In 6th Grade students study both English and Reading. Writing, literature, reading, and communication skills are intertwined throughout the course. Students will focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, the process of writing, literary study, language development, and lifetime study skills. In 7th Grade students study language, composition, and literature. Language studies emphasize the conventions of English. Composition includes development of paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays through the writing process as well as instruction in capitalization and punctuation. Literature studies encourage an appreciation of the short story, novel, poetry, and drama. In 8th Grade students study language, composition, and literature. Language emphasizes parts of speech and more complex sentence structures. Composition studies culminate in the writing of multi-paragraph papers. Literature studies are designed to develop appreciation and knowledge of the short story, novel, poetry, and drama.