Blevins Middle School

It's All Good in the Neighborhood

Language Arts Department

Colorado Academic Standards - Language Arts

In our English Language Arts department at Blevins we provide instruction in both reading and writing for 80 minutes every day. Students who choice into the 8th grade Pre-AP English class meet every other day. 

At all three grade levels we address both the Common Core Standards and the Colorado Academic Standards for English Language Arts including reading, writing, research & reasoning, and speaking & listening. Our reading instruction incorporates nonfiction texts, literature, and poetry. We embed silent reading time in each of our classes and expect students to read at home 5 days per week as well. Our writing tasks include narrative, informative, and argumentative (persuasive) writing.  For listening & speaking our students engage in collaboration, discourse, and oral presentation. Throughout all of our work, we focus on building critical thinking skills and incorporating 21st century skills. 

6th Grade English:

Units of Study include:

  • Personal Narrative- exploring how people grow and change as a result of challenges, analyzing narrative structure,
  • Fictional Narrative-literary criticism, analyzing characters, discourse, presentations
  • Informational- reading and writing, organizational structure, collaboration
  • Jason’s Gold-interdisciplinary unit using information taught in science and  social studies and applying it for a novel study, argumentation, oral presentations
  • Poetry-oral presentations, figurative language
  • Research/Reasoning-historical figures project researching an influential person from the Americas (project with Geography), oral presentations

7th Grade English:

Units of Study include:

  • All About Me- narrative writing
  • Mythology- literature, narrative
  • Advertising- research & reasoning, collaboration, argumentative writing
  • Civil Rights- literature, non-fiction, discourse, collaboration, research & reasoning, oral presentation, informative writing
  • Poetry- literature, oral presentation
  • Children’s Books- literature, narrative, oral presentation
  • Birthday Research- non-fiction, informative, oral presentation, research & reasoning

8th Grade English:

Units of Study include:

  • The Giver- literature, narrative writing, literary analysis
  • Banned Book Project- research & reasoning, argumentative writing, debate
  • Short Stories- literature, narrative writing
  • Night/Holocaust- literature, research, non-fiction, informative writing
  • Poetry- literature, oral presentation
  • Literature Circles- literature or non-fiction, collaboration, discourse

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