ELA – Language Arts 7th Grade

Grade 7 Language Arts/Reading Curriculum

 

  1. Unit 1  Grammar Basics
    1.  Acellus Language Arts
      1. Nouns
      2. Personal Narratives
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions 7L7.1
      1. Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on? (7-P.3)
      2. Correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person (7-S.1)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  2. Unit 2 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Root Words
      2. Pronouns
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Identify vague pronoun references (7-T.1)
      2. Identify all of the possible antecedents (7-T.2)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  3. Unit 3 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Opinion Writing
      2. Prefixes
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense (7-U.1)
      2. Use parallel structure (7-V.1)
      3. Correct errors with subject-verb agreement (7-Y.1)
      4. Correct errors with indefinite pronoun-verb agreement (7-Y.2)
      5. Use the correct verb – with compound subjects (7-Y.3)
      6. Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent (7-AA.2)
      7. Choose between subject and object pronouns (7-AA.3)
      8. Compound subjects and objects with “I” and “me” (7-AA.4)
      9. Compound subjects and objects with pronouns (7-AA.5)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  4. Unit 4 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Possessives
      2. Informative Writing
      3. Reading and Listening Comprehension
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns (7-AA.6)
      2. Use reflexive pronouns (7-AA.7)
      3. Use relative pronouns: who and whom (7-AA.9)
      4. Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, and that (7-AA.10)
      5. Order adjectives (7-CC.2)
      6. Good, better, best, bad, worse, and worst (7-CC.4)
      7. Well, better, best, badly, worse, and worst (7-DD.3)
      8. Transitions with conjunctive adverbs (7-DD.4)
      9. Choose between adjectives and adverbs (7-EE.1)Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions (7-FF.1)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  5. Unit 5 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Dictionaries and Glossaries
      2. Discussions
      3. Verbs
      4. Explanatory Writing
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Is it a phrase or a clause? (7-Q.1)
      2. Identify prepositional phrases (7-Q.2)
      3. Identify appositives and appositive phrases (7-Q.3)
      4. Identify dependent and independent clauses (7-R.1)
      5. Is the sentence simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex? (7-R.2)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  6. Unit 6 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Explanatory Writing
      2. Sentence Structure
      3. Suffixes
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Combine sentences using relative clauses (7-Q.4)
      2. Select the misplaced or dangling modifier (7-W.2)
      3. Are the modifiers used correctly? (7-W.3)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  7. Unit 7 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Language Arts
      1. Drama and Poetry
      2. Verb Tenses and Irregular Verbs
      3. Adjectives
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Commas with series, dates, and places (7-A.1)
      2. Commas with compound and complex sentences (7-A.2)
      3. Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections, and interrupters (7-A.3)
      4. Commas: review (7-A.5)
      5. What does the punctuation suggest? (7-B.1)
      6. Commas with nonrestrictive elements (7-B.2)
      7. Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns (7-D.1)
      8. Use dashes (7-E.1)
      9. Decide whether ellipses are used appropriately (7-F.1)
      10. Use hyphens in compound adjectives (7-G.1)
      11. Correct capitalization errors (7-H.1)
      12. Capitalizing titles (7-I.1)
      13. Formatting titles (7-I.2)
      14. Formatting and capitalizing titles: review (7-I.3)
      15. Formatting quotations and dialogue (7-K.1)
      16. Correct errors with signs (7-L.1)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  8. Unit 8 Grammar Basics
    1. Acellus Grammar Basics
      1. Adverbs
      2. Reading Aloud
    2. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Commas with coordinate adjectives (7-A.4)
      2. Form and use plurals: review (7-Z.1)
      3. Form and use plurals of compound nouns (7-Z.2)
      4. Form the singular or plural possessive (7-Z.4)
      5. Irregular past tense: review (7-BB.1)
      6. Simple past, present, and future tense: review (7-BB.2)
      7. Form the progressive verb tenses (7-BB.3)
      8. Form the perfect verb tenses (7-BB.4)
      9. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives (7-CC.3)
      10. Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs (7-DD.2)
      11. Use the correct homophone (7-II.1)
      12. Use the correct frequently confused word (7-JJ.1)
      13. Correct errors with frequently confused words (7-JJ.2)
    3. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  9. Unit 9 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Remove redundant words or phrases (7-X.1)
      2. Use context to identify the meaning of a word (7-GG.1)
      3. Which sentence matches the definition? (7-HH.1)
      4. Which definition matches the sentence? (7-HH.2)
      5. Use the correct frequently confused word (7-JJ.1)
      6. Correct errors with frequently confused words (7-JJ.2)
      7. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (7-LL.1)
      8. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (7-MM.1)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  10. Unit 10 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Words with pre- (7-OO.1)
      2. Words with re- (7-OO.2)
      3. Words with sub- (7-OO.3)
      4. Words with mis- (7-OO.4)
      5. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (7-OO.5)
      6. Words with -ful (7-PP.1)
      7. Words with -less (7-PP.2)
      8. Words with -able and -ible (7-PP.3)
      9. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (7-QQ.1)
      10. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.2)Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.3)Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.4)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  11. Unit 11 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use dictionary entries (7-RR.1)
      2. Use dictionary definitions (7-RR.2)
      3. Alphabetical order (7-RR.3)
      4. Use guide words (7-RR.4)
      5. Use thesaurus entries (7-RR.5)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  12. Unit 12 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Use personification (7-SS.1)
      2. Interpret the meaning of allusions (7-SS.2)
      3. Identify the source of allusions (7-SS.3)
      4. Classify figures of speech (7-SS.4)
      5. Interpret figures of speech (7-SS.5)
      6. Analogies (7-KK.1)
      7. Analogies: challenge (7-KK.2)
      8. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (7-LL.1)
      9. Choose the synonym (7-LL.2)
      10. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (7-MM.1)
      11. Choose the antonym (7-MM.2)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)
  13. Unit 13 Grammar Basics
    1. IXL Grammar Conventions
      1. Describe the difference between related words (7-NN.1)
      2. Positive and negative connotation (7-NN.2)
      3. Use context to identify the meaning of a word (7-GG.1)
      4. Analogies (7-KK.1)
      5. Analogies: challenge (7-KK.2)
      6. Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context (7-LL.1)
      7. Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context (7-MM.1)
      8. Words with pre- (7-OO.1)
      9. Words with re- (7-OO.2)
      10. Words with sub- (7-OO.3)
      11. Words with mis- (7-OO.4)
      12. Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- (7-OO.5)
      13. Words with -ful (7-PP.1)
      14. Words with -less (7-PP.2)
      15. Words with -able and -ible (7-PP.3)
      16. Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words (7-QQ.1)
      17. Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.2)
      18. Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.3)
      19. Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots (7-QQ.4)
    2. Actively Learn Reader (Assigned Reading/Writing)

