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Areas of Study

One of the goals of this class is to cultivate life-long reading habits. Toward this end, we will read, as a class, a selection of novels. For each selection, students will be expected to complete the reading on time and to come to class prepared to discuss the reading. 

The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
Call of the Wild by Jack London
White Fang by Jack London

Vocabulary Development

Students will expand their vocabularies by completing weekly vocabulary lessons and quizzes.


Students will prepare themselves for high school by mastering punctuation, recognizing sentences structure, and determining correct usage. Daily Oral Language exercises will help facilitate this goal.

Writing Development

Students will continue to develop as writers by writing a variety of written works such as responses to literature, reflective essays, descriptive writing, and poetry. Students will write a rough draft every two weeks and turn in a final draft every two weeks, alternately. Late rough drafts may not be proofed due to time constraints.

Listening and Speaking

Students will practice informal presentations during the school year. Students are expected to be engaged in class discussions.