English Language Arts

English Language Arts 6-8 Series

This course series develops basic English language skills. Students will develop an appropriate vocabulary, correct spelling, and proper use of writing mechanics, and hone their skills in oral and written presentation.

Students are exposed to a range of literary genres, including novels, short stories, plays, essays, and poetry. Discussions about literature and readings of selected passages happen at each grade level, and attention is paid to literal and inferential comprehension, the drawing of valid conclusions based on evidence. Students also examine various literary devices such as setting, tone, point of view, character development, and symbolism. Vocabulary usage and study take place in the context of the literature that is read as well as through direct study.

Students practice grammar and the mechanics of writing. They learn to follow the writing process—brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, and revising—for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students build their compositional skills through an in-depth education in paragraph and essay writing, including instruction in writing persuasive essays, descriptive essays, and personal narratives.