Language Arts in Middle School

Quarterly Reading Assignments

This assignment is worth 20% of their reading grade.  Good readers develop through simply reading, a lot!  Students reading goal every quarter is 1500 pages or about 3-5 grade level books.  The Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is to read 40 books by the end of the year.

Click to print: Quarterly Reading Log.

Weekly Reading Assignment

Students will be required to read for 30 minutes five nights a week.  In order to facilitate their reading they will fill out a weekly reading log and fill it out.  Students will have parents sign this reading log to validate reading occurred during the week.

Click to print: Weekly Reading Log

Vocabulary Journal

This year students will be asked to keep a watch for intriguing words and become vocabulary detectives.  They should have a bookmark that they fill out with words every week.  From that list of words they will then choose four of their favorite words to investigate further.  These words will become part of their vocabulary journal.  Words will be chosen from the journals as a class list of vocabulary for vocabulary quizzes.  This allows word lists that the students have personal buy in and creates authentic learning.

Click to print: bookmark, example of vocabulary journal page


Daily Writing Time

Students create a Writing Notebook in the first week of school.  On a daily basis students will come into the classroom and for the first 10 minutes of the day they will write.  We are talking about what good authors notice and how they come up with ideas.  Throughout the year I will be reading the books A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You by Ralph Fletcher and Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner to the students to help them develop their writing skills.

Grammar Program: 5-A-Day

The grammar program is called 5-A-Day and is based on cyclical learning.  In other words, once the students learn a skill they will then practice that skill on a weekly basis for the rest of the year.  This ensures the students will get to practice the skill without forgetting it.  The students will normally get their worksheets on Friday and will have an assigned number to complete each day of the week.  By the end of the second quarter students should be completing the entire worksheet every week.  Here are the skills for each grade level along with the days the students will be practicing these skills:

8th Grade 5-A-Day Notes

7th Grade 5-A-Day Notes

6th Grade 5-A-Day Notes

5th Grade 5-A-Day Notes

Links to help with writing

The Never List

Plague Words & Phrases

The Gentle Art of Arguing

MLA Citation Answers:

Citing Information


Comparison chart of the  content standards for Middle School

(Click to download)

This will help you understand where your child is and what to expect in their learning process.  Compare their own abilities to that of the grade levels below and above them.  Of course we are shooting to be at the very least at grade level by the end of the year.  My goal is to shoot for understanding some of the concepts for the following grade level by the end of the year.


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