Middle School

3100 Cain Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-3000
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English Language Arts

 Language arts classes at WMS follow the Common Core curriculum for reading, writing, speaking and listening and language, please click here to view those standards.


6th Grade Language Arts (MS ELA 1)


At WMS, 6th gradeLanguage Arts will include a reading program and a language program. The reading program is divided into two areas, independent reading and a skills based literature program using the Prentice Hall Literature series. We will be reading a variety of stories and novels as a class in order to build comprehension. Language arts skills include spelling, grammar, vocabulary development and various types of writing using Step Up to Writing and Six Traits curriculum. Although there will be spelling tests, evaluation will be based upon the correct use of words in writing final drafts of papers as well. Creative writing, poetry and journal writing are part of an ongoing process in class. 

7th Grade Language Arts (MS ELA 2)


At WMS, 7th grade Language Arts will include reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language study.  We will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction text in several ways - whole class novel sets, literature circles, paired, and independent reading.  Students will engage in expository, argument, narrative and reflective writing, focusing on content, organization, style and conventions.  

8th Grade Language Arts (MS ELA 3)