Language Arts Curriculum

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade English and Spelling

ENGLISH
The focus of the class is on English grammar, as in the eight parts of speech, and writing. The English book used is Elements of Language by Holt publishers.During the year the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will give three speeches. They will write one research paper. Also during the year they will have numerous writing assignments that focus on thesis statements and topic sentences. 

SPELLING
Spelling class concentrates on basic phonics rules, root and base words, prefixes, suffixes, and vocabulary. The Spelling book used is Spelling Connections by Zaner-Bloser.


 A. GRAMMAR

Understanding Sentences
Nouns
Pronouns
Verbs
Modifiers
Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjections
 Simple, Compound, Complex Compound-Complex Sentences
Subject and Verb Agreement
Capitalization and Punctuation
Verbals
Independent and Subordinate Clauses and Phrases

B. COMPOSITION

Prewriting
Drafting
Revising
Final Draft
Writing Paragraphs
Writing a Report
Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

C. RESOURCE AND SKILLS

Group Discussion
Public Speaking
Study Skills
Writing Letters

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