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Language Arts

The language arts curriculum of Saint Thomas More School, in kindergarten through grade eight, challenges and helps all students to acquire the critical literacy skills they will need to become responsible, competent, and creative members of their local, national, and global communities in this rapidly changing and technologically complex 21st century. The recommended content, instructional methods, and resources are closely aligned with the Catholic faith and imbued with the values we teach and nurture in our schools.
 
The Saint Thomas More School language arts curriculum encompasses listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communicating including technology and the arts. t is integrated in all other subject areas. It prepares students to become critical thinkers, life long learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.
 
The junior high students experience a variety of literary works that include short stories, fiction, autobiographies, biographies, essays, poetry, myths, fables, tales and Renaissance plays by William Shakespeare. Students learn to recognize distinguishing characteristics of each literary form. They learn to recognize literary devices.
 
Grammar concepts and usage become a vital part of the writing process. Expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative forms of writing are taught and recognized through frequent practices as an essential development of the Language Arts Curriculum.