Grade 7

Language Arts 2

Using a motif of Mystery, Monsters, and Mayhem, students in the MJ Language Arts 2 course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond.  Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course.  They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Identifying theme
  • Analyzing how theme develops
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Writing an introduction for informational texts
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Writing a conclusion for informational texts
  • Origins and elements of the novel
  • Analyzing major characters
  • Analyzing historical context
  • Authors’ style and voice
  • Short story genres
  • Elements of suspense
  • Authors’ language techniques
  • Historical context of literature
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