Hitch Elementary School - 7th Grade Language Arts Text Overview Listed below are potential texts used throughout the school year. Students will read some texts whole class, and others in small Literature Circle groups. Texts change often as we respond to the levels and interests of our students. This is not a definitive list. Essential Questions Journeys What causes change in people? How do authors structure a fictional text and why? How should I structure a written argument to best support my claim? Nonfiction Study: Autobiographies/Biographies Do events in an individuals’ life influence and impact them? How? What structure do authors use to convey information about an individuals life? “The Outsiders” novel study Is it possible to be part of a group and still maintain your individuality? Why do people create gangs or band together? What is more important- individuality or social acceptance? How do perceptions lead to stereotyping and pressure to conform? Poetry Unit How and why do writers express their ideas and experiences through poetry? How does the music and literature we encounter everyday serve as examples of poetry? How can poetry affect our mood and contribute to our appreciation of life? “Claudette Covlin: Twice Towards Justice” text study Potential Texts WHOLE CLASS “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas “Dark they were and Golden Eyed” by Ray Bradbury “The Scholarship Jacket” by Marta Salinas “An American Childhood” by Annie Dillard SMALL GROUP “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” by Wendy Mass “Before we were Free” by Julia Alvarez “Elephant Run” by Roland Smith “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry WHOLE CLASS “Eleanor Roosevelt” by William Jay Jacobs from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X “The Noble Experiment” by Jackie Robinson from “Boy: Tales of Childhood” by Roald Dahl from “Knots in my yo-yo string” by Jerry Spinelli SMALL GROUP Students self select a biography/autobiography they’re interested in WHOLE CLASS “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton SMALL GROUP “Slam” by Walter Dean Myers “Mexican Whiteboy” by Matt de la Pena “The Barcode Tattoo” by Suzanne Weyn “Tears of a Tiger” by Sharon M. Draper WHOLE CLASS “The World is not a Pleasant Place to Be” by Nikki Giovanni “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll “Feel like a Bird” by May Swenson “Gold” by Pat Mora “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughe WHOLE CLASS “Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice” by Phillip Hoose How does belief influence action? What is social justice? What needs to be considered in taking action to effect change? “Greek Mythology” What defines the hero? What do we learn from gods, goddesses and heroes? 7th Grade Grammar Focus Quarter 1: Four Line Grammar Review, Parts of Speech Quarter 2: Introduction to Functions Quarter 3: Phrases Quarter 4: Introduction to Clauses SMALL GROUP “The Watsons go to Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis “Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry” by Mildred Taylor WHOLE CLASS “Prometheus” retold by Bernard Evslin “Theseus and the Minotaur” retold by Olivia Coolidge “The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan INDEPENDENT WORK Students self select a character from Greek mythology to research.