Middle School Language Arts

Middle School Language Arts provides each grade with the daily opportunity for independent reading. Students that read daily increase vocabulary, stamina, comprehension, and test scores in all subjects. Students are provided with a large school and classroom library and spend time discussing books and conferencing with teachers and friends. Our goal is for all children to find books they enjoy and want to read! All students are expected to read at home, as well. Reading logs are kept and book projects and book talks are assigned throughout the year. Daily read-aloud occurs every day for all classes.

Grammar and writing skills are developed with Daily Language Instruction and Six Traits Writing. Students practice essay writing, journaling, responses to reading, and Daily Writing Slides. All students participate in the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay contest.
Also, students write and present a 3-5 minute speech for the Modern Woodmen Civic Oration speech contest.  Winners go on to compete in the Kennebec County speech contest.

In addition to independent reading and read aloud, we hope to cover the following trade books/authors/units:

Grade 6
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O’Brien 
  • Holes by Louis Sachar 
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 
Grade 7 
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton 
  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett 
  • The Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  • A selection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle 
  • Unit on Greek Mythology 
Grade 8
  • Unit study of tall tales 
  • Short stories/ author study of O. Henry 
  • Poems/ author study of Edgar Allan Poe 
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry 
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck 
  • Excerpt from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 
  • Anne Frank (play version) 
  • Study of Greek/Latin roots