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English 7

Seventh grade English is about learning to appreciate literature and mastering the fundamentals of writing. It provides a balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills.

The seventh grade reading course teaches essential comprehension skills and strategies while students read closely and cite evidence from grade-level fiction and nonfiction – including short stories, novels, poetry, articles, and essays — to support an analysis of what the materials say. Students apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging books and articles, including the novels The Cay by Theodore Taylor and The Giver by Lois Lowery.

Students work on improving skills necessary for formal presentations and develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills. Students work together, express and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources, evaluate what they hear, use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purposes, and adapt speech to context and task.

The seventh grade writing curriculum follows the Writer’s Workshop model where students progress through the writing process as they plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their writing. These writing types include arguments, informative/explanatory texts, poetry, and narratives. Students learn and practice proper grammar, applying its use in their writing. Students learn the basics of MLA formatting for their writing projects. As well as teacher-created writing projects, students also benefit from the experience of real-world application, writing for the Elks Lodge Patriotic Essay competition, the Western Municipal Water District Children’s Story Writing Competition, and the ACSI Creative Writing Festival.

 

English 8

Eighth grade English is about maturing an appreciation for literature and moving beyond the fundamentals of writing, learning and applying more mature and complex strategies. It provides a balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills.

The eighth grade reading course teaches essential comprehension skills and strategies while students read closely and cite evidence from grade-level fiction and nonfiction – including short stories, novels, drama, poetry, articles, and essays — to support an analysis of what the materials say. Students apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging books and articles, including the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and the play Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Students work on improving skills necessary for formal presentations and develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills. Students work together, express and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources, evaluate what they hear, use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purposes, and adapt speech to context and task.

The eighth grade writing curriculum follows the Writer’s Workshop model where students progress through the writing process as they plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their writing. These writing types include arguments, informative/explanatory texts, poetry, and narratives. Students learn and practice proper grammar, applying its use in their writing. Students learn more advanced MLA formatting for their writing projects. As well as teacher-created writing projects, students also benefit from the experience of real-world application, writing for the Elks Lodge Patriotic Essay competition, the Western Municipal Water District Children’s Story Writing Competition, and the ACSI Creative Writing Festival.

Classroom Curriculum

ENGLISH 7

Grammar & Writing 7

MOSDOS PRESS LITERATURE (JADE BK ONE)

 – The Giver by Lois Lowry

 – The Cay by Theodore Taylor

ENGLISH 8

LITERATURE (GOLD BK 2)

Grammar & Writing 8

 – Hatchet by Gary Paulson

 – Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare

Mrs. Ludwig

Calvary has been blessed to have Mrs. Janell Ludwig as a teacher for 17 years. Mrs. Ludwig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from California Baptist University. In her time at Calvary, Mrs. Ludwig has taught 4th and 5th grades, 10th grade English, 12th grade English, and AP Literature and Composition. This year, she is teaching 7th and 8th grade English and also serves on our Administration team as the Academic Dean. Mrs. Ludwig loves teaching because is provides a unique opportunity to touch peoples’ lives; she loves knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of her students, not just by teaching reading and writing and grammar, but because she is teaching students how to reason and think critically and how to love the Lord and have a passion for learning.