The study of vocabulary is continuous on all three grade levels, with an assessment at the end of each lesson or unit. Children are expected to learn the definitions of words, as well as be able to use the words correctly in their writing. Children in the accelerated program also learn the Latin or Greek roots of words and are expected to know the origins of the words they are studying.
All students in the middle school program are introduced to etymology and learn how to discern the meaning of a word, based on its root word(s).
The seventh graders read short stories in our literature text, Prentice Hall Literature: Bronze. They study plot structure and character development by reading short stories and plays including ones written by Ernest Hemingway, Gary Soto and Charles Dickens. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, The Primrose Way, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Outsiders are some novels we will be reading. The students will write a variety of pieces including both informal and formal essays. Members of the accelerated class will be reading the abovementioned novels as well as The Chosen.
The students will also study the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Tennyson, Langston Hughes, as well as other poets and keep a Poetry Journal throughout the year.
We are reviewing the eight parts of speech and identifying them in sentences. The students are reviewing kinds of sentences, identifying sentence fragments and run-on sentences as well as subject verb agreement. Students will be introduced to subject complements.