Our junior high and high school language arts programs develop writing, word pictures and usage, creative writing, and evaluating literature.
What Makes Our Later Language Arts Uniquely WP?
- Writing Principles Notebook
Beginning in 7th grade, students will begin assembling a Writing Skills Notebook from resources within each of our Jr./Sr. guides. This notebook will help them as they develop their writing and later serve as a reference tool. Each year they will add new material they’ve learned, and build from that to increase their writing ability. One year they will assemble information about the writing process for a persuasive paper, another year they would add words that describe or are related to a storm, another year they may take notes about how to develop vivid characters, and yet another year they may add notes on building and describing a setting in a story. This resource will also become a personal dictionary of words and their meanings taken from a student’s spelling list and weekly vocabulary.
- Developing Creative Writing
From 5th grade onward, students are working toward learning to develop their creative writing. First they learn how to write different types of paragraphs, then move into using captivating words in 6th grade. In 7th grade, they master the writing process and how to write informational papers, persuasive essays, personal narratives, fi ctional narratives, and process writing. In 8th grade they learn to construct engaging plotlines. Beginning in high school, students return to wordsmithing. They increase their skills using words to create a realistic setting and creating believable, interesting characters. This focus on creative writing and word usage will equip your student to be a better essay writer. They will readily understand what authors are trying to communicate, and understand how they themselves are communicating in both non-fiction and fiction writing. This will be of great use in a college setting.
- Theme-Linked Writing Assignments & Independent Reading
Similar to our middle grade programs, our older language arts programs also have theme-linked independent reading and writing suggestions. We offer writing assignments and literature sets that connect with “American History,” “Quest for the Ancient World,” and “Quest for the Middle Ages.” A set of in-depth questions is available for each literature set that gets students really thinking about what they’ve read. Students are asked to respond and critically think about the events in the books they read and the choices key characters made.