Middle School

Middle School Language Arts 2/Middle School Language Arts 2 Advanced

1.0 Credit
2 segments / 36 weeks

Using a motif of Mystery, Monsters, and Mayhem, students in the MJ Language Arts 2 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.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.


Strategies for Comprehending and Expressing Meaning in a Text

Students will demonstrate an understanding of strategies for comprehending and expressing meaning in a text by describing connections between the literary elements of a story, comparing mediums for storytelling, explaining tools for comprehending and expressing meaning, and creating a written summary of a text.

Informative Writing With Research

Students will demonstrate an understanding of informative writing with research by describing steps to assess source credibility, explaining plagiarism avoidance, creating a method for organizing research, and creating a five-paragraph informative essay.

Narrative Structure and Techniques

Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative structure and techniques by explaining the importance of narrative point of view, creating a plan for a well-structured event sequence, and creating a story using narrative techniques.

Critical Reading Strategies

Students will demonstrate an understanding of critical reading strategies by comparing the expression of different viewpoints in texts on the same topic, explaining features of historical writing, describing methods for determining the meaning of unfamiliar words or references in a text, and explaining propaganda techniques.

Analyzing Literature

Students will demonstrate an understanding of analyzing literature by explaining the use of poetic devices, describing the literary elements used in works of fiction, and creating a multimedia book review.

Argumentative Writing Fundamentals

Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing fundamentals by explaining the purpose of argumentative elements, formulating an organized plan for an argumentative essay, and creating an argumentative essay following the five-paragraph structure.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1

  • Reading Comprehension/Informational & Expository Writing/Narrative Writing
  • Analyzing interactions between ideas in a text
  • Identifying theme
  • Analyzing how theme develops
  • 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
  • Writing an introduction for informational texts
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Writing a conclusion for informational texts
  • 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
  • Identifying active and passive verbs


Segment 1 Advanced

  • Novel Study
    • Origins and elements of the novel
    • Analyzing major characters
    • Analyzing historical context
    • Authors’ style and voice


Segment 2

  • Reading Comprehension/Argumentative Writing
  • Organization of informational articles
  • How authors express ideas differently
  • Roots and affixes
  • Using apostrophes
  • Interpreting allusions
  • History vs. fiction
  • Propaganda
  • Interpreting explicit and implicit ideas
  • Identifying poetic devices
  • How poets arrange their words
  • How literary elements interact
  • Finding text support
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Perspective of different characters in literature
  • Plot pattern
  • Identifying and interpreting symbolism
  • Determining theme
  • Writing a book review
  • Enhancing a messing using multi-media
  • Determine an author’s point of view
  • Claims and counterclaims
  • Writing an effective claim
  • Locating reliable sources
  • Refuting counterclaims
  • Eliminating redundancy
  • Writing a strong introduction
  • Building an argument
  • Transitions and signal phrases
  • Writing a strong conclusion
  • Polishing a final draft


Segment 2 Advanced

  • Short story genres
  • Elements of suspense
  • Authors’ language techniques
  • Historical context of literature



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