Course: 7th Grade English/Language Arts

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Course Description

The focus of 7th grade English and Language Arts is understanding, analyzing and interpreting Literary and Informational Text. These lessons will focus on students mastering the skills of Main Idea, Author's Purpose, Genre, Character Traits, Identifying Details and Analyzing Details and Drawing Conclusions.

Units and Lessons

Once Upon A Genre Resources: 21

Students explore literary genres by reading different genres of literature. The concept of genres is introduced through class discussion, during which students determine the main characteristics of various genres. Students will read a variety of short stories and complete activities that help them explore what genre is.

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break - Novel Study Resources: 24

In this Unit students will complete a novel study using Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka to define, analyze and interpret plot, character traits, main idea, author's purpose and supporting details.

Presenting The Great 8 Parts of Speech Resources: 31

Understanding and utilizing the proper parts of speech in writing is often difficult for students because there is less focus on it. This unit focuses on the basics of identifying, using and writing with the correct parts of speech. Student will learn the proper usage of parts of speech through game like structured activities.

The Color Purple - Novel Study Resources: 13

In this Unit students will complete a novel study using The Color Purple by Alice Walker to define, analyze and interpret plot, setting, character traits, main idea, author's purpose and supporting details.

Using Thank You M'am To Explore Plot, Character, Theme & Author's Purpose Resources: 29

In this Unit Students will use the short story Thank You M'am to explore the 5 elements of plot, the traits and motivation of characters and author's purpose. Students will do a close reading of the short story, plot the story, build character profiles of the main characters, discuss the theme and complete a performance task asking students to relate the text to real world.

The Pigman - Novel Study Resources: 19

In this Unit students will complete a novel study on The Pigman by Paul Zindel. This unit will allow students to read, listen, and respond to the work assigned. The main focus of the lessons is on reading and comprehension. After completing this unit, students will be able to: - describe literary elements in the novel (theme, plot, setting, character, point-of-view, etc. - determine various conflicts in the novel - compare and analyze similarities/differences between characters - discuss the author and his style of writing/effects of that style - draw conclusions/make predictions about characters based on readings - demonstrate an understanding of setting in relation to the mood, tone, and meaning of text.

The Author's Point Is..... Resources: 32

In this Unit Students will focus on Main Idea, Author's Purpose, Identifying supporting details and Organizing details. Students will read a variety of Informational Text (non-fiction) to understand how stated and implied main idea effect the understanding of a passage. Students will also analyze how an author's purpose effects the reading of a text. Students will also work on a variety of activities to strengthen their understanding of main idea, author's purpose and point of view.

Character Traits Resources: 17

Traits are aspects of a character's personality, background, or physique that make him better at some activities and worse at others. In many ways, traits resemble feats: A character can have only a limited number of traits, and each trait provides some benefit. Students will learn about characters and why authors give them specific character traits

Reading Short Stories To Understand Plot, Character & Author's Purpose Resources: 20

In this unit students will practice comprehension skills while enhancing their knowledge and understanding of plot, character and author's purpose. Reading comprehension doesn't just involve fluency. It also involves deconstructing a story to understand the character's motivation, the plot and the reason why an author chooses to user a certain point of view or setting. This unit will use short stories to explore these themes.


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