English 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade:


       Each grade will be writing all four essays; descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive.  We will learn how to construct a well-orgainized essay that includes attention getters, thesises, transitional sentences, bodies, and concluding sentences.  During our persuasive essay will also learn how to contruct a counter-argument as well.  Each of our essays will be organized into 6 paragraphs, with one being our connection paragraph.  We will use a CLOSE Writing method that will enhance the students' understanding of what a well constructed essay resembles.  Throughout the year, we will also enter into a handful of competive essay contests that students could win trophies and monetary awards. 
       Students will switch back and forth from writing to grammar in English, both of which complement a student's ability to become a great writer.  During our grammar units, students will learn the 8 parts of speech and all of its components.  There will be tests and quizzes given and homework will be assigned daily.  In 6th and 7th grade we will be also begin to diagram sentences to help with understanding sentence structure.  In 7th and 8th grade we will also write a 5 page research paper that includes a Bibliography and Reflection.