Students in middle school have three periods of language each day: one period of Language Skills, one period of Composition, and one period of Literature.
Language
SKILLS
Through a multisensory approach, middle school Language Skills classes guide students through advanced decoding-spelling concepts, including higher level multi- syllable words, morphology study, vocabulary practice, reading fluency, and passage comprehension exercises. Class groupings consist of one to three students to best provide more intensive intervention, direct instruction, and mentoring to promote skill development.
Exploring
LITERATURE
The middle school literature program is designed to stimulate interest and discussion among our students, who are typically skilled conceptual and abstract thinkers. Teachers use a multisensory approach to help students experience the literature, develop an understanding of other cultures and perspectives, empathize with characters, and explore a variety of literary genres. Classes are, on average, composed of 10 – 12 students for discussion purposes.
Written
COMPOSITION
Jemicy’s middle school provides an explicit, highly structured, sequential method of scaffolding each step of the writing process to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful writers in a college-preparatory high school program. Teachers use a variety of technological resources, color-coding systems, interactive methods, and strategies to teach the writing process. Composition classes consist of homogeneous groups of 4 – 6 students.
  • Beginning in Star Group (6 th grade), students review basic sentence structure and grammar. Students utilize these skills to write basic and expanded paragraphs, as well as three-paragraph essays. After mastering expository writing skills through suitable topics, students transition to writing more analytical compositions.
  • In C Group (7 th grade), once the overall process of paragraph writing is internalized, students focus on drafting introductory and concluding paragraphs for lengthier writing assignments. These assignments prepare students for the task of developing thesis statements and five-paragraph essays. Students also begin to integrate research-based evidence, supported by citations and work-cited pages, into their writing.
  • Finally, in Y Group (8 th grade), students engage in the writing process through practice with research and narrative essays, creative writing, and other writing projects.
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