Marsh Jr. High School - English
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Portrait of Erica Blaschke
Erica Blaschke, Room P29
6th English
895 - 4110 x 329
Portrait of Derek Dennis
Derek Dennis, Room P25
8th English
895 - 4110 x 325
Portrait of Lisa Farrell
Lisa Farrell, Room P23
6th & 7th English
895 - 4110 x 323

Portrait of Darren Marshall
Darren Marshall, Room D17
8th English
895 - 4110 x 317
Mr. Marshall's Webpage
Portrait of Nick Sfarzo
Nick Sfarzo, Room P27
7th English & ELD
895 - 4110 x 327
Portrait of Sean Stephens
Sean Stephens, Room B4
7th English
895 - 4110 x 304

English 7

In English 7 a student will read and react to literature, explore all stages of the writing process (brainstorming, rough draft, revising, editing, final draft), participate in Writer's Workshop, learn library research skills, work on grammar and vocabulary development, and make oral presentations. The curriculum will be thematically related to the Social Science curriculum. All seventh graders will read The Samurai's Tale and The Clay Marble, complete an I-Search research paper, write a Blue Ribbon Essay exploring the the life of their most admired friend or family member, and prepare written work in association with our annual Medieval Festival. In addition to their regular school reading, students progress toward the eighth grade goal of reading one million words annually on their own.
 
Our junior high students study integrated language arts courses in which they:
  • read and respond to literature--both fiction and nonfiction
  • experience all stages of the writing process (brainstorming, rough draft, revising, editing, final draft)
  • prepare and make oral presentations
  • learn and practice research skills
  • develop basic grammar/writing/spelling skills
  • work on developing vocabulary

All classes meet the California English-Language Content Standards for California Public Schools for Grades 6-8.

English 8

English 8 is a language arts course in which students will read and respond to literature--both fiction and nonfiction, develop writing skills and practice the writing process through Writer's Workshop and essay writing, apply and extend library research skills, work on grammar and vocabulary development, and make prepared oral presentations. Core literature will focus on "Cultural Encounters and Conflicts," reinforcing information taught in the "American Experience" history course. Eighth grade students should expect to complete assignments including a historical biography with presentation component, an eight part paper of self exploration, a lengthy poetry portfolio, and comprehensive semester and final exams stressing the literary analysis. In addition to their regular school reading, students progress toward the eighth grade goal of reading one million words annually on their own.