K12ELA007: English Language Arts 7

Course Syllabus for "K12ELA007: English Language Arts 7"

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In seventh-grade English Language Arts, you will read a variety of short and full-length fiction and nonfiction texts, becoming more independent in your ability to analyze themes and structure. Explaining an author’s purpose and using text-based details to support your analyses are skills you will develop in this course. You will also learn how to define unfamiliar language and increase your vocabulary knowledge while gaining the skills necessary to become a more confident writer. To that end, you will improve your ability to write clear, cohesive four-paragraph essays that follow grammatical and spelling conventions. In order to develop advanced language awareness, you will read sophisticated texts and learn how to identify figurative language. This will help you become a more confident reader and writer in all subject areas as well as other facets of your life. Using technology throughout the course to further your understanding of the subject matter and to publish your original work will help give you the skills and the confidence you need to succeed in a 21st-century classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify textual themes and use details from the text to support them.
  • Summarize fiction and nonfiction works.
  • Compare and contrast two different texts or elements of a text (character, plot, theme, etc.).
  • Identify the different parts of a story and explain how they affect the content (plot, character, setting, etc.).
  • Describe the purpose of poetic form and how it enhances meaning.
  • Employ several strategies to find the meanings of unfamiliar words.
  • Compare and contrast two authors’ presentations of the same topic.
  • Write an argumentative essay, using evidence to support your claims.
  • Write a well-organized, explanatory essay.
  • Write narratives with vivid details.
  • Proofread, revise, and edit your work.
  • Use technology to produce and publish your work.
  • Write short research papers, using evidence to support your claims.
  • Summarize speeches, using details to support your analyses.
  • Exhibit a strong command of the English language when writing by following grammatical and spelling conventions.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

√    Have completed sixth-grade English.

Course Information

Welcome to English Language Arts, Grade 7. Below, please find general information on this course and its requirements.
Course Designer: Cara Clarke
Primary Resources: We will study the following texts in this course:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  • The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you must work through all nine units and the assigned materials. You should have a notebook for this course available, so you can take notes as you work through the units. You must earn a 70% or higher score on the unit checkpoints and a 70% or higher score on the final exam to pass this course. The score on the final exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: Completing this course should take approximately 297 hours and 15 minutes. This course mirrors what would be covered in a regular seventh-grade English class that would last for 36 weeks with 45-minute-long classes (plus homework).
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.