English Language Arts 7

Course Description

Semester A

Through analysis of written, spoken, and multimedia texts, students will become more critical consumers of information and of various forms of media. They will also synthesize and organize ideas to prepare structured essays in several different modes, including narrative, persuasive, and expository. Each lesson will guide students in learning and applying specific strategies for reading and writing different types of texts.  A review of basic English mechanics is included in many of the writing lessons, along with a discussion of levels of formality required for different purposes and audiences. This course provides instruction in many modalities, including audiovisual presentations and videos, interactive activities, projects, and discussions. Opportunities for teacher feedback are frequent, detailed, and varied.

Semester B

The second semester of Language Arts 7 builds on the skills and concepts introduced in the first semester. Students tackle more difficult texts and themes in Semester B, and the level of analysis demonstrated and required is more in-depth. In this part of the course, students study the English language closely—both its history and evolution, and the less obvious ways it can be used to convey meaning.  The reading assignments are selected to guide students in understanding how language can be used to convey broader themes in poetry, drama, and humorous or satirical texts.  Students continue to develop their writing skills through multi-draft assignments and projects. Emphasis in this semester is on recognizing the multiple levels of meaning that any word or phase might convey, and in writing one’s own texts with these concepts in mind.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

7th Grade

*Materials

Required Anthology:

• Poetry Speaks Who I Am

ISBN-10: 1402210744
ISBN-13: 978-1402210747

Required Novels:

• Julie of the Wolves
• The Outsiders


Optional Novels (Choose 2):

• Where the Red Fern Grows
• Nothing But the Truth
• The Cay
• A Christmas Carol
• A Day No Pigs Would Die

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

None

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing
  • Email Communication

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • The Structure of Narrative
  • Reading Skills and Strategies
  • Writing Persuasively
  • Evaluating Arguments
  • Elements of Drama
  • Media Analysis
  • Forms of Research

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Elements of Poetry
  • History of Language
  • Precision of Word Choice
  • Style and Syntax
  • Levels of Formality
  • Forms of Narrative
  • Using Technology