Middle school students read, analyze, and respond to material from a variety of genres. They practice critical thinking when discussing literature, including novels, short stories, plays, and articles. They develop specific skills in various writing areas: not only in different genres, but in sentence-level construction, applying grammatical techniques to increase their fluency and define their voice.
In middle school, the students apply their reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills through structures that they will encounter in future schooling, in the workplace, and throughout life. These include analyzing and discussing literature, presenting their written work to a live audience, writing formal essays and correspondence, taking notes during a presentation, combining problem solving skills with the ability to communicate solutions effectively, and more.
Middle school students deepen their knowledge about literature through studies of literary techniques. They practice critical thinking as they explore how individual events in literature relate to themes and motifs. This manifests itself prominently when they search for and analyze patterns during regular Socratic Seminars, during which students lead a whole-class discussion of a particular work, delving deeply into its symbolic and thematic content, and citing text for support.
The variety of literature to which middle school students are exposed, and the broad range of writing they do, gives them a strong foundation in creative, expository, persuasive, and analytical reading and writing, and allows them to move forward to advanced study of these topics in high school.