Language Arts is a subject compiled of multiple components: grammar and mechanics, vocabulary, literature, and writing. Seventh graders will be involved in exploring all of these elements through the language arts program. The curriculum will follow the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards which can be accessed on the Georgia Department of Education's website.
Each nine weeks students will explore a theme. Each nine week literature unit will incorporate a variety of texts, both fictional and nonfiction. A class novel will also be read during each nine-week thematic unit. Vocabulary instruction will come from the various literature units. The thematic units are:
3. Overcoming Challenges
4. Accepting Others' Differences
Independent Reading Program:
Student-selected independent reading is an important additional component of the reading curriculum. Students are encouraged to read a variety of genres in order to fulfill their independent reading contract. Every four weeks they will read at least one fiction book and one non-fiction book. One fiction and one nonfiction book analysis form will also be due every four weeks.
Students will have warm up exercise each day that will cover the CCGPS language standards. These skills are reinforced through application during student writing. Additional grammar units will cover the 7th grade standards in more detail.
Instruction in writing will focus on the content of student ideas. Writing instruction will be completed through journal writing, praragraph writing, as well as longer writing assignments throughout the school year. These longer writing assignments will include narrative essay, informational essay, argumentative essay, response to literature, and poetry.
Students will be graded on unit tests, projects, papers, homework, and daily work. The grading scale is as follows:
Summative (Tests, Projects, Papers) 50%
Formative (Daily Work and Homework) 35%
Summative (Nine Week Benchmark) 15%