Justice Page Middle School ELA Course Descriptions

6th grade:

In sixth grade English Language Arts (ELA), students will develop skills as readers, writers, speakers, viewers, and critical thinkers. Students will explore Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings by reading a variety of whole-class and self-selected fiction and nonfiction texts; using the writing process to compose fiction, information, persuasion, poetry, and drama; participating in shared inquiry discussions; incorporating media and technology; and collaborating on interdisciplinary projects. Finally, each of the ELA units is based on the Minnesota Common Core Standards for Language Arts and incorporates components of the INNOVATE Design process of teaching and learning. As a result of this work, students will develop into critical thinkers who use evidence to support their ideas and seek to understand multiple perspectives and cultures.

7th grade:

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”

― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

In seventh grade students continue to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking as we work with increasingly complex texts and ideas. We will build on the structures established in sixth grade, using inquiry, the writing process, media and technology, and interdisciplinary work to explore a range of genres. Through this work, students will immerse themselves in the stories that make us who we are as individuals and as a community, and they will discover new ways to share their stories with the world.

8th grade:

Critical thinking, reading and writing are the core of eighth grade English Language Arts (ELA). Students will dig deeply into texts to discover how literature is often a critique of society and how authors explore the issues of their day through characters and stories. Anticipated whole-class novels include The Giver by Lois Lowry, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Writing will emphasize both personal and analytical responses to literature. We will continue to build on student’s skills in inquiry, discussion, collaboration and use of technology.