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Grade 7 English Course Outline

Grade 7 English Course Outline

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This course is aligned with the Common Core Standards for 7th grade English.

The course has goals for the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language in an effort to make students able to read and write confidently in all subject areas. In the area of reading students will further develop their abilities to determine a text’s main ideas and to analyze them based off of textual evidence. They will learn to analyze how an author organizes their text and the purpose of the chosen point of view. The students will develop the skills to compare and contrast the written and multimedia versions of a text, and how different writers approach the same topic. In terms of writing, the students will continue to develop their skills in writing argumentative, informative, narrative, and research texts. They will be able to produce clear writing that has appropriate organization and style for the topic at hand. The students will learn to use technology to produce and publish their writing and to link and cite sources.

The students will continue to develop their research skills by drawing evidence from different texts that support their own writing. To develop their speaking and listening skills students will learn to ask good questions that lead to group discussion and to modify their own views in accordance with new information and ideas expressed by those around them.

The students will also practice speaking in front of a group while using relevant descriptions, facts, and details to support an opinion. Throughout their writing and speaking students will continue to show their command of the English language, particularly in the uses of phrases and clauses and varied types of sentences. While writing students will continue to practice conventions, specifically the use of commas to separate coordinate adjectives.


1- Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Course Description
  • Plagiarism
  • Plagiarism Discussion
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources
  • MLA Citation Updates
  • Course Novels

2- Context Clues, Grammar, Archetypes, The Hobbit, Writing Styles

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 1 Vocabulary
  • Guessing the Meaning of New Words
  • Quiz: Guess the Meaning of the Word
  • Grammar
  • Handout: Chapter 1 Grammar Presentation
  • Worksheet: Subject & Verb
  • Quiz: Simple Sentences
  • Worksheet: Writing Simple Sentences
  • Quiz: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Worksheet: Fragments
  • Essay: Fragments
  • Worksheet: Writing Compound Sentences
  • Essay: Combining Sentences
  • Quiz: Compound, Complex or Simple
  • The Hero’s Journey Archetypal Pattern
  • Handout: Heroic Archetypes
  • The Hobbit
  • Handout: Reading Plan
  • Handout: Hobbit Questions Part I
  • Handout: Hobbit Questions Part II
  • Assignment: Hobbit Map
  • Assignment: Hobbit Questions Part 1
  • Assignment: Hobbit Questions Part II
  • Assignment: Hobbit Projects
  • Writing Styles: Levels of Language

3- Nouns, Of Mice and Men, Theme, Writing Process

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 2 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 2 Vocabulary
  • Nouns
  • Handout: Common or Proper Nouns
  • Handout: Spot the Nouns
  • Assignment: Common or Proper Nouns
  • Assignment: Spot the Nouns
  • Plural Nouns
  • Worksheet: Plural Nouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Worksheet: Possessive Nouns
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Handout: Migrant Workers Article
  • Handout: Of Mice and Men Reading Questions
  • Assignment: Migrant Workers Timeline
  • Assignment: Of Mice and Men Reading Questions
  • Essay: Book Review
  • Themes and Morals
  • Themes in “Of Mice and Men”
  • Handout: Themes Organizer
  • Assignment: Of Mice & Men Theme Organizer
  • Essay: Of Mice and Men Theme Essay
  • Writing Process
  • Assignment: Favorite Place Brainstorming
  • Essay: Favorite Place Rough Draft
  • Essay: Favorite Place Final Draft

