Middle School Program of Studies (excerpt) English

   English 7

OVERARCHING ENDURING UNDERSTANDING for English Language Arts:

Literature and language help us explore and express our understanding of ourselves, our environment, and others. We do this through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

 The English Language Arts curriculum at Amherst Regional Middle School is based on Enduring Understandings. We explore these deeper understandings by probing essential questions through literature, writing, language and critical thinking.   As our students come to their own unique understandings, they own what they are learning and it resonates with them.  The seventh grade curricular units center around the questions: Who am I? Who are They?  Who are We?  All ARMS seventh graders will experience the units: Who am I as a seventh grader?, Biomes, and World Mythology.  Other units included here will fit into the year according to the teacher and team’s integration plans.

The English Language Arts, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking, are recursive.  They are learned and relearned, improved and embellished throughout an individual’s school career. In our classrooms, language intersects with writing and literature, and numerous connections are made by integrating with the curricula of other departments; we know this is the way our students learn well.  In our student-centered classrooms you will see writing process workshops, literature circles, cooperative learning, and project-based learning to help our students improve in the English Language Arts.

 

English 8

OVERARCHING ENDURING UNDERSTANDING for English Language Arts:

Language and literature are essential tools for managing, creating and responding to change with knowledge, insight, intent, and an understanding of essential characteristics that endure throughout these changes.

 The English Language Arts curriculum at AmherstRegionalMiddle School is based on Enduring Understandings. We explore these deeper understandings by probing essential questions through literature, writing, language, and critical thinking.   As our students come to their own unique understandings, they own what they are learning and it resonates with them.  The eighth grade curricular units center on the idea of change.  All ARMS eighth graders will experience the units: Personal Narratives, Of Mice and Men, Speaking Out, and Transformations.  Other units included here will fit into the year according to the teacher and team’s integration plans.

The English Language Arts, reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking, are recursive.  They are learned and relearned, improved and embellished throughout an individual’s school career. In our classrooms, language intersects with writing and literature, and numerous connections are made by integrating with the curricula of other departments.  We know this is the way our students learn well.  In our student-centered classrooms, you will see writing process workshops, literature circles, cooperative learning, and project-based learning to help our students improve in the English Language Arts. 

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