Th Grade English Quarterly Units Unit 1: Themes of Human Rights, Cooperation and Family Anchor Texts



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7th Grade English Quarterly Units

Unit 1: Themes of Human Rights, Cooperation and Family

Anchor TextsThe Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (7H students will also read Tangerine by Edward Bloor while 7R students read selected novels.)


Skills:  Active Reading for Comprehension (CPR Chart); Vocabulary Word Parts and Using Context;  Analyzing Themes in Literature; Paragraph Structure and Essay Structure

Additional Readings and Themes: Harlem Renaissance Poetry and Art; Langston Hughes author study; The Civil Rights Movement; Human Rights

Literature/Poetry -  "Thank You, M'am" by L. Hughes, "To You" by L. Hughes; "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking" by E. Dickinson; “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Media:  Informational clips related to The Harlem Renaissance, WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and selected authors.

Speaking and Listening: Write and present Human Rights Report, perform plays on Hughes and MLK

Informational Writing:  Poetry and art analysis; Short responses on the literature; essay on Watsons, Human Rights Report; Current Events Report(s)


Narrative/Creative Writing:  Letter to the Teacher, I Am ___ Poem, Simile/Metaphor Poem

Unit 2: Author's Purpose and the Hero’s Journey

Anchor Texts: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens  (7H students will be finishing Tangerine and 7R will finish selected novels)

Skills: Author's Purpose and the Hero’s Journey; Parts of Speech (paired with "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll); Phrases and Clauses; Compound and Complex Sentences; Vocabulary


Readings and Themes:  Charles Dickens and human rights in Victorian England;  fables, myths and allegories

Literature/Poetry:  "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling, "The Turtle" by Mary Oliver, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll; Selected myths and fables

Media:  Informational clips on poverty in Victorian England; Film of "A Christmas Carol," short animated adaptations of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”

Speaking and Listening: Write and present Myth/Legend Project; perform “A Christmas Carol” play

Informational Writing:  Essay on A Christmas Carol (Author's Purpose); Current Events Report(s)


Narrative/Creative Writing:  “Thanksgiving Letter; Essay on "My Favorite Celebration"; Explain and rewrite a myths or legend for the Myth/Legend Project.


Unit 3: Character and Theme – O. Henry, Robert Frost, The Cay and ELA
Anchor Texts:  "A Retrieved Reformation" and “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry

Skills:  M/C Question Types; Paragraph Structure and Essay Structure; Analyzing Character; Poetry

Additional Readings and Themes:  Biography of O. Henry; WWII; sample ELA passages; “Independent Reading”: biography for “Biography Interview”


Literature/Poetry:  Short Stories by O'Henry:  "A Retrieved Reformation" and After Twenty Years"; Poetry by Robert Frost: "The Pasture" and "A Time to Talk"; The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Media:  Informational clips related to the literature.
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