It is the goal of 7th Grade Language Arts to begin preparing students with the skills and knowledge they will need for a successful high school career, as well as to fortify all that they have learned throughout middle school already. In 7th grade we cover a variety of topics: reading literature, writing, discussion and presentation, spelling, vocabulary acquisition, and grammar instruction.
In regards to reading, this year we will be completing two class novels, one small group choice novel, a variety of short stories, some narrative poetry, and at least one play. Additionally, students are expected to be working toward reaching a goal of reading 15 independent books for the school year. This breaks down to roughly a book and a half a month. There will be monthly check-ins to monitor their progress toward this goal.
Students will also be crafting a variety of written pieces this year, including a creative narrative, a literary analysis essay, short research projects, a major argument project, and a comparative essay. Students will be provided rubrics for each of these assignments ahead of time so that they know what is expected of them and can work towards those goals. I also believe that the best way for me to teach students to write well is for them to do so when I'm actually around, therefore I give ample in-class writing workshop time so that I can provide students with guidance an instruction on the spot, as opposed to a later date.
In addition to several presentations of projects that students will be creating throughout the year, 7th grade students will also be presenting three speeches throughout the school year. Public speaking is an area that causes anxiety in many people - children and adults, alike - therefore, I believe that it is important to help students face that anxiety in a small, safe area, so that they can see that it is not actually as scary as they might believe.
Language instruction is broken in to three areas in 7th grade: spelling, vocabulary acquisition, and grammar. We use the Sitton Spelling Program, modified to meet the actual needs of our students. In regards to vocabulary, we employ the Wordly Wise program which provides students not only with new vocabulary, but also helps them to learn and understand the relationships between words and the meanings of words. Finally, our grammar instruction is based largely on the needs of the students, although it is important that they know the basic parts of speech so that we can delve deeper into usages and punctuation issues.
Overall, Language Arts is a comprehensive subject and it is important that students stay on top of their assignments and due dates. All assignments and upcoming due dates will be posted on the Homework Calendar (see link above). Additionally, most assignments or reminders for assignments (as well as digital copies of notes from class and other helpful links) will be posted on Google Classroom (see link above).
Finally, I have included a few additional links and documents below. Please contact me if you have any further questions!
7th Grade Syllabus, pg. 1 and pg. 2
Year-Long Pacing Guide (Subject to Change)
Common Core State Standards
7th Grade Welcome Letter and Shopping List