he Minnesota Academic Standards will serve as a guide for seventh grade Literature. This class will provide students with a solid foundation in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. Students will study the characteristics of various genres through reading and writing. Key texts include short stories, novels, non-fiction pieces and poetry. Writing assignments will focus on students writing well-developed compositions in different styles and genres. Vocabulary development and grammar study will include rules as well as patterns. Students will read two novels together as a class and at least one other as part of a cooperative literature circle. Most writing is done in response to literature studied but other writing assignments will be given. Grammar, usage, and mechanics are taught in context of the writing done and revisited as needed. A response journal will be utilized frequently. Students will also become familiar with research and its techniques including database searching along with research writing.
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