English

English Language Arts 7

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This course will encourage students to use a wide range of communication skills involved in written and oral English including the following: organization and development of effective communication, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling and personal voice. Students will have ample opportunity for growth in the area of reading through use of the independent reading, novels, poetry, short stories, and class activities. The English Language Arts curriculum is designed to fulfill the Common Core State Standards, which are accessible at www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy.


Reading Literature

Students will read a variety of fiction texts, both chosen by the teacher and of their own choosing, including but not limited to: novels, poetry, and short stories. In 7th-grade, students are expected to:

  • Refer to the text to find several examples to support analysis of and inferences about a story.

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases within literary text; analyze word choice in rhyming and repetition in poetry or drama.

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases; analyze rhyming and repetition in poetry or drama.

  • Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of the different characters or narrators in a text.



Reading Informational Text

Students will read a variety of informational (nonfiction) texts, both chosen by the teacher and of their own choosing. In 7th grade, students are expected to:

  • Refer to the text to find several examples to support analysis of and inferences about a piece of informational text.   

  • Find more than one central idea in a text and explain how the ideas develop throughout the text; give an unbiased summary of a piece of informational text

  • Figure out an author's point of view in a piece of informational text and examine how the author's position is different from others

  • Locate and judge claims in a text, separate those that are supported by sound reasoning and evidence that is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.


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Writing

Students will write argument, narrative, and informative pieces. In 7th grade, students are expected to:

  • Write arguments and use clear reasons and relevant evidence to support claims; recognize opposing views to own claim

  • Write organized and informative pieces, with relevant content, to explore a topic and express ideas; organize writing with a clear introduction and use appropriate strategies and formats to help explain the topic

  • Write narrative stories that use appropriate, detailed descriptions and logical sequences and gain the reader’s attention by introducing ideas, a point of view, a narrator, and/or characters

  • Demonstrate standard English in speech and in writing.

  • Write sentences accurately using commas to separate adjectives when needed.



Speaking & Listening

Students will participate in a variety of formal and informal speaking opportunities. In 7th grade, students are expected to:

  • Effectively participate in different types of discussions and with different people about 7th grade topics, texts and issues by building on others’ ideas and expressing own ideas clearly.

  • Give presentations that make claims using relevant descriptions, facts, details and examples; make eye contact, speak clearly, and use appropriate volume.



Language

In 7th grade, students will be given direct instruction on the following grammar concepts:

  • Parts of the Sentence

    • Subject and Verb

    • Complements

    • Appositives

    • Participles

    • Gerunds and gerund phrases

    • Infinitives and Infinitive phrases

  • Clauses

    • Sentences classified by structure

    • Independent (main) clauses

    • Dependent (subordinate) clauses

  • Commonly misspelled words

  • Green/Latin roots

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