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In 7th grade language arts, the main focus is on improving writing skills, with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing. Here is a brief summary of what we will be working on each quarter:
1st quarter - personal brochures, 6+1 trait: ideas, summarizing and paraphrasing (The Great Depression research unit)
2nd quarter - Complete sentences, 6+1 traits: organization and voice, verbs, speech (celebrity interview)
3rd quarter - 6+1 trait: word choice and sentence fluency, adjectives, persuasive writing
4th quarter - Expository writing: using the research process to create a power point about a subject in the Holocaust