BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 07

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Grade Level LogoIn 7th grade, your child will analyze, define, compare, and evaluate ideas when reading, writing, speaking, and listening. He or she will continue to analyze how themes in fiction and nonfiction develop over the course of a book or article. Readings will include classic and contemporary pieces that represent diverse perspectives. In particular, 7th grade students’ ability to cite specific evidence when offering an interpretation of a text matures. They use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking, making their reasoning clear to readers or listeners or constructively evaluating others’ use of evidence. This ability will help your child in every facet of his or her studies.

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ELA-07.RL Grade 7Reading Literature Strand

  • ELA-07.RL.01  Read closely to comprehend Literature/Fiction text.
  • ELA-07.RL.02  Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text.
  • ELA-07.RL.03  Analyze how particular elements, such as foreshadowing, point of view, plot development, protagonist, antagonist, theme, etc., of a story or drama interact.
  • ELA-07.RL.04  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 on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
  • ELA-07.RL.05  Analyze how an author uses an entire text’s form or structure to develop ideas.
  • ELA-07.RL.06  Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view or perspectives of different characters or narrators in a text.
  • ELA-07.RL.07  Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version.
  • ELA-07.RL.08  (Not applicable to literature)
  • ELA-07.RL.09  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.
  • ELA-07.RL.10  By the end of grade 7, read and comprehend grade-level appropriate literature, in a variety of print genres and other media, proficiently and independently, with scaffolding as needed.

ELA-07.RI Grade 7Reading Information Strand

  • ELA-07.RI.01  Read closely to comprehend Informational/Nonfiction text.
  • ELA-07.RI.02  Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text.
  • ELA-07.RI.03  Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text.
  • ELA-07.RI.04  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • ELA-07.RI.05  Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
  • ELA-07.RI.06  Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
  • ELA-07.RI.07  Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject.
  • ELA-07.RI.08  Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
  • ELA-07.RI.09  Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
  • ELA-07.RI.10  By the end of grade 7, read and comprehend grade-level appropriate literature, in a variety of print genres and other media, proficiently and independently, with scaffolding as needed.

ELA-07.W Grade 7Writing Strand

  • ELA-07.W.01  Write arguments to support claim(s) (thesis statement) with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • ELA-07.W.02  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • ELA-07.W.03  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • ELA-07.W.04  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • ELA-07.W.05  Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
  • ELA-07.W.06  Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish grade-level writing, link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
  • ELA-07.W.07  Conduct short research projects to answer a question.
  • ELA-07.W.08  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.
  • ELA-07.W.09  Incorporate evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


ELA-07.SL Grade 7Speaking and Listening Strand

  • ELA-07.SL.01  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.
  • ELA-07.SL.02  Use introductory note-taking strategies to analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • ELA-07.SL.03  Evaluate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, the soundness of the reasoning, and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  • ELA-07.SL.04  Present claims and findings, emphasizing significant points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • ELA-07.SL.05  Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize significant points.
  • ELA-07.SL.06  Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 7th Grade

  • Citing several sources of specific evidence from a piece when offering an oral or written analysis of a book, essay, article, or play
  • Analyzing works of fiction to see how events advance the plot and how setting shapes the characters
  • Determining an author’s point of view or purpose in a nonfiction work and analyzing how the author takes a position different from other authors
  • Organizing and focusing his or her own writing, including supporting statements and conclusions with evidence and showing that the evidence is accurate and reliable
  • Conducting research in response to a specific question by drawing on evidence from several credible literary or informational sources to support an analysis or reflection
  • Avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citations (e.g., footnotes, bibliography)
  • Evaluating a speaker’s key points and reasoning, asking questions, and stating his or her own well supported ideas in discussions
  • Presenting claims and findings to others emphasizing main points, making eye contact, speaking loudly enough, pronouncing words clearly, and using formal English when the situation calls for it
  • Using common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to defining the meaning of a word (e.g., semi-, semiannual, semicircle)