In middle school we focus a lot on our science writing skills. Students write in the claim-evidence-reasoning format in 6th-8th grade. This format helps prepare them for high school (and beyond) and develops their critical thinking abilities. Students build their writing skills during 6th grade and continue to add depth to their writing in 7th and 8th grade. Our Marcy Marlins are excellent science writers by the time they leave us for high school.