4- Word Parts, Verbs, The Time Machine

  • Vocabulary
  • Worksheet: Chapter 3 Vocabulary
  • Using Word Parts to Define New Words
  • Quiz: Using Word Parts to Understand Words
  • Word Parts
  • Assignment: Word Parts
  • Action Verbs
  • Handout: Verbs: Action or Linking?
  • Assignment: Verbs: Action or Linking?
  • Worksheet: Using Action Verbs
  • Worksheet: Helping Verbs
  • Verb Tenses
  • Forming Past Tense
  • Handout: Time of an Action
  • Assignment: Time of an Action
  • Worksheet: Time of an Action Part 2
  • Worksheet: Past Tense
  • Point of View
  • Characterization
  • Essay: Characterization
  • The Time Machine
  • Handout: The Time Machine Chapter Questions
  • Assignment: The Time Machine Study Questions
  • Assignment: The Time Machine Comparison Project

5- Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs, Short Stories, Tone and Mood

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 4 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 4 Vocabulary
  • Pronouns
  • Worksheet: Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Handout: Chapter 4 Grammar Presentation
  • Handout: Comparing Adjectives
  • Worksheet: Using Adjectives
  • Quiz: Adjective Comparisons
  • Assignment: Comparing Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Handout: Comparative & Superlative
  • Handout: Comparing Adverbs
  • Worksheet: Adverbs
  • Quiz: Adverb or Adjective?
  • Assignment: Comparative & Superlative
  • Assignment: Comparing Adverbs
  • Tone and Mood
  • Short Stories
  • Short Stories (Continued)
  • Handout: All Summer In A Day
  • Handout: Rikki
  • Handout: Seventh Grade
  • Handout: The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Handout: Short Story Blog Organizer
  • Assignment: Short Story Blog Organizers (3 Choices)
  • Assignment: Short Story Blog Organizers (4 Required)
  • Assignment: Short Story Blog
  • Writing Short Stories – Setting and Characters
  • Assignment: Short Story Setting
  • Essay: Short Story – Draft
  • Essay: Short Story – Final

6- Figurative Language, Imagery, Grammar, Poetry

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 5 Vocabulary
  • Parts of the Whole
  • Quiz: Parts of the Whole (Chapter 5)
  • Prepositions
  • Handout: Preopositional Phrases
  • Handout: One Too Many
  • Assignment: Prepositional Phrases
  • Worksheet: Using Prepositional Phrases
  • Assignment: One Too Many
  • Conjunctions and Interjections
  • Handout: Chapter 5 Grammar Presentation
  • Handout: Eight Parts of Speech
  • Worksheet: Writing Conjunctions
  • Worksheet: And, Or, But
  • Worksheet: Using Interjections
  • History of Poetry
  • A Poem about Poems
  • Assignment: Poetry About Poems
  • Poetic Devices
  • The Sound of Poetry
  • Figurative Language
  • Figurative Language Continued
  • Assignment: Kid’s Poetry Page
  • Metaphor and Simile
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Handout: Poetry Reading Strategies
  • Handout: Fire & Ice
  • Handout: TPCAST Blank
  • Assignment: Poetry Project Slideshow
  • Assignment: Poetry Project TPCAST Organizers
  • Poetry Part II
  • Handout: Poem Comparison Chart
  • Essay: Poetry Comparison Essay
  • Assignment: Write Your Own Poems

7- Parallel Words, Sentence Variety, Nonfiction Reading/Writing

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
  • Make Parts Parallel
  • Handout: Write Better Sentences
  • Assignment: Write Better Sentences
  • Avoid Wrong Position of Words
  • Worksheet: Avoid “Danglers”
  • Essay: Television
  • Use A Variety of Patterns
  • Assignment: Variety In Sentences
  • Re-Write Run-On Sentences
  • Worksheet: Put an End to Run-Ons
  • Worksheet: Write Better Sentences, Part 2
  • Non-Fiction Structure
  • Non-Fiction Book
  • Handout: Sample Book Review
  • Essay: Non-Fiction Book Review – Draft
  • Essay: Non-Fiction Book Review – Final
  • Types of Writing
  • Citing Your Sources
  • Travel Diary Project
  • Handout: Travel Diary Sources
  • Assignment: Travel Diary Topic (step 1)
  • Assignment: Travel Diary Sources (step 2)
  • Assignment: Travel Diary Project (final step)
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