Unit 14– Reading Strategies and Skills

Reading and Understanding Current events 1

a. Notebook Assignment: Read a current event item and summarize it in your notebook
b. Notebook Assignment: Read a current event item and summarize it in your notebook
c. Learn 15 Vocabulary words (Access: 15words)
d. Use Actively Learn to perfect writing skills using current events presented in class. (Do not move forward until you have received a score of 80 or above on items A,B,C,D)

Acellus Instruction: Know the purpose for your reading (Acellus Grade 7 -Setting a purpose. Video A. You need a score of 80 or above to proceed)

Reading and Understanding Current events 2
a. Notebook Assignment: Read a current event item and summarize it in your notebook
b. Notebook Assignment: Read a current event item and write a report in your notebook about what movies were nominated compared to your opinion.
c. Learn 40 Vocabulary words: Write these words in your notebook. You should use them in your Actively learn writing.
d. Watch “Tell Tale Heart”
e. Use Actively Learn to Read Tell Tale Heart and complete the writing tasks. (Do not move forward until you have received a score of 80 or above on items A,B,C,D,E)

f. Field Trip Essay: Write a five paragraph essay in connection with the Black Heritage Play “FM” at the Monroe Civic Center. The essay is worth 200 points. Click Here for instructions

Watch three videos and write a paragraph about each in your notebook on the same page.

