Language Arts 700 Fundamentals

Language Arts 700 Fundamentals continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:

  • Reading develops students’ reading skills, including the identification of main ideas, supporting details, and sequence; teaches students how to reach logical conclusions; shows students how to identify parts of speech in sentences, with emphasis on adjectives, pronouns, verb types; and word choice; helps students develop basic literary comprehension skills through the reading of biographical and autobiographical pieces, poetry, character analyses, and the newspaper.
  • Writing develops students’ understanding of sentence structure, providing hands-on experience with coordination, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, familiarizes students with roots, affixes, and basic word relationships, including homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms; develops students’ vocabulary and spelling skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing paragraphs, character analyses, character sketches, short biographies, summaries, and poetry.
  • Speaking teaches skills that enable students to become effective speakers and communicators, weaving the skills together throughout the course.
  • Listening teaches effective listening comprehension skills, weaving these together throughout the lessons; builds upon students' study skills.

Curriculum Contents

Reading Comprehension Skills

  • Analyzing Characters
  • Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • Reaching Logical Conclusions
  • Reading Nonfiction
  • Reading Poetry

Composition

  • Character Analysis
  • Character Sketch
  • Essay Structure
  • Paragraph Elements—Topic
  • Paragraph Organization—Sequence, Unity, and Format
  • Paragraph Structure—Transitional, Inductive, and Deductive
  • Summarizing
  • Business and Personal Letters
  • Technical Directions
  • Writing a Biography
  • Writing Responses to Literature
  • Writing and Listening
  • Writing Poetry—Limerick
  • Writing a Report

Grammar and Usage

  • Adjectives
  • Levels of Language Use—Standard, Nonstandard, Formal, and Informal
  • Nouns—Common Nouns, Proper Nouns, and Uses in Sentences
  • Pronouns—Nominative, Objective, Possessive, Reflexive
  • Punctuation—Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Hyphens, and Parentheses
  • Sentence Structure
    • Errors in Construction—Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-ons
    • Patterns
    • Subjects and Predicates
  • Verbs—Tense, Irregular, and Auxiliary

Literature Studies

  • Drama
    • Definition
    • History
    • Elements
    • Genre/Type
  • Fiction
    • Definition
  • Nonfiction
    • Definition
    • Elements—Setting, Characterization, and Purpose
    • Genre/Type—Autobiography and Biography
    • Literary Device
  • Poetry
    • Elements—Rhyme and Meter
    • Genre/Type—Limerick and Nonsense Verse
    • Literary Device—Alliteration and figurative Language

Speaking and Listening

  • Gestures
  • Listening Strategies
  • Speaking Strategies
  • Types of Listening—Passive, Purposeful, Critical, Appreciative, and Conversational
  • Voice—Pitch, Accent, Pause, and Intonation

Spelling

  • Words often confused
  • Roots and Affixes
  • Word Endings

Special Topics

  • Research Skills—Library and Visual Aids
  • Study Skills—Note Taking and Summarizing

State: National, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Grade Level: 7
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year