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Advanced Reading/English

Advanced English/Reading Classes



Advanced classes at BGJHS will be opened to any student who wishes to enter the class.  A course description will be given to students and parents and both will have to sign that they understand the requirements.


Advanced English and reading are designed for students who excel in these areas and who are preparing to take Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school.   Students will be exposed to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards.


To be successful in advanced English/reading, a student must …


  1. Have reading/English skills that have been consistently above grade level as determined by STAR Reading or other district progress monitoring tests


  1. Maintain an 80% for the year – if the average goes below this at the end of the first or second quarter, then the student will be removed from the class and parents will be contacted about a better placement.


  1. No movement in or out of the advanced class will take place after 2nd quarter.




Course Description for Advanced English/Reading, Eighth Grade:


I  Students should come to advanced 8th grade English/Reading with an in-depth of knowledge of grammar/mechanics concepts such as …


  1. How to use the eight parts of speech to build sentences and increase sentence variety
  2. How to use proper mechanics in essays
  3. How to use different types of sentences in longer, analytical essays


II  Students should come to advanced 8th grade English/Reading with an in-depth of knowledge of writing  concepts such as…


  1. how to write an analytical five paragraph essay.


  1.  how to write an analytical thesis statement (coinciding with how high school teachers requirements).


  1. how to write a paragraph with sentence variety, not one full of run-ons, fragments, or the same sentence patterns (simple, compound, complex, and/or compound-complex).


  1. how to read/use material from written media without plagiarizing – i.e quoting and paraphrasing – to synthesis information


III  Students should come to advanced 8th grade English/Reading with a depth of knowledge of reading

       comprehension concepts such as…


  1. how to analyze literary devices and understand their function


  1. how to properly use the Internet for research and sources.


  1. how to draw inferences from a text and cite textual evidence to support inference


  1. how to read and comprehend literature at the high end of the complexity of material, both cooperatively and independently



Parent Information:

All English/reading classes are being taught according to the common core standards, so all students are being exposed to their grade level material, which is rigorous preparation for AP and APP English in high school, regardless of whether they are in an advanced English/reading class.  An “A” in a regular English/reading class means that a student is mastering the grade level content, which is what we want to see.  It is not always an indicator that a child needs to be in an advanced class.  Before making the decision to place your child in advanced classes, please make sure he/she has mastered the basic skills.  Research shows that if a child does not have the basic skills, then upper level courses will be very difficult.