Grades K-2 use the Superkids reading program which best supports the standards we have adopted. The program incorporates reading, spelling, and language arts all into one, thus offering multiple means of representation for important concepts.
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Grades 3, 4, and 5 use the Voyages in English textbook by Loyola Press. Areas of study include writing skills, grammar skills, parts of speech, speaking skills, and spelling. We study literature through reading novels and poetry.
Middle School English
In grades six through eight proper grammar, usage and mechanics are major focus areas. The eight parts of speech, along with proper word usage and mechanics are taught, practiced, and reinforced in both their speaking and writing. Another area of focus is different types of writing that includes but is not limited to: descriptive, expository, narrative, persuasive, response to literature, research paragraphs and essays. All formal writing follows the six-step writing process wherein prewriting, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading, publishing & reflecting are utilized. Weekly spelling work and tests are also part of the English curriculum.
Middle School Literature
Sixth through eighth grades use the Voyages in English textbook by Loyola Press . Each grade studies one novel each trimester. The novel studies increase critical reading skills, comprehension & vocabulary, and provide opportunities for students to further their understanding and application of the literary elements. In sixth grade we read Mara, Daughter of the Nile (McGraw); A Christmas Carol (Dickens) and The Bronze Bow (Speare). Seventh graders read The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Speare); Across Five Aprils (Hunt) and The Giver (Lowry). Eighth graders read The Red Badge of Courage (Crane); To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee) and The Westing Game (Raskin).
We also use the Accelerated Reader program within our classrooms. Students make choices of books they would like to read based upon their STAR reading level, and point goals are made and reached as part of their literature grade.