Language Arts

In the language arts program at Griffiths Middle School, we develop a curriculum to build students’ reading, writing, listening, and communication skills to become proficient readers, writers, and thinkers in today’s world. Below is a quick overview of the topics and curriculum each grade level focuses on.

6th Grade

Reading:  Short Stories, Biographies, Poetry, Critical Reading, Novels

Language:  Personal Narrative Essays, Poetry Writing, Literary Essays, Research

7th Grade

In English 7, teachers elaborate on the following instruction: 

  • Nonfiction using ERWC units
  • Science Fiction using The Giver novel by Lois Lowry
  • Poetry using various poets along with creative writing embedded
  • Realistic Fiction using the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8th Grade

Critical reading, writing, and thinking using fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on the UC’s ERWC program.

word cloud with language arts learning principles
word cloud with language arts learning principles


In order to best educate our students, our middle school curriculum includes the following teaching methods and tools:

  • Collaborative group discussions
  • Technology integration in the classroom
  • Dramatic presentations
  • Socratic seminars
  • Cross-curricular units with social studies and science
  • Writing workshops and seminars within the classroom
  • Critical reading, using annotation skills such as the C.A.T.C.H. or Read With a Pen methods
  • Citing evidence using the R.A.C.E. method
  • Writing critically, using textual evidence
  • Apply rules of English grammar in writing
  • Nurturing a lifelong love of reading through introduction to different genres
  • ERWC units (Expository Reading & Writing Course) written by CSUs to create environments of nonfictional study that will serve the purpose of all subject areas across the board (7th-8th grade)
  • Balanced Literacy and Lucy Calkins units of writing (6th grade)

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