The English Department at South Valley Junior High strives to provide a safe and encouraging environment, so students can grow as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.


“Reading and listening are the breathing in of information.  Writing and speaking are the breathing out of information.  Likes waves along the beach, you can’t have one without the other.”

Course Descriptions:

7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts (ELA) focus on integrating the state standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Language, and Listening.  Our College Board (AP) created curriculum is called Springboard, and the entire curriculum is online. Springboard uses a thematic approach to learning which enhances students’ critical and analytical skills. Creative, research-based, and analytical writing tasks and projects are explored in each class, and elements of reading, speaking, listening, and language are embedded in each. The focus in ELA is on building writing, reading, critical and analytical skills which will aid students in all future communications.

7th and 8th Grade Honors ELA utilize the same Springboard curriculum, but students jocare required to think, read, and write at a higher level, as well as, exercise their advanced skills by performing rigorous activities and creating projects like Shark Tank, Lit. Circles, and Genius Hour.  They are also given additional analysis activities with more complex texts that require a higher level of reading and critical thinking skills to succeed.  

READ180 Classes 7th and 8th grade:

READ180 is an intensive reading and writing program using the successful READ180 program. Students rotate daily through the three components of instructional software, small group intensive instruction, and independent reading. Students are assessed informally by the teacher and diagnostically through the READ180 program.


READ180- Summer School Classes

Junior High Reading and Writing

All incoming 7th and 8th graders who seek to strengthen their reading skills.

It’s a noncredit class.

Junior High Reading and Writing is an intensive reading and writing program using the successful READ180 program. The class is designed to meet the needs of all students to improve their reading and writing skills and prepare them for the next grade level.  

High School Reading and Writing Readiness

All incoming 9th graders who seek to strengthen their reading skills.

It’s a noncredit class.

High School Reading and Writing Readiness employs the READ180 program to develop skills necessary for incoming high school students to be successful in the 9th grade reading and writing curriculum.  


7th Grade Units:

Creative Writing - Illustrated Myth/Personal Narrative

Expository Writing - Writing an Expository Essay and Participating in a

Collaborative Discussion - Analyzing Advertising Techniques and

Rhetorical Devices

Argumentative Writing - Researched-based Argumentative Essay

Novel Study - Literary Analysis/Problem Solution Presentation

Creating and Presenting a Monologue

Performing a Shakespearean Dialogue

8th Grade Units:

Illustrated Narrative - Hero’s Journey - Archetype

Creative Writing - Character Development

Novel Study - Researched-based Multimedia Presentations (PSA) - Literature Circles

Argumentative Writing - Research-based Argumentative Essay and Debate

Compare/Contrast Essay - Character Analysis

Definition Essay - Function, Example, and Negation Strategies

Development of Humor in Writing - Write and Perform a Monologue

Additional Curriculum and Technology Resources:

Grammar- NoRedInk

Reading Comprehension-ReadWorks, Scope/Scholastic Magazine

Vocabulary Building - Vocabulary Bowl

General Curriculum:  Nearpod, Quizziz, Quizlet, Kahoot, Flipgrid

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