Our challenging standards-based curriculum emphasizes the development of essential skills, the understanding of important concepts, and the ability to apply learning to real-world problems.
Our curriculum includes courses of study for all students in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, visual arts, physical education, and health. In addition, students take grade-specific trimester courses in technology, research, and study skills which are designed to support their integrated learning experience.
English Language Arts
The English Language Arts curriculum is anchored by the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards, revised in 2017. Our vertically aligned program builds on skill development from sixth through eighth grade, focusing on reading, writing, listening, and speaking for literary response and expression, information, and critical analysis. Each year, students produce a variety of written pieces, including narrative, persuasive, and informative pieces. Teachers provide lessons in grammar and mechanics and guide students through the writing process, emphasizing planning, drafting, and actively participating in collaborative groups to revise and edit their work. Teachers evaluate student writing using the 6 + 1 Writing Traits. The ELA curriculum also provides students with a rich literary experience with opportunities to choose books that are both challenging and interesting to them. Each year, students read from a variety of genres, complete novel studies, and read a number of books working toward their personal reading goals. As they read independently, in pairs and small groups, and with the entire class, they learn and apply a variety of reading strategies to develop their ability to comprehend, synthesize, analyze, and enjoy the texts they read. In addition, students participate in a word study program that offers continued exposure to new vocabulary. As a result of the comprehensive ASMS three-year program, students will develop an appreciation for the language arts and confidence in their ability to read, write, and communicate as they continue on their journeys as life-long learners.
Students will engage in inquiry, discovery, and self reflection in the seventh grade English Language Arts. The Standards Based curriculum is designed to provide students reading, writing, listening, and speaking experiences to enrich their own interests and passions. Students will read works of fiction and informational texts to learn about themselves and develop their voices to positively impact the world. We will work to understand the implications of the question, “How do words compel action?” The texts that students will grapple with include poetry, short stories, drama, fiction, and non-fiction.
A yearlong study of parts of speech, sentence structure, and mechanics will aim to help them progressively incorporate a greater and more sophisticated variety of well-punctuated sentence constructions in their writing.