Grade 7 English Curriculum

Reflecting the expectations, activities in Language Arts (English) series cover: 

Reasoning and Critical Thinking
  • Read a wide variety of increasingly complex or difficult texts from diverse cultures, including literary texts (E.g. short stories, poetry, novels, mysteries, historical fiction, autobiographies, scripts, lyrics)
  • Reading graphic texts(E.g. graphs, graphic organizers, charts and tables, diagrams, surveys and maps)
  • Reading informational texts (print and online encyclopedias, magazines and newspaper articles, electronic textbooks, non-fictional resources, a variety of dictionaries and thesauri)
  • Identify a variety of purposes for reading and choose reading materials appropriate for those purposes (E.g. newspapers to verify information, a local, national or community newspaper for coverage of current/specific issue)
  • Analyze a variety of texts both simple and complex, and explain how the different elements in them contribute to meaning and influence the reader’s reaction (E.g. narrative: having ordinary characters caught up in an exciting plot makes the story seem more real)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of both simple and complex texts based on evidence from the text
  • Identify the topic, audience and purpose for more complex writing forms
  • Generate ideas about more challenging topics and identify those most appropriate for the purpose
  • Gather information to support ideas for writing, using a variety of strategies and a wide range of print and electronic resources  
  • Identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that can be used to develop a multi-paragraph piece of writing, using a variety of strategies and organizational patterns
  • Determine whether the ideas and information they have collected are relevant, appropriate, and sufficiently specific for the purpose, and do more research if necessary
  • Identify a variety of strategies they used  during, after, and before writing
Understanding Form and Style
  • Identify a variety of reading strategies  and use them appropriately before, after, during reading to understand increasingly complex texts(activate prior knowledge on a topic through dialogue and discussion, ask questions to monitor learning, summarize texts during reading, synthesize ideas broaden understanding)
  • Develop and explain interpretations of increasingly complex texts using slated and implied ideas to support their interpretations
  • Write complex texts of different lengths using a variety of forms
  • Identify conventions and techniques appropriate to the form chosen for a media text
  • Identify the strategies they found most helpful in making sense of and creating media texts and explain how these and other strategies can help them improve as media viewers/listeners/ and producers
  • Identify an appropriate form to suit the specific purpose and audience for a media text they plan to create
  • Explain how individual elements of various media forms combine to create, reinforce, and/or enhance meaning
Knowledge of Language Structures
  • Demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex texts by summarizing important ideas and citing a variety of details that support the main idea (key information in manuals, surveys, graphs, online and print encyclopedias)
  • Analyze a variety of text forms and explain how their particular characteristics communicate meaning, with focus on literary texts such as a novel, graphic texts such as a photo essay, and informational texts such as a manual
  • Sort and classify information for their writing in a variety of ways that allows them to manipulate the information and see different combinations and relationships in their data
  • Vary sentence structures to give their writing rhythm and pacing by using a variety of connecting/ or introducing words and phrases to combine short, simple sentences, into longer complex sentences  
Vocabulary Building
  • Confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using a variety of resources appropriate for the purpose
  • Spell familiar words correctly
  • Spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies that involve understanding sound-symbol relationships, word structures, word meanings and generalizations about spelling
  • Produce revised draft pieces of writing to meet identified criteria based on the expectations
Use of Language Conventions
  • Identify the point of view presented in texts, give evidence of any biases they may contain; and suggest other possible perspectives
  •  Regularly use vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions in their writing
  • Use punctuation appropriately to communicate their intended meaning in more complex forms, including forms more specific to different subject areas: with the focus on use of periods after initials, in abbreviations, and in decimal numbers; parentheses, punctuation to indicate intonation, pauses, or gestures
  •  Use parts of speech correctly to communicate their meaning clearly, with a focus of the use of: relative pronouns; prepositions; adjectives; conjunctions; adverbs; past; present and  future verb tenses; present and past participles