Middle School ELA Course Descriptions

Available courses

6th Grade English Language Arts

In this course, students will expand their creative, analytical reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as refining their speaking and listening skills through the use of the Reading and Writing Workshop format.  Through this format, students will develop their ability to close…

7th Grade English Language Arts

In this course, students will expand their critical, creative, and analytical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will explore and develop their ability to closely read and interpret and respond to increasingly complex texts. Students will also engage in the writing process to produce c…

8th grade English Language Arts

In this course, students will expand their critical, creative, and analytical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as refine their speaking and listening skills using the workshop model (mini-lesson, independent practice, small group and conferring, and share).  Students will develop…

Reading Course



In this course, students will work on strengthening fundamental reading and writing skills through the practice of applying reading and/or writing strategies.  By the end of the course, students will improve their comprehension and written communication. 

6th Grade - Disciplinary Literacy

6th grade Disciplinary Literacy is a fully digital course that focuses on an adjoining approach to literacy taught through the primary ELA curriculum, while maintaining unique areas of study. Students will have the opportunity to explore the power of persuasion as it affects marketing and formally …

Communication Arts

Communication Arts is a project-based class that allows students to transfer skills developed in ELA and other GMS courses for the purpose of becoming more globally aware communicators who approach problems with a solution-oriented mindset.  Students who take Comm Arts explore the many ways pe…

Intro to Digital Authorship (6th Grade)

Intro to Digital Authorship is a course that introduces the first steps of digital production, using a variety of cloud based apps. The class is project based and is led through a workshop approach. Through a variety of creative projects, students have the opportunity to develop storytelling and co…

Digital Authorship 7

Digital Authorship is a project based class that involves creating videos, music, animations, podcasts, and digital stories. Students participating in this workshop will explore digital production through the use of iMovie, Garageband, iBooks Author, green screen technology and additional Macbook a…

Digital Authorship 8 (year 1)

Digital Authorship is a project based class that involves creating videos, music, animations, podcasts, and digital stories. Students participating in this workshop will explore digital production through the use of iMovie, Garageband, iBooks Author, green screen technology and additional Macbook a…

Digital Authorship 8 (year 2)

Students who enjoyed creating videos, music, animations and digital stories in 7th grade Digital Authorship have the opportunity to take their digital production to another level! Through podcasts, music videos, public service announcements and a variety of creative projects we will continue to exp…