Welcome to Middle School Language Arts
Karen C Caccavale NBCT
6th grade: Wonder
6th grade will be reading and discussing characterization, themes, and important ideas in Socratic Seminar. Students will be preparing for these discussions by using "Thinking Notes" - a way of annotating as they read, and completing Character Trait Analysis Charts. Students will also write in their writing books daily, and draft their first essay - a narrative essay, and they will complete the first three units in our Sadlier Vocabulary books. Homework will be daily reading, and studying for the vocab quiz on Fridays.
7th grade: The Wednesday Wars
7th grade will be reading and discussing themes, characters, and setting of the novel, in Socratic Seminar format. In addition, students will be preparing and presenting a '60s project. We will also be writing to daily prompts, and draft a narrative essay. They will also complete units one through three in our Sadlier Vocabulary books. Homework will be daily reading, and studying for Friday vocabulary quizzes.
8th grade: The Outsiders
8th grade will read and discuss characters, themes, and key topics in the novel Socratically. As a small group, they will create a "character sketch" poster of one of the main characters in the novel, referencing the text for evidence of character and physical traits. They will compose a narrative essay draft, and will complete units one through three in Sadlier Vocabulary. Homework will include daily reading and studying for weekly vocabulary quizzes.
Tests-50% (Tests, Projects, Speeches, Final Essays)
Homework-15% (If I give a quiz about the previous night's reading, it counts as a homework grade!)