Skills Overview

Ms. Beck’s ELA class covers the content areas of reading and English. This includes written and oral communication, reading skills, and synthesizing skills through discussion, collaboration, and independent work. A significant focus in our class is study skills. Within this blocked period, totaling 84 minutes each day students are continually informed of weekly academic standards and learning intentions at the beginning of each class period.


The objective for the year is to increase the skills of information collection and to create shared learning experiences with each class. This lays the foundation for meaningful interaction and collaboration. Effective writing is the result of effective thinking, and when a learning culture is built on a community of learners who share learning experiences, everyone benefits.

Developing independent learning skills is also necessary to prepare students for their academic future in high school. Activities and experiences to support student growth as independent learners are woven into every learning experience in our classroom. There are also the ‘Student Success Strategies’ that are taught through direct instruction over the course of the year. These include three habits of highly successful learners.

Foundational Strategies and Concepts Learned in Our ELA Class:


  • Paragraph Structure
  • Essay Structure
  • Structure of a Presentation
  • Structure of Introductions
  • Structure of Conclusions

Writing Tools

  • Sentence Structure
  • Conventions
  • Punctuation


Active Reading

Pre-reading Strategies

  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reflect & Connect

          While Reading Strategies

  • Annotation
  • Questioning
  • Connecting
  • Summarizing

          After Reading Strategies

  • Summarizing
  • Questioning
  • Connecting
  • Analyzing



  • Sentence Construction
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Arguments Writing
  • Literary Analysis
  • Research Writing


Word Study

  • Vocabulary Expansion
  • Vocabulary Application
  • Greek/Latin Derivations
  • Context Clues

Study Skills

  • 5 Minute Study Strategy
  • Think and Search Strategy
  • Pomodoro Technique
  •  Know | No Study Strategy
  • Cornell Notes


Students are expected to visit the class website often, as it is used for teaching and learning. If students are absent, they should visit the website to gain insight to lessons and assignments they have missed. “Ms. Beck’s Newsletter”, as the website is named, is also helpful to parents because they can get an idea of what students are focusing on each week.


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If you have any questions regarding the content of our curriculum, please feel free to contact me at any time for clarification.