7th Grade-English

 7th Grade English

 

Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition and Fluency

(Based on State of Ohio Curriculum Standards)

 

1.  Define the meaning of unknown words through context clues and the authorís use of comparison, contrast, definition, restatement and example.
 

  1. Spelling City  Spelling City is a fun new educational site that can help children improve their spelling skills:
    -  contains over 25,000 words, including plurals, contractions, future and past tenses. -  uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence -  a 'Teach Me' function that spells out the word using both visual and auditory input to improve retention -  teachers and parents can enter and save their own spelling lists for their students/children
    -  students can play games with their words or any saved lists
    -  teachers and parents can save and share their lists.
    -  the forum allows teachers and parents to share lists and ideas
       4 Star
  2. Words with multiple meanings - students fill in the blanks from a word list.
  3. Context is the Key - students use context clues to determine the meaning of a word.
  4. Using Multiple Meanings - students decide which sentences use a word correctly .

2.   Apply knowledge of connotation and denotation to determine the meaning of words.

 

Word Meaning Games and Activities  
A Pick -A-Word
B Word Carnival Level 1
C Word Carnival Level 2
D Word Carnival Level 3
E Word Carnival Level 4
F Word Carnival Level 5
G Word Carnival Level 6
H Word Carnival Level 7
I Word Carnival Level 8
J Fake Out
K Topic Specific Jumbles
L Vocabulary Crosswords
M Topic Specific Hangman
N Topic Specific Vocabulary Quizzes

O

Multiple Meaning Words
P Multiple Meaning Jeopardy
Q Word Relationships

R

Topic Specific Match Games (with sound)

 

3.  Infer word meanings through
     the identification of analogies and
     other word relationships, 
     including synonyms and
     antonym.
  1.         Synonyms

     
         
    A... Synonym Toast Synonyms - Game 1
    B... Super Synonyms Synonyms - Game 2
    C... Synonym Challenge Synonyms - Game 3
    D... Field Trip Synonyms - Game 4
    E... Thesaurus Tangle Synonyms - Game 5
    F... Squanky's Synonyms Synonyms - Game 6
    G... Rocket to the Moon Synonyms - Game 7
    H... Synonym Jig Words Synonyms - Game 8
    I... Synonym Match Synonyms - Game 9
    J... Synonym Match 2 Synonyms - Game 10
    K... Synonym Practice 1 Synonym Columns 1
    L... Synonym Practice 2 Synonym Columns 2
    M... Word Trap 1 Synonym Columns 3
    N... Word Trap 2 Synonym Columns 4
    O... Synonym Quiz Synonym Columns 5
    P... Synonym Fill-ins Synonym Hangman
    Q... Synonyms Double Rhyme  
    R... Beginner Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
    S... Intermediate Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
    T... Advanced Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
  2. Synonym.com - type as word in the box and find a synonym, or antonym, of the word.
  3. Synonym Match Game one- Concentration style Game Two - Game Three
  4. Synonym & Antonym Word Encounters - Level 1 words | Level 2 words | Level 3 words
  5. Say it Another Way - Fill in the blank with a synonym for the missing word.
  6. Synonymical: The Synonym Game - click to select the letters (one at a time) that spell the proper synonym. (Author - David Fisco)
  7. Synonym Match Game one- Concentration style Game Two - Game Three .
  8. Word Meaning Jigsaw Game One- match words with their meanings
    Game Two; Game Three; Game Four; Game Five; Game Six.
  9. Fact Monster Analogy of the Day
  10. Analogy Quiz which requires students to type the word to complete the analogy
  11. Analogy Lesson from Diana Dell
  12. Analogy quiz 1 at Quia posted by Diana Dell
  13. Analogy quiz 2 at Quia posted by Diana Dell
  14. Analogy Quiz from Paul Shoebottom at Frankfurt International School
  15. Awesome Analogies for one or two players - posted at Quia
  16. Discovery School Analogy Quizzes-AnalogyQuiz8 , AnalogyQuiz9, AnalogyQuiz10
  17. This is a PowerPoint showAnalogy PowerPoint Show template - you make modifications to use with your students
Each link below has many examples listed for each area of study
Analogies Synonyms
Antonyms Homophones
Vocabulary Reading Comp
Language Arts Spelling
  1.     ANTONYMS  

