What' we'll learn:
In seventh-grade English we continue on the track we've set in 6th. Our reading will get more challenging, moving beyond literature written specifically for young people towards classics for all ages. Writing in seventh grade will be longer (focus on essay-length papers) and more sophisticated in style with higher expectations for vocabulary and grammar. As a class and as individuals, our level of inquiry will go deeper, with more emphasis on critical thinking skills that we'll express in both written and verbal communication.
Upcoming Due Dates:
Dec.17-20, oral presentations of papers
Winter 2019-20: independent novels (historical fiction related to war)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. A wide variety of Literature Circle choices such as The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and The Adventure of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Inside Out and Back Again by Thhanha Lai, The Crossover and Booked and Kwame Alexander, and various collections.
A variety of stories such as "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" by Jhumpa Lahiri.
A variety of non-fiction culled from magazines, newspapers, biographies, and textbook, The Diary of Anne Frank.
Henry V or Julius Caesar by Shakespeare,.
Fahrenheit 451 directed by Francois Truffault, White Fang by Disney.
Various exercises from the WordSource text book. Particular attention to comma use, sentence and paragraph structure, possessive apostrophes, striving for perfection in spelling and grammar.