7th Grade Language Arts Curriculum
Ms. Sard, Language Arts/Reading
Peacock Middle School 

Textbooks: 
Spelling Connections (Website), Zaner-Bloser; Writer’s Choice, Glencoe; The Language of Literature, McDougal Littell; and leveled short story collections from Jamestown

Novels (pending approval): Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, and The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin

General Curriculum

Language
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Usage
  • Mechanics
  • Spelling

Reading

  • Comprehension and vocabulary development
  • Strategy instruction
  • Genre study

Speaking and Listening

Goals

The students will concentrate on the following goals during the course of seventh grade. The source for a majority of this information is the Illinois State Board of Education website (http://www.isbe.net).

Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.

Read with understanding and fluency.

Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to aid comprehension.

Use reading strategies to improve comprehension.

Understand a broad range of reading materials.

Understand how literary elements contribute to meaning.

Read and interpret a variety of materials.

Analyze and evaluate information.

Locate, organize, and use information from various sources.

Create well-organized and coherent piece of writing for specific audiences and purposes.

Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.

Develop a love of learning and the language arts.
Use appropriate technology for a variety of purposes

Additional Thoughts

Each teacher focuses on reading during part of common time.

Zaner-Bloser.com offers spelling practice and educational games.

Feel free to contact me with questions and concerns. Your child’s success is my number one priority.

An ID card is needed for library checkout and technology use. Students are asked to return library books promptly. Students may need to arrange time for computer use before or after school, especially because of absence.
Parents are encouraged to regularly check assignment notebooks for upcoming and missing assignments