Marking Period 1

  • Summer Reading

  • The Following Units are to prepare for the PSSA Reading Exams: Units include the use of the PSSA Ladders for Success Text and Study Island, and reading assignments in both prose and poetry; quizzes, and concluding tests will be given for each unit:

    • Author's Purpose
    • Main Ideas and Details
    • Context Clues
    • Figurative Language
    • Chronological Order
  • Sentence Fragments

  • Run-on Sentences

  • End Marks

  • The Comma

  • Grammar Quizzes

  • Five Paragraph Essay Format: Various Timed Writing - assessment using rubric for PSSA Five Domains of Effective Writing

  • New Vocabulary Instruction based on roots, prefixes, and suffixes


Marking Period 2

The Following Units are to prepare for the PSSA Reading Exams: Units include the use of the PSSA Ladders for Success Text and Study Island, and reading assignments in both prose and poetry; quizzes, and concluding tests will be given for each unit:

    • Compare and Contrast
    • Cause and Effect
    • Fact and Opinion
    • Predictions and Generalizations
    • Inferences and Conclusions

  • Punctuation

  • Apostrophes

  • Phrases/Clauses

  • Capitalization

  • Verb Tense

  • Grammar Quizzes

  • Five Paragraph Essay Format: Various Timed Writing - assessment using rubric for PSSA Five Domains of Effective Writing

  • New Vocabulary Instruction based on roots, prefixes, and suffixes



Marking Period 3

The Following Units are to prepare for the PSSA Reading Exams: Units include the use of the PSSA Ladders for Success Text and Study Island, and reading assignments in both prose and poetry; quizzes, and concluding tests will be given for each unit:

    • Summarize and Paraphrase
    • Reference Materials
    • Text Features
    • Functional Literarcy
  • Five Paragraph Essay Format: Various Timed Writing - assessment using rubric for PSSA Five Domains of Effective Writing

  • New Vocabulary Instruction based on roots, prefixes, and suffixes

Marking Period 4

  • Short Story Unit

  • Documentary on World War One

  • Pre-Reading Activities for All Quiet on the Western Front

  • PowerPoint Time-line on World War 1

  • Vocabulary for All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Reading of All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Chapter Quizzes on All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Writing Assignments for All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Poetry for All Quiet on the Western Front



Final Exam

The final exam is counted as a fifth marking period. Any student who earns an A average in English for the school year is exempt from the final. The final exam will contain questions from All Quiet on the Western Front, a short essay, and also grammar review.