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1 COURSE TITLE: English/Language Arts Grade 6 The Grade 6 English curriculum, aligned with the Virginia SOL, is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of literature, and those skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology into the research and writing process. Specific goals include helping students 1) improve critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) learn grammar, usage, spelling and mechanics through the writing process; 5) develop skills in the use of electronic technology; and 6) practice oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. practice the skills tested on the Grade 6 SOL reading test. Use the writing process to craft a well-developed paragraph in a variety of modes; distinguish between revising and editing; edit for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation; create a variety of genres; implement writing across content areas; incorporate technology Select, narrow, and research a topic; identify plagiarism; develop notetaking skills; paraphrase; use print and non-print references; practice advanced Internet searching techniques; practice Internet safety; prepare a works cited page; produce a research product Study various genres of literature and the associated literary terms: short stories, fiction, non-fiction, novels, and poetry Demonstrate and practice oral skills through recitations, debates, group/individual presentations, cooperative learning, group discussions, oral Develop vocabulary, not only through words found in literature, but also through the study of word elements, including Latin prefixes and suffixes

2 COURSE TITLE: Honors English/Language Arts Grade 6 The Grade 6 Honors English curriculum, aligned with the Virginia SOL, is an extension of the academic program. Instruction at the honors level emphasizes the appreciation and analysis of challenging literature, astute communications, and activities requiring high levels of critical and creative thinking. Literary analysis through independent reading and classroom instruction is a focus. The Grade 6 Honors English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of literature, and those skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology into the research and writing process. Specific goals include helping students 1) demonstrate critical thinking skills, 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature independently; 4) develop grammar, usage, spelling and mechanics through the writing process; 5) implement skills in the use of electronic technology; and 6) develop oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. practice the skills tested o the Grade 6 SOL reading test. Use the writing process to craft a well-developed paragraph in a variety of modes; apply revising and editing skills; edit for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation; create a variety of genres; synthesize writing across content areas; construct rubrics; explore technology skills; paraphrase; explore and utilize print and non-print references; practice advanced Internet searching techniques; practice Internet safety; create a works cited page; generate research Study various genres of literature and the associated literary terms: short stories, fiction, non-fiction, novels, poetry, and drama with an introduction to Shakespearean language Demonstrate and practice oral skills through recitations, debates, group/individual presentations, cooperative learning, group discussions, oral Investigate word meanings through prefixes, suffixes, and roots, as well as through literature selections

3 COURSE TITLE: English/Language Arts Grade 7 The Grade 7 English curriculum, aligned with the Virginia SOL, is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication and a life-long appreciation of literature. Specific goals include helping students 1) improve critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) develop usage/mechanics, and spelling through the writing process; and 5) develop oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. practice the skills tested on the Grade 7 SOL reading test. Review grammar and mechanics, as necessary; edit for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation; style; tone; sentence variety; writing process; organization; unity; elaboration; central idea; writing for specific purposes including writing for the work place, and descriptive, narrative, and expository writing; selected vocabulary Survey/analyze a variety of genres, including fiction/nonfiction, poetry, novel, short story, drama, and folklore; study of literary elements such as poetic devices and figurative language Demonstrate and practice oral skills through oral performances, presentations, and ; verbal vs. non-verbal messages, readers theater, drama, and various oral activities Continue exploration of Latin and Greek word elements, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots; word study through literature

4 COURSE TITLE: Honors English/Language Arts Grade 7 The Grade 7 Honors English curriculum, aligned with the Virginia SOL, is an extension of the academic program. Instruction at the honors level emphasizes the appreciation and analysis of challenging literature; refined, articulate, and astute communications; and activities requiring high levels of critical and creative thinking. The Grade 7 Honors English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication and a life-long appreciation of literature. Specific goals include helping students 1) apply critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) develop and master grammar, usage/mechanics, and spelling through the writing process; and 5) develop oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. teachers reinforce the requirements from previous years, and depending on practice the skills tested on the Grade 7 SOL reading test. Effectively apply the writing process to craft well-developed paragraphs for specific purposes in a variety of genres, including writing for the work place and descriptive, narrative, and expository writing; develop and master mechanics/usage; enhance editing skills for spelling, capitalization, and punctuation; use of technology in the writing process Survey/analyze a variety of genres, including fiction/nonfiction, poetry, novel, short story, drama with an emphasis on Shakespeare, and folklore; study literary elements, such as poetic devices and figurative language Demonstrate and practice oral skills through oral performances, presentations, and ; verbal vs. non-verbal messages, readers theater, drama, and various oral activities Continue exploration of Latin and Greek word elements, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots; word study through literature

5 COURSE TITLE: English Grade 8 /Reading The Grade 8 English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of literature, and those skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology into the research and writing process. Specific goals include helping students 1) improve critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) learn grammar, usage, spelling, and mechanics through the writing process; 5) develop skills in the use of electronic technology; and 6) practice oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. practice the skills tested on the Grade 8 SOL writing and reading tests. Review grammar and mechanics as necessary. Edit for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Use the writing process and a variety of writing experiences to create style, tone, sentence variety, organization, unity, elaboration. Write to a specific purpose, including writing for the work place; use descriptive, narrative, and expository styles; select appropriate vocabulary Survey/analyze a variety of genres of literature including biography, poetry, novel, short story, and Greek mythology. Study literary elements, poetic devices, persuasive, and expository essays Develop oral communication skills through performances, presentations,, readers theater, drama, and various other formal and informal oral activities. Explore mass media messages, persuasive techniques in mass media, intent, and factual content. Incorporate interview techniques, note taking, and use of electronic databases into written and oral presentations. Continue exploration of Latin and Greek word elements including prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Participate in word study through literature.

6 COURSE TITLE: Honors English Grade 8 The Grade 8 Honors English curriculum is an extension of the academic program. Instruction at the honors level emphasizes the appreciation and analysis of challenging literature; refined, articulate, and astute communications; and activities requiring high levels of critical and creative thinking. The Grade 8 Honors English curriculum is an integrated program of reading and writing skills, activities, and applications designed to develop clear and effective written and oral communication, a life-long appreciation of literature, and those skills necessary to incorporate electronic technology into the research and writing process. Specific goals include helping students 1) improve critical thinking skills; 2) develop a literary background; 3) read challenging literature; 4) learn grammar, usage, spelling and mechanics through the writing process, 5) develop skills in the use of electronic technology; and 6) develop oral communication skills through individual, small group, and large group learning experiences. /Reading teachers reinforce the requirements from previous years and, depending on the needs of individual students, may extend instruction beyond the required curriculum. Teachers incorporate activities to review and practice the skills tested on the Grade 8 SOL writing and reading tests. Review grammar and mechanics as necessary. Edit for correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Use the writing process and a variety of writing experiences to create style, tone, sentence variety, organization, unity, elaboration. Write to a specific purpose including writing for the work place; use descriptive, narrative, and expository styles; select appropriate vocabulary. Survey/analyze a variety of genres of literature including biography, poetry, novel, short story; study literary elements, poetic devices, persuasive, and expository essays Demonstrate oral communication skills through performances, presentations,, readers theater, drama, and various other formal and informal oral activities. Explore mass media messages, persuasive techniques in mass media, intent, and factual content. Incorporate interview techniques, note taking, and use of electronic databases into written and oral presentations. Continue exploration of Latin and Greek word elements including prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Participate in word study through literature.

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