I have been teaching in Guilford County since 2007. My first year at NGMS was the 2009-2010 school year. The 8th grade team has participated in many exciting and educational activities over the years. We have seen the adoption of new learning standards, and a few years ago we added the American Reading Company (ARC) framework to our curriculum.
The ARC format of my ELA course is focused on personalized goals, activities, and materials for each student. Students work on year-long power goals using leveled texts and assignments in both the literature and informational text domains. Our whole-class units featuring grade-level core texts. We focus on a Launch Unit (basic literary and informational text skills), the American Revolution (social studies informational texts), science fiction (literary texts), and energy (science informational texts).