English 7

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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.

 

Units

Unit Essential Questions Habits Of Mind Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Integrated Learning
English 7

In what ways does literature reflect the individual and collective human experience?

How do we discern and interpret the roles of perpetrator, target, ally and bystander in literature? How do these roles relate to the reader’s own life experience?
 
What tools do author’s use to tell their stories?
 
How do we write effectively in expository, narrative, persuasive and imaginative modes, and how do we adapt our writing to best express each of these modes?
 
How do we effectively edit and revise our own work and the work of others?
 
In what ways is context and historical setting relevant to a novel or other writing?
 
What makes a poem a poem?

 Attentive class participation during instruction, discussion, and class activities

Organized and thoughtful drafting and revising of written work

Organization of class materials, as well as short and long term reading and witing assgnments

Following assignment instructions and turning in work on time

Writing:
Literary essay

Creative writing

Creative Non-Fiction Mini-Autobiography and Mini-Memoir

Persuasive Letter

Poetry

Literature:
The Schwa Was Here, by Neal Shusterman
 
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
 
Independent Reading (Genre Wheel)
 
Selected non-fiction
 
Selected short stories
 
Selected poetry
 
Other:
Techniques of active reading
 
Review and use of literary devices
 
Guided self and peer editing
 
Review of 21 basic writing conventions

Study a variety of literary genres

Use active reading strategies as a means to comprehend and analyze literature

Begin to develop vocabulary of literary analysis

Acquire and expand vocabulary through literary context

Use textual references to support a point

Examine and discuss literature through a lens of social justice

Focus on the writing process through independent and collaborative work

Read a wide variety of poems

Demonstrate knowledge of poetic devices

Write original poetry

Expository, persuasive, narrative, and imaginative papers

Production of original poetry

Tests and quizzes on novels; poetry

Participation in daily discussions

Conventions quizzes

Independent Reading Projects (Genre Wheel)

Individualized writing conferences

Teacher obsevation

Handouts from Teaching for Joy and Justice


Conventions review packets

Guide to Editing Marks

Writing outlines

Peer editing contracts

Access to GALE database for research

35 Alternatives to a Book Report

Coordination with middle school library for Genre Wheel Independent Reading Projects

Collaboration with Cultures class on FAME essays