The middle school English course focuses on the development of reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. Courses are taught in a reading and writing workshop model within a 85-minute block. Students engage in independent reading, book clubs, and discussion groups during Reading Workshop. In Writer’s Workshop, students will work on process and on-demand writing, word study, and speaking/listening skills. The goal in both classes is to develop independence and expertise as readers, writers, and thinkers.