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What Will We be Doing?

This language arts class is designed to increase student communications skills through reading, writing, speaking, and the study of the English language. Our primary focus in language arts class will be mastery of different writing styles, demonstration of the rules of grammar, and reinforcing the ability of students to express themselves orally.


Students can expect to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction including novels, short stories, dramas, poetry, and essays. These writing pieces will model the different writing styles we will be working on ourselves. Writing assignments will include timed responses, journal writing, essays, critiques, and creative pieces. Vocabulary, spelling, Greek and Latin roots, and grammar assignments will also be an important part of this class. Because we are a community of learners, students will be expected to work cooperatively early and often throughout the course.


Please understand that at-home reading is expected and is a component of our course. Students will be held accountable for at-home reading by various methods.


Our major units of study will include but are not limited to:

  • Narrative writing
  • Expository writing (descriptive, explanation, comparison and contrast, problem/solution)
  • Technical writing (friendly letters, thank-you notes, instructions, web pages)
  • Persuasive writing
  • Speech writing and delivery
  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Mythology/Folklore
  • Sentence Fluency and Construction
  • Vocabulary
  • Standard grammar and mechanics


Throughout all of our writing, we will also utilize the multi-step writing process to develop, revise, evaluate, and improve our products. In our course of study in all the units, we will address the various elements of specific genres (including but not limited to organization, purpose, audience, narration, conflict, sound, graphics, tone, and theme).