The Language Arts program at Journeys Middle School focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to develop communication skills and to promote personal expression. In accordance with current education research, emphasis is placed on the frequency and fluency of reading and writing in order to cultivate broad and solid writing skills. Students practice spelling and vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and the mechanics of the English language within the context of various literary works, spanning all Middle School curricula. Mastery in these areas is achieved through traditional as well as project-based means. Reading outside of the classroom is compulsory to increase literature appreciation and fluency. Students regularly work with Teton County Library for reading materials and to complete research. Memorization of eminent speeches, poetry, and prose enhances students’ learning in all subjects and is pivotal in brain development. Students keep a journal to improve writing skills, encourage reflection, and to provide a safe venue for creative expression.