There is a strong emphasis on skills, including writing. Students are writing paragraphs and essays in English and History (with a lot of supports), including a compare and contrast essay and a persuasive essay. They are also doing a lot of informal writing--journal writing, responses to readings, quick writes, etc. There is also some formal writing in science and informal writing in math. The end of year projects will include a portfolio of writing done throughout the year.
This is aligned with the Common Core National Standards as well as our own 6th-12th plan for skills.
We believe that literacy is a key skill, perhaps the most important skill!