7th grade English is designed to teach and foster the analytical skills necessary for literary analysis. Class readings include novels, poetry, non-fiction, and short stories. All reading selections are chosen with an eye on issues of justice as they relate to our contemporary world. In addition, the Genre Wheel Independent Reading Project provides a vehicle for students to explore a variety of genres, while practicing time management, and experimenting with ways to demonstrate understanding that move well beyond the traditional book report. Students continue to learn and practice multiple reading strategies and to expand their vocabularies within the context of their reading and writing. They continue to learn and identify literary and poetic devices and expand upon their knowledge of grammar and spelling. Seventh grade English uses the writing workshop approach to generate expository, narrative, persuasive, and imaginative writing, and to take students through the writing process, from prewriting to publishing. Throughout the year, students systematically make their way through a review of 21 basic writing rules (conventions) to help them solidify the mechanics of their writing. Independent reading project presentations and poetry recitations provide students with opportunities to practice their public speaking, both formally and informally.