Language Arts

Our mission is to facilitate the social, emotional, and academic development of every McClure student.  We cultivate positive relationships and provide engaging curriculum, promoting independence through opportunities to self-advocate, think critically, and build community.


Language Arts

Members of the Department What they teach (2016-2017)
Adam Brickett 6th Grade Language Arts
TuesD Chambers Librarian
Kim Dragoo 8th Grade Language Arts
Maggie Fish Reading Improvement
Katie Goehring 6th Grade Language Arts
Jerome Hunter 7th Grade Language Arts and Yearbook
Sarah Pattison 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts, Subject Matter Specialist


Overview of Language Arts at McClure

McClure has Readers and Writers Workshop throughout the year for all grade levels.  All classrooms have class libraries, supported by the school library and librarian.  We have monthly school-wide book clubs after school.  We have aligned our instruction with the Common Core State Standards.

McClure has restructured all Language Arts classes into a “blended” model.  All Language Arts courses will be taught on an advanced / 'Honors' level.  Students will benefit from greater diversity within these courses and all students will receive an Honors designation on their transcripts/report cards.  Students who struggle with reading and writing skills will be provided with extra support via 1:1 reading tutors, reading improvement as a support course, small group lessons and re-teaching of important skills.  Students who demonstrate mastery will be provided with advanced learning opportunities, reading/writing enrichment activities, and advanced texts across genres to read and analyze.

To learn more about our blended learning model, click here.


Scope and Sequence of Grades/Programs

6th Grade Language Arts:
Reading Life, Personal Narrative, Character Analysis, Non-Fiction Pamphlets, Literary Essay, Book Clubs, Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Genre Fiction (Fantasy, Suspense, Sci-Fi, or Fairy Tale), Independent Reading and Responses to Literature.

7th Grade Language Arts:
Building a Reading Life & Launching Writers Workshop, Research Based Argumentative Essay, Character Analysis, Literary Essays, Book Clubs, Persuasive Essay, Poetry, Dystopian Fiction, Independent Reading and Responses to Literature.

8th Grade Language Arts:
Exploration of Reading Life, goal formation, Literary Essay, Non-Fiction books, Book Clubs, Historical Fiction-reading and writing, Social Issues, Realistic Fiction- reading and writing, Poetry, Genre expansion, Inquiry on Global Issues, Argument Essay, Novel Study- To Kill a Mockingbird, Speech -analysis of famous speeches, writing and performance, Independent Reading and Responses to Literature.


Additional Resources

McClure Library

Seattle Public Library

SPS Academics - Language Arts

SPS On-line Textbooks

McClure Summer Reading List (2016)



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