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English Language Arts (ELA)


English and Language Arts

At Jefferson Middle School, ELA's Vision is this: Every day, in every MS ELA classroom, every learner will experience opportunities to develop lifelong literacy and critical thinking skills in an engaging environment that fosters respect, choice, and collaboration. As a department, we do our absolute best to hold true to this vision every day. In ELA, we focus on Reading, Writing, Thinking, Listening and Speaking, and want to improve all of these aspects of life for all students


Advanced English and Language Arts

Advanced ELA is a fast-paced, multi-faceted course that will require academic commitment and a willingness to put forth your personal best. We will focus on depth of learning and understanding as well as finding ways of making extensions and finding connections. In this course, you will not only learn the skills necessary to prepare you for success during your middle school career, but also in your future academic endeavors. It is our goal to instill critical thinking skills using reading, writing, listening, thinking, and speaking. The following are qualities of successful, Advanced ELA students:

  • Enjoys reading and writing
  • Wants to discuss their ideas
  • Wants or enjoys being challenged
  • Expected to attempt higher level reading and writing
  • Curious about stories, current and world events, and culture
  • Can effectively and consistently articulate thinking through written expression


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