Straus Middle School

Straus ELA Department

The English Language Arts department at Straus Middle School serves to equip and guide students in developing critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through student-centered, engaging learning activities.


Through their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA courses, students will craft and analyze texts, participate in discussion and inquiry, and sharpen learning and thinking skills that they’ll apply across contexts, in-and-out of school settings. Our Advanced ELA courses offer students an additional level of academic challenge in literary analysis and text complexity to prepare them for Advanced Placement English courses in high school.


In 8th grade, students will explore their learning preferences and abilities, set goals, and determine healthy ways for managing time, stress, and success through our Methodology for Academic & Personal Success course, and they’ll become more effective communicators through our Communication Applications course. Each course, successfully completed, provides students with ½ high school course credit. 

*students who have elected to take AVID 1 are exempt from these courses 

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