Seventh-Grade Literacy Learning Objectives
Seventh-grade students read from a variety of genres: fiction, historical fiction, short stories and poetry. Through whole class study and discussion, small group sharing and individual choices, seventh-graders explore literature and seek its connection with interdisciplinary experiences to broaden their understanding of the world in which they live. Students respond to literature in oral presentations, projects, tests, reading responses and written analyses. Writers' workshop ensures that students continue to use a variety of pre-writing strategies, editing, grammar skills and multi-draft approaches to produce a final draft. As skills develop, students are encouraged to examine areas of interest through inquiry projects that involve forming questions, reshaping those queries through research and interviews to enrich their understanding of the topic. As in all literacy classes at Wydown, students reflect on their growth as language users.
Shared Reading Titles
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Possible Shared Titles
Maus II by Art Spiegelman
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Short Stories: Lamb to the Slaughter, The Tell-Tale Heart, Flowers, Thank You Ma’am and The Veldt
Examples of Assigned Writing
The Giver Theme Project: Literary Analysis
Research Paper in conjunction with Social Studies: Synthesis
Contemporary Issues related to The Giver: Argumentative
Civil Rights Multi-Genre Project: Creative
Essential Questions include the following:
- What is value? Who determines it?
- How do individual stories tell us about history and ourselves?
- How does the point of view of the writer affect the story?
- How do authors use literary elements to develop a story?
- How can I use language to empower myself?
- What is creativity and what is its importance for the individual / the culture?
- What is the relationship between purpose of writing (inform, persuade, entertain, reflect, record) and voice, tone, word choice, elements of style?
- How does one maintain his or her identity while also maintain a group identity?
- In the face of adversity, what causes some individuals to prevail while others fail?
- What can we learn from different generations?