For writing there is a different focus with each grade level. In sixth we do a lot of journal writing and creative writing. The creative writing works with genres discussed in literature from historical fiction to fantasy to realistic fiction. Non-fiction is also brought in with writing a five-paragraph essay that requires them to research and learn bibliography requirements. This same non-fiction writing is carried over into seventh and eighth grade where they write science fair papers, research papers, and more five-paragraph essays. Eighth grade continues their writing experience with their autobiographies that are written throughout the year.
Text books used in Language arts are Houghton Mifflin English and Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary. Students are also equipped with their Folders of Fun, created by Mary Hernandez, that include guidelines for all the writing and lessons learned throughout their three years in middle school at Transfiguration.