ELA Grades 5-8

Welcome to English Language Arts!

     English Language Arts confronts us with many real-life questions, which are perfect opportunities for students to analyze and use their critical-thinking skills in essays, quick writes, and various assignments. I am eager to begin working with your child in studying literature, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar, as well as developing strong writing skills. Over the course of the year, students will strengthen their reading comprehension and critical-thinking skills through research and project-based activities. In particular, the following grades will be studying units and activities described below:

    5th Grade ELA: We will begin our studies using the Journeys Common Core textbook, before reading Jack London's The Call of the Wild. Students will then select a research project related to the Yukon and Alaskan gold rush period. Students will also need to complete outside reading assignments of their choice, and we will engage in a vigorous study of vocabulary, spelling, and grammar as applied to writing.

    6th Grade ELA: We will be working out of the Journeys Common Core textbook and Reader’s Notebook, but students will also read selected folktales from the Brother’s Grimm; the novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen; poetry; and nonfiction articles. Students will again engage in a vigorous study of vocabulary and grammar from supplemental materials, and apply these skills to various writing projects. 


    7th Grade ELA: To begin with, students will read various short stories by O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, and others to explore the elements of fiction. We will then work out of the Pearson’s Common Core textbook, which has many rich selected readings and activities. Students will also read poetry, nonfiction articles, a dramatic version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the novel, The Hunger Games, and will work on various activities surrounding those readings. 

    8th Grade ELA: We will begin the fall with a vigorous study of poetry, beginning with the lyrics from such songs as The Beatles’ “Yesterday” and Jack Johnson’s “We’re Going to Be Friends.” The poetry unit will also include works from Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and others, culminating with students’ research of their favorite poet. In addition, students will also read the novels, Tuesdays with Morrie and To Kill a Mockingbird, and will work on various activities surrounding those books.

 I sincerely hope that your child will feel comfortable speaking with me if he/she is having any difficulty with class material. Should you ever need to reach me, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school’s main number, 516-588-4760, or by my e-mail address at nsequino@stjoeronkelem.org.

 I look forward to working with you, and to a successful school year for your child. Thank you. 

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