English Language Arts (ELA)

Language Development is a continuous process which contributes to the growth and development of individuals as well as his understanding of the world in which he lives. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are integral parts of the communication process that are taught and reinforced across content areas. Building on the skills developed at the elementary level, these four strands of communication are the foundation for the English language arts program at the middle school level. Students will apply knowledge and skills in the area of English language arts for information and understanding, literary response and expression, critical analysis and evaluation and social interaction.

Grade 5 and 6

Building on the skills learned at the elementary level, the goal of fifth and sixth grade reading is to increase each student’s ability to read and understand more difficult text. Students will be given the opportunity to read a variety of literature. Student activities will include spelling, comparing and contrasting of different literary selections, and a variety of experiences to help develop writing skills. Students will continue to use the six traits (ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions) to revise and evaluate their written work.