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  • 1. Welcome to Mr. Kiefer’s Grade 7 Language Arts Class Producing the readers, writers and communicators of tomorrow.
  • 2. Reading Curriculum
    • Novel units
    • Model or “touchstone” texts
    • Developing a deeper understanding of text
  • 3. Novel Studies
    • Whole class units: The Outsiders, The Giver
    • Students are required to read at least one book independently per month and to have a book on them at all times.
    • Reading circles are implemented for one novel study. Students analyze and discuss books in small groups of 3-5.
  • 4. Model or “Touchstone” Texts
    • We read what we are writing at the time
    • Students learn to become better writers by emulating “the greats”
    • Students learn to be more independent as they deal with writing hurdles by consulting model texts
  • 5. Developing a Deeper Understanding
    • Initial Understanding
      • Basic plot comprehension
    • Interpretation
      • Making inferences, understanding characters’ motivations
    • Analysis
      • Developing a critical stance about an author’s sense of purpose, understanding literary themes
  • 6. Writing Curriculum
    • Narrative
    • Literary Analysis
    • Persuasive essays
    • The Writing Process—prewriting, drafting, revising, editing
  • 7. Narrative Writing
    • Memoir
      • A short narrative about a meaningful moment in one’s life—perhaps an epiphany
    • Short stories
      • Their favorite unit that really lets the creative juices flow!
    • “Snapshot” writing
      • 8-10 sentence paragraphs that focus on a single moment in time
      • Varied sentence structure, sensory details, and mechanics are stressed.
  • 8. Persuasive Writing
    • One formal drafted essay
      • Personal cover letter, hot topic issue editorial
    • CMT preparation
      • 4 practice prompts throughout the year
    • Elaboration, organization, fluency
  • 9. Literary Analysis
    • The focus is on critical thinking
      • Theme, character analysis, author’s purpose
    • Book Review or Theme Paper
    • Not a book report!
  • 10. Speaking
    • Round table class discussions about literature as students find meaning in texts
    • Oral presentations
  • 11. Grammar and Punctuation
    • Developing complex sentence structures
    • Comma rules
    • Run-ons and fragments be gone!
    • Parts of speech
    • Mini-units as needed
    • Emphasis on the editing stage of every writing unit
    • MORE ACCOUNTABILITY THIS YEAR.
  • 12. Spelling and Vocabulary
    • Bi-weekly
    • Spelling quizzes from lists that emphasize spelling rules
    • Personal spelling lists
    • Vocab words drawn from texts we read in class
  • 13. What can parents do to help students be successful?
    • Check my Web page
    • Encourage reading at home
      • www.scrantonlibrary.com/teen/index.htm
    • E-mail me with any questions or concerns

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