- Grade 7
Year-long; 7th grade
Reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing are offered as an integrated approach to language arts according to the guidelines of Lakota’s curriculum. To achieve curricular goals, students will increase their spoken and sight vocabulary through learning new words. They will study context clues, connotation, word relationships, and roots and affixes in order to develop strategies for inferring and determining the meaning of unknown words. Students will read a variety of literary genres in the form of novels, short stories, drama, and non-fiction, both individually and as a class. Reading instruction will include self-monitoring reading strategies. Literary terms and comprehension strategies will be studied and applied directly to various literary genres. Writing instruction will focus on organization, purpose, choice, and clarity. Students will learn to vary sentence length and structure, use transitions to clarify meaning and use precise language and mechanics. Writing conventions to be emphasized include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, parts-of-speech usage, clause usage, subject-verb agreement and verb conjugation. Students will learn to use analytical criteria to evaluate and improve their own writing of various genres. Research will focus on topic generation and appropriateness, source validity, use of technology, organization, use of citations and documentation and presentation methods. Students will learn active listening strategies focusing on making inferences and interpreting visual media. Students will deliver both formal and informal presentations that have a defined purpose, take into consideration the audience and demonstrate organization and clarity.