Middle School Program Course Descriptions
LANGUAGE ARTS / DEBATE
Grade Six Language Arts
This course emphasizes writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature.
Students learn to construct essays and how an argument is built (from
thesis statement to conclusion). Grammar topics include fragments,
run-ons, and splices. Literature units expose students to a variety
of genre: fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Students learn to look
for themes and main ideas beyond the story line.
Grade Seven Language Arts
Students continue to study writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature.
Writing instruction emphasizes preparation for college SAT testing.
Daily writing exercises emphasize exposition, the art of written persuasion,
and how to develop a topic. Literature study asks students to identify
universal themes. Research methodology is introduced and used in writing
and debate classes.
Grade Eight Language Arts
Grade Eight students focus on advancing their writing skills and comprehension
skills through the study of literature. Short story, novel, and poetry
studies enable students to gain an appreciation of the human experience
and improve their ability to identify main ideas and subtle inferences.
Middle School Debate
Middle School students learn the art of debate through the study of
logic, rhetoric, and current events. Students research and analyze
various topics of importance and debate formally and informally. Students
will participate in the school's annual Middle School Debate Forum
held each Spring.