The Humanities Department at New Brighton Middle School is committed to the instruction of Language Arts Standards not as isolated skills but as an integrated literacy program and often through the themes and content of the Social Studies Framework.
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are taught to advance literacy and learning and are necessary for learning the Social Studies curriculum. Reading is taught through core literature expository text, and anthologies often correlated to Social Studies. Texts and other supplemental materials are used to teach writing, grammar, and spelling. A comprehensive Social Studies text teaches Ancient Civilization (6th), Medieval and European cultures (7th), and United States History (8th).
Fiction, history poetry and culture are all critical components of New Brighton's Humanities Department.
‘Humanities’ is a two-period class: one period for Language Arts and one period for Social Studies. During both classes students will be reading, analyzing, and discussing information from a variety of texts, working to improve writing and speaking skills and exploring History.
Language Arts: Writing
Writing Styles: Narrative, Expository, and Argumentative
Writing process: Pre-writing, Draft, Revision, Editing and Publishing
Grammar: Sentence structure, Parts of speech, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling
Language Arts: Reading
Reading: Word Recognition, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension and Literary Response/Analysis
Novel studies: Variety of Novels
Accelerated Reader: Students are required to read 150 minutes minimum per week.
Geography, critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning will be incorporated throughout every unit.
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