Middle School Curriculum
Language Arts and Literacy
The sixth grade Language Arts Literacy Curriculum is grounded in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The Standards form the basis for units of study in reading and in writing.Students are taught in the context of the whole class, as well as in small group guided reading lessons. Small group work in writing takes place in needs-based strategy groups. Word study continues with a focus on vocabulary development, which is taught in reading. Grammar and conventions are taught in writing class. Technology plays an integral role in all aspects of literacy instruction.
In reading,students start the year by developing a strong independent reading life where they will respond to texts in writing and in discussion formats. Subsequent fiction units of study focus on analytical and critical thinking about all elements of literature, especially how authors develop characters and reveal theme. Information units of study develop reading strategies students need to understand nonfiction texts on the literal, inferential, and critical levels. Book clubs discussion groups foster deeper comprehension and text analysis. Two units of study focus on genre- biography and historical fiction. Thinking is elevated as students take on various perspectives of characters who experience trying times in a historical context that precedes the life and times of the students. Inferential and critical comprehension are driven to new levels.
In writing, the year opens with a unit of study in narrative writing. This unit emphasizes building writing stamina and elevating the elements of powerful narrative writing that were introduced in previous years. Students then focus on composing literary essays. This unit is designed for students to use the insights they gain from a close reading of short stories to write both character-based and theme-based essays. The unit emphasizes creating evidence-based claims and supporting these claims with appropriate text details. Attention then turns toward information, or nonfiction, writing. Students learn various strategies for efficient and effective note-taking and for gathering relevant information from multiple sources. Students learn to organize their notes in order to develop their topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, and other information and examples. The year concluded as it began with a focus on narrative writing, This time, students write their own historical fiction texts. Strategies include character development techniques such as dialogue, internal thinking, and precise actions, incorporating setting details to develop critical parts of the story, and writing to reveal theme- all while staying true to a time period in history.
Memorial Middle School: Grades 7-8
The middle school Language Arts Literacy Curriculum is grounded in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The Standards form the basis for units of study in reading and in writing.Students are taught in the context of the whole class, as well as in small needs-based strategy groups. Word study continues with a focus on vocabulary development, as understood through Greek and Latin roots. Grammar and conventions are taught in the context of writing. Technology plays an integral role in all aspects of literacy instruction.
7th Grade Language Arts Literacy
8th Grade Language Arts Literacy
Students will be given Progress Assessments periodically through the year. These assessments are created by the Lenape Regional High School District. The assessments that is administered to Shawnee High School Algebra 1 students is the same as the one given to Medford Memorial Algebra 1 students. These assessments, weighted with marking period grades, determine if high school credit will be awarded.
- Three-dimensional learning
- Coherent learning progression
- Phenomena and design solutionIntegrated Engineering and the Nature of Science
- Math and literacy connected with science content