ELA I / Reading


Our middle school Reading curriculum is based on the Readers' Workshop model, where lessons begin by reading skills being modeled and practiced as a whole class with grade level appropriate "core" texts in specific genres. Then, students independently apply those skills to text that are at their specific reading level, while teachers utilize small group and one-on-one instruction to support learning. You can find a list of "core" texts for each grade level below. We are committed to exposing students to a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, while reading books with diverse characters and written by diverse authors.



Our middle school curriculum for Reading is produced by the American Reading Company (ARC). You can find more information about ARC Core at their website. ARC utilizes an Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) to identify which level of books (designated by color below) will best match a students' current skills.

This curriculum is rated highly by curriculum evaluation website EdReports. EdReports rates Literacy curricula on three factors: Text Quality, Building Knowledge, and Usability. You can find their evaluation of ARC Core at their website. Here is their summary report for 6th-8th Grade: ARC Core grades 6, 7, and 8 fully meet the expectations of alignment to EdReports.org's Gateways 1, 2, and 3 criteria. Texts with which students engage are appropriately rigorous and rich and are accompanied by cohesive writing and speaking questions and tasks. The materials provide practice and production opportunities for students to grow their literacy skills in multiple areas as they build knowledge as well. There are multiple opportunities for students to synthesize information by working with varied tasks and in grown research and critical thinking abilities. Materials are organized to support vocabulary development, writing instruction in multiple modes, and independent reading of complex texts over the course of the year. The materials also include support for educators to implement, plan, and differentiate the standards-based materials."

 6th Grade  Lit Lab Greek & Roman Mystery The Arts

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Gone Missing by John Townsend

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Louis Armstrong and the Age of Jazz by Dan Elish

7th Grade  Lit Lab Modern American Historical Fiction Dystopian Immigration

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Extraordinary African American Poets by Therese Neis

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Legend by Marie Lu

All About America: A Nation of Immigrants by Paul Robert Walker

8th Grade  Lit Lab Realistic Contemporary Fiction World Historical Fiction Civil Rights Era

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton



Our standards are aligned to grade level appropriate standards as laid out in the Common Core.

6th Grade:


7th Grade:

  8th Grade:



Resources for Families:

We believe students should read 30 minutes a day, every day outside of school!

Finding Books for Your Child - Want to find books that are appropriate for your child's Zone of Proximal Development?

Ask your child's teacher what level of books your child is ready for. This is done through an Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) each year. Then, go to www.lexile.com and use the Correlations With Other Leveling Systems chart to find books that would best fit your child.

Through a partnership with the Champaign Public Library, each Unit 4 Middle School student has a library card that will allow them to check out books in person or get access to digital texts.

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