7th Grade Literature Curriculum

Welcome to 7th grade literature.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you!  I hope this general information is helpful.  Remember this is a tentative outline.   

7th Grade Literature

1st Quarter:  

Novel:  The Outsiders

Textbook:  Short Fictional Stories/Introduce Literature Circles

2nd Quarter:  

Novel:  Soldier’s Heart (Field Trip to the Civil War Museum in Kenosha)

Textbook:  Poetry

3rd Quarter:  

Novel:  A Long Walk to Water

Textbook:  Biographies and Autobiographies

4th Quarter:  

Novel:  The Giver

Textbook: Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales

Book Club:  During 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter, I offer book club.  This is not required but wonderful for those students that love to read.  

Objectives for Literature

*Analyze text to identify character, plot, setting, conflict, and resolution

*Make predictions for a variety of stories based on inferences from the title, cover, and text

*Use strategies to read for information and enjoyment

*Read a wide range of books, articles, and various texts(biographies, nonfiction, fantasy, historical fiction, etc.)

*Organize and write essay answers, personal thoughts, poetry, etc.

*Create and present a powerpoint slideshow on an influential Black American  

*Recognize that words may have different meanings and uses

*Increase written and spoken vocabulary

Materials Needed

Literature textbook - cover with a paper bag



Loose-leaf paper

Writing utensils - blue/black pen, red pen, pencil, highlighter, dry erase marker

Classroom Expectations

  1. Be kind.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.

  2. Be respectful.  Show respect for yourself and others at all times.  Actions that disrupt learning are not acceptable.

  3. Be prepared and on time.  Be in your seat with all your materials and ready to learn at the start of each class.

  4. Be productive.   Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

  5. Be humble.  You should be proud of your work and feel good about yourself, but please do not share your grades.  


Grades are broken down into four categories:

  1. Tests/Quizzes/Projects = %75  Tests and quizzes will be given throughout the year to assess overall comprehension of the material.

  2. Homework = 25%  Homework will be assigned on a regular basis.

Grading Scale

A+ = 100% C+ = 79-82%

A = 95-99% C = 75-78%

A- = 92-94% C- = 70-74%

B+ = 89-91% D+ = 68-69%

B = 86-88% D = 66-67%

B- = 83-85% D- = 65%

Homework Assignments

Your child will be bringing home assignments that will be graded either by them or myself.  Depending on the type of assignment, some assignments will have a percentage grade on them and others will have a 4(100), 3(92), 2(84), or 1(76).

Late Work Guide

Homework will be assigned on a regular basis.  You will receive full credit if the assignment is turned in on the the due date at the beginning of class.  If you do not have your assignment completed at this time, it will be marked late.  If the assignment is turned in within 24 hours of the original due date, the maximum credit received will be lowered by one letter grade.  After 48 hours after the original due date, the maximum credit received will be lowered by a second letter grade.  Assignments turned in after 72 hours, will receive no more than 50% credit.  

Tests and Quizzes

Tests and quizzes are announced ahead of time.  They will be posted on the middle school website and calendar.  To access the calendar you will need to go to the school website, click on students, and then click on ms calendar.   

Communication to Parents and Students

I will be sharing important information through email and my website.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please email me at hornik@stmaryhc.org or call me at 414-425-3100 ext.106.