Arts & Language ARts
Middle School Literature & Composition
With a focus on Standard English usage and grammar, students will work to develop and improve their composition skills, beginning with sentence structure, moving to paragraphs, and concluding with essays and other writing assignments. In addition, students will read four novels and associated shorter readings, use study guides that include vocabulary study, reading techniques, literary analysis, and short writings. In class discussions will focus on the elements of literature and a discussion of themes as they relate to students’ lives.
Typical books include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Animal Farm, Dragonwings, Julie of the Wolves, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Red Fern Grows, A Wrinkle in Time, etc. (Actual selections still to be determined as they will change each year).