M.S. 88 bases its literacy curriculum on the Teachers College Reading Writing Project model.  Reading units have anchor texts, suggested independent reading titles or book club titles at various levels, and teaching points.

Texts meet the needs of our highest level readers and readers who read below grade level, based on what assessments and teacher conferencing in the classroom. Readers take assessments four times a year first for a baseline and then to monitor their progress in engaging with and understanding more complex texts.

Writing units incorporate research in three ways – research of lived experience, primary research through investigation (interviews, surveys, experiments), and research from texts. All the units are text-based either through teaching close-reading of mentor texts, or through text-based research. Teachers use conferencing to support students push towards and beyond their writing goals to becoming flexible, resilient writers.
Below is the pacing calendar for grades 6-8.
Sixth Grade
Reading: Turning Every Kid into a Reader – Really
Writing Personal Narrative: Creating Powerful Life Stories*
Reading: Analyzing Characters Across Series*
Writing: Persuasive Essays
Reading: Investigating Social Issues in Text Set Clubs
Writing: The Literary Essay: From Character to Compare/Contrast*
Reading: Nonfiction Research Across Text Sets
Writing: Research-Based Information Writing: Books, Websites, and Presentations*
Reading: Lifting the Level of Reading through Strong Partnerships
Writing: Literary Analysis: Quick Lit Essays and Fan Fiction Scenes
Reading: Critical Literacies: Reading for Perspective and Power across Genres*
Writing: The Sounds, Images, and Ideas of Poetry*
Reading: Reading to Learn: Synthesizing Nonfiction*
Writing: Raising the Level of Reading Notebooks
Seventh Grade
Reading: Agency and Independence: Launching Reading Workshop w/Experienced Readers
Writing: Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax and Truth*
Reading: Reading as a Writer
Writing: Writing about Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books*
Reading: Nonfiction Research Across Text Sets*
Writing: The Art of Argument: Research-Based Essays*
Reading: Lifting the Level of Reading through Strong Partnerships
Writing: Literary Analysis: Quick Lit Essays and Fan Fiction Scenes
Reading: How to Eat a Poem
Writing: Poetry: Immersion and Innovation*
Reading: Developing Analytical Reading Practices across Genres*
Writing: Memoir
Eighth Grade
Reading: Textual Lineages and Courses of Study
Writing: Investigative Journalism*
Reading: Fantasy & Dystopia*
Writing: The Literary Essay: Analyzing Craft and Theme*
Reading: Critical Nonfiction Reading Across Texts*
Writing: Position Papers: Research and Argument*
Jan – Feb
Reading: Analyzing Poetry
Writing: Poetry: Immersion and Innovation*
Feb- March
Reading: Reading Analytically across Genres: Recognizing Archetypes and Allusions*
Writing: Literary Analysis: Quick Lit Essays and Fan Fiction Scenes*
April – May
Reading: Reading for High School*
Writing: Fantasy: Writing within Literary Traditions
Web links
Parent resource guide for 6th grade
Parent resource guide for 7-8th grades
Reading Rockets Recommended Education Literacy Apps
PBS Parents on Middle School
Please direct literacy curriculum questions to Assistant Principal Sara Panag at