Middle school students write and publish their own original short stories, write and perform original plays, read a variety of books of their own choice, and learn how to think like scholars about books. They build a sturdy background in Latin root word vocabulary and learn to construct convincing essays on a short deadline.
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 skills in various writing areas, especially in the composition of effective essays.
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, delivering various types of speeches to different types of audiences, 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 general themes. This manifests itself prominently when they search for and analyze patterns such as Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.
The variety of literature to which middle school students are exposed 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.