7th Grade Writing/ELA Class *taught to the CA ELA standards for 7th grade*
This course is designed with the emerging middle school writer in mind. Through the analysis of literature, students will learn how to identify major parts of a story, the key ingredients to proper writing and grammar, and demonstrate their learning through various writing assignments. This course moves the student from proper paragraph format and one page responses to a minimum three page, properly organized composition. In addition to the weekly writing, reading, and ELA assignments, there will be a research project, delivery of an informative presentation and a minimum 3 page report/paper for this grade level, over the course of the year.
Class instruction (for Fall and Spring) includes: * Determining meaning through the use of figurative language and connotative meanings * Comparing the texts in different forms or genres for approach to themes and topics * Quoting text to give to evidence when writing * Describing how a plot unfolds and the changes that occur as the plot moves toward resolution * Using technology to improve writing and gather information * Integrating inference and analyzing on informational texts (i.e. non-fiction; articles, etc.) to arrive at the main ideas * Practicing the stages of writing (planning, drafting, revising/editing, final product) * Writing arguments to support claims with relevant evidence from text * Writing explanatory texts with a basic thesis statement and concluding statement or section * Creating a research project using several sources with Bibliography * Creating a typed paper of a minimum of 3 pages * Learning how to avoid plagiarism * Producing stories, real or imagined, with descriptive details, dialogue and clear sequence of events * Engaging in collaborative discussions in class about the stories we read, information we learn, etc. * Presenting a piece of writing (poem, speech, etc.) orally to class * Reviewing all pronouns and proper use * Using a commas appropriately * Using underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of literary works * Expanding, combining or reducing sentences to create greater meaning and interest * Discovering new vocabulary each week through word studies from our text and Greek/Latin root words
This is a year-long class, billed per semester. This design allows continuity in learning and skills acquired for the student; allowing the topics to build upon one another, from one semester into the next. However, students are welcome to join after the semester begins or mid-year with instructor permission.
Required Equipment: * Headphones with mic ability * Gmail account * Internet/Wifi connection * Google docs access (free and only requires a gmail account) * Ability to complete digital assignments * FALL NOVELS: 1) An Invisible Thread Young Readers’ Edition - Laura Schroff ISBN-13:9781534437272 2) The Westing Game - * SPRING NOVELS: 1) The Giver by Lois Lowry ISBN-10: 9780544336261 2) TBD Weekly Class Time:Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 am Assigned Work for the week: approximately three assignments per week Cost: $60/month
15 students max per class.
Vouchers are due by the first day of class. Private pay options are available. Please email to request this option.