Language Arts

Language Arts at CRMS


  • Mr.  Bennett - King Arthur
  • Mrs.  Kaspar- Merlin     
  • Mrs. Otto- Morgaine     
  • Mrs. Kovarik- Sir Kay
  • Mr. Pace- Sir Ector
  • Ms. Lewis- Sir Galahad

Courses we offer

7th and 8th grade Language Arts:
This course will use the writing process to increase writing competency in all areas. Students will write a variety of paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions and research projects. Grammar and usage will be taught in relation to the students’ writing. The appreciation and understanding of literary genres will be addressed. Literary elements will be taught through novels, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.   

Advanced Language Arts

This course will cover some of the same concepts as the grade level Language Arts class but will provide additional challenge, rigor, and have higher expectations in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.  The course does move at a more accelerated pace and includes more reading and writing covering more complex topics.  

Advanced Language Arts Placement Process

The placement process for Math and Language Arts enables the school staff and parents to work together to provide the student with the most appropriate educational placement. This placement should provide a pace of learning and level of challenge commensurate with the student’s achievement level and abilities. A placement may be conducted for students entering grades seven or eight who demonstrate outstanding academic need different from programming found in typical on-grade level classes. Success in advanced classes is largely dependent on skill readiness and skill mastery.  To make the best decision possible, our placement process relies on data from i-Ready and teacher recommendation. If neither i-Ready or teacher recommendation can be obtained, students will have access to a placement test administered during the summer.

i-Ready - This data is collected automatically for any student enrolled in DCSD who takes the i-Ready exams.

  • If i-Ready Reading percentile is:
    • 85th or higher: Consideration for Advanced Language Arts class.
    • up to 84th:  On grade level readiness

Teacher Recommendation - This data is collected through our transition and matriculation process for any student enrolled in one of our feeder elementary schools; Clear Sky, Larkspur, Meadow View, Sedalia, Soaring Hawk, and Renaissance. 

For students not attending one of our feeder elementary programs the forms below can be sent to your students current 6th grade teacher for input. Parents, please send the following form to your child's current Math and/or Language Arts teacher: Incoming 7th Grader Teacher Recommendation Form Incoming 8th Grader Teacher Recommendation Form

Placement Test - If there is a situation where additional data is needed, we will conduct a placement test for students.  Depending on what class a student is being considered to be placed in, there will be a different assessment given.


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What happens after middle school

AP Human Geography, Honors English, and Humanities are offered at Castle View High School. Advanced Language Arts students might move to Advanced Placement Human Geography in high school. While the added rigor and higher expectations can be a good preparation for AP and Honors classes in high school, it is up to the high school to approve all course registrations.