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English Language Arts Department

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
 

Staff Members:

 Seventh Grade English Teachers:
 
Eighth Grade English Teachers:

Department Goals:
Students will produce four writing assessments as Targeted Writing Assessments (TWA) to demonstrate their understanding of mechanics, grammar, and usage skills emphasized during the current grading period. They will also complete other types of writing in various modes and/or genres.

Course Descriptions:
 
Seventh Grade English (Language Arts)

Seventh grade English consists of a study of writing, research, and vocabulary as well as an emphasis on analyzing the elements of short stories, poetry, and mythology. The students will read selections from their literature textbook but will also be expected to purchase several books during the year. Students are encouraged to think critically and analytically in their writing and in their discussions about literature. Students will take STAAR Writing in March and STAAR Reading in April.

Textbooks used:  Writing Coach: Seventh Grade (Prentice Hall) and Literature: Seventh Grade (Holt McDougal)
 
 
Eighth Grade English (Language Arts)
In the eighth grade English course, students study literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and research. They will write for various purposes and in many genres, using critical and analytical thinking in their writing about and discussions of short stories, drama, poetry, nonfiction works, and novels. The students will read selections from their literature textbook but will also be expected to purchase several required  books during the year. Students will take STAAR Reading and must pass this state assessment in order to be promoted to the ninth grade. 
 
Textbooks used: Writing Coach: Eighth Grade and Literature: Eighth Grade (Holt McDougal)