Courses of Study : English Language Arts (Grade 7)

Recurring Standards
Reception
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 7
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 4
R1. Utilize active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings, following agreed-upon rules for participation.
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Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R1.
  • Active listening
  • Discussion
  • Conversation
  • Rules
  • Participation
Knowledge:
R1. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • How to engage in discussions and conversations in a variety of settings.
  • Agreed-upon rules for participation.
Skills:
R1. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings.
  • Converse in pairs, small groups, and large groups.
  • Practice the agreed-upon rules for participation.
Understanding:
R1. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow agreed-upon rules which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 4
Classroom Resources: 4
R2. Use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar spoken or written words.
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Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R2.
  • Context clues
  • Determine
  • Unfamiliar spoken words
  • Unfamiliar written words
Knowledge:
R2. Students know:
  • Context clues in speech or text can provide the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • There are different types of context clues, including inference/general clues, definition/explanation clues, restatement/synonym clues, and contrast/antonym clues.
  • Context clues in text are often indicated by punctuation marks.
Skills:
R2. Students are able to:
  • Use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words in speech.
  • Use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words in text.
Understanding:
R2. Students understand that:
  • An author or a speaker use context clues to explain the meaning of unusual words or academic, domain-specific vocabulary.
Expression
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 8
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 7
R3. Use digital and electronic tools appropriately, safely, and ethically when researching and writing, both individually and collaboratively.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Digital tools
  • Electronic tools
  • Appropriately
  • Safely
  • Ethically
  • Research
  • Individually
  • Collaboratively
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Digital and electronic tools must be used appropriately, safely, and ethically.
  • Digital and electronic tools can be used for research or for writing tasks.
  • Digital and electronic tools can be independently or with others.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Engage in safe and ethical behavior when using digital and electronic tools individually and collaboratively.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Safe behaviors, interactions that keep you out of harm's way, are necessary when using digital and electronic tools.
  • Ethical behavior, interactions that align to one's moral code, are necessary when using digital and electronic tools.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 12
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 11
R4. Utilize a writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writings in various genres.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R4.
  • Writing process
  • Plan
  • Draft
  • Revise
  • Edit
  • Publish
  • Genres
Knowledge:
R4. Students know:
  • The writing process steps are to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish.
  • Various genres of writing.
Skills:
R4. Students are able to:
  • Plan writings in various genres.
  • Draft writings in various genres.
  • Revise writings in various genres.
  • Edit writings in various genres.
  • Publish writings in various genres.
Understanding:
R4. Students understand that:
  • The writing process is a set of steps that make writing easier.
  • There are different categories, or genres, of writing that can be used for different purposes.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
R5. Assess the formality of occasions in order to speak or write using appropriate language and tone.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R5.
  • Assess
  • Formality
  • Occasions
  • Appropriate language
  • Appropriate tone
Knowledge:
R5. Students know:
  • Some occasions (times and places) call for formal language and tone, while other occasions permit a casual communication.
Skills:
R5. Students are able to:
  • Assess the formality of occasions.
  • In formal occasions, speak and write with a formal language and tone.
  • In informal occasions, speak and write with a casual language and tone.
Understanding:
R5. Students understand that:
  • Different situations require different types of languages and tones.
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
R6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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Content Area:
Expression
Teacher Vocabulary:
R6.
  • Adapt
  • Speech
  • Contexts
  • Tasks
  • Command
  • Formal English
Knowledge:
R6. Students know:
  • Some contexts and tasks require formal English speech, while others permit more casual speech.
Skills:
R6. Students are able to:
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.
  • Demonstrate command of formal spoken English when appropriate.
Understanding:
R6. Students understand that:
  • Certain contexts and tasks will require them to speak in formal English.
  • They can change their speech, such as the vocabulary and sentence structure used, depending on the occasion.
Critical Literacy
Process and employ information for a variety of academic, occupational, and personal purposes.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
1. Evaluate the contributions of informational text elements, including categories, point of view, purpose, and figurative, connotative, and technical word meanings, to develop central and supporting ideas.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 2
Classroom Resources: 2
2. Evaluate how effectively an author uses structures of informational texts, including comparison and contrast, problem and solution, cause and effect, and substantiated or unsubstantiated claims and evidence, to achieve a purpose.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 18
Learning Activities: 4
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 12
3. Explain how the author's choice of setting, plot, characters, theme, conflict, dialogue, and point of view contribute to and/or enhance the meaning and purpose of prose and poetry, using textual evidence from the writing.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 5
Learning Activities: 4
Classroom Resources: 1
4. Evaluate literary devices to support interpretations of literary texts using textual evidence, including simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, imagery, tone, symbolism, irony, and mood.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 7
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 4
5. Evaluate rhetorical strategies used to develop central and supporting ideas in recorded or live presentations, including point of view, purpose, comparison, categories, and word meanings (figurative, connotative, and technical).
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
6. Evaluate the speaker's use of hyperbole, tone, symbolism, imagery, mood, irony, and onomatopoeia in a live or recorded presentation.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 23
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 20
7. Produce clear, coherent narrative, argument, and informative/explanatory writing in which the development, organization, style, and tone are relevant to task, purpose, and audience, using an appropriate command of language.

