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English

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.

Writing Focus

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.

Grade 5

Grade 5 students write personal narratives, historical fiction, non-fiction picture books, argument essays and literary essays. In addition, students engage in reflective and responsive writing in support of reading, social studies, math, science and philosophy.

Grade 6

Grade 6 students write informational essays, personal narrative, social action fiction and persuasive essays. In addition, students engage in reflective and responsive writing in support of reading, social studies, math, science and philosophy.

Grade 7

Grade 7 students write memoirs, informational essays, literary essays and persuasive essays. In addition, students engage in reflective and responsive writing in support of reading, social studies, math, science and philosophy.

Grade 8

Grade 8 students write memoirs, reflection essays, multi-modal informational writing pieces, journalism articles and literary essays. In addition, students engage in reflective and responsive writing in support of reading, social studies, math, science and philosophy.

Reading Focus

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.

Concordia International School Shanghai - middle school english

Our students process and adapt information from class discussion, lessons, speeches, media resources and daily conversations while learning to appreciate and evaluate diverse opinions.