MS English

Course Overview Middle School English

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8







Reading & Writing Workshop Launch

Reading & Writing Workshop Launch

Reading & Writing Workshop Launch

Personal Narrative: Crafting Powerful Life Stories

Social Issues Book Clubs

The Art of Argument: Research- Based Essays

Essential Research Skills for Teens

Investigative Journalism

Contemporary Classics

Research- Based Information Writing: Books, Websites, and Presentations

Tapping the Power of Nonfiction

Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books

Investigating Characterization: Author Studies

The Literary Essay: Analyzing Craft and Theme

Literary Nonfiction

The Literary Essay: From Character to Compare/ Contrast

A Deep Study of Character

Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth

Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Position Papers: Research and Argument

Dystopian Book Clubs


In our Middle School English classrooms we value student choice and building their identities as readers and writers. This is accomplished through interactive workshops, which include:

  • Deep genre studies
  • Sustained reading/writing time
  • Teacher modeling
  • Teacher/peer conferencing
  • Celebration/publication of original student work

ISP’s Middle School English curriculum is based on the Lucy Calkin’s Reading and Writing Workshop framework for the instruction of Common Core Standards. This approach aims “to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence.” For more information visit the program webpage here. Students and parents receive feedback in the following areas: Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening and Conventions.