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1 Grade 7 Reading/Language Month Content Skills August Procedures and Expectations Demonstrate an understanding of the organization of materials Demonstrate appropriate behavior September Diagnostic Reading Test Reading Survey Diagnostic Writing Sample Writing Inventory Short Stories Non-fiction Identify self-concepts of reading strengths and weaknesses Identify interests of reading and reading materials Write a persuasive essay using the skills learned in previous years Evaluate ideas and feelings about writing and language arts and clarify Explore literary elements: personification, point of view, and protagonist/antagonist Engage in reading strategies for non-fiction Analyze headings and graphics to find meaning Locate main ideas and supporting detail information Record notes and summarize Units 1, 2 Sentence Parts (Language Network- Chapter 1) Identify the parts of a sentence Write complete and coherent sentences October Friendly Letter Narrative Writing Class Novels: The Outsiders or Fever, 1793 (titles may vary for gifted students) Examine the six main parts of a friendly letter Write a friendly letter to the teacher Discuss the elements of non-fiction, narrative writing structure Demonstrate knowledge of descriptive writing through narrative Write and punctuate dialogue accurately Implement the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing Produce final copy of personal narrative Explore literary elements: figurative language, conflict, cause/effect, and sequencing Utilize context reading skills for vocabulary, sequencing, cause 1 of 6

2 and effect, summarizing plot, and evaluating author's purpose November Unit 3, 4 corrections etc.) Nouns and Pronouns (Language Network-Chapters 2 & 3) Business Letter Short Stories Unit 5, 6 Reading Workshop Identify and categorize different types of nouns and pronouns Examine different types of nouns and pronouns and use them correctly in writing Analyze the parts and structure of a business letter Discuss the purpose of a business letter and business letter etiquette Brainstorm ideas for a business letter Write a rough draft, edit, peer edit, revise, and publish a final copy of a business letter Introduce symbolism, connotation and denotation December Verbs (Language Nework- Chapter4) Research Paper Drama: Gift of the Magi, A Christmas Carol, or Monsters are Identify action and linking verbs Distinguish between verb tenses (simple and perfect) Analyze the progressive verb tense Recall the organization and structure of paragraphs for a research paper Locate and analyze different types of sources to gather information (Internet, books, magazines, journals, etc.) Evaluate sources for reliability and use Utilize note-taking skills to take and organize relevant notes Create an outline to organize the essay Reference sources, include citations, and use parenthetical documentation (MLA) correctly Edit and revise for final copy 2 of 6

3 Due on Maple Street Introduce irony, simile, metaphor, and author's purpose January 2007 Unit 7 Reading Workshop corrections etc.) Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections (Language Network-Chapters 5, 6, & 7) Preposition Poem Literature Circles ISAT Preparation ISAT Mastery Test Recall adjectives and how to use them in writing Identify adverbs is and use them in writing Compare two or more things using adjectives and adverbs Recall prepositions and how to use them in writing Identify and apply coordinating and correlative conjunctions in writing Recognize interjections and apply them to writing Compose poems using prepositions and prepositional phrases Present poems to class Identify theme and genre Identify literary elements: personification, point of view, protagonist/antagonist, figurative language, conflict, cause/effect, and sequencing and clarify Review and apply reading and test-taking skills in preparation of the test Unit 8,9 Persuasive Writing Examine sample persuasive essays Record characteristics of persuasive essays Discuss the components of writing a persuasive essay: prewriting, opinions, using qualifiers, support, and making concessions Write opinions and facts and identify other sentences as either opinion or fact Brainstorm possible persuasive issues and come up with reasons of support Create an outline for a persuasive essay Write a five-paragraph, persuasive essay 3 of 6

4 Peer-edit, self-edit, and revise persuasive essays Type a final copy of a persuasive essay February 2007 Short Stories ISAT Preparation Unit 10, 11 Book Talks Introduce flashback Summarize main events Review and apply reading and test-taking skills in preparation of the test Summarize, critique, and recommend self-selected books. practice standard editing and proofreading Identify proper sentence structure and use it in writing March 2007 Sentence Structure (Language Network-Chapter 8) Persuasive Essay Novel Unit: The Outsiders or Fever, 1793 (titles may vary for gifted) ISAT Preparation Unit 12 Examine sample persuasive essays Record characteristics of persuasive essays Discuss the components of writing a persuasive essay: prewriting, opinions, using qualifiers, support, and making concessions Write opinions and facts and identify other sentences as either opinion or fact Brainstorm possible persuasive issues and come up with reasons of support Create an outline for a persuasive essay Write a five-paragraph, persuasive essay Peer-edit, self-edit, and revise persuasive essays Type a final copy of a persuasive essay Explore literary elements: figurative language, conflict, cause/effect, and sequencing Review and apply reading and test-taking skills in preparation of the test 4 of 6

5 April 2007 May 2007 Subject/Verb Agreement (Language Network-Chapter 9) Play/Script Writing Literature Circles Unit 13, 14 Reading Workshop Capitalization (Language Network- Chapter 10) "How-To" Speech Folklore Unit Understand what subject/verb agreement is Correct improper use of subject/verb agreement Write sentences using correct subject/verb agreement Analyze the format of a play/script Explore how to write a play or script Discover how to insert stage directions into a script and write them on the page Complete a story map for a fairy tale Write the short story into a script using the proper format Perform plays in front of class Explore literary elements: figurative language, conflict, cause/effect, sequencing, personification, point of view, and protagonist/antagonist Recall capitalization rules Edit for capitalization mistakes Apply capitalization rules to own writing Brainstorm the aspects of an effective speech Discuss what makes a good introduction and conclusion Write various versions of a conclusion and an introduction Edit partner's introductions and conclusions Create and use note cards for a speech effectively Brainstorm important elements of a speech: voice, gestures, and posture Write and edit a rough draft of a speech Present a speech to the class Analyze how to compare/contrast Reinforce plot structure and characterization Explore literary elements: symbolism, foreshadowing, and morals Reinforce summarization of main points and sequencing 5 of 6

6 Unit 15 Bell Work ( journal, sentence Punctuation (Language Network- Chapter 11) Recall punctuation rules Apply punctuation rules to writing Write complete sentences using correct punctuation Edit sentences for correct punctuation June 2007 Creative Writing: Origin Myth Hercules Reader's Theater Post-assessment Persuasive Essay Write a creative story using descriptions, dialogue, and proper narrative structure Rehearse speaking fluently Apply voice inflection correctly Perform dramatic reading Write a persuasive essay using the skills learned in the past year 6 of 6

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