Reading and Literature Objectives
I hope you all are enjoying your time away from school this week. On Monday we will pick up the pace a little as we begin the second grading period of the year. We have a large number of Georgia Performance Standards to meet during the next nine school weeks.
A general outline of our planned curriculum follows:
Reading: Unit I of our textbook is Learning from Experience. In the first nine weeks we completed the first section of that unit with fiction selections on “Knowing Who You Are.” We will begin the next grading period with Section 2 of Unit I. This section will feature non-fiction selections on the theme of “Moments of Discovery.” The non-fiction selections will include biographies, autobiographies, essays, informative articles, and interviews. Unit II (Relationships) is also divided into two sections. We will begin this unit around the middle of the next nine-weeks period. The first section uses poetry to illustrate Reaching Out. Section 2 is themed “Facing Choices” and features drama.
Some of the specific reading-proficiency outcomes we expect from the students include (this a general summary of the 7th grade reading objectives as given by the state department of education):
Demonstrates comprehension in literary and informational texts: (ELA7R1)
Distinguishes between theme in a literary work and author’s purpose in expository text; relates literary work to information about its setting or historical moment; analyzes recurring and similar themes across a variety of selections, distinguishing theme from topic; identifies events that advance the plot; analyzes characterization; explains and analyzes the effects of sound, form, figurative language and graphics; notes how an author’s use of words creates tone and mood; notes similarities and differences in traditional literature from different cultures; analyzes common textual features to get information; uses knowledge of common graphic features to draw conclusions and make judgments; applies knowledge of common organizational structures and patterns; can follow an author’s argument for an against an issue; and identifies evidence used to support an argument.
Understands and acquires new vocabulary and uses it correctly in reading and writing (ELA7R2) Determines meaning by context clues; uses roots and affixes to determine meaning; notes and explains idioms and analogies; and determines meaning by definition
Reads aloud accurately familiar material in a way that makes the meaning clear to listeners (ELA7R3) Decodes using letter sounds, phonics and context clues to determine pronunciation and meaning; self-corrects; and reads with rhythm, flow and meter that sounds like everyday speech
Reads a minimum of 25 grade-appropriate books (or about 1,000,000 words). Fictional, informational, technical, variety of genres, variety of subject areas.) (ELA7RC1)
Discusses curricular learning in all subject areas (ELA7RC2) Identifies messages and themes in all subject areas; responds to variety of texts in multiple modes; relates themes from one subject area to another; evaluates merits of texts in all subjects; examines author’s purpose; and uses features of disciplinary texts.
Acquires new vocab in each content area and uses it (ELA7RC3) Understands contextual vocabulary in various subjects; uses content vocabulary in writing and speaking; and explores and understands new words found in subject area texts
Establishes a context for information acquired by reading in subject areas. (ELA7RC4) Explores life experiences related to subject area content; discusses how words and concepts relate to multiple subjects; and determines strategies for finding content and contextual meaning for unfamiliar words or concepts.