Mr. Richard

Mr. Richard - 7th grade ELA




The English program for Grade 7 focuses on developing an understanding of the English language and its formidable power to create, persuade, describe, explain, and motivate.  The students write several pieces from poetry to essays –persuasive, expository and descriptive,. They learn and use the writing process. They work on developing strong spelling and vocabulary skills as well as an understanding of the structure of the English Language.  The aim of the program is to help the students increase their mastery over the written word in all walks of life, to explore knowledge through writing, and to express themselves creatively with power.
    Literature exposes students to a wide variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, poetry, informational books, biography, autobiography, short stories, and folklore. Students often begin the school year by reading informational books such as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens or Reader’s Handbook: A Student Guide for Reading and Learning. Students respond to pieces of literature in a variety of ways including literary letters, group discussion, partner reading and discussion, literature circles, research projects, class presentations, and independent question and answer. Students are required to complete several in-depth book reports as well as weekly independent reading selections of their choice, and other weekly/daily assignments.
COURSE OBJECTIVES - Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. use the writing process to communicate for a variety of audiences and purposes.
2. write narratives that convey complex ideas , observations, events, or reflections.
3. write expository essays that state a clear position, supporting the position with relevant evidence.
4. write persuasive essays addressed to a specific audience for a particular purpose.
5. manipulate the parts of speech effectively and employ a variety of sentence structures to communicate.
6. apply the rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling to communicate effectively.
7. read and make generalizations from texts, within a grade appropriate span of text complexity, by applying their knowledge and strategies of comprehension, vocabulary, alphabetics, and fluency.
8. read fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, within a grade appropriate span of text complexity, and analyze the characteristics noting how structural features and common literary devices help shape the reader’s response.
9. read various informational texts, within a grade appropriate span of text complexity, making decisions about usefulness based on purpose, noting how the text structures affect the information presented.
10. evaluate the information in persuasive texts, within a grade appropriate span of text complexity, noting how the structural features and rhetorical devices affect the information and arguments presented in these texts.
Assignment book:  students should use this each class. Assignment books help students stay organized, and help students with being prepared for class.   At the beginning of the year, the school provides each student with an assignment book.
Notebooks:  use one three-ring binder for each class.  The important thing is that you have a place for each subject and room to add handouts during the course of the year. Please do not plan to use one binder for several subjects.
Writing materials:  
blue or black ink pens 
Text: Write Source
Write expository/academic, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive  paragraphs/essays using the writing process.
Write a five paragraph essay.
Read, write and understand poetry.
Vocabulary Quizzes
Writing friendly/business letters.
Research a famous Scientist, Mathematician, or Writer.
Manipulate the parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.
Develop sentence fluency through the use of various activities.
Use various websites to teach/reinforce writing, conventions, vocabulary, and spelling.
Independent Reading
Literature Circles
Book Activities
Plugged Into Reading Program
Read Alouds & Book Talks
Author Studies
Vocabulary & Word Parts Study
Shared Reading & Guided Reading
Interdisciplinary Units
Students’ grades will be based upon:
Class preparedness
Quizzes & Homework
Projects & Tests
Class participation
Work is expected to be satisfactorily prepared and completed for the day and period it is due.  If it is not passed in when expected, the following consequences may occur:
Grade reduction
Study hall/lunch/or after school work session
Phone call home 
E-mail to parents
It is the student’s responsibility to see his/her teachers and arrange to make up all missed work. Parents or guardian should contact the main office to request missed work.
For extended absence, parents or guardian should contact their child's counselor, who will contact the teachers to determine the best course of action for each subject area.
Use class time effectively.
Be respectful of staff and other students
Take responsibility for work and misbehavior.
Be respectful of school and others’ property.
Do not disrupt class.
Maine Learning Results assessed through Common District Assessments
Grade 7
B . Writing:  Students write to express their ideas and emotions, to describe their experiences, to communicate information, and to present or analyze an argument.
B4: Persuasive   
Students  write persuasive essays addressed to a specific audience for a particular  purpose.
Employ a variety of persuasive techniques, including presenting alternate views objectively or addressing potential counterclaims, in an essay that supports an idea  using facts, supported inferences, and/or opinions appropriate to the audience and purpose and is intended to influence the opinions, beliefs, or positions of others.
D: Language:  Students will write and speak using the conventions of Standard American English.  They apply knowledge of grammar and usage when reading to aid comprehension.  They know and apply rules of mechanics and spelling to enhance the effectiveness and clarity of communication.
D2: Mechanics:
Students apply the rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling to communicate effectively.
Use correct capitalization and punctuation including commas and semi-colons.
Correctly spell frequently misspelled words and common homophones.
draft, revise, voice, hook, closing, active verbs, sensory words/descriptive, persuade, assessment, organization, paragraphs, details, language variety, metaphor, sentence structure, conventions,  alphabetize, double space, adjectives , simile, figurative language, brainstorm, genre, spell check, topic development/topic sentence, autobiography, personification, onomatopoeia, fiction, nonfiction, product, headings, verb, homophone, homograph, noun, pronoun, adverb, conjunction, preposition,  interjection
explain/explain why, constructed response, based on, specific, strategies, emphasize,  italicized, factual, major headings, evidence, relevant, conclude, process, demonstrate, refer, infer   
Literary Terms / Devices:
genre, main character, subordinate character, antagonist, protagonist, plot, setting, conflict, climax, expostion, resolution, conclusion, narrator, dialogue, theme, flashback, foreshadowing, symbolism, characterization, irony, idiom, imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, onomatopoeia, mood, tone, rhythm, stanza
Reading Strategies:
personal response
draw conclusions
context clues


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