Grade 7 English
“Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about.
Then take the initiative – don't wait for someone else to ask you to act.”
— Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
“Initiative” is the theme that links the literature selections of English 7.
Students will examine the decisions and actions of young characters and ultimately ask themselves what they would do in similar situations. These characters are often timid, frightened, and confused about the new situations in which they find themselves. Ultimately, they find the courage to trust their instincts and act upon their carefully crafted decisions.
Together, we will explore and analyze various works, such as our opening unit about the “Future,” which allows students to glimpse the forthcoming era they will one day construct, and thus analyze what choices and decisions will guide the creation of our prospective society.
Other selections, such as The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Big Burn by Jeanette Ingold continue the examination of “Initiative” throughout the year.
In addition to reading literature, students will experience various styles of poetry ranging from sonnets to free verse, and will eventually craft their own. All students will create their own poetical themes, and as a result, they will design unique artistic treasures.
Students will also expand their writing abilities by organizing multi-paragraph essays. They will learn how to introduce and analyze appropriate textual evidence. Stylistically, students will craft transitions between different components of the essay.
In conjunction with written assignments, students will also challenge themselves to expand their vocabulary by incorporating assigned words in written assignments and classroom conversation. Vocabulary selections are contextually derived from literature readings.
In addition to using vocabulary to enhance their writing, students will also incorporate relevant grammar concepts in their writing. English 7 students will learn to skillfully craft compound and complex sentences, remedy fragments and run-on sentences, and identify dependent and independent clauses. Additionally, the parts of speech and parts of a sentence are reinforced through direct lessons and written assignments.
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