Language Arts In reading this year, students will expand their literary skills through several novel studies. Students will be expected to keep journals and complete homework assignments and reading projects that stem from their novel studies. The first novel we will read is “The Outsiders”. We will also read a variety of genres from the Prentice Hall series. We will cover activities that focus on a broad range of areas that include the following: Vocabulary, reading and comprehension strategies, literary activities, grammar skills, and an abundance of fun and educational projects. Projects will include writing, research, visual, and speaking activities. Formative & Summative Assessments For each story and skill covered, assessments will be taken. There will be class discussions utilizing guided reading questions and higher order thinking questions. There will be an assessment given at the end of each story which will include multiple choice questions and one extended response. At the end of each unit, a summative assessment will be given to measure student growth. Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop Students will keep their writing in composition notebooks that will be provided by the school. This will show student effort and progress throughout the year. Our first unit will focus on narrative writing. Students will have to choose one moment in their life to write about when they felt a strong emotion. We will also cover journalism, literary essays, prompted essays, and poetry.