English Department

             
 
 
Audri Bakke, Room C7
6th & 7th English
895-4110 x 307
 
Derek Dennis, Room P25
6th & 8th English
895-4110 x 325
  Lisa Farrell, Room P23
6th & 7th English
895-4110 x 323
 
Pam Larrance, Room B5
8th English
895-4110 x 305
 
                  
 
Darren Marshall, Room D17
8th English
895-4110 x 317
 
Synda Matthews, Room E19
6th & 7th English
895-4110 x 319 
 
Nick Sfarzo, Room P27
7th English & ELD
895-4110 x 327
 
Sean Stephens, Room B4
7th English & IRI
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.