7th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the language arts and language arts extensions, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to seventh grade language arts are also provided.

Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

Seventh grade language arts is organized into two large sections:

Language Arts Lesson Plan – 7th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 122

The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of synonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the same thing, in reading activities that incorporate explicit instruction and application.
The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of antonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the opposite, in reading activities that incorporate explicit instruction and application.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the prefix of the root word or how the prefix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the suffix of the root word or how the suffix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to identify and select the appropriate homophone or word that sounds the same, based on the context of a passage which fits the best meaning of the given word or phrase.
The student will be able to identify and analyze the author’s use of idioms, based on the context of a passage and how these expressions are used in literal and interpretative information.
The student will be able to identify and determine the meaning of unknown words, based on the understanding of Latin and Greek roots.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with extensive scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying to independently read and comprehend texts with minimal think aloud support.
Develop summaries, paraphrase, or synthesize information from two or more literary or expository texts.
Analyze and explain the impact of characters and settings within the plot of literary text(s), the exposition, and how relationships effect the central conflict which leads to the climax and resolution.
Identify the ways major and minor conflicts affect character’s actions by comparing and contrasting actions, setting(s), symbolism, and plot from various literary texts.
Identify, summarize, or explain the main idea(s) using the supporting details in an expository text.
Identify, summarize, or explain the main idea(s) or theme(s) using the supporting details and symbolism in a literary text.
Read, interpret and make predictions using charts, graphs, diagrams, maps or other graphic representations.
Identify and distinguish between cause and effect in expository and literary texts.
Identify and use knowledge of the author’s purpose by analyzing how the literary techniques of mood and tone affects author’s perspective and contributes to the comprehension of a literary or expository text.
Use knowledge, information, and ideas from literary texts, expository texts, or from multiple sources to make inferences about the text(s) (e.g., make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, infer sequence of events, and infer a character’s feelings.)
Compare and contrast information and ideas within a text or between two or more texts (literary or expository), including metaphors and point of view.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of comprehension skills on grade level appropriate literary and expository passages, with questions that simulate a high-stakes assessment.
Through an exploratory activity, the student will acquire background information that will set the stage for the anchor piece, the play The Scarlet Pimpernel. The student will develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary and an interactive assessment activity that focuses on the use of a graphic organizer where the student matches words with their definitions. The student will also respond to a prewriting prompt.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading the play The Scarlet Pimpernel with emphasis on vocabulary and fluency. The student will be assessed on their comprehension of the literature selection by answering questions about drawing conclusions, mood, cause and effect, making inferences, characterization, sequence of events, supporting details, compare/contrast, characterization, and theme.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections and be assessed on vocabulary contained in the literature selection. The student will analyze and evaluate the literature piece by responding to literary response and analysis prompts. Through a comprehension activity that incorporates direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on point of view. A reteach component provides a different instructional modality for students who need additional direct instruction on the point of view objective.
Through a series of writing activities that incorporate direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on relevant evidence in a persuasive composition as it relates to a review of a movie or play. The student will respond to prompts to write his or her own review of a play or a movie.
Through an exploratory activity, the student will acquire background information that will set the stage for the anchor piece, an excerpt from the realistic fiction novel Hush. The student will develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary and an interactive assessment activity that focuses on the correct usage of words within the context of a sentence or as a graphic representation. The student will also respond to a prewriting prompt.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading an excerpt from the realistic fiction novel Hush with emphasis on vocabulary and fluency. The student will be assessed on their comprehension of the literature selection by answering questions about main idea, making inferences, author’s purpose, summary, mood, characterization, character’s point of view, sequence of events, theme, and supporting details.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections and be assessed on vocabulary contained in the literature selection. The student will analyze and evaluate the literature piece by responding to literary response and analysis prompts. Through a comprehension activity that incorporates direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on compare and contrast. A reteach component provides a different instructional modality for students who need additional direct instruction on the compare and contrast objective.
Through a series of writing activities that incorporate direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on personal narrative that includes memories of an event or an experience as it relates to a memoir. The student will respond to prompts to write a memoir of an event or experience of his or her own.
Through an exploratory activity, the student will acquire background information that will set the stage for the anchor piece, an excerpt from the action-adventure novel The Wreckers. The student will develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary and an interactive assessment activity that focuses on correctly identifying a vocabulary word with its definition. The student will also respond to a prewriting prompt.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading an excerpt from the action-adventure novel The Wreckers with emphasis on vocabulary and fluency. The student will be assessed on their comprehension of the literature selection by answering questions about characterization, drawing conclusions, mood, making inferences, figurative language, sequence, supporting details, cause and effect, author’s purpose, and summarizing.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections and be assessed on vocabulary contained in the literature selection. The student will analyze and evaluate the literature piece by responding to literary response and analysis prompts. Through a comprehension activity that incorporates direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on how to tell the difference between conclusions that are based on fact and those that are based on opinions in the selection. A reteach component provides a different instructional modality for students who need additional direct instruction on the fact and opinion objective.
Through a series of writing activities that incorporate direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on writing a fictional narrative that develops a definite setting as it relates to a suspense story. The student will respond to a prompt to write a suspense story of his or her own.
Through an exploratory activity, the student will acquire background information that will set the stage for the anchor piece, an excerpt from the true story The Wright Brothers. The student will develop vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary and an interactive assessment activity that focuses on correctly identifying a vocabulary word with its definition. The student will also respond to a prewriting prompt.
The student will achieve comprehension by reading an excerpt from the true story The Wright Brothers: The Birth of Modern Aviation with emphasis on vocabulary and fluency. The student will be assessed on their comprehension of the literature selection by answering questions about cause and effect, themes, figurative language, sequence, making inferences, characterization, mood, recognizing main ideas, point of view, and author’s purpose.
The student will use a variety of strategies to comprehend reading selections and be assessed on vocabulary contained in the literature selection. The student will analyze and evaluate the literature piece by responding to literary response and analysis prompts. Through a comprehension activity that incorporates direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on identifying text that uses sequencing or other types of logical order in the selection. A reteach component provides a different instructional modality for students who need additional direct instruction on the sequence of events objective.
Through a series of writing activities that incorporate direct instruction, a practice, and an assessment component, the student will focus on writing a simple expository description of a real object, person, place, or event as it relates to a newspaper article. The student will respond to a prompt to write a newspaper article of his or her own.

