Language Arts 700

Students will engage in a thematic study of literature that explores accounts of earth, space, and survival, delving into texts that span the genres of narrative fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and informational texts. Students will demonstrate their understanding of various works by analyzing how common themes like exploration, innovation, and courage are able to transcend diverse time periods and genres. They will also develop their writing skills as they focus on the six traits of writing while producing argumentative, narrative, and expository compositions. With a strong emphasis on close reading instruction, research activities, and speaking and listening tasks, this course will help students expand their understanding of literature while building twenty-first century skills. To become critical consumers of text, students will be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills, including high-quality contemporary works, the classics of American literature, and the timeless dramas of Shakespeare.

  • Unit 1: Skill Workshop:Students will demonstrate a mastery of the foundational writing and reading skills necessary to succeed in this course and are provided with an opportunity for review and practice to ensure preparation and understanding; topics include types of literature, grammar, the process for decoding unknown vocabulary, research, and presentation and discussion. 
  • Unit 2: Lands of Ice and Snow:Students will examine Jack London’sThe Call of the Wild, interpreting characters, events, literary elements, author purpose, tone, and theme with a critical eye. 
  • Unit 3: Courage in Everyday Journeys:Students will explore the theatrical version ofThe Diary of Anne Frank, in addition to historical and biographical texts, which will challenge their ability to analyze characterization, theme, figurative language, point of view, irony, argument, and other literary elements; students will conclude the unit by composing both an argumentative essay and an argumentative speech.
  • Unit 4: Sea Journeys:Students will analyze historical context, tone, character, theme, and allusion in the focal text of this unit,The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, also completing a variety of projects, such as an informative essay and multimedia speech that require the student to incorporate literary analysis, research, and the use of multimedia into their writing process.
  • Unit 5: Extreme Frontiers:Students will analyzeThe First Men in the Moon, by H.G. Wells, interpreting character, theme, mood, conflict, and historical context while utilizing foundational reading skills such as context clues and prereading predictions; students will also develop their skill in writing and analyzing argumentative essays while learning new strategies to build vocabulary acquisition.
  • Unit 6: Ancient Lands:Students will explore a wide variety of ancient Greek and Roman mythology and nonfiction articles on the topic, developing background knowledge of historical and cultural context while mastering an understanding of elements such as informational text structure and media, while also using this information to compose informational essays and multimedia presentations.

State: National
Grade Level: 7
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year