Language Arts I – GROUP 1 – CLOSED



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Language Arts I – GROUP 1 – CLOSED

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)

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 graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Education. Upon graduating she taught in a public high school for three years before deciding to stay home with her children.  Since 2013, she has been teaching middle school and high school English courses online.  Jess is a life-long reader and writer.  She comes alive in the company of words and music, and she has a passion for literature that reaches through every part of her being.  She believes wholeheartedly that each person has a relevant voice and perspective, and she eagerly teaches her students to embrace their individual voices by exploring their own thoughts and learning to confidently articulate them.  It is her desire to encourage growth in all students (regardless of their love for English courses…or lack thereof).  She considers it a tremendous success if she can awaken a love of literature and/or composition in her students. Jess currently resides in Alabama with her pastor-husband, Josh.  The couple has three children, two dogs, and two cats.  While reading and writing are clearly on the top of her hobby list, Jess also enjoys all things musical, cooking competition shows, hiking, running, and traveling.

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