Hello all! I have recently been hired as a Middle and High School English teacher at a small private school. I'm teaching 6th-12th grade English (YIKES). I have experience with teaching 9th-12th, but I'm struggling with forming a 6th-8th grade English curriculum, as I am not sure what specific elements each grade needs to learn. All the material I keep finding basically has each grade focus on the same elements in writing (narrative, expository, etc.), and isn't giving me clear information regarding what 6th graders need to learn in English, then what 7th graders need to learn from there, and then 8th grade. I'm struggling with finding the foundational things each grade needs to learn that differentiates each grade from the next, and shows a developing knowledge of English rather than just practicing the same types of writing, and reading new novels. I hope the question makes sense here. I'm basically asking this: what should I be teaching in 6th grade English classroom that is specific to 6th grade and provides a foundation for 7th grade, what should I be teaching in 7th grade that is specific to 7th grade and provides a foundation for 8th grade, and finally what should I be teaching 8th grade that is specific to 8th grade and provides a foundation for 9th grade? Any help, suggested materials, assignments, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated!!