(1 credit) Provides middle school students a strong foundation in grammar and the writing process. It emphasizes simple but useful composition and language mechanics strategies along with multiple opportunities for modeling practical, real-world writing situations that will enable students to improve their written communication skills quickly. Writing labs where students compose extended essays and other genres with an emphasis on non-fiction.
Through a variety of grade appropriate reading selections, students will develop a clear understanding of key literary genres and their distinguishing characteristics. These lessons and accompanying assignments, which allow students to compose their own literary pieces, will lay the groundwork for interpreting and appreciating literature in future courses. (32 lessons and submissions, 4 exams, 7 labs)