7th grade Language Arts

Please read through the following information.  The form to register for Enriched Language Arts is provided at the bottom of this page.  

 In 7th grade, we offer two levels of language arts courses—Standard and Enriched. These courses raise the level of rigor in language arts by increasing text complexity and numbers of texts and focusing more on nonfiction reading and writing arguments.  

Both the Standard and Enriched Language arts courses will prepare students for pre-AP 9, the ninth grade language arts course.


 Standard Language Arts Enriched Language Arts All Students will: 

The Standard Language Arts course is designed to challenge all students and to develop their college and career readiness. This course aligns with the Minnesota Common Core Standards, and focuses on reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy and language use.    

The Enriched Language Arts course aligns with the Minnesota Common Core Standards, and
includes additional readings with increased text complexity well above grade level.
  • Build strong content knowledge
  • Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose and discipline
  • Comprehend as well as critique
  • Use evidence to support ideas
  • Use technology and digital media strategically and capably. 
Goals for ALL LA classes:
    • Increased rigor in text complexity
    • Promote literacy through independent reading
    • Daily writing to learn
    • Write to communicate clearly and for a variety of purposes
    • Use teacher feedback to become independent and autonomous learners

Should I sign up for Enriched LA?
Enriched Language Arts is designed for students who:
  • Read and comprehend complex texts significantly above grade level (recommended 90 percent or above on MAP reading test)
    • Sample of Enriched text here.
  • Apply previously acquired writing techniques with independence
  • Write focused essays with fully developed, explained and supported ideas.

Common Myths about Enriched Language Arts

 Myth Reality
  •  If I don't take Enriched now, I won't be able to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes or be prepared to get into a good college.
  • Kids care less in non-enriched courses.
  • Enriched is just a lot more homework.
  • My kid is a failure if he's not in Enriched (Hence, I, the parent, am a failure.)
  • Enriched is only for students who earn straight A's.
  • There are no discipline issues in Enriched courses.  
  •  All students are being prepared to take pre-AP courses in 9th and 10th grades.  AP courses are available to all students.
  • Course material is engaging and challenging at every level.  Students in both courses care about their work.
  • Courses are intended to challenge a student at his or her instructional level.
  • Enriched is a place for students who read well beyond grade level and need an additional challenge.
  • Discipline issues can exist in any course.

If you would like to register for Enriched Language Arts 7, please complete the form below.

Enriched Language Art 7 Form