The middle school English curriculum aims to establish reading as a life-long habit and to encourage independent thinking, imagination, and a personal voice in writing. Students are introduced to all the literary genres, such as short story, drama, poetry, the novel, non-fiction and folk tales. Students are assigned outside reading and book reports to hone their reading skills and interpretation of literature. The focus on reading develops skills in literal and figurative comprehension, as well as on learning the characteristics of each major genre. The curriculum includes extensive writing instruction and practice in a variety of styles.
Writing is taught as a process, including pre-writing, drafting, editing, and rewriting. Students are trained to incorporate proper organization, specific detail, clarity of ideas, variety of sentence structure, and correct grammatical usage and mechanics into their writing. This rigorous reading-writing program is further enhanced by emphasizing oral communication skills and vocabulary development through a variety of resources.