7th Grade Level Expectations
    Standard 1:
    Students read and understand a variety of materials
    Seventh grade students will:
    1.1 compare and contrast texts with similar characters, plots, and/or themes;
    1.2 summarize text read such as newspaper and magazine articles, technical writing,
    stories, and poetry;
    1.3 determine the main idea or essential message in a text;
    1.4 make reasonable inferences from information that is implied but not directly stated;
    1.5 infer by making connections between separated sections of a text;
    1.6 find support in the text for main ideas;
    1.7 use word recognition skills to comprehend text (for example, roots, prefixes, and
    1.8 find the sequence of steps in a technical publication.
    Standard 2:
    Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences
    Seventh grade students will:
    2.1 write in a variety of genres such as personal narratives, informational brochures,
    essays, stories, and letters for specific purposes such as to entertain, to persuade,
    and to inform;
    2.2 develop ideas and content with significant details, examples, and/or reasons;
    2.3 organize ideas so that there is an inviting introduction, logical arrangement of
    ideas, and a satisfying conclusion;
    2.4 use transitions to link ideas;
    2.5 plan, draft, revise, and edit for a legible final copy;
    2.6 use a variety of sentence structures with varied length;
    2.7 write with a voice appropriate to purpose and audience;
    2.8 choose a range of words that are precise and vivid.
    Standard 3:
    Students write and speak using conventional grammar, usage, sentence
    structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
    Seventh grade students will:
    3.1 identify parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives;
    3.2 use standard English usage in writing, including subject/verb agreement, pronoun
    referents, modifiers, homonyms, and homophones;
    3.3 write in complete sentences;
    3.4 use capitals correctly, such as in titles, direct quotations, and proper nouns;
    3.5 punctuate correctly, including apostrophes; commas in dialogue, compound
    sentences, complex sentences, and direct address; and semi-colons;
    3.6 use paragraphs correctly so that each paragraph is differentiated by indenting or
    blocking and includes one major but focused idea;
    3.7 use conventional spelling in published work;
    3.8 use writing resources such as dictionaries to monitor spelling accuracy.
    Standard 4:
    Students apply thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
    Seventh grade students will:
    4.1 recognize an author's or speaker's point of view and purpose;
    4.2 use reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing to solve problems and answer
    4.3 distinguish between fact and opinion;
    4.4 make predictions, draw conclusions, and analyze what they read, hear, and view.
    Standard 5:
    Students read to locate, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.
    Seventh grade students will:
    5.1 use organizational features of printed text such as chapter preview and summaries,
    prefaces, annotations, bold face print, and appendices;
    5.2 use library and interlibrary catalog databases and organizational features of electronic
    information (for example, microfiche headings and numbering, Internet, electronic
    mail, CD-ROM, laser disc);
    5.3 locate and select relevant information;
    5.4 paraphrase, summarize, organize, and synthesize information;
    5.5 use available media resources, including technology, to research and produce a
    Standard 6:
    Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience
    Seventh grade students will:
    6.1 read, respond to, and discuss a variety of novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and
    6.2 read, respond to, and discuss literature that represents points of view from places,
    people, and events that are familiar and unfamiliar;
    6.3 use literature terminology accurately, including setting, character, conflict, plot,
    resolution, dialect, and point of view;
    6.4 apply knowledge of literary techniques, including foreshadowing, metaphor, simile,
    personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and flashback, to understand text.