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English

Course Descriptions

Literature and Writing 7

The English 7 course is aligned with the Next Generation English Language Arts standards and instructional learning activities are designed to emphasize skills and strategies in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students apply close reading techniques to analyze both fiction and nonfiction works and are exposed to a wide variety of literary works.

The elements of grammar, usage, punctuation and capitalization are taught, through the student’s own written work and through literature. Spelling and vocabulary requirements are drawn from assigned readings and supplemental lists, and an integrated approach is used in the teaching of these skills.

Effective writing techniques are emphasized and considerable time is devoted to the writing process. Most writing is done in response to texts read. In 7th grade we utilize peer evaluation, conferencing and other techniques, which are designed to improve written communication. Reading is, of course, emphasized and students will engage in whole class novel studies as well as in discussions and activities based on independently selected books. Computer instruction, stressing word processing, is also included in the seventh grade language arts curriculum. Students will be prepared to successfully complete the NYS grade 7 English Language Arts assessment.

AIS ELA 7

AIS ELA 7 is an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) for seventh graders who need extra assistance in language arts. Students included generally are at risk of scoring at Level I or II on the NYS ELA assessment or are recommended for inclusion by their 6th or 7th grade English teacher. Students enrolled in AIS ELA 7 meet for an extra block of instructional time to receive remediation.

Special Class ELA 7

A self-contained English class based upon an alternate curriculum that focuses on the instruction of basic functional literacy. In this class, there is a focus on core content and individualized reading and writing skills. The curriculum is highly differentiated based upon students’ literacy abilities and IEP goals.

Special Class Decoding 7/8

A self-contained reading class based upon an alternate curriculum that focuses on the instruction of basic functional literacy. The curriculum is highly differentiated based upon each student’s literacy abilities and their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals.

Literature and Writing 8

The English 8 course is aligned with the Next Generation English Language Arts standards and instructional learning activities are designed to emphasize skills and strategies in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students apply close reading techniques to analyze both fiction and nonfiction works and are exposed to a wide variety of literary works.

The eighth grade program is designed to provide students with a strong background in English language arts skills. The development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills is stressed within the language arts classroom. Students will be required to read several class taught novels as well as independently chosen titles. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to appreciate and to respond to quality literature through discussion and independent writing assignments. Spelling and vocabulary requirements are drawn from literature and other teacher resources. This course stresses the need for effective written expression with an emphasis placed on the writing process and the mechanics of language. Students will be prepared to successfully complete the NYS grade eight English/Language Arts assessment.

AIS ELA 8

AIS ELA 8 is an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) for 8th graders who need extra assistance in language arts. Students included generally are at risk of scoring at Level I or II on a NYS ELA assessment or are recommended for inclusion by their 7th or 8th grade English teacher.

Special Class ELA 8

A self-contained English class based upon an alternate curriculum that focuses on the instruction of basic functional literacy. In this class, there is a focus on core content and individualized reading and writing skills. The curriculum is highly differentiated based upon students’ literacy abilities and IEP goals.