English Language Arts

The English Language Arts Department at South Jordan Middle School offers courses designed to improve a student’s abilities to read, write, speak, listen, research and comprehend text. Comprehension skills emphasize literal, interpretive, critical, and creative thinking.  Basic vocabulary will be covered in literature-related words, word relationships and word parts. We use both Scholastic Reading Inventory and the STAR test to identify placement and to individualize reading for each student.

The ELA department at South Jordan Middle School promotes reading comprehension and literary passion. A tool to accomplish this is the Accelerated Reader program, and all classes and grade levels participate in it. Most students find success in the reading program, in the event a student fails an Accelerated Reader test, he or she may complete a hand-written book report to receive partial credit. Furthermore, if an Accelerate Reader test is not available, a book report may be completed in order to receive credit. Students should see their Language Arts teacher for book report forms. Cheating will not be tolerated. Please see South Jordan Middle School’s Honesty Policy for more information.

Common Core Information

The Language Arts Department in conjunction with the Reading Department is implementing a new Core Curriculum this year. The curriculum has increased lexiles and text complexities for all reading material. Likewise, the writing assignments require a higher level of complex thinking skills and more complex development patterns than previously. Jordan District has implemented an adapted version of the units created by the Gates Foundation available on the Jordan School District web site and are requiring two benchmark tests per year to insure the quality of education. This more challenging curriculum should better prepare students for college; however, parents may see a fluctuation in students´ GPA as they adjust to the more difficult curriculum.

 Grades Lexile
Grade 6-8 955-1155
Grade 9-10 1080-1305

Classroom Late Work Policy:

  • Students who are absent, school excused or otherwise, on assignment due dates must submit assignments on the day they return to class.
  • Late work will be reduced by 50%.
  • Assignments that are partially completed will not be accepted until they are done thoroughly. They will be considered late work when turned in completed.
  • Late work will not be accepted after one week from the original due date.
  • Any projects, papers, and assignments where students have multiple days inside or outside of class to complete the work will not be accepted late.

Department Links

Accelerated Reader    /   What is Accelerated Reader?   /   AR Honesty Policy

Web link for parent video approvals: Video Permissions slips

Summer 2016 Honors Assignment: 9thGradeLanguageArtsHonors

Department Members

Photo of Ms. Barbara Burt
Ms. Barbara Burt Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 201
Photo of Ms. Dianne Crabtree
Ms. Dianne Crabtree Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 601
Photo of Ms. Maria DeGroot
Ms. Maria DeGroot Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 707
Photo of Joyce Ellis
Joyce Ellis Instructional Assistant – Reading
Photo of Ms. Kathy Guess
Ms. Kathy Guess Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 203
Photo of Ms. Brenda Johnson
Ms. Brenda Johnson Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 112
Photo of Ms. Mariya Ogden
Ms. Mariya Ogden Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 114
Photo of Ms. Tiffany Rasmussen
Ms. Tiffany Rasmussen Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 603
Photo of Ms. Julia Simmons
Ms. Julia Simmons Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 304
Photo of Ms. Ashley Taylor
Ms. Ashley Taylor Language Arts Department
Classroom Room 110
Photo of Mr. Hayden Warren
Classroom Portable 2