Grade 6 Language Arts

Course Description:

This course builds upon existing language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while introducing inferred reading, critical reading and thinking, as well as presentation skills. An emphasis on vocabulary development and writing skills will be included throughout the program. The course includes studies of various literary genres including: short story, poetry, novel, drama/role play with an introduction to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and non-fiction texts focusing on biography.

Units:

  • Writing to Inform (Biography, Autobiography, Reading Primary Sources),
  • Drama (Introduction to Shakespeare, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Reading for Details and Reading for Pleasure,
  • Middle School Poetry
  • Developing Writing Skills

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will understand language development in the Four Skills
  • Students will learn how to read for details
  • Students will be introduced to the 6 Trait Writing Rubric
  • Students will learn how to role play to develop confidence and articulation skills
  • Students will learn how to draw inferences
  • Students will learn how to form opinions

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Integrating skills into lessons that go beyond the classroom such as: critical thinking, responsibility, acceptance of others, teamwork, sharing stories from around the world and sharing individual life-experiences.

 



Grade 7 Language Arts

Course Description:

This course builds upon existing language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while developing inferred reading, critical reading and thinking as well as presentation skills. An emphasis on vocabulary development and writing skills will be included throughout the program. The course includes studies of various literary genres including: short story, poetry, and novel with an introduction to the Dystopian Novel, drama/role play, and non-fiction texts.

Units:

  • Reading for details, drawing inferences and writing a summary (Introduction to the Dystopian Novel, Literature from Around the World)
  • Drama/ Speaking to Persuade (Julius Caesar)
  • Writing to Persuade (The 6 Trait Writing Rubric)
  • Middle School Poetry (Relating to Poetry and Responding)

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will understand language development in the Four Skills
  • Students will learn how to read for details
  • Students will be introduced to the 6 Trait Writing Rubric
  • Students will learn how to role play to develop persuasive language skills
  • Students will learn how to draw inferences
  • Students will learn how to form opinions
  • Students will be able to read critically
  • Students will be able to build their vocabulary in different contexts

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Integrating skills into lessons that go beyond the classroom such as: critical thinking, responsibility, the acceptance of others, teamwork, sharing stories from around the world and sharing individual life-experiences.

 

 

Grade 8 Language Arts

Course Description:

This course builds upon existing language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while developing inferred reading, critical reading and thinking as well as presentation skills. An emphasis on vocabulary development and writing skills will be included throughout the program. The course includes studies of various literary genres: short story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction texts with an introduction to Media English. The course will introduce students to literary devices such as metaphor and simile, hyperbole, alliteration, allegory and personification. The course aims to build a bridge between Middle School and High School Language Arts.

Units:

  • Newspaper English
  • Reading Skills (Drawing Inferences, reading for details, independent reading)
  • Responding to Literature (Transforming a traditional poem into a modern day narrative)
  • Middle School Poetry
  • Developing Writing Skills through the 6 Trait Writing Rubrics.
  • Understanding Figurative Language

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will develop language in the Four Skills,
  • Students will learn to reading for details and draw inferences
  • Students will learn how to implement the 6 Trait Writing Rubric,
  • Students will learn how to role play to develop confidence and articulation skills
  • Students will be able to form opinions
  • Students will develop their critical reading skills.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Integrating skills into lessons that go beyond the classroom such as: critical thinking, responsibility, the acceptance of others, teamwork, sharing stories from around the world and sharing individual life-experiences.