Grade 7

TCSD Literacy Curriculum Guides list all of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Approximately 1/3 of the Common Core State Standards are prioritized as assessed by the Curriculum Guide Committee. The assessed standards are differentiated by being listed in bold print and purple cells. 

Common Core State Standards Key Design Considerations
A Focus on Results Rather Than Means

"By emphasizing required achievements, the Standards leave room for teachers, curriculum developers, and states to determine how those goals should be reached and what additional topics should be addressed. Thus, the Standards do not mandate such things as a particular writing process or the full range of metacognitive strategies that students may need to monitor and direct their thinking and learning. Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards." (CCSS 2010, pg 4)

Throughout the school year, teachers will focus on the following concepts:

  • Literary analysis focusing on theme
  • Examining the interaction between story elements
  • Analyzing main ideas in nonfiction texts
  • Comparing multiple sources
  • Using technology
  • Exploring the narrative mode in writing
  • Exploring the informational mode in writing
  • Exploring the opinion/argument mode in writing
  • Continuing to use word parts to enhance academic vocabulary

All End of Unit Benchmarks, writing scores, and aSRI scores should be entered into Mastery Manager within a week of the end of the unit. Check the calendar below for specific dates.

The Learning Goals for each unit represent what students are expected to master. Teachers may need to remediate if background knowledge is missing. All learning goals are based on the Common Core Standards.

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Lakota Studies Standards are intended to be met throughout the school year in a variety of ways. They are applicable to much of the content in each of the units. This material can and should be woven into the the framework of instruction.

Teachers are encouraged to plan collaboratively, using the EOU Benchmarks to help guide instruction. All teachers MUST examine EOU Benchmarks before beginning instruction. Do not use the texts from the assessments for instruction.