Language Arts and the  World We Live In

Seventh Grade

 READING

 The student will develop the reading and listening skills necessary for word recognition, comprehension, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and appreciation of print and nonprint text.

 Oral Language/Decoding

 

Key

Reporting

Category

 

M

 

Organize and share information, stories, experiences, ideas, and feelings with others.

D

 

Respond creatively to reading selections (e.g., dramatizations, speeches, and drawings).

M

 

Model active listening.

M

 

Observe rules of public conversation.

M

 

Deliver an oral presentation using information from any content area and utilizing visual aids.

M

 

Ask and answer questions to and from teachers and classmates.

D

 

Use a variety of nonverbal communication techniques.

M

 

Read using appropriate pronunciation, expression, rate, pitch, and stress.

M

 

Read fluently from a variety of texts.

M

 

Participate in guided reading.

M

 

Read for a variety of purposes (e.g., information gathering, enjoyment, and fluency).

M

 

Adjust speed based on the purpose for reading.

M

 

Listen to a variety of readings, poetry, and music in order to develop sound awareness.

A

T

Analyze the effects of sound (e.g., onomatopoeia, alliteration, accent, rhyme, and repetition).

Alliteration worksheet

onomatopoeia powerpoint

literary terms

D

 

Analyze patterns of rhyme and rhythm.

 Comprehension

D

 

Utilize reference sources and personal experience to build background knowledge.

M

 

Continue to use previously learned strategies to front load text.

A

T

Derive information from the following text features: timelines, graphs, headings and subheadings.

A

MG

Make predictions about the outcome of a given passage.

Predictions Lesson Plan

D

 

Relate text to prior personal experiences or opinions, historical knowledge, and current events as well as previously read print and nonprint texts.

A

MG

Formulate clarifying questions for use before, during, or after reading.

Questions lesson

Questioning Toolkit

M

 

Adjust predictions as new information is acquired.

M

 

Continue to predict outcomes, state reasonable generalizations, and draw conclusions.

D

 

Use self-monitoring strategies while reading.

D

 

Read between the lines.

I

 

Create mental pictures from abstract information.

A

MG

Draw inferences from selected passages.

D

 

Verify or modify pre-reading purpose as appropriate.

M

 

Continue to interact with text (e.g., mark the text, use post-it notes).

D

 

Maintain a personal reading list or reading log/journal.  

M

 

Indicate the sequence of events.

A

MG

Identify the main idea/central element in a reading selection.

Main idea PowerPoint

M

 

Select details that support the main idea/central element.

A

C

Identify the authorís purpose for writing and the readerís purpose for reading.

Authorís purpose PowerPoint

A

C

Determine the common characteristics of short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.

D

 

Discuss similarities and differences in events and characters from different reading selections.

D

 

Find support within the reading selection for question responses, ideas, and opinions.

A

MG

Analyze cause and effect relationships in a given passage.

Cause and effect chain

A

MG

Distinguish between fact and opinion within context.

Fact or opinion Jeopardy

D

 

Apply comprehension skills and strategies to content area reading.

I

 

Summarize and paraphrase selected passages/film clips for discussion and/or for written assignments/presentations.

D

 

Make inferences about printed matter and other media.

A

V

Recognize and use grade appropriate and/or content specific vocabulary within context.

The Dictionary Game

A

V

Replace unknown words in context with appropriate synonyms and/or antonyms.

Synonym quiz

Antonym challenge

M

 

Incorporate grade appropriate synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and multiple meaning words into reading vocabulary and writing.

M

 

Define significant words to be encountered in the reading.

D

 

Expand knowledge of root words, prefixes, and suffixes.

A

V

Decode unknown grade level words in context, using previously learned strategies, such as analysis of affixes, as aids in determining meaning.

Decoding lesson

D

 

Build vocabulary by reading from a wide variety of selections and literary types.

A

V

Determine the meaning of unknown words and/or multiple meaning words through the use of context clues.

Context clues explanation and activity

D

 

Determine the meanings of unknown grade level words using context clues, dictionaries, electronic sources, glossaries, and other resources.

M

 

Foster word consciousness (word play, word walls, new and unusual words).

M

 

Use memory devices (rhymes, cartoons) to acquire new words.

A

V

Select the correct word or phrase to complete an analogy.

Analogy lesson

Analogy quiz

I

 

Include word histories and meaning change as part of vocabulary study.

I

 

Discover ways by which a language gets new words.

A

V

Identify words that serve as clues to reveal time periods and cultures.

List of foreign words and phrases with definitions

A

V

Identify commonly used foreign phrases (e.g., bon voyage; mi casa es su casa, bon jour, hasta la vista).

phrase and definitions

A

T

Identify similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole within context.

Simile and metaphor online quiz

Simile and metaphor PowerPoint

Personification lesson plans and resources

Hyperbole explanation and activity

D

 

Recognize implied themes.

A

C

Distinguish between poetry and prose and between biography and autobiography.

Poetry PowerPoint

Prose information

D

 

Identify the elements found in the exposition (i.e., introduction of characters, setting, and conflict) of fiction.

A

C

Identify at least two ways by which an author reveals character traits in a given passage.

Characterization Dear Abby Activity

D

 

Explain the rising action, climax, and falling action of a plot.

A

T

Identify examples of sound devices (e.g., rhyme, alliteration, slant rhyme, repetition, and internal rhyme).

List of Definitions

D

 

Identify words and phrases used by authors to create mood to establish a tone.

D

 

Compare and contrast elements of plot between or among stories.

A

C

Identify plot elements in the proper place on a graphic organizer.

Entire Plot Lesson

I

 

Identify how point of view (i.e., first person or third person, limited and omniscient) shapes the plot of the story or the perspective of the characters and audience.

I

 

Explore the differences among nonfiction materials (e.g., letters, memoirs, diaries, journals, autobiographies, biographies, and educational, informational and technical texts).

A

C

Identify symbolism, flashback, and foreshadowing, within context.

Definition Sheet

Gift of the Magi lesson plan

A

T

Rank a given set of resources according to reliability.

 

D

 

Visit print rich environments (libraries, book fairs).

I

 

Use personal criteria to select reading material.

D

 

Use parts of text effectively for learning (title page, preface, and table of contents).

A

T

Locate information using key words and headings.

key words activity

D

 

Recognize and use appropriate reference sources in various formats (encyclopedias, card/electronic catalogs, and internet).

D

 

Use media (internet, CD-ROM) to view, read, and represent information.

D

 

Use a variety of reference sources (e.g., biographical sketches, letters, diaries, encyclopedia, and periodicals).

A

C

Recognize first person point of view.

Point of View Unit/Activity

D

 

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

M

 

Use word-referenced materials (dictionary, thesaurus).

D

 

Retrieve, organize, represent, and analyze information to demonstrate knowledge acquired.

D

 

Develop and use notes.

D

 

Analyze the impact of various forms of media on daily life.

A

T

Identify examples of propaganda techniques (i.e., bandwagon).

Propaganda Power point

Propaganda worksheet

 

D

 

Recognize implied themes.

 

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