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7th Grade English

Students will develop effective communication skills via activities designed to strengthen vocabulary, improve grammar, and reinforce reading comprehension through strategy instruction. Students will gain a greater appreciation for literature while recognizing the application of new life-skills through fun and engaging reading and writing activities.

*This course requires additional reading materials not provided by Keystone, please see the course outline below for details.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Write with proficiency in a variety of genres and for a variety of purposes.
  • Write with control of grammar.
  • Revise and edit their writing to produce effective, persuasive work.
  • Conduct research and communicate research findings.
  • Use word attack strategies and reading comprehension skills across content areas and with a variety of genres and texts.
  • Recognize and analyze the use of literary devices and identify literary elements.
  • Identify the purpose of a text and its elements that help them read more effectively.
  • Draw inferences, make generalizations and come to conclusions using cues from text.
  • Infer word meaning through the use of context clues, affixes, and other textual cues.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Defend ideas, conclusions, generalizations, and inferences through written communication.
  • Create multimedia presentations and use a variety of electronic tools.
  • Work collaboratively with a team to accomplish shared goals.
  • Demonstrate a sense of social responsibility with regard to communication etiquette, research sources, and producing of original work.
Course Outline
  1. Writing
    1. The Writing Process
    2. Genres & Purpose for Writing: formal/informal, persuasive, informational, narrative, letters
    3. Pre-Writing Activities & Graphic Organizers
    4. Content & Organization
    5. Word Choice & Transitional Phrases
    6. Revising & Editing
    7. Point-of-View
    8. Plagiarism & Integrity
  2. Reading & Literature
    1. Genre & Text Structure
    2. Reading Comprehension Strategies: active reading, KWL, graphic organizers, summarize, infer, textual cues
    3. Literary Devices: figurative language, symbolism, theme, point-of-view
    4. Literary Analysis & Author Purpose
    5. Poetry Analysis
    6. Vocabulary in Context
  3. Grammar
    1. Homonyms & Homophones
    2. Synonyms & Antonyms
    3. Commonly Misused & Misspelled Words
    4. Conjunctions
    5. Interjections
    6. Commas
    7. Nouns & Pronouns: possessive, collective
    8. Sentences & Phrases: subject, predicate, run-ons
    9. Direct & Indirect Objects
    10. Titles & Quotes
    11. Verbs: being, tenses, irregular & auxiliary
    12. Prepositions
    13. Subject Variation
    14. Modifiers
  4. Speaking & Listening
    1. Preparing & Delivering Oral Presentations
    2. Communicating effectively in a Team/Group
    3. Internet Etiquette
  5. Cross-Curricular & Lifelong Learning Connection
    1. Project-Based Assignments
    2. Peer Editing & Revising
    3. Team Building & Cooperative Learning
    4. Research and Research Writing
    5. Multimedia Tools & Projects
    6. Applying Learning in Community & Careers
*Students will need to choose one book from each list below to complete the independent reading assignments for this course. These books are not provided by Keystone, and we recommend obtaining any books at no cost from a local library if possible.

Part 1 - Lesson 1
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke translated by Oliver Latsch
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi
Part 1 - Lesson 7
  • High School's Not Forever by Jane Bluestein & Eric Katz
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Zlata's Diary by Zlata Flipovic
  • The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales by Lamar Underwood
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Money Hungry by Sharon Flake
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Part 1 - Lesson 12
  • An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Last Book in the Universe by W.R. Philbrick
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Pretties by Scott Westerfield
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Part 2 - Lesson 19
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
  • Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  • View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Drannen
  • Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Make Lemonade by Virginia Euer Wolff
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Part 2 - Lesson 27
  • Finding Courage: History's Young Heroes and Their Amazing Deeds by J.M. Bedell
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Voice That Challenged the Nation by Russell Freedman
  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
  • 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight From Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin
  • Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayres, with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck
  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
  • B. Franklin, Printer by David A. Adler
Part 2 - Lesson 31 - There is no option for this section, students will need a copy of the following book:
  • Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
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