This course is designed to help students develop and deepen literacy skills through an intensive reading and writing program. Reading strategies introduced through the year long “family” theme in literature engage students as active, critical and creative learners. Literature circles, Reader’s Theater and improvisation help readers draw inferential understanding. Connections with poetry, short stories and plays continue to reinforce the “Big Idea” of families around the world. Seventh grade writers examine and develop strong paragraphing that leads to better essay writing. Ongoing grammar gems, writing response groups and vocabulary building through literature further support the strong writing component.
Reading selections may include:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry , Taylor
Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
The Outsiders, Hinton
The Diary of A Young Girl, Frank
Our Town, Wilder
October Sky, Hickam, Jr.
Reader’s Handbook – A student guide for reading and learning, Houghton Mifflin
Writer Source 2000, Houghton Mifflin
Various short story and poetry selections
Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition., Harcourt Brace