  1. Getting a reading strategy. (Summarize this video in a paragraph in your notebook.)
  2. Bookloose (In your notebook, summarize what the video was about)
  3. When your mind throws a temper tantrum. In your notebook. Write about a time when you someone throw a temper tantrum.

Acellus Instruction: Previewing a book or story (Acellus Grade 7- Previewing Video A. You need a score of 80 or above to proceed)

Watch the videos below a write a paragraph about each in your notebook on the same page.

  1. See if you can read it without much struggle
  2. Ask for the “Tantrums” passwords and discuss this topic. (Access Code: tantrum)

READING: Read the short story “Twelve in Space” on Actively Learn. Answer the questions related to the story.

Watch the following videos and make notes in journal that describe what you saw. Be sure to write a complete paragraph. Write both paragraphs on the same page.

  1. Monitor and Clarify
  2. H.I.E.V.E.S

Click Here for the Vocabulary Quiz on 40 words (Access Code: 40words) You need a score of 80 or above to proceed. (This must be done in class without notes).

Reading and Understanding Current events and issues 3

a. Notebook Assignment: Read the article “Conservative vs Liberal” and summarize it in your notebook whether you agree with mostly conservative views or liberal views and why?  (Class instruction will provide feedback and Q & A for items you do not understand).

b. Actively Learn: Read “Selected Poems” and then answer the questions. (Class instruction will provide feedback and Q & A for items you do not understand).

c. Actively Learn: Demonstrate that you can compare and contrast ideas by answering the questions related to the Conservative vs Liberal article. (Do not move forward until you have received a score of 80 or above on items A,B,C,D)

Poetry and Figurative Language

This unit discusses the elements of poetry, figurative versus literal, rhyme, the forms and structure of poetry, alliteration, hyperbole, imagery, and metaphor.

  1. Elements of Poetry (Summarize in your notebook)
  2. Figurative vs. Literal 1 (Summarize in your notebook)
  3. Figurative language in commercials (Summarize in your notebook)
  4. Elements of Poetry (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  5. Forms and Structure of Poetry (Summarize in your notebook)
  6. Similes, Metaphors, and Alliteration (Summarize in your notebook)
  7. Listen for Hyperbole (use of Exaggeration) as you read Maya Angelou’s poem, Phenomenal Woman. Write the examples you find in your notebook
  8. Listen for the example of Imagery in Hero44 songs? Listen to song “Hot Comb” and write examples imagery in the song in your notebook.
  9. Watch for the sarcastic Tone as you read Emily Dickinson’s I’m Nobody. Summarize this in your notebook.

Figurative Language Review Quiz  (Access Code: figurative)

Poetry Night: Participate in a class memorization project, in class. Recite your poem as if you were in front of an audience at poetry night.

Notebook: Write the second set of 40 vocabulary words in your notebook.

Asking Questions and Making Connections

Acellus Instruction: Asking Questions helps you to understand what you read. (Acellus Grade 7 – Questioning. You need a score of 80 to proceed)

  1. Ask Questions (Describe the video in your notebook)
  2. The little kids way of learning comprehension. (Describe the video in your notebook)
  3. Connecting: A way of getting into a book. (Acellus ELA Grade 7- Connecting. Video A)
  4. Making Connections (Describe the video in your notebook)
  5. Summarizing what you read. (Acellus ELA Grade 7- Summarizing and paraphrasing. Video A)
  6. Summarizing a Story (Describe the video in your notebook)

Click Here for the Vocabulary Quiz on 80 words (Access Code: 80words) You need a score of 80 or above to proceed. (This must be done in class without notes).

Paraphrasing, Inferences, Genres, & Strategy

  1. George and the Paraphrasing Problem (Describe the video in your notebook)
  2. Introduction to Genres (Describe the video in your notebook)
  3. Identifying Genre (Acellus ELA Grade 7 – Identifying Genre)
  4. Genre’s in literature (Describe the video in your notebook)
  5. How to spot an inference in literature. (Acellus ELA Grade 7 –Inferring. Video A)
  6. Inferring (Describe the video in your notebook)
  7. Bigger Than Alexander (Describe the video in your notebook)
  8. Determining Importance (Acellus ELA Grade 7-Determie Importance. Video A)
  9. Determining Importance (Describe the video in your notebook)

Actively Learn read  “The Hurricane Detector,” in “Time Traveler’s Tales.”  Answer the questions associated with the story. Write a summary of the story in your notebook.

