Students in middle school are required to take three years of English/Language Arts. The AACPS Middle School Program of Study lays out every course available any to student in the county.
The English/Language Arts courses available to students in Anne Arundel County are:
English/Language Arts 6
English/Language Arts 6 is designed to accelerate student achievement in reading, writing, language, listening, and speaking. The course includes blocks of time devoted to teacher-directed lessons on reading and writing, monitored reading, vocabulary development, grammar and usage, and speaking.
English/Language Arts 7
English/Language Arts 7 is designed to continue to accelerate student achievement in reading, writing, language, listening, and speaking. The course includes blocks of time devoted to teacher-directed lessons on reading and writing, monitored reading, vocabulary development, grammar and usage, and speaking.
English/Language Arts 8
English/Language Arts 8 is centered on high-quality contemporary and classic literature, supported by skills instruction and practice in critical reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and usage, and speaking.
Wrestling with World Class Ideas (grades 6/7/8)
Students will engage in discussions, writing, and presentations centered on important ideas in the world both now and through history about literature, art, music, and philosophy. This course will enlarge students’ understanding of themselves as thinkers, increase their abilities to express themselves with speech and in writing, enhance their creative and critical thinking, and expand their abilities to collaborate and to argue for their point of view. This course is usually scheduled as an encore class.
Select classes in Anne Arundel County are piloting using Fountas & Pinnell's Guided Reading. Guided reading is a form of group instruction in which students are introduced to the techniques of reading new or unseen material for personal satisfaction and understanding. Guided reading offers a context wthin which students engage with a rich variety of texts and are taught how to build an effective and efficient reading processing system. The courses that offer Guided Reading are currently only 6th grade, and currently only in select classrooms.
Reading Interventions (grades 6/7/8)
Specific reading interventions are provided as an encore course for those students identified as needing focused and intensive reading instruction, in addition to the regularly scheduled language arts class. Students must be scheduled into two out of three A/B/C rotations (sixth and eighth grade) or one out of two A/B rotations (seventh grade). Students are placed in these programs only after testing and/or evaluation by the school’s reading personnel.
Corrective Reading B2
Corrective Reading B2 emphasizes phonemic awareness, applies discrimination skills to stories of increasing lengths and more complex syntax.
Corrective Reading C
Corrective Reading C addresses multisyllabic words, sound combinations, affixes, vocabulary development, and reading expository text. The focus is leading students to independent application of skills.
Soar to Success
Soar to Success develops comprehension and fluency for students reading below grade level.
Students enrolled in Language!Live will use personalized online learning with teacher-led instruction to improve decoding, spelling, grammar, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. This course will meet daily.
Students enrolled in Wilson Reading will use a multi-sensory ”sound tapping” system to learn total word structure. This course addresses decoding, encoding, oral fluency, and comprehension. Instruction is provided by a teacher trained in Wilson methodology.
Performance and Reading
This course offers student support in the areas of content, skills and processes of language arts. The content objectives for the class are aligned to those being taught during language arts class.