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

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