Webber Middle School

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Honors English

Webber Middle School is proud to offer the following Honors Language Arts courses for students in our #GrowServeInspire! G/T program:

Creativity Workshop: GT students with creativity identification are invited to participate in a weekly Extended Learning Opportunity during sixth period called “Genius Hour.” Genius Hour is based on a model of independent learning that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Genius Hour affords students a scaffolded and supported environment through which to explore personal passions and interests, develop research and innovation skills, and present findings through creative formats. Genius Hour will be mentored by Mrs. Marsh who can be reached at smarsh@psdschools.org.

Honors 6:  In 6th grade Honors English students take an advanced approach to developing proficient communication skills through critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as set forth in the Colorado State Standards.  Students will read, respond, analyze, and interpret a variety of literature, including, but not limited to, works of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  Students will demonstrate their in-depth comprehension and analytical skills through a variety of written genres and oral presentations.  Students will be challenged to demonstrate their learning in innovative ways through the use of technology and project-based assignments.  Both individually and in cooperative groups, they will be called upon to think “outside-the-box” to make connections between texts, their own lives, and the world around them. This course will help prepare students for the more rigorous literature and writing required of students seeking placement in advanced Language Arts classes.  It will aid in the development of creative and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic responsibility and initiative. Honors English 6 is taught by Mrs. Marsh who can be reached at smarsh@psdschools.org.

Honors 7:  Honors 7 affords gifted learners the opportunity to move toward high school Pre-AP and AP Language Arts expectations.  Students approach learning through four quarterly themed units predicated in novel studies as well as utilizing drama, excerpts from speeches, essays, articles, poetry, and media clips.  Students will practice advanced reading skills calling upon synthesis, application, critique, and evaluation and will also use texts as mentor texts for mirrored writing activities.  Focused writing instruction guides students through narrative, literary analysis, and argument writing with emphasis placed on improving self-assessment skills and writing on-demand.  Emphasis is placed on weekly vocabulary acquisition, highlighting Greek and Latin roots and intensive study of advanced grammatical and conventional practices to add accuracy and sophistication to writing.  Several project-based assignments afford students the opportunity to utilize educational technology to solve real-world problems.  Honors English 7 is taught by Dr. Hollingsworth who can be reached at shollingsworth@psdschools.org.

Honors 8:  As a pre-cursor to AP courses offered at the high school level, Honors English 8 students engage content in an accelerated and in-depth manner with expectations for strong work habits, as this class meets every other day.  Like Honors 7, students approach learning through four quarterly themed units predicated in novel studies as well as utilizing drama, excerpts from speeches, essays, articles, poetry, and media clips.  Particular attention is paid to creating inter-disciplinary connections with concepts in history classes and offering culturally-influenced writing showcasing the works of authors from Puerto Rico, Latin America, China, Germany, England, and Africa.  Additionally, literature study is complemented through independent reading projects which culminate in public speaking assessments designed to strengthen students’ speaking and interviewing skills. Honors English 8 students will also engage in rigorous writing workshops focused on developing writing style, voice, and sophistication in organization, and most will be encouraged to enter pieces into writing publication contests and forums.  Support for Advanced Learning Plans will be offered.   Honors English 8 is taught by Dr. Hollingsworth who can be reached at charper@psdschools.org