Middle School Language Arts

Inform, Inspire, Enlighten

The highest purpose of speech and writing is to express the author’s perception of truth and beauty in order to inform, inspire, and enlighten listeners and readers. The study of the language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing), along with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program, develops the students' ability to think deeply and organize their thinking so that it is expressed clearly and effectively in any situation.

By emphasizing reading, writing, and verbal analysis, students improve their ability to express themselves in writing and speech. Beginning to analyze literature in an academic setting helps students become familiar with the patterns of scholarly thinking in literature.

The tools of analysis include the quest archetype and character archetypes. These reveal universal patterns of story and character. Other tools used are theme, plot, point of view, character, and setting for prose; and figurative language, theme, and structure for poetry. All pieces are viewed within their social and historical context, and are analyzed in terms of theme to promote personal and universal understanding.

As each literary tradition is introduced, it is related to Science of Creative Intelligence principles, which connect what the student reads to the deepest levels of his or her own experience.

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