The ability to read, write, listen and speak effectively in increasingly complex situations and for a variety of audiences is the foundation of the English curriculum in Concordia’s Middle School.
Students engage in a variety of writing projects within the framework of the Writer’s Workshop model, which emphasizes the act of writing itself; students spend most of their time writing, not just learning about it.
Students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in a variety of settings. Additionally, students participate in small group and whole class literature circles and they read books that complement themes and topics covered in social studies. Skills and strategies are taught through individual, small group and large group reading instruction. Students understand that using reading strategies will enhance their understanding of texts. Students respond to literature in a variety of ways.
Our students process and adapt information from class discussion, lessons, speeches, media resources and daily conversations while learning to appreciate and evaluate diverse opinions.