Poetry Night: Participate in the ELA Poetry night.

Vocabulary Words: Write in your notebook the 70 new vocabulary words discussed in class.

Unit 15 – Plot and Characterization

  1. 1.Plot Overview (Acellus ELA Grade 7. Video A)
  2. Five Elements of a Short Story (Write summaries in your notebook)
  3. The three little pigs (or learning about plot, conflict and other story elements)
  4. The Hunger Games and Elements of Plot (Write summaries in your notebook)
  5. Elements of Plot  (Write summaries in your notebook)
  6. Conflict in Literature (Write summaries in your notebook)
  7. Plots and Subplots (Write summaries in your notebook)
  8. Subplot (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)

Let’s see what you have learned. Ask the teacher for the Plots and characters password (Access Code:characters)

QUIZ: Take the 150 vocabulary Quiz (Access Code 150words)

Learn about Characters in a story

  1. Effect of Settings on Characters and plot (Acellus ELA Grade 7. Video A)
  2. Protagonist and Antagonist (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)
  3. Interview with a Protagonist and Antagonist
  4. Identifying character traits (Acellus ELA Grade 7, #43)
  5. Character and Character Qualities (Write a summary in your notebook)
  6. Traits with a beat. (Write a summary in your notebook)
  7. Characterization Traits (Acellus ELA Grade 7, #43)

 

Unit 16 – Literary Techniques: Terms and Flashback

  1. What are literary techniques (Acellus ELA Grade 7, #50)
  2. Introduction to Literary Elements
  3. Literary Term Rap
  4. What is the tone and mood of a book or story.
  5. Tone and mood words
  6. A few examples
  7. Flashback and Foreshadowing (Watch the video and write the ways that flashbacks and foreshadowing are used in the various movie clips, including the music)
  8. Flashback (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)
  9. Example of a flashback

Notebook: Enter 50 Words in your notebook given in class

Literary Techniques: Foreshadowing, Allusions

  1. Foreshadowing (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)
  2. Watch this: Suspense Video?  What idea is foreshadowed in the clip? Hold on to your seat…Go!
  3. Point of View (How does this video illustrate point of view)
  4. Allusion (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)
  5. Allusions in Literature (Summarize this in your notebook)
  6. Watch how allusion is used in in the songs in these songs. Write how the songs used allusion in your notebook.
  7. Theme (Acellus ELA Grade 7, Video A)
  8. Identifying the theme in literature. Summarize the video in your notebook.
  9. What is the theme or underlying message of this clip? (Write the theme in your notebook)

What have you learned so far? Ask your teacher for the Literary Techniques password is “techniques”

Notebook: Write 50 new vocabulary words reviewed in class in your notebook.

Quiz: Take the 200 Word Quiz (Access Code 200words)

Read “The 12000 year old man” by Deon Hill, an Excellence Academy Time Traveler. Try to identify the techniques that have been discussed in this unit.

Ask your teacher for the password to “Analyze the 12000 year old man.” Demonstrate that you understand the techniques in this unit.

Unit 18 – Nonfiction

This unit discusses nonfiction, including text features of nonfiction, how to distinguish fact from fiction, how to find the main idea and the details, and how to analyze evidence. Also covered are skimming and scanning, structures of nonfiction, subjective versus objective, and types of propaganda.

  1. Nonfiction Text Features (Summarize in your notebook)
  2. Distinguishing Fact and Opinion (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  3. Finding Main Idea
  4. Finding Details (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  5. Analyzing Evidence (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  6. Skim and Scan (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  7. Structures of Nonfiction (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  8. Subjective vs. Objective (Acellus ELA 7th grade, Video A)
  9. Types of Propaganda (Summarize in your notebook)
  10. Identify one type of propaganda used by Jefferson and one type used by the France
  11. Demonstrate your Knowledge of Nonfiction in the quiz! (Access code: knowledge)