Middle School Language Arts News: January 2013
In middle school Language Arts, we have just finished up reading fantasy novels and writing literary analysis (for the first time ever). This was a challenging task for some as it involved coming up with a critical claim in regards to plot or character, or even a critique of the novel they read. It has been an interesting process, watching students formulate essays on literature, one I hope we can do again. As we move in to the second semester, students will continue essay writing, except this time on a problem or issue they see in the world, in the nation, in their community, or just their own personal lives. They will do independent research and develop persuasive essays. Watch out as middle schoolers stretch their arguing muscles!