All Language Arts classes at Angevine Middle School focus on the standards and benchmarks as outlined in the Middle School Language Arts Curriculum and the Boulder Valley Academic Content Standards for Language Arts. The courses build on elementary level instruction and demand increased application of skills, academic sophistication and intellectual reasoning necessary for success in high school and beyond. Through the use of a variety of materials and instructional strategies, students develop and enhance their reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to acquire and apply language arts skills in a variety of instructional settings, with particular emphasis on reading and writing improvements.
Advanced Language Arts is taught in two distinct formats. Sixth graders participate in a separate Advanced Language Arts/Reading block class, which serves as a scaffold for future participation in advanced coursework. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in differentiated Language Arts/Advanced Language Arts classes, which include regular language arts students. While all students are challenged to achieve at the highest level, differentiated strategies are put in place to help those who need more support or time to achieve proficiency on the standards. This allows the teacher to provide more student choice in demonstrating understanding and pacing their learning. Rigorous writing assignments and book studies are provided for all students and students who self select advanced options for assignments will be eligible to earn the “Advanced Language Arts” distinction on their transcript. In addition, truly advanced students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning throughout the process. Our success with this method has fostered higher than average levels of academic growth in our students, as well as higher participation in advanced opportunities by underrepresented student populations.
7th Grade Language Arts Update
For the 2013-1014 school year we will be offering two distinct classes- 7th Grade Language Arts and Advanced 7th Grade Language Arts. There are a limited number of spots available in the Advanced classes and selection will be made based on teacher recommendation, 6th grade Language Arts and Reading Grades, and TCAP scores.
If your child is selected for this class you will be notified by August 10, 2013. The expectation is that all selected students will complete an assigned reading and writing project prior to the beginning of school, August 21, 2013. This assigned work will be an integral part of the first quarter curriculum and students who do not complete the assigned tasks will not be able to participate in the course.
Below is the course description from the BVSD Curriculum Essentials Document.
Advance Seventh Grade English Language Arts focuses on the four
academic standards: speaking and listening, reading for all
purposes, writing and composition, and research and reasoning.
This course demands increased application of developing
literacy skills and intellectual reasoning. Focus studies include:
analyzing literary components, examining text structures,
developing vocabulary knowledge through context, organizing
and structuring writing for intended audiences and purposes,
informative/expository and persuasive writing, grammar and
mechanics of English language.
||6th Grade Reading/Language Arts, Advanced 6th Grade Reading/Language Arts, Reading Plus Intervention Class|
||7th Grade Language Arts, Advanced 7th Grade Language Arts, Publications, Creative Writing|
||8th grade Language Arts, Advanced 8th Grade Language Arts, Publications, Creative Writing|