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Middle School Middle School Language Arts I

Pre Requisites



Through a merging of the past and the present, students in this course study classical and contemporary texts and examine the lasting influence of each. Students acquire a foundational understanding of the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into rigorous and engaging literary and informational texts by examining rhetoric and purpose through close readings, interactive practice, and formal assessments. They also learn to write effective narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces through the repeated practice of planning, drafting, revising, and editing their written work.

Segment One

Module 01 – Getting the Big Picture


·       The Plot Thickens

·       Plotting It Out

·       Making Connections

·       What Does It Mean?

·       Choose Your Words

·       Implicit or Explicit Evidence

·       What is the Big Idea?


Module 02 – Relaying Information


·       Organize Ideas in Informational Writing

·       Gather and Check Your Information

·       Cite Your Sources

·       Introduce Your Ideas

·       What’s Your Big Idea?

·       Don’t Leave It Hanging

·       Wrap Up Your Ideas


Module 03 – The Power of Language


·       Getting to the Point

·       Multiple Views

·       Your Idea in Pictures

·       Figuring Out Figurative Language

·       Pieces to the Puzzle

·       The Appeal of Rhetoric

·       Recognizing Rhetoric


Segment Two

Module 04 – Artful Argumentation


·       Making Arguments That Matter

·       Organize and Introduce Your Argument

·       Show Some Support

·       Your Argumentative Rough Draft

·       Perfect Your Final Draft

·       Misguided Arguments

·       Help With Hyphens


Module 05 – A Novel Approach


·       Influencing Poetry

·       Meaningful Figurative Language

·       Nice to Meet You

·       Get Versed in Verbals

·       The Turning Point

·       Pronoun Problems Solved

·       That’s a Wrap


Module 06 – Telling Tales


·       Mix It Up

·       Planning a Narrative

·       Begin Your Narrative

·       Writing a Noteworthy Narrative

·       The Writer’s Craft

·       Dare to Compare

·       Publishing Your Narrative

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