In 7th grade, students refine and master previously learned knowledge and skills that make up the basic foundation blocks of language arts. Emphasis is placed on developing literary, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and spoken skills. Students continue to read widely in classic, contemporary, and informational text selections and to use different forms of writing with a strong emphasis on conventions and style on a regular basis. This course will strengthen knowledge and increase the academic challenge of all students. (Credit: 1)
Pre AP language arts in 7th grade covers more elaborate complex and in-depth studies of literature, composition, grammar and vocabulary in addition to the state standards as outline in the TEKS objectives required of all students. It is also at a higher level of difficulty than that in grade-level classes. This course begins the foundation of vertically aligned skills and strategies needed for success in AP English courses. (Credit: 1)
Students will continue to refine and master previously learned knowledge and skills that make up the basic foundation blocks of language arts emphasized by literary, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and spoken skills. 8th grade students will read widely in classic, contemporary, and information texts. They will also produce multi-paragraph compositions with a strong emphasis on varied sentence structure and other conventions of written language. This course will strengthen knowledge and increase the academic challenge of all students. (Credit: 1)
The Pre AP course in 8th grade meets the standards and expectations as outlined in the TEKS objectives and will continue developing deeper skills needed to be successful on more elaborate, complex, and in-depth studies of literature, compositions, grammar and vocabulary. This course will continue building the foundation of vertically aligned skills and strategies needed for success in AP English courses. (Credit: 1)
Welcome to 7th & 8th grade Language Arts!
Knights will be reading and writing. Prior to the start of school, students will begin their
year with summer reading. (Please see the Summer Reading Section for more information.)
In the Kingdom of Knox, we believe that both reading and writing are equally important and throughout the year students will have multiple opportunities for both. Knights will have “choice” reads and “prescriptive” reads. The LA teachers allow students to read a book of choice, additionally students will have required or expected (prescriptive) reads. These will include poetry, drama, novels, short stories, fiction, and non-fiction selections. Knights are expected to read and respond to what they have read by speaking and writing. Reading and writing opens the mind and helps Knights with their critical reading and thinking skills. The LA teachers look forward to helping students make
connections personally, across genres, and with the world by reading, writing, and discussing informational, expository, and fictional texts, plus exploring poetry and drama. Writing is how an individual can communicate his or her ideas and express thoughts as well as explore self.
We read, we write, we discuss, we learn, and we grow. The LA teachers help our Knights write and create their own stories. Because each Knight is traveling his or her path, Knox LA teachers walk alongside our students as they identify and discover their personal quest. We are honored to help our Knights as they journey through reading and writing in LA classrooms of Knox Junior High School!