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Grade 7 English Language Arts

Learning Objectives

  • To develop his/her analytical reading practices
  • To analyze theme and the interaction of literary elements including conflict, setting, symbolism, and figurative language
  • How literary nonfiction informs readers about a topic in an entertaining and interesting way
  • About the art of memoir
  • How to take task, purpose and audience into consideration when writing to a prompt

Students will:

  • Get to know him/herself as a reader and a writer and set reading and writing goals
  • Participate in class discussions and book clubs
  • Keep a reader’s and writer’s notebook
  • Study mentor text (a published piece of writing) to understand the writing he/she is expected to do
  • Immerse him/herself in reading and understanding the scope of literary nonfiction
  • Analyze various genres and styles of nonfiction and literary texts (literary nonfiction, novels)
  • Write a wide variety of texts including literary analysis, memoir, prompted and letter essays
  • Share his/her letter essays electronically
  • Submit a letter essay to The Massachusetts Letters about Literature competition