-English 7 increases reading comprehension, discussion, writing, grammar, and speaking skills. -Understand theme of individuality. -Life and works of Mark Twain. (Not in 2012-13 school year) -Everyday life in a river town in America in the 1800's. (Not in 2012-13) -Writing: Persuasive writing -Grammar: Parts of speech
-Discussion skills: discussion circles in teams to analyze novel. -Reading Comprehension -Grammar: Review parts of speech -Writing: multiple paragraph responses to the literature -Vocabulary: synonyms, antonyms, matching and contextual.
-Pearson Literature Grade 7 textbook -Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level B -The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Not in 2012-13) -Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli -Teacher generated handouts.
-Discussion circles -Working in pairs -Modeling -Lecture -Reading: solo, partners, class (aloud and silent) -Role-play -Jigsaw -Brainstorming skills: webbing, lists, freewriting -Use of outlines and editing sheets (partner and solo)
-Unannounced reading quizzes -Every week: vocabulary/grammar quizzes -Writing Folder/Reflections -Rubric based writing assignments -Discussion circles worksheet -Reading comprehension worksheets: predicting, imagining, building vocabulary, making connections, summarizing, drawing conclusions and synthesizing information. -Informal teacher observations.
-Develop an understanding of Mark Twain and his works. -Understand daily life in the 1800's in America. -Write a five-paragraph expository essay analyzing a character from one of the novels. -Identify the power of needing to fit in versus being your own person.