Hello, and welcome to 7th grade language arts (and the 7th grade language arts website)!

This website will serve not only as a means of keeping up with what is going on in the classroom, but as an extension of the classroom to your home. On the links below, and to your left, you will find information about each of our units, resources to supplement and reinforce materials we've covered in class, and printable versions of assignments (as well as their due dates). While a work in progress, it is my hope that this website will become a valuable tool in your learning process as we take on this year-long journey together.

Now, below I've provided some brief information about how our year will be structured; for more detailed information, you may click the links (blue text) to go to the unit's appropriate page.

Our first unit will focus on the elements of a narrative, exploring the importance of theme and conflict, characterization, and establishing setting. Students will not only analyze works of fiction, but, afterwards, use their understanding of these elements to plan and write their own short stories.

Afterwards, we will move on to our second unit, which focuses on historical fiction supplemented with non-fiction articles, building upon the concepts of theme and author’s purpose. To close out this unit, students will use these texts as a basis for an argumentative paper, for which they will pull textual evidence to support their claims.

Our third unit focuses on biographies. Students will be exposed to different biographical/autobiographical texts on a variety of influential individuals throughout history. We will also look at primary sources (speeches, etc) and informational texts to supplement these biographical works. After we have read our texts, students will write their own informational essays about a person of interest, doing their own research to find multiple, credible resources to properly quote in their pieces.

Lastly, we will close out the year with a unit on poetry, in which students will not only analyze the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Gary Soto, but also apply their understanding of poetic forms (sonnet, limerick, elegy, ballad, etc) while writing their own poetry portfolios and presenting these poems to their peers.

With that said, it is my hope that we have a lot of fun this year; the world of language arts is a fascinating one, blending fact, fiction, science, and history to tell tales that not only spark our imaginations, but help us to better understand the world around us and how we fit into it.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at kiefer@brooklynschools.org. I will do my best to respond as soon as possible.