Grades 6-8 MVMMS

The Study of English
The Study of English

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom

English Courses at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School challenge students to read fiction and nonfiction, write convincing arguments and narratives, and develop communication skills that can be expressed in a variety of formats.

Sixth grade students work to establish critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills.  They study several texts in detail including Call of the Wild, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Love That Dog, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and selected poetry, classic short stories, and nonfiction.  Students will also participate in literature circle reading activities and complete independent reading assignments.  In addition, students continue to develop grammar skills and build vocabulary by concentrating on specific writing assignments.

Seventh grade students develop their expertise as critical readers and thinkers and effective writers.  They study texts including A Christmas Carol, Chasing Lincoln's Killers, The Miracle Wroker, and The Outsiders.  They also participate in literature circle reading activities and complete independent assignments.  They employ grammar and vocabulary skills to create original writing assignments.

Eighth grade students concentrate on the writing of structured expository and persuasive papers and on the critical reading of plays, essays, novels, and poetry.  Literature includes The Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Our Town, Anthem, and The Metamorphosis as well as a variety of short stories, poems, and nonfiction texts.  Students also spend part of the year working on the study of literature and nonfiction in a literature circle format.  They continue to develop grammar and vocabulary skills that will help them polish their writing.

All students at MVMMS must take English core courses throughout their three years of schooling, accumulating a total of three credits in order to proceed to Melrose High School English.


Contact Information
All members of the English Language Arts Department welcome communication with parents, students, and other members of the community. We make every effort to answer all queries in a timely fashion.

Staff Contacts

NameTitleGrade
Angela Rufo SingerDirector English Language Arts6-12
Matt BrearleyTeacher8
Joanne LeiskTeacher8
Leslie MeansTeacher8
Emma PampaninTeacher7
Sarah HaneyTeacher7
Adam AziaTeacher7
Jessica WeberTeacher6
Beth ColganTeacher6
Chelsea SlosbergTeacher6