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Language Arts

Language Arts, Grade 6

Provides instruction in reading from a wide selection of classic, contemporary, and informational texts; requires composition of a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; includes research to discover and utilize a variety of relevant sources from which to evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; enhances the use of oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing, including grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary, and spelling. Summer reading from the IWA-approved Accelerated Reader list is required in order to attain the grade-level-designated number of AR points.

Language Arts, Grade 7

Teaches the writing process, grammar, usage, and the mechanics of writing; develops study skills, vocabulary, and research skills; integrates writing of paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions/essays with the study of short story, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and the novel. Summer reading from the IWA-approved Accelerated Reader list is required in order to attain the grade-level-designated number of AR points.

Language Arts, Grade 8

Builds on previously learned concepts, with emphasis on reading and writing; continues the study of the five basic concepts: reading—read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; writing—compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; research—know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; listening and speaking—listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing ideas in conversations and in groups; oral and written conventions—learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language (grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and composition) in speaking and writing. Summer reading from the IWA-approved Accelerated Reader list is required in order to attain the grade-level-designated number of AR points.

Language Arts Honors, Grade 8

Builds on previously learned concepts, with emphasis on reading and writing; continues the study of the five basic concepts: reading—read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; writing—compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; research—know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; listening and speaking—listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing ideas in conversations and in groups; oral and written conventions—learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language (grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and composition) in speaking and writing. Additionally: develop mastery in the context of challenging content that requires in-depth thought; exercise discipline in order to demonstrate understanding, raise questions, and present ideas, as recommended by the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards. Summer reading from the IWA-approved Accelerated Reader list is required in order to attain the grade-level-designated number of AR points.

Prerequisite: End-of-year average of 95.0 or higher in Grade 7 Language Arts.

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