Middle School is the opportune time to begin more rigorous course work as students prepare to transition into high school Literature and Composition 7/8 offers a challenging yet engaging one-year literature-based, complete English class that allows middle school students to continue to build upon the foundational skills acquired in Literature and Composition 6/7, although not a prerequisite. Students continue to practice and perfect their skills in spelling, reading comprehension, literary analysis, grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. The skill of annotation is regularly practiced and reinforced as students read a variety of texts and genres. Critiquing and analyzing literary works and engaging in meaningful discourse are also essential components of this class. Through “Socratic Circles,” which are organized discussions, students seek a deeper understanding of complex ideas by asking questions. Beyond literary discussions, students, through carefully crafted essays and thoroughly researched arguments, also practice the art of persuasion and oral communication through informal and formal debates.