English

Writing assignments include weekly essay assignment by 8th grade.

Explorer West Middle School’s English program strives to develop students who:

  • Enter high school honors English classes with complete reading, writing, and discussions skills that include being able to:
    • Produce fluent, thoughtful, and well-organized prose
    • Discuss literature and to correctly use the language and terminology of literature analysis
    • Use the language and basic rules of English grammar, punctuation, and usage when writing and discussing writing
    • Know the basic Latin and Greek roots and prefixes used in English as one tool for pulling the meaning of unfamiliar words through context
    • Spell the English language correctly

  • Reading comprehension has been informed and strengthened by their understanding of essential historical, cultural, and ethical knowledge
  • Can use their acquired knowledge and the results of their reading, study, and individual thinking to
  • arrive at tentative conclusions about the nature of the world and its ideas independently
  • Are self-confident, self-assured, self-possessed, assertive, articulate, articulate

English - Main program elements by grade:

6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
Prepares the incoming sixth grader for an academic approach to the study of literature and writing. This introduction will include the basic vocabulary of literature discussion, non-fiction writing, reading comprehension, memorization and recitation of poetry, basic grammatical constructions, vocabulary, and spelling.Begins preparation for high school English. This includes reading and literature study, writing, an intensive grammar unit, reading comprehension, memorization and recitation of poetry, basic grammatical constructions, vocabulary, and spelling.Completes the preparation for high school English. This will include extensive reading, the literary analysis paper, weekly essays, reading comprehension, literature discussion leadership, memorization and recitation of poetry, vocabulary, and spelling.