In the Bruce MS ELA Department this year, we will be using Lucy Calkins' Units of Study Writing Workshop curriculum. This writing curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English/Language Arts, which have been adopted in 42 out of 50 states, including Wisconsin. It features standards-based grading rubrics so we as teachers can see specifically which pieces of the writing puzzle your child is missing, while also seeing where their greatest strengths lie.
We are also excited about our new vocabulary program, vocabulary.com. Students have created an account on this site and will complete word lists aligning with the novels we read in class, which help them learn not only what words mean, but the contexts, meanings, definitions, spellings, and synonyms/antonyms of words. They must complete word lists to "mastery", which will show that they know all of these aspects of each word. They will also have a goal to master the "100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know" list.