Junior High Language Arts
Chapel students are well prepared for the challenges of high school in reading, writing, and English. Our graduates attend top Catholic high schools, and many are admitted with scholarships and honors in English.
Mrs. Barbara Moldavon teaches Junior High Language Arts daily in the 8th grade classroom . Mr. Ryan Wysocki serves as an aide for 6-8, so students receive regular, early feedback. Students are offered a rich curriculum in grammar, writing, drama, speech, vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension. In addition to standard textbooks, the curriculum includes the following Scholastic periodicals: Junior Scholastic, Action, and Scope. Lessons are standard-based and presented with the state of the art technology including individual interactive clickers for immediate assessment, an interactive whiteboard, a document camera, an LCD projector, iPads, and laptops. Lessons are enriched with the use of extensive interactive Internet resources including Stride Academy, an interactive 24/7 resource site and http://www.loyolapress.com/voyages-in-english-2011-student.htm (This site is a companion to the English text and has games and resources for students to practice grammar and mechanics. Students may download the grammar handbook as well.) Additionally classes include resources from Brainpop, American Rhetoric, Grammaruntied, Guide to Grammar and Writing,Youtube for teachers, Flocabulary, TED-ed.com, and vocabtest.com. Students at Cathedral Chapel are provided subscriptions to Quizhub and 24/7 access to online Scholastic magazines, and Brainpop, so they can practice skills at home and on weekends.
The classroom library contains a variety of hardback and paperback books, audio books, and magazines that students may check out for reading at home. During the year the students read the following books in order. Make sure to bring yours on the first day of school:
6th grade: Holes, by Louis Sachar, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
7th grade: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Night by Elie Wiesel, and Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls.
8th grade: The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Changed the World by Ted Steward, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Free Online Interactive Grammar Resources:
Students looking for additional help in English grammar and usage will benefit greatly from daily use of the following websites:
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm (This is one of the best!)
Need help avoiding run-ons? http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/what-is-a-comma-splice