English 7 explores traditional literature with a modern twist. Although students study literary classics, they use technology to explore learning in new ways. Creating a student-centered classroom allows students to learn and communicate using creative approaches. During the fall term the class reads a variety of short stories by noted authors, learning and discussing the basic elements of fiction. The winter and spring term focus on a survey of several novels including an assortment of literary classics: Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Much Ado About Nothing, and Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Throughout the year, students consistently work to develop their vocabulary, to increase their mastery of grammar, and to enhance their written expression. Students develop their writing skills through explicit instruction, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The incorporation of technology, collaboration, and project based learning, along with traditional assessment measures, provides students abundant opportunity to acquire information and to demonstrate their level of mastery and growth.
8th grade English embarks upon an exploration of the English language that will require students to develop their critical thinking skills, their imagination, and their mastery of the concepts and themes we examine. The reading material ranges from Mythology to Arthurian legend to Shakespeare as we discover how literature conveys messages about society and humanity. While reading comprehension skills are enhanced, students also develop their ability to express themselves. Students have regular opportunities to write, in many different formats, and to offer oral presentations as well. Some of the oral work includes the use of technology, and there is an interdisciplinary project as well. New this year, we will use Chromebooks in the classroom, devices that will enable students to write and edit with ease, and to also take advantage of the many data bases to which the School subscribes while still in class. Finally, we will regularly complete vocabulary and grammar assignments in order to improve students skills in those areas.