Literacy in the fifth through eighth grades centers on an integrated approach to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students in these grades are learning to use their literacy skills across the disciplines and for a variety of purposes. It is our goal that students take what they learn in readers' and writers' workshops and apply it throughout the school day and beyond the classroom. Literature, poetry, newspaper articles, primary sources and other non-fiction materials provide the basis for reading at these grade levels. Creative writing, research papers and persuasive essays are just a few of the many types of writing that students do. Much of the work in literacy is directly tied to social studies themes. We recognize that students at this age level bring a wide range of skills and experiences. Our literacy program is constructed to accommodate these diverse strengths and needs and to prepare students to enter high school.