Language Arts Extensions Lesson Plan – 7th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 74
Student will use context clues to define new words, define underlined words, and use punctuation to identify definitions.
Students will use context clues to identify new words and definitions of words. Students will also learn signal words that cue the meaning of the word. Students will learn to define words using comparison and contrast.
Students will use context clues to determine the correct meaning of a word from a picture or a sentence. Students will also use dictionary skills and knowledge of parts of speech to identify word meaning and homophones.
Students will identify and distinguish elements of figurative language: metaphor, simile, hyperbole, and personification. Students will also recognize understatements and contrast vivid writing with plain text.
Students will identify main topics of a paragraph through literal statements or implied concepts, recall literal details of text, and recognize points that support the main idea of a paragraph.
Students will summarize a selection or passage by analyzing literal details or implied concepts, distill paragraphs into a single statement, and use the title of a selection as a summary clue.
Students will identify important details from a passage, recall facts and supporting details, and examine details that answer the 5 “W”‘s (who, what, where, when, and why) questions.
Students will determine whether a story describes a location and/or a time, and whether it is specific or general. Students will also note the mood that the setting describes.
Students will identify statements that contain cause-effect relationships, distinguish between the parts of a sentence that show cause and the part that shows effect, and look for signal words that reveal cause and effect events. Students will also recognize the cause and effect.
Students will examine entire set of instructions prior to starting a procedure, follow the proper order of instructions, look for signal words that indicate the order of a task, and assemble all of the materials necessary to complete a task.
Students will draw logical, reasonable conclusions from factual details.
Students will draw logical, reasonable conclusions from factual details by recognizing signal words that help identify a conclusion.
Students will identify the author’s purpose in a writing selection and recognize that the author may have more than one purpose.
Students will identify the author’s purpose in a writing selection, recognize that the author may have more than one purpose, and use clues to discover a theme.
Students will identify elements in a passage (conflict, mood, setting, and characterization.)
Students will differentiate between fact and opinion, and recognize qualifiers that limit or restrict meaning such as “most,” “best,” or “always.” Students will also identify mixed statements (statements that contain both fact and opinion.)
Students will compare and contrast how a character changes from the beginning to the end of a story.
Students will determine the author’s point of view expressed through the writing and recognize clues that reveal the point of view.
Students will practice critical reading to detect bias by a writer and identify persuasion techniques that promote bias such as testimonial, bandwagon, and loaded words.
Students will learn the rules of plural nouns ending in -s, -sh, -ch, -x, -z.
Students will define singular and plural possessive nouns, and distinguish between possessive and common nouns.
Students will define past, present, and future perfect tenses. Students will also compare simple and perfect tenses.
Students will define subject-verb agreement and learn to determine subject-verb agreement.
Students will identify and define antecedents in a sentence.
Students will define and identify comparative and superlative adjectives.
Students will define and identify comparative and superlative adverbs.
Students will define and learn to identify double negatives. Students will also correct negative sentences and determine negative words.
Students will learn the usage and to recognize troublesome adverbs and adjectives.
Students will determine the correct placement of prepositional phrases in sentences, and learn to place prepositional phrases next to the words they modify.
Students will define correlative and coordinating conjunctions.
Students will identify proper nouns and their capitalization.
Students will learn to define and capitalize proper adjectives.
Students will determine capitalization in titles and first words and learn capitalization rules for titles and first words.
Students will identify and determine capitalization of quotes and tags.
Students will learn rules for using commas in a series.
Students will define direct and indirect quotes, learn comma rules for quotes, and determine comma usage.
Students will learn comma rules for dates, addresses, and letters.
Students will learn rules of comma usage in compound sentences.
Students will learn to define appositives and appositive phrases.
Students will learn to determine comma placement in introductory words and phrases.
Students will learn the rules for using end marks.
Students will learn rules for colon and semicolon usage.
Students will learn the rules for using apostrophes with possessives, contractions, and plurals.
Students will learn the rules for placing question and exclamation marks in sentences with quotations.

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Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

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