7th grade Cambridge Language Arts
Instructor: Mr. Wise
Language Arts is the study of grammar, composition, communication, and critical thought. In this class, we will read thought-provoking texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to better our understanding of the world and our place in it. We will aspire to correctly identify the main idea of these texts and to support our findings with details from the text. When we become better readers, we become more self-reliant thinkers and better communicators as well. Many facets of our lives require us to read and to comprehend what we read.
In addition to reading, this class will focus on writing. We will develop our skills as writers through feedback and revision. This discipline will prepare you for college and career aspirations.
Unit 1. “Guided by a Cause.”
In this unit, students will explore some ways in which people help to improve the world around them and why they felt motivated to make a difference in the first place.
Texts we will read include but are not limited to: The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire by Zachary Kent, Train Time by D'Arcy McNickle, Doris is Coming by ZZ Parker
Unit 2. “Risk and Exploration.”
In this unit, students will consider human achievement and consequence. We will dive into the ocean and look to the sky at some of our most amazing discoveries.
Texts we will read include but are not limited to: Living in the Dark by Cherly Bardoe, Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap by Philippe Cousteau, Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? by Dr. Joan Vernikos
Unit 3. “Perception and Reality.”
Here, students will confront the world around them by interpreting how our senses and personalities shape our reality.
Texts we will read include but are not limited to: The Song of Wandering Aengus by W.B. Yeats, Sonnet 43 by William Shakespeare, Heartbeat by David Yoo
Unit 4. “Bold Actions.”
Our academic pursuits will culminate with this unit, where students will examine tales of adventure and bravery.
The texts we will read include but are not limited to: Rogue Wave by Theodore Taylor, Arachne retold by Olivia E. Coolidge, The Flight of Icarus by Sally Benson, Icarus' Flight by Stephen Dobyns
- Will be given as an assessment and diagnostic tool to provide feedback for guiding instruction, evidence of progress, and evaluation.
- Will include multiple choice selections, short answer, and extended response.
ESSAYS: CRL and other
- Reading/Writing Assignments and Close Reading Lessons. Students will be expected to show purpose, focus, organization, evidence, elaboration, and demonstrate an adequate command of conventions for Standard English on all writing assignments.
- Reading/Writing Assignments will be completed individually each quarter.
- Close Reading Lessons will be given over the course of a week each quarter and will incorporate individual, group, and class level effort.
- Students must write in complete sentences where noted. Failure to complete these directions will result in 5 points being deducted from the overall assignment (including homework/classwork).
- A quiz can function throughout the course as an informative feedback device allowing both the instructor and the students to see where they are excelling or need more focus.