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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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EN2460: Language Arts 7

Course Description

What kinds of characters do you wish there were more stories about? How could you be the author of one of these characters? What books do other people need to know about? What's worth arguing and how do you get people to listen? These questions and others are explored across at least six units of study (3 reading focused- 3 writing focused). The course teaches students strategies to use the writing cycle for varied published pieces- ranging from narrative- informational- to argumentative. Students are taught to write for authentic audiences- some school-based- others at home and around the community. Students learn routines as a reader to go beyond comprehension- and interpret- analyze- and evaluate various texts- including some focus on poetry. All units are grounded in Common Core State Standards in reading- writing- and speaking- and use Teacher's College Learning Progressions to help students understand themselves as readers- writers- and thinkers.

Essential Standards

  • Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others. (CCSS.ELA-Informational.RI.7.6)
  • Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims. (CCSS.ELA-Informational.RI.7.8)
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (CCSS.ELA-Language.L.7.1​​​​​​​)
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (CCSS.ELA-Language.L.7.2​​​​​​​)
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. (CCSS.ELA-Language.L.7.4​​​​​​​)
  • Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS.ELA-Reading.RI.RL.7.1​​​​​​​)
  • Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. (CCSS.ELA-Reading.RI.RL.7.2​​​​​​​)
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or a section of a story or drama. (CCSS.ELA-Reading.RI.RL.7.4​​​​​​​)
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (CCSS.ELA-Speaking & Listening.SL.7.1)
  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. (CCSS.ELA-Writing.W.7.1​​​​​​​)
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. (CCSS.ELA-Writing.W.7.2​​​​​​​)
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (CCSS.ELA-Writing.W.7.3​​​​​​​)
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (CCSS.ELA-Writing.W.7.4​​​​​​​)
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. (CCSS.ELA-Writing.W.7.8​​​​​​​)