    A... Squanky AA... Antonym Jigwords 3
    B... Opposites Train Game BB... Antonym Jigwords 4
    C... Opposites Attract CC... Antonym Jigwords 5
    D... Ball Hogs DD... Antonym Jigwords 6
    E... Synonym and Antonym Lesson EE... Antonym Word Web 1
    F... Land of Rocket to the Moon FF... Antonym Word Web 2
    G... Flash Antonym Match 1 GG... Antonym Word Web 3
    H... Flash Antonym Match 2 HH... Antonym Word Web 4
    I... Flash Antonym Match 3 II... Antonym Word Web 5
     J... Flash Antonym Match 4  JJ... Antonym Word Web 6
    K... Same Difference KK... Antonym Match
    L... Opposites Practice 1 LL... Be Quick Antonyms
    M... Antonym Jigsaw MM... 30 Antonym Quizzes
    N... Opposites Practice 2 NN... Antonym Drag and Drop
    O... Antonym Practice 1 OO... Antonym Jig Words
    P... Antonym Practice 2 PP... Antonym Battleship
    Q... Antonym Practice 3 QQ... Antonym Columns 1
    R... Antonym Practice 4 RR... Antonym Columns 2
    S... Antonym Practice 5 SS... Antonym Wordmaster 1
    T... Antonym Practice 6 TT... Antonym Wordmaster 2
    U... Antonym Practice 7 UU... Antonym Hangman 1
    V... Antonym Practice 8 VV... Antonym Hangman 2
    W... Antonym Quiz 1 WW... Awesome Antonyms
    X... Antonym Quiz 2 XX... Antonym Millionaire
    Y... Antonym Quiz 3 YY... Antonym Jeopardy
    Z... Antonym Quiz 4 ZZ... Antonym Jumbalaya
    1... Antonym Jigwords 1
    2... Antonym Jigwords 2

     

4.  Interpret metaphors and similes to understand new uses of words
and phrases in text.
  1. Literary Terms quiz - Choose whether the line from a poem is an example of alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, or simile
  2. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own.
  3. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.
  4. Alliteration or Simile? - Choose whether each statement is an alliterative phrase, simile or neither.
  5. Do you know your similes? - drag the nouns to complete a Simile (Refresh the page to get a new set.)
  6. Metaphor Quiz - drag words to complete the metaphor (you have one minute to finish)
  7. Simile lesson with a printable quiz
  8. What is a Simile - explanation and a short quiz
5.  Recognize and use words from other languages that have been adopted into the English language.
  1. Foreign Words and Phrases-The English meanings given are not necessarily literal translations.

6.  Use knowledge of Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes to
understand vocabulary.

 
  1. The following ON LINE quizzes are a result of the following two people:  Created by:  Miss Stephanie Weston   Inspiration by Miss Harman English Teacher Willoughby-Eastlake Schools 

    1. Prefixes
    2. Suffixes
    3. Latin root words A-G

    4. Latin Root words H-O

    5. Latin Root words P-Z

    6. Number Prefixes

    Word Roots from EdHelper-This web site has over 20 printable worksheets and puzzles that cover word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, including Greek and Latin examples.

