English Language Arts

The Willow Glen ELA department is focused on spiraling curriculum that articulates from 6th through 8th grade.  The implementation of the new Common Core State Standards is at the forefront of the program with an increase in non-fiction reading and writing based on evidence and analysis.

Students will study the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) units of fictional narrative, expository reading and writing, argumentation, comparing themes across genres, as well as complete a research project.  Classes focus strongly on analysis of informational text (non-fiction) and elements of fictional text.  Students are expected to gain command of English conventions appropriate to 6th grade level and beyond.

ELA 7 is balanced and comprehensive. The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course components include the study of rich and varied literature; writing in the genres of narrative, persuasive, expository, and response to literature, direct instruction in language arts skills and strategies, including vocabulary development, spelling, and grammar; a balance of oral and written language activities; and on-going diagnosis and assessment.

ELA 8 is a standards-based course designed to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading comprehension, language usage and writing, literary analysis, and critical thinking. Students develop those skills that enable them to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of literary works through the use of several writing forms. Additional skills, such as argumentation, active learning techniques and pre-writing skills enhance the students’ development as learners.