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English 7 Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
English 7 Part 2 continues the focus on grammar, literature, and composition from English 7 Part 1. Students will read from a variety of literary genres including nonfiction, poetry, drama, myths, and folk tales. Students will read nonfiction texts such as autobiographies, biographies, essays, consumer documents, public documents, and workplace documents. In addition, students will read poems, plays, myths, and folk tales. Reading selections provide students the opportunity to improve reading comprehension skills such as summarizing, making predictions, and making generalizations. Students will also gain knowledge of figures of speech, cause and effect, and author's purpose. Students will compose formal writing assessments including a descriptive essay and a how-to essay.
It is recommended that students successfully complete English 7 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

 Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the concepts of perspective, subjectivity, and objectivity.  
  • Use a graphic organizer to demonstrate understanding of fact versus opinion.
  • Identify characters, their thoughts, and their actions while reading.
  • Analyze the essay “Barrio Boy.”
  • Review and interpret consumer, workplace, and public documents.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of skills and strategies for reading informational documents.
  • Construct a cause-and-effect chain while reading “Tilting at Windmills” and “Saving the Earth.”

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sounds of poetry, including rhythm, rhyme, repetition, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
  • Recognize and practice the skills and strategies for reading poetry.
  • Recognize and identify figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, and extended metaphors.
  • Differentiate between a lyric poem, a sonnet, and an ode.  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of humorous poems and exaggeration.  
  • Identify imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and rhythm while reading.
  • Develop, proofread, and edit the descriptive essay.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the elements of drama including conflict, complications, climax, and resolution.
  • Identify characters and use a chart to describe them.
  • Recognize and identify plot complications.
  • Compare three versions of one story using a graphic organizer.
  • Identify and adjust reading rate to improve comprehension.
  • Compose a draft, proofread, edit, and publish a “how-to” explanation essay.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the characteristics of myths.
  • Identify the similarities and differences between myths and folktales.
  • Practice skills for reading myths and folktales.  
  • Compose generalizations about myths in a graphic organizer while reading.
  • Use a chart to compare and contrast conflicts, characters, and themes of two legends.
  • Use an “analyzing chart” to identify logical and emotional appeals while reading the persuasive essay, “Music Makers.”

Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course