• Welcome to Language Arts Literacy for grades 7 and 8.  This year we will be reading a wide variety of book selections.  It will mainly consist of fiction and non-fiction.  We will also dabble in some short stories and poetry.  

    It is important to read every day.  I try to encourage my students to read often.  I have told them that my favorite store is Barnes and Noble.  If I was able to I would try and read every single book there.  We will be doing a lot of independent reading.  For the second marking period, they are required to read at least 2 books of their choice.  I try to often give them suggestions based on books I have read in the past that are age appropriate as well as recommendations from Goodreads.com.  This website is a great tool to encourage reading.  As an avid reader myself, I try to include this into my lessons.
    I also include many references to pop culture in my lessons.  I have found relating an especially difficult or challenging topic to something that the students are familiar with helps them remember it better.