Middle School English Curriculum

In the English curriculum, the core skills of reading and writing are thematically integrated with social studies curriculum as students make cross-curricular connections. Linking literature to its historical period and understanding the culture and geography of world and American history, for example, creates a deeper understanding and brings both history and literature alive for students.

An emphasis on the writing process, coupled with detailed feedback only possible in small classes, develops students’ grammatical, vocabulary, and research skills. Middle School students are challenged daily to participate in an in-depth discussion of literature and take creative risks with writing.

7th Grade students prepare a Living Biography performance on an influential person of their choice for the annual Academic Fair.

English (6th Grade)

Students will build on the foundation established in Lower School to refine skills needed for Middle School writing and analytical thinking. Special emphasis is placed on cause and effect relationships, reading in different genres and for various purposes, cultural understanding, the use of literary techniques, and recognizing universal themes. Assessment of these and other skills important to academic and personal growth will be analyzed in a variety of ways.

English (7th Grade)

Students will build on the foundation established in sixth grade to refine skills needed for middle school writing and analytical thinking. Special emphasis is placed on cause and effect relationships, reading in different genres and for various purposes, cultural understanding, the use of literary techniques, and recognizing universal themes. Assessment of these and other skills important to academic and personal growth will be analyzed in a variety of ways.

7th Grade students prepare a Living Biography performance on an influential person of their choice for the annual Academic Fair.

English (8th Grade)

English 8 students focus on thinking abstractly and making meaningful connections between what they are learning and what they already know. The curriculum also emphasizes writing and analysis. The goal is for students to read with excellent comprehension, to synthesize information, and to write clearly. In addition to the required works, there is an independent reading component which helps to promote a lifelong interest and appreciation of literature. Writing assignments include academic writing and personal responses to literary themes, as well as creative pieces.