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Middle School education builds upon basic language skills by focusing on four areas of our English language. Students will develop the ability to read fluently, comprehend and interpret written materials, and to listen and speak effectively at a level that will leave them well prepared for all high school curriculums.

Literature
Middle school students will discover different genres of fiction and non-fiction literature as well as understand the author's purpose. They will be taught a variety of strategies to best comprehend the texts.

Eighth grade students will read and write an expository descriptive narrative essay about William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Writing
Throughout middle school, students will continue to develop upon grammar, mechanics, punctuation and diagramming. They will also utilize the writing process – writing, revising, peer editing and presentation – to craft research papers, poetry and narrative essays.


Communication Skills
Students will learn how to best express themselves with authority figures, in small and large group discussions, oral presentations and to read fluently with expression.

  • Sixth graders will make a formal 1-2 minute formal speech using visuals such as PowerPoint.
  • Seventh grade students will make a 2-3 minute formal speech.
  • Eighth grade students will present two 3 minute formal speeches with and without visuals such as PowerPoint.

Technology & Reference Skills
Students will learn how to best search for, gather and present information using technology for research papers, PowerPoint presentations and general learning skills. They will be taught how to create outlines, research papers and integrate technology into assignments in the LRC lab and wireless lab.


Academic Information
The curriculum stresses achievement within a Catholic community.
The Diocesan curricular guidelines, consistent with the Illinois guidelines, are followed.

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