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English Language Arts

Welcome to the TMS English Language Arts Department

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The Tenafly Middle School language arts program builds upon the language experiences of the elementary years and aims to nurture proficiency in the interrelated activities of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and critical thinking.                                   
Through both guided and independent reading and writing activities in the language arts class, students apply comprehension strategies to create meaning from text, deepen their grasp of verbal structures, and expand their vocabulary.  In the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes, students study poetry, drama, the novel, memoirs, short stories and non-fiction. Students can expect to engage in whole class readings of a single text, group-readings of different texts, independent reading and research. Grammar, usage, and mechanics of English are taught within the context of writing; additional reinforcement with grammar-text exercises is provided on an as-needed basis.

Grade-Specific Overviews