Middle School English


Department Philosophy

The English program at TVT provides arenas in which students' natural curiosity about the world can be explored in depth. In examining the many important questions that texts raise about the nature of the individual, communities, and conflict, students graduate with a greater capacity for compassion, an understanding of multiple perspectives, and a deep appreciation of the many answers literature affords us to the question: What does it mean to be human?

In order to achieve this goal, students are taught interpretive strategies that are transferable across texts: ways of understanding character, point of view, setting, and other components that enable students to discover and respond to the complex ideas that literature poses, in addition to understanding their own habits of mind.

The writing program is designed so that students understand that writing is both a process and a product, a way of expressing themselves and a means of discovering what they truly believe. Students are exposed to various genres, such as short stories, drama, poetry, and non-fiction pieces in consideration of various rhetorical strategies a writer might employ. Students use these pieces as mentor texts from which they find their own authentic voices, and instead of merely consuming information and culture, they become creators of literature and writers of their own destinies.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Grade 6

    English 6
    The purpose of the 6th grade Language Arts program is to engage students in the acts of reading, writing, and communicating. Students become active readers and further develop reading comprehension, apply critical and creative thinking skills, and cultivate independent study, reading, and writing habits. Mentor texts model writings in a variety of genres and forms, including poetry, short stories, essays, journals, and persuasive speeches. Students learn to organize, revise, and critique written work. Writing focuses on process, brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and marking the progress between drafts and on mastering the grammar and mechanics needed for sophisticated expression at the sentence level. The reading presents characters who are dynamic: their lives and identities are changing, they are gaining more awareness about who they are, and they are adapting to new environments and moments in history, paralleling students' introduction to middle school. They also read recreational reading books to foster their love of literature and reading prowess.
    Grade Level: 6
  • Grade 7

    English 7
    This course expands the framework of evolving reading and composition skills and knowledge of literary concepts. Using traditional methods and developing technology, writing assignments emphasize content as well as structure, as students learn to develop not only the length of their essays but also the quality of their examples and commentary in writing. Grammar, writing mechanics, and vocabulary are a regular part of the curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to explore different genres in literature including mysteries, vignettes, short stories, poetry and plays. They read recreational reading books to foster their love of literature and reading prowess. Core reading selections investigate multicultural issues, the complexity of making decisions in the modern world, and the difficulty of accepting or formulating personal identity.
    Grade Level: 7
  • Grade 8

    English 8
    The reading in this course provides students the opportunity to explore and understand American culture. Selections from poetry, novels, and plays reinforce literary concepts introduced in previous classes. The course expands students' writing experiences by introducing the full-length essay in a variety of modes, including literary analysis and personal narrative. Students study vocabulary from their core and personal reading and continue to develop practical applications of vocabulary. The study of grammar and mechanics fosters correctness and confidence in both oral and written communication. Projects, writing assignments, oral presentations and play performances throughout the year promote the development of research and presentation skills using traditional methods as well as many forms of technology. Students also read several outside reading books over the course of the year to develop their independent analytical skills and foster the enjoyment of the written word.
    Grade Level: 8
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