Independent Reading -
Students are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes per day and will set goals based on individual Lexile levels and interests. Progress will be monitored throughout the year based on Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). My goal is to help my students become life long lovers of reading. There will be quarterly book projects.
The year begins with students sharing their summer reading projects. We will complete a long-term research project where students will take action on a topic using informational texts accessed through online data bases.
Touchstone Texts -
All students will read A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park and The Giver, by Lois Lowry. We will read a collection of short stories including: Thank You Ma'am by Langston Hughes, Seventh Grade, by Gary Soto, Charles, by Shirley Jackson and more. Some poems we will read include: Oranges, by Gary Soto, Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allen Poe, The Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll and more.
The seventh grade writing program is based on Narrative, Informational, Argument and creative writing. Each quarter we will focus on one particular aspect of writing. The last quarter of the year we will be dedicated to creating a writing portfolio including examples of each writing genre.
This unit focuses on the elements of plot and characterization. Students create original short stories, journals, diary entries, and other creative pieces including a personal narrative as we read examples of narrative short stories. Skills learned include adding dialogue to further a plot, how to show not tell and adding details.
Our research writing includes a focus on note taking, citing sources for information, summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting. Students will research a topic and write a paper incorporating transitions into well-organized paragraphs with topic and closing sentences. Students will also create a "how to" instructional video to present.
Citing evidence is critical to writing effective arguments. Students will learn how to use persuasive techniques and evidence to support claims in writing pieces. We will analyze editorials and other persuasive writing as we learn effective strategies in the art of argument and debate weekly "case studies," looking at pros and cons of arguments.