a. Write narratives to convey a series of events incorporating key literary elements, establishing a clear purpose, using narrative techniques (dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection), and sequencing events coherently (chronological and/or flashback).

b. Write informative or explanatory texts with an organized structure and a formal style to examine ideas or processes effectively while developing the topic and utilizing appropriate transitions, precise vocabulary, and credible information or data when relevant.

c. Write an argument to defend a position by introducing and supporting claim(s), acknowledging alternate or opposing claims, and presenting reasons and relevant text evidence from accurate and credible sources.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
8. Participate in collaborative discussions about arguments by evaluating claims, findings, and evidence from a source.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
9. Participate in collaborative discussions about prose and poetry by evaluating the use of literary devices and elements.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Digital Literacy
Use technology, including the Internet, to research, analyze, produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information, people, and resources and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
10. Assess subject, occasion, audience, purpose, tone, and credibility of various digital sources.

Examples: online academic journals, social media, blogs
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 8
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 5
11. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of techniques used in a variety of digital sources to generate and answer literal, interpretive, and applied questions and create new understandings.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
12. Determine the intended purposes of techniques used for rhetorical effect in multiple digital sources.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
13. Interpret language through active listening to determine subject, occasion, audience, purpose, tone, and credibility of digital sources.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 4
Classroom Resources: 4
14. Create and edit digital products that are appropriate in subject, occasion, audience, purpose, and tone.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 4
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 2
Classroom Resources: 1
15. Utilize digital tools and/or products to enhance meaning.

Examples: hashtags, videos, slide presentations, audio clips, GIFS, memes; social media platforms
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
16. Convey ideas in an appropriate digital format with specific attention to subject, occasion, audience, purpose, and tone.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Language Literacy
Recognize and demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, mechanics, and usage, including appropriate formality of language.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 7
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 4
17. Identify the conventions of standard English grammar and usage in writing.

a. Identify subject-verb agreement with compound subjects joined by correlative and coordinating conjunctions and with collective nouns when verb form depends on the rest of the sentence.

b. Identify the usage of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex statements and questions to signal differing relationships among ideas in a text.

c. Evaluate the functions of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Lesson Plans: 1
18. Identify the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in a variety of texts.

a. Correct improper usage of commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, colons, and semicolons through peer editing.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
19. Evaluate a speaker's organizational choices to determine point of view, purpose, and effectiveness.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
20. Identify a speaker's formality of language in order to comprehend, interpret, and respond appropriately.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
21. Create written work using standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics.

a. Revise their own writing using correct mechanics with a focus on commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, colons, and semicolons.

b. Construct simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to represent relationships among ideas.

c. Embed phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced or dangling modifiers.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
22. Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Research Literacy
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
23. Implement ethical guidelines while finding and recording information from a variety of primary, secondary, and digital sources.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
24. Determine the relevance, reliability, and validity of information from nonfiction and fictional printed and/or digital texts.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 3
Learning Activities: 3
25. Use active listening to acquire information and assess its relevance and credibility.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 7
Learning Activities: 1
Classroom Resources: 6
26. Produce research writings over extended periods with time for research, reflection, and revision and within shorter time frames, with minimal guidance.

Examples: a day or two, a single sitting
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
27. Quote, paraphrase, summarize, and present findings, following an appropriate citation style and avoiding plagiarism.

Example: MLA, APA
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Learning Activities: 1
28. Incorporate research into oral presentations, summarizing and supporting opinions and ideas with relevant details.

a. Collect information through the research process to answer follow-up questions and participate in discussions about their research findings.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking
Vocabulary Literacy
Increase academic, domain-specific, and grade-level-appropriate vocabularies through reading, word study, and class discussion.
Reception
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 2
Classroom Resources: 2
29. Determine word meaning through the use of word parts, context clues, connotation and denotation, or print or digital reference tools.

Examples: affixes, Greek and Latin roots, stems; dictionary, thesaurus, glossary
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 6
Classroom Resources: 6
30. Read and evaluate texts from science, social studies, and other academic disciplines to determine how those disciplines treat domain-specific vocabulary and content organization.
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
Listening
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
31. Infer word meaning through active listening in various contexts for purposeful, effective communication.

Examples: classroom discussion, oral presentations, digital formats
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Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Listening
Expression
Writing
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 1
Lesson Plans: 1
32. Apply vocabulary in writing to convey and enhance meaning.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
Speaking
English Language Arts (2021)
Grade(s): 7
All Resources: 0
33. Select and utilize effective words and phrases that are suitable for purpose and audience to communicate clearly in a variety of situations.
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Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Speaking