7th Grade Language Arts

Course Description: This course is taught with an interdisciplinary approach, where all the subjects of Language Arts are reinforced through formative and summative assessments. Students will read various texts, ranging from classical literature to nonfiction works. As writing assignments will serve as assessments, they will be derived from the texts. In addition, fundamental grammar concepts and the writing process steps will be taught throughout each novel unit, using the Write Source text (provided). Also, students will be able to participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations on a variety of topics. As conducted in 6th grade, students will continue to expand their vocabulary through Vocabulary Workshop and Vocabulary for Success. By the end of the course, students will have written at least 4 diverse pieces of writing to be added to their writing portfolios.  

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • engage and expand upon literary comprehension from 6th Language Arts
  • compare and contrast characters and genres while relating to the text
  •  identify and interpret how conflict and challenge served as character building and growth
  • write, react, and dialogue with works of classical and nonfiction and how the literature applies to his/her own life
  • understand, practice, and utilize proper grammatical constructs
  • establish evidence as support for personal opinions
  •  implement the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, writing, editing, and revising) to write a personal narrative, persuasive, compare and contrast, thematic analysis, personal responses, and self-authored poems
  • follow MLA format guidelines; use academic and reputable resources; create a works cited page
  • participate in meaningful class discussions and learning community activities
  •  actively listen and communicate with classmates

Course Materials:

  1. The Hero's Trail by T.A. Barron; 978-0-14-240760-8
  2. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; 0-553-21011-4
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; 0-446-31078-6
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; 0-14- 038572-X
  5. “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (Poetry Unit) by William Shakespeare