Middle School English

Middle School English Courses

Language Arts I

Language Arts I


Using a motif of Heroes, Helpers, and Hope, students in the Middle School Language Arts I course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1

Reading Comprehension / Informational and Expository Writing / Narrative Writing

  • Developing an idea
  • Identifying theme
  • Plot pattern
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism / citing sources
  • Writing an introduction
  • Connecting  and supporting ideas
  • Writing a conclusion
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Writing effective transitions

Segment 1 Advanced

  • Novel Study
  • Changes in language
  • Analyzing major characters
  • Mood and point of view

Segment 2

Reading Comprehension / Argumentative Writing / Fiction Analysis

  • Novel / Short Story Study
  • Analyzing central idea
  • Structure and development of texts
  • Compare and contrast genre
  • Context Clues
  • Read various types of fiction
  • Spelling
  • Interpreting information in various formats
  • Formal style
  • Poetry
  • Figures of speech: personification / hyperbole / alliteration
  • Compare themes in different  genre
  • Greek and Latin word clues
  • Implicit and explicit evidence in texts
  • Figurative Language: alliteration/ onomatopoeia
  • Plot analysis
  • Drama development
  • Point of view of fiction characters
  • Pronoun case: subjective, objective and possessive
  • Intensive pronouns
  • Inappropriate pronoun shifts
  • Vague pronouns
  • Multimedia components
  • Oral discussions / rules of collegial discussions / adapt speech
  • Argumentation analysis
  • Restrictive / parenthetical elements
  • Support claims
  • Delineate an argument
  • Trace and evaluate argument
  • Distinguishing valid / invalid claims
  • Comma usage
  • Draw evidence from informational text
  • Write argumentation introduction / claims and support / conclusion

Segment 2 Advanced

  • Characteristics of drama
  • History of drama and its relevance
  • Language patterns in historical and contemporary texts
  • Mood in drama
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