In seventh grade English, students continue to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This is done through analysis of different literary works, the continued study of grammar and vocabulary, and a variety of writing assignments.
Literature study enables the students to develop stronger inferential and analytical skills.
Students read works from a variety of genres such as short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and novels. This year, these novels will include The Running Dream, The Red Kayak, The Outsiders, and The Book Thief. Some of the key ideas and skills that will be developed are citing several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis, determining a theme and analyzing its development, understanding how particular elements of a story interact, and being able to compare and contrast different texts.
In addition to assigned in-class readings, students are required to read independently. Literature is shared through discussion and collaboration so that all points of views can be considered
Students deepen their understanding of writing as a craft, learning how to interpret words and phrases used in the text, analyzing how specific word choices shape meaning and tone, and strengthening the structure of their writing by including figurative language. Written skills are refined as students learn strategies that help them plan, draft, edit, and execute solid final drafts. Students have many opportunities to share their writing with the school community. They keep writing portfolios that reflect their growth and progress throughout the year and submit work to contests and publications outside of school, such as Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Grade-appropriate vocabulary acquisition and use are key skills emphasized in 7th grade writing. Students learn how to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases within the context of reading. They learn strategies to demonstrate an understanding through use. Students will learn strategies like using common grade-appropriate Greek affixes and roots as clues to understanding the meaning of words. Then, students will apply advanced vocabulary to demonstrate their understanding of word relationships.
Grammar is taught both formally and in context of what is being read. A myriad of sources such as Ridgewood Grammar, Grammar Revolution, Grammar Keepers, and Essay Apprentice, among others, are used. In addition, students will maintain an interactive grammar notebook throughout the school year. Students will apply what they learn to usage, mechanics, and the overall structure of their writing.
Students will demonstrate their speaking and listening skills by engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners, analyze main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (visually, quantitatively, and orally) and present material using the PEC method (paying attention to Pacing, Eye Contact, and Clarity).