Middle School

Middle School Language Arts 1/Middle School Language Arts 1 Advanced

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
Open

Using a motif of Heroes, Helpers, and Hope, students in the MS Language Arts 1 course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

 

 

Competencies

Critical Analysis of Texts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis of texts by summarizing the development of plot and character in a narrative, contrasting the implicit versus explicit meanings of a text, and summarizing the development of a central idea in an informational text.

Informational Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of informational articles by describing the research process, explaining strategies for organizing ideas in informational writing, creating a comparison and contrast article, and forming sentences with appropriate voice and structure.

Narrative Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by describing elements of narrative writing, explaining the organization of ideas for a narrative, and creating a narrative.

Comparing and Contrasting Texts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparing and contrasting texts by explaining strategies for conveying central ideas, comparing texts from different genres, and explaining strategies for determining word meaning.

Author's Craft

Students will demonstrate an understanding of an author’s craft by describing the use of figurative language, explaining choices concerning characters’ perspectives, and creating a multimedia presentation on a work of fiction.

Argumentative Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by summarizing the elements of an argumentative essay, describing relevant evidence, and creating an argumentative essay.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Informational & Expository Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Developing an idea
  • Identifying theme
  • Plot pattern
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism/citing sources
  • Writing an introduction
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Writing a conclusion
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Writing effective transitions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Argumentative Writing
  • Determining the central/main idea
  • Paraphrasing a text
  • Writing a summary
  • How authors express ideas differently
  • How word choice affects meaning and tone
  • Using spelling rules
  • Using diverse media formats
  • Determining relevant information
  • Interpreting figures of speech
  • Literal and figurative meaning
  • Comparing/contrasting texts
  • Using context clues
  • Ancient foundations of democracy
  • Interpreting implicit and explicit meaning
  • Identifying poetic devices
  • Looking for connotative meanings
  • Analyzing plot pattern
  • Protagonist and antagonist
  • Determining point of view
  • Finding and interpreting symbols
  • Determining the theme in a text
  • Using pronouns correctly
  • Pronoun/antecedent agreement
  • Creating a commercial
  • Elements of an effective claim
  • Effectively supporting a claim
  • Identifying reliable sources
  • Organizing an argument
  • Writing a strong introduction
  • Correcting run-ons and fragments
  • Using transitions and signal phrases
  • Maintaining formal style
  • Writing a solid conclusion
  • Revising and reflecting
  • Proofreading and editing

Segment 1 Advanced includes: Novel Study

  • Changes in language
  • Analyzing major characters
  • Mood and point of view

Segment 2 Advanced includes: Elements of Drama

  • History of drama
  • Language patterns in historical texts
  • Soliloquy and monologue
  • Mood in drama

 

 

Open

Projects allow students to demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts and skills by completing a career-related task. For example, the assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.

Each competency will be addressed through a project based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore: Technical Writer, Career Counselor, Emergency Management Specialist, Web Developer, Literary Agent, and Police Officer.

Competencies

Critical Analysis of Texts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis of texts by summarizing the development of plot and character in a narrative, contrasting the implicit versus explicit meanings of a text, and summarizing the development of a central idea in an informational text.

Informational Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of informational articles by describing the research process, explaining strategies for organizing ideas in informational writing, creating a comparison and contrast article, and forming sentences with appropriate voice and structure.

Narrative Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by describing elements of narrative writing, explaining the organization of ideas for a narrative, and creating a narrative.

Comparing and Contrasting Texts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparing and contrasting texts by explaining strategies for conveying central ideas, comparing texts from different genres, and explaining strategies for determining word meaning.

Author's Craft

Students will demonstrate an understanding of an author’s craft by describing the use of figurative language, explaining choices concerning characters’ perspectives, and creating a multimedia presentation on a work of fiction.

Argumentative Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by summarizing the elements of an argumentative essay, describing relevant evidence, and creating an argumentative essay.

Projects