Last updated: 6/8/2016

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English 7th- September

English 7


Reading Historical Fiction 

We will start off the year helping students realize that their experience with literature will challenge them to discover new ways of reading, learning, and knowing. 



What makes a story unforgettable?

How can historical fiction enrich our understanding of the past?

How do characters and setting contribute to an effective fictional narrative?

(1) RH.5-8.5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
(1) RH.5-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
(1) RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
(1) RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
(1) RL.7.11 Recognize, interpret, and make connections in narratives, poetry, and drama, ethically and artistically to other texts, ideas, cultural perspectives, eras, personal events, and situations.
(1) RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
(1) RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
(1) RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
(1) RL.7.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
(1) RL.7.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
(1) SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
(1) SL.7.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Recognize Historical Fiction

Engage in Collaborative Discussion

Point of View

Compare and Contrast Genres

Word Choice


Context Clues



Write About Historical Fiction

Narrative Point of View

Close Reading

Context Clues

Write about Historical Fiction

Compare and Contrast Historical Fiction and Nonfiction

Eliminate Wordiness and Redundancy

Write a Fictional Narrative

Narrative Structure: Introduction, Plot/Conflict, Climax, Conclusion


Language Arts: Speaking and Listening

  • Speaking Strategies

    • Eye Contact

    • Facial Expressions

    • Gestures

    • Posture

    • Pronunciation

Language Arts: Writing

  • Finding Writing Ideas

  • Keeping a Yearly Portfolio

  • Academic Words From Evaluation Rubric

  • Grammar

    • Parts of Speech

    • Punctuation

    • Capitalization

Language Arts: Reading

  • Short Stories

  • Poetry

  • Reading Strategies

    • Question

    • Connect

    • Predict

    • Clarify

    • Evaluate

    • Inference

    • Visualize


  • Personal Words

  • Vocabulary Book: Lesson 1:

  • Capsize

  • Grotesque

  • Merciless

  • Mutiny

  • Pervade

  • Ravage

  • Simultaneously

  • Stalwart

  • Trudge

  • Vague

Vocabulary Book Lesson 2:

  • Condescending

  • Contrite

  • Infuriate

  • Lilting

  • Maniacal

  • Painstakingly

  • Pedestrian

  • Refinement

  • Repress

  • Stoic

“A Retrieved Reformation”

  • assiduously

  • balk

  • compulsory

  • elusive

  • eminent

  • rehabilitate

  • retribution

  • unobtrusively

  • unperceived

  • virtuous


    “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

  • articulate
  • emulate
  • feign
  • painstaking
  • rehabilitation



  • Quick Writes

  • Outlines

  • Drafts

  • Revisions

  • Notebook Checks

  • Entrance/Exit Tickets

  • Comprehension Questions

  • Classroom Discussions

  • Group Activities

  • Written Quizzes

  • Written Tests

  • Think Aloud

Some or all of these resources may be used to cover the Common Core Curriculum.

McDougal Littell Literature (Grade 7)

“A Retrieved Reformation” by O.Henry

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” with Alex Haley

“Seventh Grade” Gary Soto

“Thank You, M’am” Langston Hughes

“Exploring the Titanic” Robert Ballard

"Henry Speaks Out/Peace Will Be My Applause"

"Ready to Serve"

"Mystery of the Tides"

"The Collector"

"The Summer Things Fell Apart/Letter from Neshoba County Jail"

"Henry Speaks Out" 

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