Middle School

5th Grade

Topics and Skills
Writing: Narrative, Poetry, Opinion, Building Writing Stamina, 5-Paragraph and 7-Paragraph Essay Study, Independent Writing Project

Socratic Circles: Agency and Independence, Poetry, Close Reading/Annotating, Following Characters into Meaning, Reading as a Writer, Non-Fiction Study, Independent Author Study

6th Grade

Topics and Skills
Writing: Crafting Powerful Narrative and Memoir Life Stories, Literary Essay, Argumentative Writing, Research-Based Information Writing and Public Speaking

Socratic Circles: The Art of Reading, Reading About Disabilities Class Novel, Literature Circles that Develop Analytical Reading Practices, Social Justice Fiction: Civil Rights Movement, and an Independent Reading Project

7th Grade

Topics and Skills
Writing: Memoir, Realistic Fiction, Research-Based Essays, Journalism, Speeches that Capture, Short Story and an Independent Writing Project

Socratic Circles: Social Issues Book Clubs, Non-Fiction Reading Clubs, Developing Analytical Practices, Investigating Characters Across a Series, Short Story and an Independent Author Study

8th Grade

Topics and Skills
Writing: Developing Analytical Practices, Drama, Communications: Speech and Debate, Nonfiction Reading, Realistic Fiction, Capstone Aspen Advocacy

Socratic Circles: Analytical Essay, High School Application Essay, Stand-Up Comedy Writing, Debate, Personal Memoir, Research and Persuasive Essay, Informative Text, Personal Advocacy Project