7th Grade ELA Curriculum  

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First-person short stories and memoirs including “An American Childhood”, “Stolen Day”, “A Day’s Wait”, and “My First Free Summer”

 

Standards: RL 7.2, RI 7.2

Writing first-person memoirs

 

W 7.3

September

October

Non-fiction related to World War One (news articles, diaries, videos, poetry, etc.)

“Around the River Bend”

 

Standards: RI 7.1, RI 7.2

Writing first-person historical fiction stories

 

W 7.3

October

November


 

Bruiser

 

Related Nonfiction: Milgram’s Experiment

 

Standards: RL 7.1, RL 7.2, RI 7.1, RI 7.2

Informational/explanatory Literary Essays

 

W 7.1, W 7.9

November

December

Persuasive essay examples; teacher-generated mentor texts

 

Related Nonfiction: Articles pertaining to controversial essay topics from factsonfile.com, EBSCO, and teacher-generated

 

Standards: RI 7.1, RI 7.2

Opinion/Argument Essays

 

W 7.6, W 7.8

December

Early January


 
 

Third-person short stories including “All Summer in a Day”, “After 20 Years”, “Papa’s Parrot”, “Seventh Grade” and literature circle novels

 

Standards: RL 7.4, RL 7.6

 

Third-person Short Stories

 

W 7.5

 

January

 

February



 

The Giver + The Gospel According to Larry

 

Related Nonfiction: Censorship, “Conversational Ballgames” comparison essay (natural tie-in with Social Studies)

 

Standards: RL 7.2, 7.3

Comparison Essay

 

W 7.9, 7.1

February

March





 

Before PARCC, we will spend a week on triple-comparison writing.

Nonfiction News Articles based on current headlines; Science and Social Studies topics

 

Standards: RI 7.6

News Writing (Informational/explanatory)

 

W 7.7

March

April

Nonfiction (biographies) and related articles (may tie-in with Science or Social Studies)

 

Standards: RI 7.1, 7.2

Biography Speeches based on theme “people who changed their world”


 

April

May

The Outsiders

 

Standards: RL 7.9, 7.10

Literary Essays Informational/explanatory

 

W 7.1, 7.9

May

June

Final Project

 

June

 

 

NOTE: The unit order is based on the belief that double reinforcement of narrative and essay writing units early in the year is effective for student growth.

Black writing is for public speaking units.

Red writing is for narrative units.

Blue writing is for argument or informational essay units.

Green writing denotes strict nonfiction.

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