BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 07


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Seventh GradeIn 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.

ELA-07.RL Strand:

[RL] Reading Literature

    • ELA-07.RL.01 Cite evidence to analyze what the text says explicitly and infers
    • ELA-07.RL.02 Determine a theme or central idea; provide an objective summary
    • ELA-07.RL.03 Analyze how elements of a story or drama interact
    • ELA-07.RL.04 Determine figurative and connotative meanings of words; analyze rhymes
    • ELA-07.RL.05 Analyze a drama's or poem's form or structure
    • ELA-07.RL.06 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts points of view
    • ELA-07.RL.07 Compare a written story to viewing a filmed, staged, or multimedia versi
    • ELA-07.RL.08 (Not applicable to literature)
    • ELA-07.RL.09 Compare fictional portrayal of a time/place/character and a historical a
    • ELA-07.RL.10 Read and comprehend literature with scaffolding as needed

ELA-07.RI Strand:

[RI] Reading Information

    • ELA-07.RI.01 Cite evidence to analyze what the text says explicitly and infers
    • ELA-07.RI.02 Determine central ideas; summarize objectively
    • ELA-07.RI.03 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas
    • ELA-07.RI.04 Determine figurative, connotative, and technical meanings of words; anal
    • ELA-07.RI.05 Analyze structure, including how sections contribute to the whole
    • ELA-07.RI.06 Determine an author's point of view and how his/her position is distin
    • ELA-07.RI.07 Compare a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text
    • ELA-07.RI.08 Trace and evaluate arguments in a text, assessing if evidence supports t
    • ELA-07.RI.09 Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic differ
    • ELA-07.RI.10 Read and comprehend literary nonfiction with scaffolding as needed

ELA-07.W Strand:

[W] Writing

    • ELA-07.W.01 Write arguments with clear reasons and relevant evidence
      • W.01.a Introduce claims, acknowledge opposing claims, organize logically
      • W.01.b Support claims with logical reasoning and evidence from credible sources
      • W.01.c Use words, phrases, and clauses for cohesion and clarity of evidence
      • W.01.d Maintain a formal style
      • W.01.e Provide a concluding statement or section
    • ELA-07.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts
      • W.02.a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas
      • W.02.b Develop topic with relevant facts, definitions, details, or other information
      • W.02.c Use appropriate transitions for cohesion and clarity of concept relationships
      • W.02.d Use language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform
      • W.02.e Maintain a formal style
      • W.02.f Provide a concluding statement or section
    • ELA-07.W.03 Write narratives using effective technique, details, and event sequence
      • W.03.a Engage the reader by establishing a context and point of view
      • W.03.b Use techniques such as dialogue, pacing, and description
      • W.03.c Use transitions to convey sequence and shifts in time/setting
      • W.03.d Use words and phrases, details, and sensory language
      • W.03.e Provide a conclusion that reflects the narrated experiences or events
    • ELA-07.W.04 Produce coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    • ELA-07.W.05 Develop writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or a new appro
    • ELA-07.W.06 Use technology to produce and publish writing and link to and cite source
    • ELA-07.W.07 Conduct research projects and generate additional related and focused que
    • ELA-07.W.08 Gather information from multiple sources, using search terms effectively
    • ELA-07.W.09 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts
      • W.09.a Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature
      • W.09.b Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literary nonfiction
    • ELA-07.W.10 Write routinely for a range of discipline-specific tasks/purposes/audience

ELA-07.SL Strand:

[SL] Speaking and Listening

    • ELA-07.SL.01 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
      • SL.01.a Come to discussions prepared
      • SL.01.b Follow rules for collegial discussions, track goals, deadlines, and roles
      • SL.01.c Pose questions that elicit elaboration; bring the discussion back on topic
      • SL.01.d Acknowledge new information expressed by others and modify views accordingly
    • ELA-07.SL.02 analyze the ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media
    • ELA-07.SL.03 Delineate a speaker's argument and claims; evaluate evidence.
    • ELA-07.SL.04 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points coherently
    • ELA-07.SL.05 Include multimedia and visuals to clarify and emphasize salient points
    • ELA-07.SL.06 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks

ELA-07.L [L] Strand:

[L] Language

    • ELA-07.L.01 Demonstrate command of English grammar when writing or speaking
      • L.01.a Explain the function of phrases and clauses
      • ELA-07.L.01.b Select from simple/compound/complex sentences to show relationships of ideas
      • ELA-07.L.01.c Place phrases and clauses, correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers
    • ELA-07.L.02 Demonstrate capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
      • L.02.a Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives
      • L.02.b Spell correctly
    • ELA-07.L.03 Use language conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
      • ELA-07.L.03.a Choose language precisely and concisely, eliminating wordiness and redundancy
    • ELA-07.L.04 Clarify meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
      • L.04.a Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
      • L.04.b Use common Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word
      • L.04.c Use reference materials to find word pronunciation, meaning, and part of speech
      • L.04.d Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase
    • ELA-07.L.05 Understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances
      • L.05.a Interpret figures of speech in context
      • L.05.b Use the relationship between words to better understand each word
      • L.05.c Distinguish among the connotations of words with similar denotations
    • ELA-07.L.06 Gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase

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)