Middle School English Curriculum

ROOM 208 - Ms. Molly Principi


Each grade starts the year with poetry. 6th and 7th grades hone their creative writing skills with stricter poetry forms such as couplets, diamante poems, haiku, and acrostics. In 8th grade, we work on writing meaningful poetry in free verse.

6th grade:

poetry, figurative language, how to write a strong paragraph, how to reference a text, comparing/contrasting texts, Terra Nova test prep

7th grade:

poetry, sonnets, persuasive writing, referencing texts in a meaningful way, speech unit, 5 paragraph essays, Terra Nova test prep, intro to submitting electronic assignments

8th grade:

poetry, memoir, short essay writing, Aspire* test prep, citations and plagiarism, science fair essay in APA format, annotating texts, 5 paragraph essays, speech unit, formal research paper in MLA format, multimedia presentations and submitting electronic assignments

Grammar lessons are integrated into each unit.


Literature in the seventh grade Middle School uses the Prentice Hall program. Their studies encompass vocabulary building, comprehension, and an understanding and appreciation of the many facets of literature. A literature anthology textbook as well as required literary novels are used. We will read The Maze Runner as a whole class and students will work on self-chosen novels within Literature Circles after Christmas. Some popular choices include: Matched, I Am Number Four, The Giver, and Divergent.


7th graders use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Publisher during tech time to complete multimedia assignments. Students have accounts on typingweb.com to practice typing efficiency as well as accounts on nitrotype.com to compete with each other on typing speed.

For Literature, students are expected to use technology to complete assignments for their Independent Reading Project. One of the aspects of the project is to create an infomercial, nightly news report, movie trailer, or “Vine” using video and basic video editing software.

All Midde School students are a part of a Google Classroom pilot program implemented in Language Arts class. Students are given Saint Alphonsus email accounts and have access to Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Classroom. They will soon be able to submit assignments online through Google Classroom, and work collaboratively using Google Docs. 

Ms. Molly Principi is a proud alumna of Illinois Wesleyan University, where she earned her teaching degree and additional middle school endorsement in Language Arts. She's a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education as well as the International Reading Association. She is also a proud alumna of St. Alphonsus- Go Chargers!

Ms. Principi teaches Language Arts to grades six through eight, and teaches seventh grade Religion, Literature and Vocabulary, Technology, and Advisory. She also co-directs the annual musical and coaches girls' volleyball, and is the emergency backup accompanist for Friday Mass.