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        MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH

        COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 

ENGLISH 6

Mrs. Shannon Sonsky

Materials Fee $20

Course Description:

English 6 is the transition year from elementary to a more rigorous upper middle school class. This course is designed to learn the traditions of a language arts program through teacher-guided, interactive lessons. The class covers these four elements:

  1. Writing Fundamentals

  2. Reading Comprehension/Literary Devices through novels

  3. Grammar Instruction

  4. Vocabulary, Greek and Latin Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

 

In BJU English 6 Writing and Grammar, the subjects continuously loop from grammar to writing each chapter. Therefore, the students will do grammar in one chapter and a writing project in the next. During the grammar chapter, the students will complete ten minutes of free writing four times weekly. I will collect their free writing once a month to see how their writing is progressing and to look for student writing patterns that need to be addressed in class. The writing curriculum introduces the five steps of the writing process. It will include a personal narrative, a newspaper editorial, instructions, a research report, a historical fiction, a compare-contrast essay, a limerick and free verse, and a business letter. We will also implement some IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) techniques into the writing assignments.

 

Our literature studies will include the titles listed below. Students will read an assigned passage at home and answer several questions that the student will return to me for review. This review will allow me to make sure your child is comprehending the material. The free choice biography and nonfiction books will be teacher-approved, resulting in a final project presented in class. Students will also complete periodic lessons from Evan Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals. These pages will be provided in class.

With Greek and Latin Roots, the students will make study cards at home and study them for 10 minutes three times a week. We will play games with the roots, prefixes, and suffixes in class.

Our class will include as many group activities as possible and two public speaking opportunities. Learning should be engaging; I plan to provide that in this English 6 class!

Curriculum:

  1. BJU English 6 Writing and Grammar, Second Edition; ISBN 978-1-60682-230-2

  2. The Learning Works: Greek and Latin Roots; Written by Trisha Callella; ISBN 978-0-88160-381-1 (You can purchase this at Rainbow Resources for $15.25.)

  3. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

  4. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

  5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

  6. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein(To be read in the summer before attending English 6)

  7. A Biography, Free Choice, Grade appropriate

  8. A Nonfiction book, Free Choice, Grade appropriate

 

ENGLISH 7

Mrs. Deb Grant

Materials Fee $10

Course Description: This course is the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school language arts program. The course contains grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary. The grammar portion of the course provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum along with the resources gathered over the instructor’s years of teaching middle school writing. The IEW writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. Students begin learning structural models (note taking, utilizing key word outlines to launch writing, writing paragraphs, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, and essays). The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading through student-selected, award-winning novels and enjoying books selected from several in the IEW curriculum. Vocabulary is integrated with the IEW writing curriculum. Parents may choose to oversee a program utilizing the Wordly Wise curriculum.

 

Curriculum Information:

(1)Grammar 

Analytical Grammar Level 3 Set-$62, (Student Workbook & Teacher Book), Demme Learning or Christian Books. 

Demme Learning offers a 10% discount and free shipping for HEED families – specific information to follow.

(2) IEW U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen, (Student Book and Teacher Book) ISBN: 978-1-62341-325-5

(3) 4 novels: Night Journeys by Avi; Give me Liberty by by L.M. Elliott; Behind Rebel Lines, by Seymour Reit; Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Prerequisites:

Students should have completed a grammar curriculum and understand grammar terminology, know how to identify parts of speech or word jobs within sentences, know the 51 most common prepositions and the 23 helping verbs.

 

 

ENGLISH 8

Mrs. Deb Grant

Materials Fee $10

Course Description: 

This course continues building the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school language arts program. The course contains grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary. The grammar portion of the course focuses  provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The content continues from where English 7 ends. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Essentials in Writing (EIW) Level 8 curriculum along with the resources gathered over the instructor’s years of teaching middle school writing. The Essentials program focuses on the writing process for various types of writing: expository, persuasive, narrative, descriptive, research and more. Step-by-step lessons begin with constructing well-written paragraphs and continue to multi-paragraph essays. Essentials also incorporates grammar concepts that translate to strong writing. In addition, the writing enhancement styles from IEW will be blended into the writing process to create exceptional “word” art. The literature portion of the course is designed to continue the joy of reading through student-selected, award-winning novels; class led classics with varied reading response activities; and short articles and current events through Read Works. Vocabulary intertwines with the class led novel collateral materials, or Parents may choose to oversee a program utilizing the Wordly Wise curriculum.

Curriculum information:  

Materials Fee: $10

(1)Analytical Grammar Level 4 Set-$57 (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) Demme Learning or Christian Books. 

Demme Learning offers a 10% discount and free shipping for HEED families– specific information to follow.

(2)Essentials in Writing Level 8 - 2nd Edition / Student Textbook(printed) required

Purchase Options:

1.PRINT/DIGITAL- $107 - student textbook, teaching videos, teacher’s manual 2.DIGITAL $87 - on-line only student textbook, teaching videos, teacher’s manual

3.A LA CARTE- print/student textbook $39 – teacher’s manual $12 : digital student textbook $34 – digital teacher’s manual $7

If purchasing a la carte, per EIW, “If never purchased before, we will need their name, shipping address, billing address, and email address to send them to purchase links.”

(3) 3 novels: Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens / 5 stave format

Prerequisites: 

Successful completion of HEED Middle School English 7 or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test. Students entering English 8 who were NOT enrolled in English 7 will need to be sure they have worked through and understand Analytical Grammar Units Level 3 and are ready to begin the Level 4 of the Analytical Grammar series.

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