English

Sixth Grade English (2 semesters required)
This course is to create an environment where sixth graders practice with & develop skills in written and spoken language. In reading, students are guided through carefully chosen examples of good literature in order to create a love of reading that will grow with each new novel, as well as creating a solid foundation in reading and comprehension. Reading skills and comprehension strategies are the focus of lessons. Thirty minutes a day are devoted to silent reading and note taking. With lessons on basic grammar interwoven into the writing program, students learn to apply these concepts into their own personal writing. The course will review the steps of the writing process. With the use of Daily Oral Language, text, spelling and the Six Traits of Writing, the students’ knowledge and skills will progress.

Seventh Grade English (2 semesters required)
This course is to create an environment where seventh grade students develop skills in written and spoken language. Writing is emphasized in grade seven. Writing skills are developed through a variety of prompts and styles including persuasive writing, procedural writing, narrative writing, note-taking and essay writing in a more mature writing style. Standard conventions of writing will also be emphasized via the Six + 1 Traits of Writing. Seventh graders read with the purpose of analyzing a character and study literature through a number of genres including novels, poetry, and plays. With lessons on mechanics, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary integrated into all subjects, students learn to apply these concepts into their own writing. Students are expected to use the writing process. Daily silent reading and lessons in the elements of literature are introduced. All students need to have a dictionary and a thesaurus for this class.

Eighth Grade English (2 semesters required)
In this course eighth grade Stella Schola students learn to communicate effectively in the areas of writing, speaking, reading, thinking and listening. Correct English usage and mechanics in the written and spoken form are stressed. The student will be able to write various essays (including the 5-paragraph format), appreciate classic literature, develop and improve vocabulary skills, and analyze the main character’s growth in a given novel. Daily silent reading, written evaluation illustrating comprehension on the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of Bloom’s taxonomy, and lessons in purposeful analysis of the elements of literature will be stressed. The student will gain understanding, appreciation and insights into the concepts traditionally found in literature.