Big Ideas: Structured to foster an appreciation and knowledge of the written and spoken word, the program focuses on developing students' written and oral communication skills and their ability to understand and analyze text. Highlights include creative story writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary building, public speaking, nonfiction writing, independent novel studies, and reflective writing.
Big Ideas: Using a range of engaging materials, activities and strategies, including comprehension strategies for fiction and informational content, students expand their written and oral communication skills. Reading selections and language activities are integrated with other course areas and blend material from the three language strands (reading, writing, oral/visual communication). Highlights include literature circles, creative and narrative writing, Reading Power strategies, informational writing, speeches, Camelot and King Arthur, and persuasive writing.
Big Ideas: The comprehensive curriculum, which includes developed reading, writing and oral literature activities, teaches students that language can be a source of creativity and joy and a way to better understand themselves and others. Students read texts of personal interest, create unique texts and communicate their perspectives through various writing forms. Highlights include twisted fairytale writing, nonfiction research for the Ology project, literature circles, and essay writing.
Big Ideas: The grade 7 program focuses on nurturing strong readers, independent writers and critical thinkers. Students explore the writing process extensively, developing writing goals and editing checklists to create short stories, essays and poetry, and apply literary concepts and conventions to tailor their writing to the intended audience. Highlights include reading comprehension, short story analysis, expository essays, literature circles and literary terms, personal response essays, and the Night of the Notables literary event.