  2. Rooting out Words - Funbrain-This web site is an interactive game dealing with root words, prefixes, and suffixes. You can pick several levels of difficulty and different subject matter.
  3. Bingo Lingo game-This is a printable document (in PDF form) with directions, game boards, and game cards for Bingo Lingo. To play the game players match words on their bingo cards with word roots drawn at random. The winner is the first player to get three words in a row, column, or diagonal.
  4. Root Words from Skillwise-At this web site you work with root words in three sections. First, you can read two fact sheets to learn about root words. Second, you can take three online quizzes over what you learned. Third, you can do a printable worksheet on the material.
  5. Roots and their Families - Part 1-At this great interactive web site, students complete words in sentences by typing in the correct root, sort roots to complete sentences correctly, and answer questions about new words by using their roots as clues.
  6. Word Parts (with Harry Potter words)-At this web site students study Latin and Greek bases for words. For each base listed, an onsite worksheet provides its meaning, practice with the base, sample words and their meanings, and fill-in-the-blank sentences. Several of the bases relate to the Harry Potter books.
  7. Suffixes from TV411-In these online lessons, students choose definitions of words based on their suffixes and on context clues, make new words by adding a suffix to a root word, and use suffixes to complete words. Suffixes include -able, -ful, -less, -ly, -or, -er, -ment, and more.
  8. Prefixes Say Plenty-This web site has interactive exercises that help students understand the role of 10 prefixes, including pre-, post-, uni-, bi-, tri-, quad-, pro-, anti-, and more.
7.  Use knowledge of symbols and acronyms to identify whole words.  
8.  Determine the meanings and pronunciations of unknown words by
using dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, technology and textual features, such as definitional footnotes or sidebars.
  1. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry.
  2. On Line Quiz Vocabulary Quiz  Created by:  Michelle Brothers

Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension
Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies

1.  Establish and adjust purposes for reading, including to find out, to understand, to interpret, to enjoy and to solve problems.
 
  1. Book Pals  Don't just read a story; hear it read to you by actress and actors from the screen actors guild.  On line streaming video with many special affects.   This is a fantastic website for kids of all ages.   4 Star  
  2. Video on Elements of Literature  and major Genres of literature.  *by Debbie Cattell
2.  Predict or hypothesize as appropriate from information in the text, substantiating with specific references to textual examples that may be in widely separated sections of text.
  1. Drawing Inferences in Text: Some Key Ideas
  2. Teaching Students to Make Inferences
  3. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  4. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  5. Drawing Conclusions - Read the story and select the letter of the correct response.
3.  Make critical comparisons across text, noting authorís style as well as literal and implied content of text.  
4.  Summarize the information in texts, using key ideas, supporting details and referencing gaps or contradictions.  
  1. Video on the importance of settings.  Will run faster if you download first prior to running.  Very good video.
 
5.  Select, create and use graphic organizers to interpret textual information.
  1. Movie transcripts   You will find the transcripts from many if not all movies made on this website.  You will notice how they identify and explain various types of characters.  4 Star
6.  Answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print texts and electronic and visual media.
  1. Grade 7 Interactive Online Reading Assessment from 2005 TAKS-This is an interactive online reading test that gives the student several passages to read, and then has several multiple choice questions after each passage. When done, the student can click the "Score Test" button and get a detailed report on how they did. This is from the 2005 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
  2. Grade 7 Interactive Online Reading Assessment from 2003 TAKS-This is an interactive online reading test that gives the student several passages to read, and then has several multiple choice questions after each passage. When done, the student can click the "Score Test" button and get a detailed report on how they did. This is from the 2003 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
  3. Literacy Learning Resources from CBS and CNN-This site has dozens of actual stories from CBS and CNN, including the full text, the abridged text, an outline, a video of the story, and the audio read aloud. After the student reads the story they can take online interactive quizzes over the material covering vocabulary, word selection, sequencing, conclusions, and more.
  4. Brainchild Test - 12 questions - Students should use the summary page after finishing this test to practice their areas of weakness.
  5. Literal Understanding - Interactive quizzes with factual information on planets
  6. News Quiz Archive - over 50 news stories from the BBC. Each story has a ten question quiz associated with it. They also have a section of stories which include math in the news and the quiz
  7. Read a Contract - and answer questions
  8. Reading Comprehension stories - Interactive quizzes online for 5 stories - Each text is followed by a grammar exercise and summary writing exercise.
  9. Reading Comprehension Quiz- Online quiz
  10. Reading Exercises - Comprehension, Fill in and Sequencing
  11. Main Idea - Building Blocks of Comprehension
  12. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive
  13. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive
  14. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 & 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive
  15. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles
  16. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, ďWhatís your point?Ē
7.  Monitor own comprehension by adjusting speed to fit the purpose, or by skimming, scanning, reading on, looking back, note taking or summarizing what has been read so far in text.
 
  1. Seventh Grade Reading - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.
8.  Use criteria to choose independent reading materials (e.g., personal interest, knowledge of authors and genres or recommendations from others).
 
