John Adams Middle School Santa Monica




Language Arts Teachers



David Saling
Department Chair, x 72195


Amy Beeman-Solano

Timothy Clarke

Lois Fliegel

Jennifer Gardner

Mikaela Lee-Garcia

Amanda Lopez

Margie Mathews

Alva Scotland

Devon Smith


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JAMS Language Arts


JAMS Language Arts Department

7th Grade Course of Study

Writing
  • Analytical essays
  • Timed writings
  • Commonplace page
  • Monthly bibliographic activity
Literature
  • Core novels
  • Self-selected monthly genre novels with bibliographic activity
  • Literary elements

Conventions

  • Writing complete sentences
  • Subject & verb agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Modifiers
  • Consistent use of verb tenses
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
Reading Comprehension
  • Reading log
  • Teacher-selected vocabulary


8th Grade Course of Study

  • Descriptive writing
  • Memoir
  • Analytical essays
  • Literature-based timed writings
  • Poetry anthology
  • Short fiction
  • Technical writing
Literature
  • Short fiction
  • Core novels
  • Self-selected monthly genre book
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction
  • Literary devices
  • Plot elements
Conventions
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
Reading Comprehension
  • Active reading strategies
  • Vocabulary
  • Creative book responses
  • Reader’s notebook

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District