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English 6th Grade
This course is designed to develop, strengthen, and broaden a student’s understanding and the use of language in its various forms—with a particular focus on grammar rules and constructs.  Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, and develop academic habits of mind. 

Reading 6th Grade
This course is designed in collaboration with 6th grade English to develop, strengthen, and broaden a student’s understanding and the use of language in its various forms—with a particular focus on grammar rules and constructs. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside and summer reading are required.  

English 7th Grade - Academic
This course is designed to develop, strengthen, and broaden a student’s understanding and the use of language in its various forms. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school and high school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, explore various genres, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside and summer reading are required. 

English 7th Grade - Advanced
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
This course is designed with all the fundamentals of the Academic level class following the same scope and sequence. Through increased rigor, deeper thinking, and the development of more advanced products, students will further refine their reading and writing skills. Outside and summer reading are required.

English 8th Grade - Academic
This course is designed to develop, strengthen, and broaden a student’s understanding and the use of language in its various forms. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school and high school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, explore various genres, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside and summer reading are required. 

English 8th Grade - Advanced
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria. 
This course is designed with all the fundamentals of the Academic level class following the same scope and sequence. Through increased rigor, deeper thinking, alternate readings and assignments, and the development of more advanced products, students will further refine their reading and writing skills in preparation for their high school courses. Outside and summer reading are required.

Creative Writing 7th – 8th grade
1 semester
The goals of this course include gaining a greater understanding of the components of various types of creative writing, fostering an understanding of and development of a personal writing process, and producing of multiple types of creative writing to include essays, short stories, and poetry. Among the methods we’ll use to achieve this will be the study of the diction, the imagery, and the tone of published writers. Having a better understanding of the choices writers make will help students understand how to communicate their own ideas of fiction. This course is for the student who wants to understand how writing happens, how to turn interesting thoughts into compelling words, and wants to create worlds with characters and dialog. Students will not be required to but will be strongly encouraged to share their work with the other students in the class.

Communication Applications 8th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Communication Applications is designed to teach the skills and strategies needed to become an effective communicator in a variety of “real life” situations. Students will build self-confidence while speaking in both formal and informal settings. Students are expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, interviews, group interactions, and professional or personal presentations. Assignments will focus on verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, and critical thinking. At the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate effectively and appropriately, which will allow them greater ease in expressing their thoughts and feelings. 

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