Language Arts

Mary Aflague

6th Grade

720-423-9403

mary_aflague@dpsk12.org

Jacob benEzra

8th Grade

720-423-9394

jacob_benezra@dpsk12.org

Lauren Danielson

7th Grade

720-423-9413

lauren_danielson@dpsk12.org

Peter Grampp

6th Grade

720-423-9404

peter_grampp@dpsk12.org

Arianna Ranahosseini

7th Grade

720-423-9396

ARIANNA_RANAHOSSEINI@dpsk12.org

Valerie Svodoba

7th Grade

720-423-9396

valerie_svoboda@dpsk12.org

 

 

Kristin Lewis

8th Grade

720-423-9403

Kristin_Lewis@dpsk12.org

 


READING

In a Blended Learning model, personalized learning is of paramount importance. At Grant Beacon Middle School adapting reading instruction to fit the unique needs of every student is accomplished through eBooks, the Accelerated Reader program and the Read Live curriculum.

At GBMS all students are enrolled in leveled reading classes. At GBMS, students read 30 minutes each day in their reading class and are required to read at home for 30 minutes. Upon completing an independent reading book, students complete an Accelerated Reader Quiz.

Our primary reading curriculum, Accelerated Reader systematically builds reading stamina, teaches students to independently apply reading strategies, and utilizes formative assessments to gauge reading comprehension.

Grant’s intervention program, Read Live, supports fluency development, vocabulary, and comprehension. With Read Live, teachers easily differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a wide range of students.  Read Live guides learners with modeled reading (Read Along step), repeated reading (Practice step), and progress monitoring —maximizing students’ time on task. Students work in Read Live three to five times per week for at least 30 minutes a day.

At GBMS our Honors Reading Program allows students to explore high-level texts including works from the Classical canon as well as non-fiction articles that enhance cultural and media awareness. All students work with their Reading teachers to set rigorous but attainable goals for reading growth that challenge students to scale the lofty literary heights that beckon.

WRITING

SpringBoard® is the foundational component for the College Board’s College Readiness System, offering a proven Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) program that increases participation and prepares a greater diversity of students for success in AP classes, college and beyond—without remediation. SpringBoard® systematically hones development in reading, writing, speaking and listening and media awareness. Based on College Board Standards for College Success, and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, SpringBoard® offers the only integrated college readiness solution that includes a rigorous curriculum, formative assessments and sustainable professional development for teachers. In a nutshell, SpringBoard® develops in students the fluent communication and writing skills essential for college readiness.

The ability to effectively communicate in writing is a vitally important 21st century skill. One SpringBoard® resource that provides substantial writing support is Writer’s Workshops. These Workshops offer a sequence of activities designed to provide direct writing instruction in the writing process and in the specific writing genres (Expository, Persuasive, Research, etc…). Each Workshop guides students through the writing of three separate texts: one that is co-constructed as a class with direct guidance from the teacher, one that is peer constructed with individualized support from the teacher and one that is written independently.

Of course without solid teaching, any curriculum falls flat. In a recent meeting at South High School, Grant Beacon Middle School teachers were singled out as having the best prepared students using the SpringBoard® curriculum. Stated a South High teacher, “…it is amazing, many of the students from Grant already knew our high-level vocabulary words like Ethos, Pathos, and Logos and many of the SpringBoard® strategies, giving them a significant advantage over other ninth graders.”

 

AP READINESS CERTIFICATION

In partnership with our destination high schools, at Grant Beacon Middle School we have established the Advanced Placement Certification Program. Students who are enrolled in the program have the opportunity to earn certification that attests to their potential for success in Advanced Placement courses. This accreditation recognizes students’ accomplishments in their middle school studies, their sound habits of mind, and their possession of the rigorous academic underpinnings so critical to achievement in high school Advanced Placement courses.