  1. Book Adventure-Looking for a good book? Put in your grade level and topics of interest and find your next story to read.
     
9.  Independently read books for various purposes (e.g., for enjoyment, for literary experience, to gain information or to perform a task).  

Reading Applications: Informational, Technical and
Persuasive Text

1.  Use text features, such as chapter titles, headings and subheadings; parts of books including index, appendix, table of contents and online tools (search engines) to locate information.
  1. News Quiz Archive - over 50 news stories from the BBC. Each story has a ten question quiz associated with it. They also have a section of stories which include math in the news and the quiz
2.  Analyze examples of cause and effect and fact and opinion.
  1. Cause and Effect Graphic Organizers-This web site has a collection of Adobe PDF files of Graphic Organizers that teachers can use for helping to teach Cause and Effect. (Contributed by: Linda Lindquist)
  2. Fact or Opinion Quiz - Decide which of these statements are fact or opinion from the drop-down list, then click on the "Finished" button to obtain your score out of ten.
  3. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 1) - a Quia quiz
  4. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 2) - a Quia quiz
  5. Fact or Opinion? - In the following three sentences, two are facts and one is an opinion. Can you tell which is which?
  6. Fact, Habit, Opinion or Schedule? - an English-Zone quiz
  7. Fact or Opinion? - When a sentence is a fact, click the circle next to fact.
  8. Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  9. Fact and Opinion Self-Test
  10. Martin Luther King Jr.: Fact or Opinion? (a worksheet to print)
  11. A mix of factual information and the opinions of the author. Often the opinions are disguised as fact, to make the author's argument seem more believable.
  12. Making The Relationship Explicit Between Your Ideas - from UniLearning - Academic Writing
  13. Cause-and-Effect Writing Challenges Students - The cause-and-effect relationship is both a way of thinking and a format for writing. Teachers who emphasize cause-and-effect writing say that they are helping students learn to think critically as well as write cogently. Read what three experienced teachers have to say about this teaching approach, which can be used with students of all ages. This is an article from Education World magazine .
     
3.  Compare and contrast different sources of information, including books, magazines, newspapers and online resources, to draw
conclusions about a topic.
 
4.  Compare original text to a summary to determine the extent to which the summary adequately reflects the main ideas, critical
details and underlying meaning of the original text.
 
5.  Analyze information found in maps, charts, tables, graphs, diagrams, cutaways and overlays.  
6.  Assess the adequacy, accuracy and appropriateness of an authorís details, identifying persuasive techniques and examples of bias and stereotyping.
  1. Persuasion in Advertisements-This web site teaches about persuasive techniques in ads including testimonials, bandwagon, and transfer. An interactive quiz is included.
7.  Identify an authorís purpose for writing and explain an authorís argument, perspective or viewpoint in text.  
8.  Compare the treatment, scope and organization of ideas from different texts on the same topic.  

Reading Applications: Literary Text

1.  Explain interactions and conflicts (e.g., character vs. self, nature or society) between main and minor characters in literary text and how the interactions affect the plot.
  1. Movie transcripts   You will find the transcripts from many if not all movies made on this website.  You will notice how they identify and explain various types of characters.  4 Star
 
2.  Analyze the features of the setting and their importance in a text.  
3.  Identify the main and minor events of the plot, and explain how each incident gives rise to the next.  
4.  Identify and compare subjective and objective points of view and how they affect the overall body of a work.  
5.  Identify recurring themes, patterns and symbols found in literature from different eras and cultures.  
6.  Explain the defining characteristics of literary forms and genres, including poetry, drama, myths, biographies, autobiographies,
science fiction, fiction and non-fiction.
  1. This is a PowerPoint showAn Overview of Poetry - a comprehensive show on the topic of rhythm and rhyme
7.  Interpret how mood or meaning is conveyed through word choice, figurative language and syntax.  
Writing Processes
1.  Generate writing ideas through discussions with others and from printed material, and keep a list of writing ideas.
  1. Communicating    You have the opportunity to create a Poster, Newspaper and or a Cartoon.  This website is very good and will allow students to learn how to transform their ideas to a hard copy that they may printout.   This is great for an LCD projector or a computer lab.  4 Star
  2. Communicating through Garfield  Your students may create a cartoon and depending on your experience with technology they may create a complete story.  You will only be limited by your technology background and your imagination. 4 Star 
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2.  Conduct background reading, interviews or surveys when appropriate.  
3.  Establish a thesis statement for informational writing or a plan for narrative writing.
  1. Techniques for Writing: Writing Thesis Statements for Essays-This web site has extensive information on writing a thesis as well as interactive exercises the students can take online to check their understanding.
  2. Thesis Builder and Online Outliner-Enter your topic, main opinion, strongest supporting arguments and main argument against your opinion to get an auto-generated thesis statement and research paper outline.
  3. Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements Ė from the OWL at Purdue 11/12/05
  4. Trailblazing Introductions (6 - 8) Students develop a sense of beginning by using strong leads. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
     
