Skip to main content

ELA

6th graders are eligible to take General Reading 6 and Advanced Reading 6.  Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated a strong ability to move quickly through reading materials and are ready for the challenge of additional work.

Reading 6:
Download the 6th reading curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Turn Every Kid Into a Reader – and Analyzing Characters Across Series
Unit 2    Critical Literacies Book Clubs
Unit 3    Nonfiction- A Study of Text Complexity
Unit 4    Preparing for High Stakes Reading Tests/ Lifting the Level of Reading Partnerships
Unit 5    Fantasy Series Book Clubs
Unit 6    Nonfiction Reading Across Text Sets

Honors Reading 6
Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated to be strong readers and is comprised of additional rigor and challenge to the current college-preparatory course offering. The English Language Arts teachers use the current Columbia Reading Units of Study for grade 6 as the basis for instruction while further developing units with a strong focus on meaningful class discussions, including thorough comprehension and critical analysis of a variety of genres.  The program will emphasize vocabulary, composition skills, research skills, grammar conventions, and sentence construction.  Due to the fast-paced, rigorous curriculum of this class, only students who are self-motivated, passionate about reading, and have exceptional work ethic will be eligible.

Criteria for Placement in Advanced Reading Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
• MAP Test Results
• SBAC Test  Results
• OLSAT Test Results
• District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction
– Share

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
OWL
Teen Ink: Mentor texts

This course follows Columbia’s Reading and Writing workshop model (see below). In class and at home, students keep a writer’s notebook where they will grow in skills needed for specific writing types as well as develop their personal style as writers. Volume, variety, and thoughtfulness are also areas of emphasis in the writer’s notebook.  Students set goals and focus on improving specific skills. In the meeting area, the teacher models strategies to help the students push themselves as writers.  Students also receive peer feedback and publish their final pieces.  The students will also use the Easy Grammar curriculum to build their understanding of proper mechanics to better communicate their sophisticated writing ideas.

Download the 6th writing curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Personal Narrative: Creating Powerful Life Stories
Unit 2    Literary Essay
Unit 3    Research-Based Information Writing:
Unit 4    Preparing for High Stakes Writing Tests/Performance Tasks
Unit 5    Fantasy Series Book Clubs Fantasy: Writing within Literary Traditions
Unit 6    Persuasive Essays

Writing Enrichment Courses:

The Art of Writing
The Art of Writing- creativity and inspiration will flow in this dynamic writing course. Students will free the writing muse with projects that combine creative writing, art, and a touch of marketing.

Speech and Debate
Students will learn the techniques for building a successful commemorative and persuasive speech as well as learn the impact on using technology and visuals effectively to aid in presentations. Students will also analyze great speeches and debates of ancient history, and will learn how to debate effectively with their peers.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with  “mini lesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Curricular Calendars K-8 (2014-2015)
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative,Writing,2013
Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ELA

Instructional Software Support:
Google Suite for Education
No Red Ink
Defined STEM

7th graders are eligible to take General Reading 7 and Honors Reading 7.  Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated a strong ability to move quickly through reading materials and are ready for the challenge of additional work.

Reading 7:
Download the 7th reading curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Reading with Agency: Independent Author Studies
Unit 2    Dystopian And Fantasy Book Clubs: Exploring Unreal Worlds & Characters
Unit 3    Informational Reading Text Sets: Close Reading to Identify & Argue Issues
Unit 4    How to Eat a Poem: Analyzing Language & Craft
Unit 5    Historical Reading Clubs: Studying the Past Through Fact & Fiction
Unit 6    Portfolio: Reflecting on Our Growth

Honors Reading 7
Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated to be strong readers and is comprised of additional rigor and challenge to the current college-preparatory course offering. The English Language Arts teachers use the current Columbia Reading Units of Study for grade 6 as the basis for instruction while further developing units with a strong focus on meaningful class discussions, including thorough comprehension and critical analysis of a variety of genres.  The program will emphasize vocabulary, composition skills, research skills, grammar conventions, and sentence construction.  Due to the fast-paced, rigorous curriculum of this class, only students who are self-motivated, passionate about reading, and have exceptional work ethic will be eligible.

Criteria for Placement in Advanced Reading Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
• MAP Test Results
• SBAC Test  Results
• OLSAT Test Results
• District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.


Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction
– Share

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
OWL
Teen Ink: Mentor texts

This course follows Columbia’s Reading and Writing workshop model (see below). In class and at home, students keep a writer’s notebook where they will grow in skills needed for specific writing types as well as develop their personal style as writers. Volume, variety, and thoughtfulness are also areas of emphasis in the writer’s notebook.  Students set goals and focus on improving specific skills. In the meeting area, the teacher models strategies to help the students push themselves as writers.  Students also receive peer feedback and publish their final pieces.  The students will also use the Easy Grammar curriculum to build their understanding of proper mechanics to better communicate their sophisticated writing ideas.

Download the 7th writing curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Memoir: Discovering the Stories of Our Lives
Unit 2    Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books
Unit 3    Persuasive Essays: The Art of Argument
Unit 4    Poetry: Immersion, Analysis & Innovation
Unit 5    Historical Documentaries: Sharing the Past Through Words, Sounds, and Images
Unit 6    Portfolio: Reflecting on Our Growth

Writing Enrichment Courses:

The Art of Writing
The Art of Writing- creativity and inspiration will flow in this dynamic writing course. Students will free the writing muse with projects that combine creative writing, art, and a touch of marketing.

Speech and Debate
Students will learn the techniques for building a successful commemorative and persuasive speech as well as learn the impact on using technology and visuals effectively to aid in presentations. Students will also analyze great speeches and debates of ancient history, and will learn how to debate effectively with their peers.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a “mini lesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Curricular Calendars K-8 (2014-2015)
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative,Writing,2013
Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ELA

Instructional Software Support:
Google Suite for Education
No Red Ink
Defined STEM

8th graders are eligible to take General Reading 8 and Honors Reading 8.  Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated a strong ability to move quickly through reading materials and are ready for the challenge of additional work.

Reading 8:
Download the 8th reading curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1   Story of My Life: Reading Memoir and Biography
Unit 2    Real World Problems in Science Fiction: Dystopian Book Clubs
Unit 3    Reading for Truth: Non-Fiction and World News
Unit 4    What’s in a Poem? Understanding Structure, Craft, and Author’s Purpose in Poetry
Unit 5    Classic California: Discovering the Tenants of Iconic Literature through a Study of Place
Unit 6    Changing the World with Words

Honors Reading 8
Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated to be strong readers and is comprised of additional rigor and challenge to the current college-preparatory course offering. The English Language Arts teachers use the current Columbia Reading Units of Study for grade 6 as the basis for instruction while further developing units with a strong focus on meaningful class discussions, including thorough comprehension and critical analysis of a variety of genres.  The program will emphasize vocabulary, composition skills, research skills, grammar conventions, and sentence construction.  Due to the fast-paced, rigorous curriculum of this class, only students who are self-motivated, passionate about reading, and have exceptional work ethic will be eligible.

Criteria for Placement in Advanced Reading Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
• MAP Test Results
• SBAC Test  Results
• OLSAT Test Results
• District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.


Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction
– Share

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
OWL
Teen Ink: Mentor texts

This course follows Columbia’s Reading and Writing workshop model (see below). In class and at home, students keep a writer’s notebook where they will grow in skills needed for specific writing types as well as develop their personal style as writers. Volume, variety, and thoughtfulness are also areas of emphasis in the writer’s notebook.  Students set goals and focus on improving specific skills. In the meeting area, the teacher models strategies to help the students push themselves as writers.  Students also receive peer feedback and publish their final pieces.  The students will also use the Easy Grammar curriculum to build their understanding of proper mechanics to better communicate their sophisticated writing ideas.

Download the 8th writing curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    From Monologue to Personal Essay: Establishing Voice in Writing
Unit 2    The Short Story as Social Commentary: Writing Science Fiction
Unit 3    Taking a Stand with Writing: Position Paper Essays and Investigative Journalism
Unit 4    Sifting Through the Layers: Uncovering Poetry through Literary Analysis
Unit 5    Finding Style in Structure: Authoring Poetry
Unit 6    Who I am as a Writer: Creating a Reflective Portfolio

Writing Enrichment Courses:

The Art of Writing
The Art of Writing- creativity and inspiration will flow in this dynamic writing course. Students will free the writing muse with projects that combine creative writing, art, and a touch of marketing.

Speech and Debate
Students will learn the techniques for building a successful commemorative and persuasive speech as well as learn the impact on using technology and visuals effectively to aid in presentations. Students will also analyze great speeches and debates of ancient history, and will learn how to debate effectively with their peers.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a “mini lesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Curricular Calendars K-8 (2014-2015)
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative,Writing,2013
Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ELA

Instructional Software Support:
Google Suite for Education
No Red Ink
Defined STEM