For Reading and Writing
Grade 7In each module, students are expected to take a close look at the texts they encounter through the lenses of the following skills rooted in the standards.
Cite evidence: The goal of close, analytic reading is for students to be able to discern and cite evidence from the text to support assertions. In grade 7, students should cite multiple pieces of evidence when both explicitly explaining the text and making inferences based on it (RL/RI.7.1).
Analyze content: The content of each text should determine which standards (RL/RI.7.2-9and SL.7.2-3) to target, allowing teachers to focus instruction and ensure that all the standards have been taught by the end of the year.
Study and apply grammar: While grammar is meant to be a normal, everyday part of what students do, students should be taught explicit lessons in grammar as they read, write, and speak, guided by L.7.1-3.
Study and apply vocabulary: To focus vocabulary instruction on words that students would be encouraged to use in writing and speaking, students should be given 5–10 Tier 2 academic words per week for each text (L.7.4-6). Students require multiple exposures to targeted vocabulary words in authentic contexts to retain an understanding of the words’ meaning(s) and use the words effectively when writing and speaking.
Conduct discussions: Students should engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, small group, teacher-led), building on others’ ideas and expressing their own based on evidence. Students ask and respond to specific questions as well as acknowledge new information and modify their understanding as warranted (SL.7.1).
Report findings: Using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation, students orally present claims in a logical, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions and details to accentuate main ideas or themes (SL.7.4-6).