junior high english 

About Junior High English 

Junior High English is about learning to appreciate literature and mastering the fundamentals of writing and grammar.  
Throughout the school year, students explore different units such as short stories, creative writing, novels, poetry, grammar, essay writing, and oral presentations.  

Seventh grade literature explores more global authors while eight grade focuses more on American texts. It is our goal to use literature not only to improve reading comprehension skills, but also to teach empathy and encourage students to view the world through another’s eyes.  
Students also master the basics of MLA formatting, research, proper citation, and are given the opportunity to participate in community-sponsored essay competitions.

By the end of the year, students should have been prepared with a well-rounded balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. We hope their experiences in English class encourage students to be life-long readers with excellent communication skills!

Miss Chesney

Miss Melissa Chesney is a Calvary alumni and is thrilled to be back teaching at her second home. After graduating from Calvary, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California Baptist University. She has been part of the Calvary staff since 2014, holding a variety of different positions, including Junior High and High School Guidance Counselor, 10th Grade English teacher, High School Bible teacher, Junior High Assistant Principal, and Junior High English Teacher. She loves her students and strives to help them grow in reading, writing, communicating, critical thinking, and knowing the Lord.

Class Curriculum

English 7
Grammar & Writing 7
Mosdos Press Literature (Jade Bk One)
 – The Giver by Lois Lowry
 – The Cay by Theodore Taylor
English 8
Literature (Gold Bk Two)
Grammar & Writing 8
 – Hatchet by Gary Paulson
 – Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare