A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

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Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School which has a long standing reputation for academic excellence and a caring environment which facilitates learning and spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Literature

Teacher:

Room 14: Ms. Gonzales Bio
Loft Room 1: Mrs. Borkoski Etter Bio

So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky. —William James

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

—Mark Twain

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. —Frank Serafini


The goals of studying Literature are:

  • Develop and improve analytical reading skills
  • Acquire writing skills and techniques that present clear arguments supported by appropriate evidence
  • Study and apply standard English grammar and vocabulary in speaking and writing
  • Develop a strong and varied vocabulary
  • Read diverse literary works which allow students to recognize universal themes and to compare styles and ideas
  • Foster oral communication skills
  • Use a variety of technology applications for research and writing




Curriculum Highlights:

6th Grade

  • Required summer reading and subsequent unit
  • Intuitive projects assigned to enrich the curriculum
  • Short stories from the Pearson textbook series and a study of a variety of genres
  • At least two novels read and studied throughout the year plus two required books for summer reading
  • Vocabulary studies and practice
  • Use of iPads and special programs such as Accelerated Reader, Google Slides, Edmodo, Kahoot, and Quizlet to enhance the learning experience
  • Crossover of history and literature
  • Interactive and personalized feedback using Showbie

7th Grade

  • Required summer reading and subsequent unit
  • Intuitive projects assigned to enrich the curriculum
  • Short stories from the Pearson textbook series and a study of a variety of genres
  • Heavy emphasis on public speaking and debate
  • At least two novels read throughout the year, plus three summer reading novels
  • Vocabulary studies and practice
  • Use of iPads and special programs such as Accelerated Reader, Google Slides, Edmodo, Kahoot, and Quizlet to enhance the learning experience
  • Crossover of history and literature
  • Interactive and personalized feedback using Showbie

8th Grade

  • Required summer reading and subsequent unit
  • Intuitive projects assigned to enrich the curriculum
  • Short stories from the Pearson textbook series and a study of a variety of genres
  • At least two classic novels read throughout the year, plus three summer reading novels
  • Introduction to Shakespeare through the reading and study of Romeo and Juliet
  • Vocabulary studies and practice
  • Use of iPads and special programs such as Accelerated Reader, Google Slides, Edmodo, Kahoot, and Quizlet to enhance the learning experience
  • Crossover of history and literature
  • Interactive and personalized feedback using Showbie

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