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Seventh Grade Literacy Core Learning Goals

  • Read texts and novels in a variety of genres including biography, historical fiction, science fiction, myths, etc.
  • Comprehend selections using a variety of strategies including summarizing, inferencing, making judgments, cause and effect, citing evidence to support ideas and opinions, extending ideas found in text and comparing and contrasting
  • Identify, analyze and compare literary elements such as character development, plot, type of conflict, theme, imagery, point of view, symbolism, tone, style, mood, flashback and foreshadowing
  • Expand vocabulary through word study to understand connotative and denotative meanings, word mapping, and recognizing and constructing analogies
  • Develop, expand and practice spelling skills through word study and use of reference tools
  • Use the writing process to write five paragraph narrative, informational and persuasive pieces using the five domains of writing (focus, content, organization, style and conventions)
  • Study and apply appropriate mechanics, usage and grammar including parts of speech and sentence structures
  • Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills during reporting, information sharing, interviewing and question/answer sessions
  • Use rate, volume, pitch, tone, and body language effectively in spoken messages
  • Analyze the effectiveness of oral presentations by self and others
  • Select and analyze the effectiveness of appropriate media for research, learning and presentations
  • Use a variety of print, non-print and online resources to gather, organize, create and present research for a variety of purposes
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the process used and product created in presentations, writings and literature by self and others
  • Use appropriate citation and documentation of sources to avoid plagiarism

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