Why Take This Course?
In 7th grade writing, students develop a unique, confident, and appropriate writing voice. By engaging in writing activities daily, students advance their sentence structure, vocabulary, and organizational skills, all while nurturing a love for writing. Students complete creative writing prompts, spelling quizzes, grammar and punctuation activities, and larger genre projects that build their writing confidence. Ultimately, students who complete this Middle School Writing course are prepared to advance to thesis-driven essays in the next school year. While the skills mastered are carefully outlined in the course make-up, students naturally learn through fun, project-based writing activities that require them to apply their new knowledge. Students in this course increase their confidence in their command of the English language and their ability to articulate more sophisticated ideas in writing.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What is Writing?|
Genre Project: "To Me Writing Is..." Collage
|What is Explanatory Writing?|
Genre Project: Food or Movie Review
|What is Narrative Writing?|
Genre Project: Folktale
|What is Research Writing?
Genre Project: Blog Series about new hobby or interest
|What is the power of language and how can I use it through writing?||What is explanatory writing and how is it used in real-world situations?||What is folklore and how have I seen it used to enrich my life or culture?||What is research based writing and how it is used in real-world situations?|
|What does writing mean to you?||How can I use writing to explain and critique a food or movie experience ?||How can I use narrative writing to create a folktale?||How do I research a topic for the purpose of writing a blog?|
|What are the three writing "Must Do's"?||What is the writing process and how can I use it to help me write?||What is the writing process and how can I use it to help me write?||What is the writing process and how can I use it to help me write?|
|How can I write to explain what the process of writing means to you?||How can I organize ideas, concepts, and information when writing to explain?||How do I engage my readers as I develop characters, employ descriptive details, and organize a sequence of events?||How can I use writing to express information I have researched and experienced?|
|What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?||How can I use facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information to develop my topic?||How do I establish context and point of view?||How can I use my research, experience, and writing to create cohesion and come to a conclusion for readers?|
|What is the writing process and how can I use it to help me write?||What words, phrases, and clauses can I use to clarify my explanations?||What transition words, phrases, and clauses can I use to navigate readers through my story?||What words, phrases, and clauses can I use to establish authority with and convey new information to my audience?|
|What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?||What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?||What new spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills can I incorporate into my writing?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Don and Jenny Killgallon||Grammar for Middle School|
- Recommended Grade: 7th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 2
- Format: Self Paced
- Credits: 0.5
The Writing 7 self-paced course caters to writers who are comfortable writing and generally follow basic grammar rules. This course focuses on structure, grammar, style and vocabulary, and students will write across a variety of genres. Weekly video instruction and detailed writing feedback will help students identify their writing strengths and weaknesses, and prepare for higher level writing as students practice sharing more complex thoughts and gain experience using a greater variety of writing tools.
As with the Writing 6 course, students should plan to write daily (5-days a week) for 15-20 minutes each day to complete the course homework. Daily writing improves writing fluency and confidence and allows for prompt feedback helping students stay motivated and focused and to maximize learning.