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In the English Language Arts department, students are given the opportunity to explore multiple genres and perspectives throughout the year. Students will be challenged to ask questions and use evidence to demonstrate their understanding of a grade level text. We believe in giving students multiple ways to demonstrate their growth in literacy. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the four key skills students will develop throughout the year. 

Key Skills Include:

  • Reading with a clear purpose
  • Annotating texts
  • Gathering evidence-based claims
  • Understanding a variety of perspectives
  • Developing arguments 
  • Building reading and writing stamina

Texts Used by Grade Level (Subject to Change)


  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • “My Favorite Chaperone” By Jean Davies Okimoto



  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  • “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas