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English/Language Arts

The English departments for grades 5-8 will all be implementing a new English curriculum, starting in the 2017-2018 school year. This curriculum focuses on student engagement through reading, writing, and research. Our new English curriculum uses the "Understanding by Design" unit design, to ensure that teachers are leading students towards a specific, rigorous, relevant learning goal in every lesson and throughout the year. In fifth grade, students will read a variety of texts to support specific genres of writing, which include: narrative, informative/explanatory, persuasive/argumentative, and literary analysis.