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2017-18 7th Grade Language Arts Curriculum Map

Amanda Cox

 

Essential Skills

1.     Writing an outline to be used to organize a speech, essay or research paper.

2.     Using vocabulary from the Core Knowledge sequence appropriate in all forms of writing.

3.     Using a dictionary and an encyclopedia as resources to complete assignments or improve writing/research.

4.     Organization of a 5 paragraph essay, and writing a persuasive/informative essay

5.     Identifying the theme of a piece of literature or poetry and being able to discuss and write an appropriate response addressing the theme.  

Topic

Dates/ Duration

Skills

Warm up procedure & Classroom procedure

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases, Procedure for assignments and Quizzes

WRITING: proper Writing format and technique (using evidence)

FALL BENCHMARK

GRAMMAR:  Editing  (Writing out numbers, Appositives, Capitalization), Nouns, Verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions

August

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Elements of Literature – Setting, Theme, Characters, Plot, Rising action, Climax & Falling action

Summaries/Expository Writing (Essays on Literature)

READING:  The Call of the Wild by Jack London

GRAMMAR: Types of sentences (declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory), End marks

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

September

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Pronouns (Subjective, possessive, objective, indefinite)

Vocabulary in Context skills, vocabulary with dialect and time periods

WRITING:  Research Paper (Informative writing)

 Choice of topic, Narrowing a topic,

  Evaluating primary and secondary sources, web sources

 Source and note cards,  Outlines,  Formatting & formal style

 Bibliographies,  Drafting and final drafts.

 Grammar – Verbs, Helping Verbs,

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

October/

November

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

READING:  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Core Knowledge:  Short stories:  The Gift of the Magi  by O.Henry

Grammar:  Verb phrases, gerunds, Fragments, Simple, Compound, Complex and Complex-compound sentences

 

First Semester Final:  Call of the Wild, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and grammar

November/

December

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Core Knowledge Poetry pieces, using rigor techniques to find meaning, enhance comprehension, author’s craft.

William Blake – “The Chimney Sweeper – Songs of Innocence” & “The Chimney Sweeper – Songs of Experience”

“Annabelle Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

“Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

“Fire and Ice” Robert Frost

“Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson

“Heritage” by Countee Cullen

“Macavity: The Mystery Cat “ by T.S. Eliot

“The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

WRITING:  Poetry Anthology

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

January

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

DRAMACyrano de Bergerac – using rigor for complex texts.

Terminology for Drama: stage directions, etc.  

Writing:   Narratives, writing poetry anthology, learning literary devices and figurative language

Theme in literature

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

Grammar:  Sentence Patterns 1-5

February

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

Grammar – Direct objects & indirect objects, Prepositions & prepositional phrases, Clauses – adjective, adverb, & noun clause

SPEAKING:  Reading and presenting poetry in class.

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

CK short stories (The Necklace & The Purloined Letter)

March

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

ESSAYS – Writing and Reading Core Knowledge Essays

CK SPEECHES: Winston Churchill, FDR Declaration of War

READING:  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

“The Night the Bed Fell”, James Thurber

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

DRAMA:  Anne Frank Play and movie

GRAMMAR:  Improve writing through word choice, voice, tone and mood, Participles, Compliments

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

April

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

WRITING – WORLD WAR II PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS:  presentation text, bibliographies, researching nonfiction sources

SPEECH:  Tone, volume, speed, presentation, etc.

Essays on Anne Frank,

 

Second Semester Final:  Cyrano de Bergerac, Anne Frank, Grammar, and Final Presentation (50%)

May

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5