A clear and pervasive goal of the SDJA Humanities Department is to develop students who can be editors of their own writing. In order to effectively do this, students need the consistent exposure to and the proper language of grammar.
This year all middle school English classes are using Write Source textbooks and Skills Books to learn and practice grammar. The textbooks teach the concepts and definitions while the Skills Books offer practice for the mechanics, the usage and the skills. These books overlap concepts which helps us teach grammar through explicit instruction, looping, practice and assessment. In this sense, the curriculum teaches them to refer back to something they already know. Learning about and using nouns in 6th grade will look and should look differently than how 8th graders utilize nouns in their writing.
As we work through the Write Source curriculum, we will not only be teaching grammar, but we will be teaching thinking and organizing the mind to utilize previous knowledge in order to move forward. Whether it be in a history classroom or in a science lab, students will be writing. And if there is to be improvement, there must be awareness. The language and practice of grammar provides a common language from which we can talk, teach, learn, write and edit our work. With a combined 55 years of teaching English amongst our middle school staff, we believe this cohesive and tightly woven spiral of writing instruction will help us accomplish our goal.
During the week of October 15th though October 19th, students in grades 6-11 will be participating in Experiential Education Week. During this week MUS students will be engaged in learning outside the classroom in California, Boston, Washington DC, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The trips and activities your children will be engaging with include Tikun Olam […]
A clear and pervasive goal of the SDJA Humanities Department is to develop students who can be editors of their own writing. In order to effectively do this, students need the consistent exposure to and the proper language of grammar. This year all middle school English classes are using Write Source textbooks and Skills Books […]
Ben Bag Bag would say, “Hafoch ba v’hafoch ba, kulei ba” – turn the Torah over and over for everything is in it (Avot 5:22).” Every year, the 6th graders engage in the Nosh N’ Drash program in Ms. Gereboff’s Judaic Studies class. The purpose of the Nosh N’ Drash program is to familiarize each student, on a deeper […]
StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala ____________________ Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening speakers include Foreign Policy Expert, Dore Gold, Arab Muslim Zionist, Yahya Mahamid, and Israel’s X Factor finalists, Kippalive! Come celebrate Israel […]