Welcome to Jr. High English!

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

Miss Chesney

Miss Melissa Chesney is a Calvary alumni and is thrilled to be back teaching at her second home. After graduating from Calvary, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California Baptist University. She has been part of the Calvary staff since 2014, holding a variety of different positions, including Junior High and High School Guidance Counselor, 10th Grade English teacher, High School Bible teacher, Junior High Assistant Principal, and Junior High English Teacher. She loves her students and strives to help them grow in reading, writing, communicating, critical thinking, and knowing the Lord.