• 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?