English Language Arts

Grade 7

Writing Requirements

  • The Outsiders bookPersuasive Essay
  • Research project TBD
  • Narrative Poem
  • Creative Piece/teacher choice
  • Write on demand 4 times
  • Foundation/short answer response
  • Foundation/develop and organize ideas

Vocabulary Requirements

  • Rikki Tikki Tavi by HugTheMonsterPrefixes: in/un, inter, dis/con, mal/bene, uni/bi/tri re/pro, pre/post, mort/viv, contra
  • Roots: scribe/script, rupt
  • Vocabulary Level B units 3-6 (optional 1,2,7,8) Sadlier-Oxford
  • Vocabulary in Context "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"

Grammar Requirements

  • Sentence Structure:
    • Simple sentences
    • Compound sentences
    • Compound-complex sentences
    • Comma before a coordinating
    • Conjunction in a compound sentence

Literary Terms

  • tell tale heartReinforce: elements of plot(exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), setting, simile
  • Introduce: Characterization, Conflict (internal/external), Dialect, Onomatopoeia, Rhyme scheme, Narrative poem, Free Verse, Mood,Irony, Theme, Imagery, Personification, Hyperbole,
  • Metaphor, Alliteration

Technology Skills

  • Basic word processing (ex. Formatting)

Grade 8

Writing Requirements

  • Persuasive Essay (literature based)
  • Controlling Idea Essay
  • Research project TBD
  • Memoir
  • Creative Piece/Teacher choice
  • Write on demand 4 times

Vocabulary Requirements

  • Prefixes: Chron, Trans, De, Ped/man, Med, Matri/Patri, Sub/super, Ex/in, Mono/poly, Omni, Circum, Micro/macro, Auto, Ultra/hyper, Geo, Bio, Hydr
  • Suffixes: -ism, -logy
  • Reinforce 7th grade Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary Level B units 12-14 (optional 9-11, 15)
  • Vocabulary in context "Flowers for Algernon," "12 Angry Men," and/or "Diary of Ann Frank"
FFA Henry Fonda 

 

Grammar Requirements

  • Identify passive and active voice
  • Edit writing to use comma to separate coordinate adjectives
  • Edit to use comma, ellipses, or dash to indicate pause

Literary Terms

  • twilight zoneReinforce all 7th grade terms
  • Reinforce author's purpose, point of view, genre
  • Introduce: Suspense, Symbolism, Extended Metaphor, Omniscient. Allusion, Oxymoron, Dynamic and Static Character

Technology Skills

  • Reinforce basic word processing
  • Blogging
  • Podcasting