LITERACY (Language Arts/SS)
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
Christopher Morley

English is a considered a blended curriculum.  Using Engage NY, Read 180 or other tools, it is meant to develop solid writing, communication, literacy analysis skills, and reading comprehension.  It is our goal to prepare students for future courses in middle and high school.  We study literature and poetry through historical, social, and political contexts and identify author's techniques in the piece.  We use the writing process and reflect, discuss, and revise our own work.  The primary focus in writing will be in Narrative, Expository, and Argumentative texts.  We will also be studying vocabulary and grammar this year in conjunction with our Social Studies class.  Our goal is for students to be able to utilize the thinking strategies of visualization, making connections, asking questions, synthesizing and summarizing.  Students will be asked to set goals and we will monitor our progress throughout the year.

Social Studies
 Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation. - Robert Kennedy


Social Studies is focused on three things

GEOGRAPHY- The study of the earth, location, and how and what effect the people of the world. 5 areas of Geography : Location, environment, place, region, and movement.

STUDY SKILLS: Dictionary Skills, Note Taking, Organization, Grammar, Text Features, Map Skills