English vs. English Plus
Upcoming 7th- and 8th-grade students should be aware of the following changes made to accelerated English classes at Oxford Middle School.
For the past few years, advanced English classes at OMS have been referred to as Pre-AP. Often this name led to the misunderstanding by students and parents that Pre-AP was a prerequisite for AP classes at OHS. An AP class at the high school offers a student the chance to take an AP exam at the end of the term, earning college credit for the class.
Advanced English classes at OMS are not prerequisites for classes at OHS; they are simply much more challenging and rigorous than English 7 or 8. If a student does not take accelerated English at OMS, he or she will still be offered the opportunity to take it when moving to OHS.
Accelerated English at OMS will be called English 7 Plus and English 8 Plus as of the 2016-17 school year. We are asking each student and family to discuss whether you are interested in taking this class. It is suggested, but not required, that you score within the 90th percentile on NWEA and MAP testing when considering this class. We also suggest that a student truly enjoy reading to take this class.
English 7 Plus and English 8 Plus will be very demanding and require a lot of time and work outside the classroom. Consider the following:
- texts at a much higher Lexile level than English 7, 8
- additional texts required including independent reading
- required summer reading (4 books) with written responses
- more rigorous writing assignments including writing independently
- participation in independent Literature Circles involving preparation and self-management skills
Click the links below to view the syllabi for the English and English Plus classes. Please review the differences in these classes.
English 7 | English 7 Plus | English 8 | English 8 Plus
Should you have any questions, please contact: