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7th Grade Introduction

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Introduction to 7th Grade


In grade 7 students demonstrate an emerging sophistication in their ability to read challenging complex texts closely such that they can cite multiple instances of specific evidence to support their assertions. By the end of grade 7, students should be able to recognize the effect of setting, plot and, characters on the author’s purpose, theme, and tone of a text and provide an objective summary apart from their own reaction to it. They begin to compare and contrast different interpretations of a topic across several texts, identifying how authors shape their presentation of key information and choose to highlight certain facts over others. The grade level writing focus is argument so students trace how an argument develops within a text and assess the validity of the evidence. Students participate in discussion, make their reasoning clear to their listeners and readers, and recognize the contributions of various group members.  Their vocabulary has developed to the point where they can distinguish between denotative and connotative meaning and can analyze the effect of specific word choice on tone. Language development includes a more sophisticated understanding of sentence structure and the role it plays in reading and writing.

 2021 Resources

Objective Analysis The 8 overarching standards are broken down into specific objectives. Each objective is analyzed with student actions, teacher actions, recommendations, and key terms and related objectives.
Literacy Progressions 24 major literacy skills from PK-12 are vertically aligned with commentary on the development and implications for classroom teaching.
Proficiency Levels Student skill levels for each objective from the standards are shown at the developing, approaching, understanding, and extending stages.
  UDL Lesson
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for improving student learning experiences and outcomes through careful instructional planning focused on the varied needs of all students, including students with visible and non-visible disabilities, advanced and gifted learners, and English learners.

Some general ideas for implementing the UDL lens in an ELA lesson, PK-12, are provided in this chart.
  Writing Resources
This suite of writing resources includes:
  • student-friendly checklists for the narrative, informative, argumentative, and research modes
  • editing checklists for the beginning and middle of the school year
  • examples of teacher feedback on student writing
  • a peer feedback lesson plan with a slideshow and handout
Other Resources 

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