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.
poetry, figurative language, how to write a strong paragraph, how to reference a text, comparing/contrasting texts, test prep
poetry, sonnets, persuasive writing, referencing texts in a meaningful way, speech unit, 5 paragraph essays, test prep, intro to submitting electronic assignments
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 Middle School makes use of the Prentice Hall program (Levels Copper, Bronze, and Silver.) Students' 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 novels as a whole class and students will work on self-chosen novels within Literature Circles after Christmas. Some popular choices include: Michael Vey, I Am Number Four, The Fifth Wave, and Uglies.
Students use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Publisher during tech time to complete multimedia assignments. Students have accounts through Google Apps for Education to use Google Classroom, Drive, and Docs. Students also make use of Chromebooks during many of their core classes.
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.
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 and Literature to grades six through eight, and teaches seventh grade Religion and Advisory. She also co-directs the annual musical, coaches girls' volleyball, and is the emergency backup accompanist for Friday Mass.