• Mrs. Amy Hartle

    7th Grade English Language Arts




    Unit 1 Reading Literature Learning Objectives:

    RL 7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

    RL 7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

    RL 7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

    RL 7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.


    Seventh grade students develop the ability to gather more than one piece of evidence to support their thinking about the texts they read. Students need to be able to find pieces of relevant evidence that not only support their thinking, but are linked together to a common idea or conclusion.

    Seventh grade students take notice of the author’s use of coherent language to build relationships between ideas and evidence in a text. They can use a partner, small group and whole class discussion as well as note-taking and graphic organizers to clarify their thinking about the development of the author’s theme over time within a text.

    Seventh grade students read the text closely to analyze the impact specific story elements have on the text. For example, they may think of how the plot and setting affect the actions/choices of the characters. To do so, students will need to read across various genres (widely and deeply) and use a comparison tool (graphic organizer) to take note of the relationships.

    Seventh grade students strengthen their ability to understand the meaning of an author’s words. Teachers may instruct students to use their knowledge of word parts to determine the meaning of an unknown word and provide strategies for using context clues. Students will observe how words and phrases often have deeper meanings that require investigation. To do this work, students may keep a running list of figurative language found in their independent reading books with corresponding inferences regarding their varied meaning(s).