The Middle School Language Arts program is designed to hone students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students read both nonfiction and fiction. They develop the ability to analyze increasingly complex texts and make connections to ideas studied in other disciplines. Language Arts provides students the understanding necessary to view the world through the stories and experiences of others, which is critical as our world faces the challenges of the 21st century.
THS uses a workshop framework for reading and writing. Students engage in mini-lessons to learn specific strategies or concepts and then apply them either independently or in groups. Students share their understanding or writing regularly and learn to apply feedback from both teachers and peers. Students develop their ability to craft powerful arguments and to create original fiction and poetry. They also engage in vocabulary study and learn and apply critical grammar rules and concepts.