Adams City Middle School
     4451 East 72nd Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.289.5881    303.288.8574
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ACMS Language Arts

Course Descriptions

 

Language  Arts

Throughout the school year, sixth grade students will complete four units of study about our access to water, the refugee experience, overcoming obstacles, and how graffiti can hurt and help a community.  During these units, students will read the novels A Long Walk to Water and The Outsiders in addition to reading various non-fiction articles about the refugee experience and graffiti art.  Students will compose a formal writing piece at the end of each unit as their final assessment.  Some of the major skills we work on include central idea/supporting evidence, identifying and writing figurative language, vocabulary, using context clues, author’s purpose and grammar.

6th Grade ELA Website

Honors Language Arts Sixth grade Honors Language Arts is the first step students take in preparation for a four-year college track. It will set these students up for being placed in honors classes throughout middle school, into the high school, and into college level (AP) classes. The class will provide extensions to the regular 6th grade curriculum, and therefore have advanced expectations for the quality of work produced. The writing requirements will be accelerated towards the seventh-grade requirements
Literacy I The Literacy I class is designed to improve students’ reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness. Students use a program designed to help them improve their reading confidence, fluency and abilities.
Literacy II The Literacy II class is designed to improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary and oral language skills so that they may succeed in all other academic courses. Students read novels, complete projects and give a variety of presentations.
 
 
Course Descriptions
Language Arts This course is designed to have 7th grade students master foundational critical reading skills: main idea, inferring, drawing conclusions and context clues, through short stories, non-fiction text, poetry, novels and plays. This course will also develop students’ writing skills through daily writing, grammar, vocabulary application and use, and extended essays.
Honors Language Arts Course Description: This course is designed to go above and beyond the foundational skills developed in 7th grade language arts by developing students’ abilities to analyze increasingly complex literature through rigorous reading and writing exercises. This course moves at a rapid pace and requires one hour of daily homework or reading.
Literacy I The Literacy I class is designed to improve students’ reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness. Students use a program designed to help them improve their reading confidence, fluency and abilities.
Literacy II The Literacy II class is designed to improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary and oral language skills so that they may succeed in all other academic courses. Students read novels, complete projects and give a variety of presentations.
 
Course Descriptions
Language Arts

In 8th grade, students will get ready for high school by refining their reading, writing and critical thinking skills as they read and analyze poetry, short stories, novels and non-fiction texts in each of six thematically-based units. Specifically, students will read the novels Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck as well as independent novels, as they continue to identify
and analyze figurative language, literary elements, text features, grammar and mechanics and relevant vocabulary.

Students will also write in various genres, including persuasive, compare and contrast, cause and effect and critical essays, to demonstrate their ability to make connections between their lives and literature, the lives of others and the world around them.

Honors Language Arts

This class is designed to advance students to the Advanced Placement program in high school where they can receive college credits. Students will be
required to acquire and show growth with reading skills including: analysis, inference, drawing conclusions and judgment. Additionally, they will be required to write in the following genres: expository, research, narrative and literary analysis.

Students will read a variety of short stories, poems, articles and novels which provide students with more opportunity to constantly advance their skills in all areas of language including speaking and listening.

Literacy I The Literacy I class is designed to improve students’ reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness. Students use a program designed to help them improve their reading confidence, fluency and abilities.
Literacy II The Literacy II class is designed to improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary and oral language skills so that they may succeed in all other academic courses. Students read novels, complete projects and give a variety of presentations.