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7th English Language Arts

In grade seven, students will continue to develop the ability to cite relevant evidence when interpreting or analyzing a text or supporting their points in speaking and writing. Your child will also build academic vocabulary as he or she reads more complex texts, including stories, plays, historical novels, poems, and informational books and articles. Activities in these areas will include:

Analyzing how the form or structure of a play or poem contributes to its meaning
Analyzing how particular elements of a story or play interact (like how the setting shapes the characters or plot)
Determining how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text
Conducting short research projects, drawing on several sources and identifying related questions for further research and investigation
Engaging in a range of classroom discussions on topics and texts, expressing ideas clearly and building on the ideas of others
Identifying a speaker’s argument and specific claims and evaluating the reasoning and evidence behind these claims
Using clues such as word roots or add-ons to a word (such as the prefix hyper–, which means ‘excessive’ in the words hyperactive and hypersensitive) to determine the meaning of a word
Interpreting figures of speech or references to literature or mythology in a text
Writing for a range of purposes and audiences

Parent Roadmap-Supporting Your Child in 7th Grade, English Language Arts

8th English Language Arts

In grade eight, students will read major works of fiction and nonfiction from all over the world and from different time periods. They will continue to learn how to understand what they read and evaluate an author’s assumptions and claims. They will also conduct research that will require the analysis of resources and accurate interpretation of literary and informational text. Activities in these areas will include:

Identifying what a reading selection explicitly says and drawing inferences based on evidence from the text
Analyzing the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
Evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient
Connecting information and ideas efficiently and effectively in writing
Analyzing the purpose of information presented in diverse media formats, such as video clips or interactive maps
Participating in class discussions on various topics, texts, and issues by expressing ideas and building on the ideas of others
Developing a large vocabulary of multi-use academic words and phrases
Interpreting figures of speech, such as puns or verbal irony, in context



Parent Roadmap-Supporting Your Child in 8th Grade, English Language Arts