ELA, Grades 6 – 8: In the Language Arts classroom, students regularly read and comprehend complex literary nonfiction and literature. Also, students routinely write for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. They are expected to acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate, academic, and domain-specific words and phrases. Lessons are standards-based and designed using the balanced literacy approach. The integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness are the basis of study.
Intensive Reading, Grades 6 – 8: Reading classes are intended to help striving learners build their skills through scaffold instruction and text at the student’s instructional level, while still providing opportunities for students to grapple with complex text. Teachers provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills with an emphasis on reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts.
Critical Thinking, Grade 6: Critical Thinking classes are dedicated to developing learning strategies, critical-thinking skills, enhanced reading skills, and problem-solving skills to strengthen student performance. Lessons teach strategies for oral and written communication, strategies for linking new information with prior knowledge, as well as practices to increase reading fluency and endurance. Critical and close reading skills are integrated through literary and informational complex text selections.
DLA, Grades 6 - 8: The Developmental Language Arts through ESOL classes are designed to enable students who are native speakers of languages other than English instruction to accelerate the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write middle grade level text independently. Students are given extensive opportunities to collaborate with their peers as they interact with appropriate standards corresponding to their grade level and needs.