English Language Arts Department

  • The English program at Northwest Valley Middle School is designed to improve all students’ writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills.  Across grade levels, courses reinforce the skills and habits of mind students need to be life-long learners. 


    • learn to produce coherent and cohesive writing, use precise vocabulary, and develop topics with purposeful structure and organization; and to write for multiple purposes and multiple audiences.  Students develop the perseverance they need to approach writing as a process through prewriting, peer review, and revision. 
    • develop an interest in reading and learn to consume culture critically: they think critically about what they read and the world in which they live.  Students read literature from multiple genres, cultures, and times to inspire discussion and reflection about what it means to be human.
    • respond critically and thoughtfully to each other through discussion and to present information for multiple purposes and audiences.
    • practice fruitful and responsible collaboration in the classroom and across multiple online platforms.