Middle School English Language Arts


Reading Goals:

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. Interpret figurative language, words, and phrases. Analyze the structure of text including sentence structure, word choice, tone, syntax as well as how sentences relate to each other. Assess how point of view shapes content and style. Analyze how two or more text address the same theme and evaluate diverse media formats. Learn strategies for reading informational text, taking notes, and studying.


Writing Goals:

Write arguments to support a claim (thesis statement) using valid reading, quotations from text, and critical analysis. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Write narrative pieces to develop real or imagined experiences using details and correct sequencing. Develop and strengthen writing by brainstorming, outlining, writing, revising, proofreading and publishing. Produce clear and coherent writing. Utilize technology in the writing process. Conduct short focused research projects by gathering relevant information as well as more prolonged ones with focused questions to organize writing.


Language Goals:

Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking; review parts of speech, ensure that pronouns are in proper case, use intensive pronouns, recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person and recognize and correct vague pronouns.Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences. Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas. Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences. Formulate and use verbs in the active and passive voice. Utilize verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.


Suggested Reading:

Atlas of the Quran, A Cup of Mint Tea, Commanders in the Muslim Army, When the Moon Split, Sophia’s Journey: Time Warp 1857, The Westing Game, Helen Keller, Hatchet, Fahrenheit 451, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Flowers for Algernon, The Pearl, Across Five Aprils, Johnny Tremain, A.K., Holes, My Brother Sam is Dead, My Side of the Mountain, Out of the Dust, Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, Call of the Wild, The Giver, City of Ember, The Hidden, Sign of the Beaver, The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, The Young Man and the Sea, Autobiography of a Part-Time Indian, Fever 1793, The Ancient Ones, An Inconvenient Truth, Number the Stars, Witness, My Life in Dog Years, Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Chocolate War, Peter Pan, Rules, Gifted Hands, and Tangerine.

Pacing Guides:

6th Grade ELA Pacing Guide

7th Grade ELA Pacing Guide

8TH Grade ELA Pacing Guide