and contemporary literature, including short stories, dramas, and nonfiction. Personal connections, interpretations and responses to literature are made to show understanding of the text. Vocabulary instruction and growth is emphasized throughout the year. In honors class a greater emphasis is placed on independent reading, analyzing, developing, and demonstrating higher order thinking skills.

8th Grade

8th Grade Language Arts    
Writing, listening and speaking are taught in an integrated format appropriate to the students grade level. Grammar and vocabulary are addressed on a daily basis using a unique story approach. Writing and vocabulary instruction will be geared specifically to target the needs of the students to achieve grade level skills. In writing students will practice in the four modes: narrative, expository, persuasive and imaginary. Writing will be evaluated using specific traits: ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice and conventions. These are the writing modes that are identified by the State of Oregon. 
 
Daily reading and vocabulary instruction will be taught at the students’ respective grade levels using novels, poems, short stories, magazines, and newspapers. We will be developing skills in reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and critical thinking. Our objective will be to encourage students to enjoy reading on a personal level. The students will be working towards achieving grade level skills.
 
8th Grade English
Eighth grade English is a combination of language arts and literature. The language arts focus encourages the development of good writing skills using the six trait method required by the Oregon state standards. Clearly presenting supported ideas and concepts in an appropriately organized manner, using correct conventions, incorporating colorful and specific word choices, developing complete and varied sentence fluency, while cultivating and showing a voice of their own remains the constant focus of this course. A wide variety of writing experiences facilitate this development. We also attempt to understand and appreciate language as it is presented in many forms of literature, including short stories, novels, plays, poems and non-fiction selections. We read for understanding as well as for appreciation and enjoyment. We try to connect all studies with the students’ current life experiences and interests while building skills and understandings they may need in later years.
 
8th Grade Honors English
Eighth grade Honors English is a combination of language arts and literature. The language arts focus encourages the development of good writing skills using the six trait method required by the Oregon state standards. Clearly presenting supported ideas and concepts in an appropriately organized manner, using correct conventions, incorporating colorful and specific word choices, developing complete and varied sentence fluency, while cultivating and showing a voice of their own remains the constant focus of this course. A wide variety of writing experiences facilitate this development. We also attempt to understand and appreciate language as it is presented in many forms of literature, including short stories, novels, plays, poems and non-fiction selections. We read together and independently for understanding as well as for appreciation and enjoyment. We try to connect all studies with the students’ current interests and life experiences, while hopefully preparing them for future educational and life experiences. In the Honors class, a greater emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, independent reading, analyzing and appreciating language on many levels, and developing and demonstrating higher order thinking skills in most activities.

 

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