The middle school language arts curriculum at Fulton Science Academy Private School is designed to foster literacy and lifelong independent thinkers. Our challenging, complex approach to teaching literature and language aims to prepare students to think critically in all areas of life, to promote reading as a source of acquiring knowledge, and to encourage reading for enjoyment.
Our curriculum is guided by the Common Core State Standards and includes the Houghton Mifflin’s Collections series, which directs students to study the interconnections of various kinds of literature within thematic units. Through a variety of approaches to discussion and analysis, students learn to express the purpose, meaning, and structure of written texts. Novels and plays such as Sounder, Animal Farm, Anthem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Julius Caesar are read by all students. To reinforce reading skills and to foster independence, a book-a-month of the student’s choice is required.
Writing, research, vocabulary, and grammar skills are also emphasized in our curriculum. Students learn to compose a wide variety of pieces, including analytical, persuasive/argumentative, narrative, informative, and creative writing. They also develop research skills and learn to integrate source material into their writing, using proper citation and attribution. Teachers use resources such as Write Source, IXL, Word Within a Word, and Write Score to help students practice and improve their writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills while also providing differentiated assessments and progress monitoring.
Ultimately, our vertically aligned curriculum prepares students not only to succeed on the college level but also to set a foundation for a lifelong educational journey. By providing a challenging and stimulating environment, we foster a love of reading, writing, and learning that will stay with our students long after they leave our school.