Course Description: Middle school Reading class will help students increase their vocabulary; improve comprehension, reading rate, and the formation of efficient reading habits. 

Intended Outcomes: Read a variety of genres analytically, accurately, and efficiently. Read at a variety of rates. Apply comprehension and organizational strategies to essays, textbooks, and literature. Apply a variety of methods to expand and retain vocabulary. Respond to texts both verbally and in writing, presenting ideas and opinions based on the reading.

The English/Language Arts program for grade 7 is balanced and comprehensive. The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course components include the study of rich and varied literature including expository text; writing in the genres of narrative, persuasive, expository, response to literature and summaries of reading materials; direct instruction in language arts skills and strategies, including vocabulary development, spelling, and grammar; a balance of oral and written language activities; and on-going diagnosis and assessment.

Fundamentals of Reading: This course provides intensive and ongoing foundational second language acquisition instruction to ELLs who are at the beginning level of English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing.

The English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are organized into the following strands: Reading, where students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; Research, where students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; Listening and Speaking, where students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and Oral and Written Conventions, where students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. The standards are cumulative--students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. In eighth grade, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.