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English 7 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
English 7 Part 1 focuses on the study of grammar, literature, and composition. Students will learn about elements of grammar such as pronouns, clauses, and subjects and predicates. The literature selections focus mainly on short stories to help students gain knowledge regarding literary elements and devices including foreshadowing, point of view, and characterization. Reading selections provide students with the opportunity to improve reading comprehension skills, to develop vocabulary, and to make inferences. Students will compose formal writing assessments including two compare and contrast essays, a fictional narrative, and a persuasive essay.

Course Objectives

 Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the various forms of prose, including novels, novellas, short stories, and nonfiction.
  • Examine the components of a compare/contrast essay.
  • Apply appropriate strategies for reading comprehension.
  • Compare and contrast characters in “Amigos Brothers” using a Venn diagram.
  • Organize a draft of a compare/contrast essay.
  • Revise the compare/contrast essay using self-evaluation.
  • Practice note taking and highlighting to distinguish between essential and non-essential information.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze the use of literary elements including plot, setting, and conflict.
  • Analyze the effect of literary devices such as suspense and foreshadowing.
  • Identify how conflict affects plot.
  • Recognize point of view as a literary element.
  • Compose, evaluate, and revise the final draft of the fictional narrative using a rubric and instructor feedback.
  • Evaluate the text organization of a newspaper article.
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between essential and nonessential information in informational writing.

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of direct and indirect characterization.
  • Recognize and analyze characterization.
  • Develop questions while reading to comprehend how a writer develops character.
  • Create a chart to log personal connections to a text’s characters and conflicts.
  • Compose a persuasive essay that includes opinion, evidence, persuasive techniques, and a call to action.
  • Develop a chart of how characters, their motivations, and their actions affect plot.
  • Use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast characters from two stories.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate understanding of theme, point of view, and cause and effect.
  • Demonstrate understanding of an author’s use of cause and effect by using a graphic organizer and by answering questions.
  • Develop predictions and note them while reading.

Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

*Available as an iText course