Middle School Language Arts

Language ArtsThe Middle School’s Language Arts curriculum is designed to cultivate the reading and writing skills that students need for success in the Upper School, and our Language Arts courses support students in their growth as curious and careful readers and as flexible, reflective writers across a variety of genres.

Middle School students develop in the areas of reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing as they work with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections program, a series of textbooks that include a set of rich, engaging, and complex literary and informational texts. Teachers and students approach their reading through essential questions about the world and our experiences in it. Students gather and record evidence during guided reading, analyze increasingly complex texts, and develop their critical thinking skills and facility with language as they move from literal interpretations of text and develop more complex interpretive skills. Vocabulary study is embedded in the short story and novel studies throughout the year, and grammar studies at the Middle School level emphasize sentence mechanics and syntax.