LA is taught through the following units:  1)Writer’s Notebook highlighting Poetry for 8th grade, 2)Independent Reading, 3)Argument Paragraph: Complex Commentary, 4)Narrative Reading, 5)Literary Essay, 6)Nonfiction Reading, 7)Information Essay: Compare and Contrast, 8)Writing the Argument: Op-Ed.  TCAPS adopted this curriculum from Oakland Schools and their work with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, or MAISA in 2013.  These units are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, CCSS.

English Language Arts integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills through the use of a variety of sources. Students will develop numerous skills including analytical reading, critical thinking, confident speaking, and thoughtful writing. Writing skills will be developed using successful strategies for descriptive, narrative, argumentative and expository paragraphs and essays.  Both the reading and writing processes will be utilized.