Language Arts I



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Language Arts I

Language Arts I will cover all the components of an English education at the seventh-grade level. The course will include a comprehensive coverage of grammar, including practice in correct usage and punctuation. Vocabulary studies will correspond with reading materials. For composition, students will hone in on paragraphing skills, beginnings of essay-writing, and literary analysis. Besides learning writing format and structure, students will increase style and interest in their writing along with deeper discussion of texts. They will practice not only naming theme, characterization, symbolism, and other components of literature, but they will also analyze the effect of choices within these fields. Intermittent poem study throughout will provide unique imagery and inspire awareness of figures of speech in prose as well. The writing assignments will reflect our reading and study of the following novels: The YearlingOut of the DustThe Witch of Blackbird PondThe Boy on the Wooden Box, and Heart of a Samurai.

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Rod and Staff English Pupil Textbook Building Securely – Grade 7 (ISBN: 9780739905272)
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (ISBN-13: 3: 978-0689846236)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (ISBN: 978-0547550299)
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (ISBN-13: 978-0590371254)
The Boy on the Wooden Box (ISBN-13: 978-1442497825)
Heart of a Samurai (ISBN-13: 978-1419702006)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, ASIN: B07MZXSC7X

Intro to Language Arts or equivalent; independent reader; able to read 50-75 pages weekly; able to demonstrate solid paragraph writing skills with the appropriate application of punctuation.
Additionally, Rod and Staff provides a free grammar assessment that will be helpful in determining if your student is ready for LA I grammar (Grade 7).  Students should be able to score 80% on Grade 6 in order to advance to Grade 7 grammar covered in LA I.  The grammar assessment can be found at Please contact the teacher with placement questions.

Jess Woods currently resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. Though she spent her childhood and adolescence in Georgia, Jess has lived in eight different states and has a fondness for traveling and experiencing different regions, as each one has taught her something about herself and about community. Jess enjoys reading, writing, and all things music (ok, most things music). Teaching is the perfect career for her since she loves being able to experience an appreciation for words and story come alive within other people.

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