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English

The middle school English program is designed to foster a love of literature through the investigation of grade-appropriate novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose. Teachers emphasize reading fluency and critical reading to help students engage texts. Students learn to express themselves confidently through the writing process and the discovery of personal voice. The ongoing study of grammar and vocabulary provide additional support for the development of English skills.

Watch the video above to get a sneak peek into Class 6 English class. Students visited the Dexter Southfield Gallery for a writing prompts assignment. 

Class 6

The goals of the Class 6 English curriculum include students becoming comfortable and confident in their reading and writing skills. Understanding grammar and being able to use it correctly is emphasized. Students learn the concepts of plot, theme, setting, and character development through their reading of short stories and novels as they are encouraged to pay attention to important details and to ask thoughtful questions. In writing, clear sentence structure and coherent paragraph development are emphasized as students write expository, narrative, and descriptive compositions. Writing development begins with a variety of frequently assigned small, concentrated and highly organized paragraphs and evolves into longer and more complex writing projects. In addition, students’ spelling and vocabulary develop through weekly lessons.

Class 7

Dexter Southfield School’s Class 7 English program continues to build upon the skills, habits, and appreciations from the study of English in previous grades. As such, the seventh grade program emphasizes building a firm foundation of skills in critical reading, a variety of writing modes, the rules of the English language, and oral communication. Furthermore, students acquire the important habits needed to achieve academic success: note taking, time management and organization as well as other study skills are continually reinforced. Moreover, by incorporating a selection of literature and poetry whose themes reflect the values embraced by the School, students are challenged to develop further their critical thinking skills so they can apply lessons learned to their own lives as well as gain a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation for the world in which they live.

Class 8

The Class 8 English program continues to build upon the critical skills and knowledge gained by students from their Class 7 experience. It is also the goal of the English program to prepare students to achieve success in a rigorous secondary school English curriculum. As such, the eighth grade program emphasizes building a firm foundation of skills in reading, in applying the rules of the English language, in writing a variety of modes, and in oral communication. Furthermore, students continue refining the important skills and habits needed to achieve academic success: note taking, independent research, time management and organization as well as other study skills are continually reinforced. Moreover, students read a selection of literature whose themes and conflicts challenge them to develop a deeper understanding of people and a deeper world-view.

 

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