Chairperson: Mr. Antonio S. Caruso
    Building: NASH 
    Phone: 724-934-7200, extension 7461 
    Middle School Reading Program
    Middle School Reading courses are in the process of phasing in the McDougal Littell Literature series in grades 6 - 8 . Students in grade 6 began using the series in 2010-11, grade 7 began using the series in the 2011-12 school year, and the final year of implementation will be 2012-13 for grade 8.

    Program Highlights
    McDougal Littell Literature

    Great Literature
    • Classics that endure and capture the imagination of today’s students.
    • Contemporary selections that reflect the experience of today’s students.
    • Tiered Discussion Prompts offer students a framework for literary analysis.
    • Single column text and line numbers, featuring unique to McDougal Littell Literature, create an accessible format that increase comprehension and aids discussion.
    • Big Questions start every lesson, inviting students to connect literature to their own lives.
    Success for All
    • With the guidance of differentiation expert Carol Ann Tomlinson, McDougal Littell Literature scaffolds content and skills, provides practice and differentiated assessment, and offers tools for re-teaching that help achieve the goal of universal access for every student.
    • The Teacher’s Edition provides a comprehensive approach to meet the needs of all students.
    • The Resource Manager brings together everything needed for planning, instruction, and review, including:

      • Support for English learners
      • Alternative standards focus
      • Leveled selection tests
    Smart Technology
    • MediaSmart provides the authentic media—film clips, commercials, documentaries, and news—to bring the Media Studies in the book to life for today’s students.
    • eEdition and Classzone.com bring together the tool that students need and the technology that they love. Students can highlight and take notes in this complete online textbook from school or home. Point-of-use audio summaries help struggling students to increase reading comprehension.
    Grade 6 Focus
    Language Arts--Reading
    Students are expected to build upon, extend, and apply comprehension skills and strategies developed in the elementary grades. Inferential comprehension is further refined and voabulary and critical thinking skills continue to be developed. Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of material in both written and oral form. Reading is stressed as a basic means of gathering information and as a lifetime skill for enjoyment.
    Grade 7 Focus
    Language Arts--Reading
    Seventh grade reading focuses on developing and refining all reading skills and strategies. The reading teacher works closely with other academic teachers in a team effort to help each student read critically in all content areas. Literal and inferential comprehension, exploration of variou genres, vocabulary development, literary elements, reading and comprehending current events, and understanding propaganda are some of the areas in which students receive instruction.
    Grade 8 Focus
    Literature, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and critical thinking are integrated throughout this course. Students read, discuss, and analyze plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and novels. Characterization, plot, setting, and theme are defined, identified, and analyzed in class discussions and written assignments. Emphasis in writing is on developing a central idea and on using the processes of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and publishing. Standard usage, correct spelling, proper mechanics, and precise wording are taught and evaluated in conjunction with the writing process. Students utilize traditional and electronic resources for research purposes. Students develop public speaking and listening skills informally during class discussion and lecture, and formally by preparing and presenting required speeches. The importance of clear oral and written communication in all aspects of daily life is emphasized.