8- Punctuation, Drama, Play Writing

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 7 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 7 Vocabulary
  • Using Word Parts
  • Essay: Word Parts
  • Punctuation Marks
  • Quiz: Ending Punctuation
  • Worksheet: Correct Punctuation Marks – Questions and Answers
  • Punctuation Marks Inside a Sentence
  • Using the Comma
  • Worksheet: Make Sense With Commas
  • Using the Semicolon
  • Worksheet: Inside Punctuation
  • Worksheet: Commas & Semicolons
  • Essay: Punctuate Correctly
  • Drama -The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank
  • Handout: The Play of The Diary of Anne Frank Questions
  • Handout: The Diary Of Anne Frank Essay Outline
  • Assignment: The Play of The Diary of Anne Frank Questions
  • Assignment: The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank Essay Outline
  • Essay: The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank Character Analysis Essay
  • Writing Your Own Play Script
  • Handout: How to Write a Playscript
  • Handout: Writing a Playscript Part 2
  • Assignment: Play Script

9- Capitalization, Spelling, Persuasive Writing

  • Vocabulary
  • Handout: Chapter 8 Vocabulary
  • Assignment: Chapter 8 Vocabulary
  • Word Parts
  • Assignment: Word Parts
  • Capitalization
  • Spelling
  • Handout: 100 Basic Words
  • Assignment: 100 Basic Words
  • Spelling Rules
  • Worksheet: Using Rules I & II
  • How to Spell With No Mistakes
  • Handout: Spelling Exercises
  • Assignment: Spelling Exercises
  • Fact or Opinion?
  • Handout: Fact or Opinion
  • Assignment: Fact or Opinion
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Writing: Brainstorm Your Topic
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay Topic
  • Reliability of Websites
  • Handout: Persuasive Essay Source Organizer
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay Sources Organizer
  • Counterarguments
  • Handout: Counterarguments
  • Assignment: Counterarguments
  • Persuasive Essay Format
  • Handout: Persuasive Essay Planning Guide
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay Planning Guide
  • Quoting or Paraphrasing
  • Writing Your
  • Essay: Drafting, Revising and Editing
  • Assignment: Persuasive Essay

10- Synonyms, Antonyms, Bridge to Terabithia, Compare and Contrast

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 9 Vocabulary
  • Word Parts
  • Assignment: Word Parts
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Assignment: Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Words From People, Places & Things
  • Quiz: Person, Place or Thing?
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Handout: Bridge to Terabithia Questions Part 1
  • Handout: Bridge to Terabithia Questions Part 2
  • Assignment: Bridge to Terabithia Questions Part 1
  • Assignment: Bridge to Terabithia Questions Part 2
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Compare and Contrast the Novel and Film
  • Handout: Bridge to Terabithia Compare and Contrast
  • Essay: Bridge to Terabithia Compare/Contrast

11- Informative Writing, Making Decisions, Independent Novel

  • Vocabulary
  • Worksheet: Chapter 10 Vocabulary
  • Word Parts
  • Assignment: Crossword Puzzle
  • Informative Writing
  • Making Decisions
  • Essay: Making Decisions
  • A Life That Makes A Difference
  • Essay: A Life that Makes a Difference
  • Choose a Novel
  • Handout: Character Sketch
  • Assignment: Novel Summary
  • Assignment: Character Sketch

12- Narratives, Dialogue, Setting

  • Vocabulary
  • Quiz: Chapter 11 Vocabulary
  • Word Parts
  • Assignment: Word Parts Crossword Puzzle
  • Writing Dialogue
  • Handout: Dialogue
  • Handout: Practicing Dialogue
  • Assignment: Practicing Dialogue
  • Narrative Writing
  • Setting: It Was a Dark & Stormy Night
  • Essay: Narrative
  • Making Mistakes
  • Essay: Making Mistakes
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

13- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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