4.  Determine a purpose and audience.
  1. Purpose and Audience-This online study guide from Encyclopedia Britannica is on purpose and audience. It covers an explanation for determining why we write and to whom, in a variety of settings and styles.
     
5.  Use organizational strategies (e.g., rough outlines, diagrams, maps, webs and Venn diagrams) to plan writing.
  1. Graphic Organizers-Various printable graphic organizers.
  2. Family Tree-Family Tree shows how family members are related.
  3. Graphic Organizer Maker-The teacher tools below will allow you to make graphic organizers by filling out a simple form. The materials are made instantly and can be printed directly from your computer. Your creations are exclusive to you. If you would like to keep your creations, save them when you make them.
  4. Graphic Organizer Worksheets
  5. Library of Graphic Organizers
6.  Organize writing with an effective and engaging introduction, body and a conclusion that summarizes, extends or elaborates on points or ideas in the writing.
 
  1. How to Write a Book Report-Follow the steps for writing about a particular book which often gives the writerís opinion. Includes an example paper, idea organizer and proofreading checklist.
     
7.  Vary simple, compound and complex sentence structures.  
8.  Group related ideas into paragraphs, including topic sentences following paragraph form, and maintain a consistent focus across paragraphs.
  1. Paragraph Organization-This online study guide from Encyclopedia Britannica is on paragraph organization. It includes a discussion of the creation of logical and cohesive paragraphs, including topic sentences, paragraph unity, coherence, and transitions.
  2. Techniques for Writing: Writing Topic Sentences for Paragraphs-This web site has extensive information on writing a topic sentence as well as interactive exercises the students can take online to check their understanding.
9.  Use precise language, action verbs, sensory details, colorful modifiers and style as appropriate to audience and purpose.
  1. Nouns    Smart Board presentation with video on this part of English Language.  SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  2. Adjectives  Smart Board presentation with video on this part of English Language  SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  3. Verbs  Smart Board presentation with video on this part of the English language. SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  4. Techniques for Writing: Using Specific Language- This web site has extensive information on precise language as well as interactive exercises the students can take online to check their understanding.
10.  Use available technology to compose text.
  1. Kids Magnetic Poetry Page-On this web site you click on a poetry kit and it brings up a Refrigerator and over 100 different magnet words that the students will use to create a magnetic poem, sentence, or story! The student can also submit their work or look at some of the already submitted examples.
    (Submitted by: Kurt Huffman)
11.  Reread and analyze clarity of writing.  
12.  Add and delete information and details to better elaborate on a stated central idea and to more effectively accomplish purpose.
  1. Techniques for Writing: Giving Examples and Explanations-This web site has extensive information on elaborating on an idea as well as interactive exercises the students can take online to check their understanding.
     
13.  Rearrange words, sentences and paragraphs, and add transitional words and phrases to clarify meaning.
  1. Guide to Grammar   You will find that this is an outstanding site to assist you and your students in learning proper grammar  4 Star
14.  Use resources and reference materials (e.g., dictionaries and thesauruses) to select more effective vocabulary.
  1. Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary and Thesaurus-Excellent dictionary and thesaurus. Easy to use with lots of good information on each word. This site will even pronounce the word for you.
15.  Proofread writing, edit to improve conventions (e.g., grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization) and identify and correct fragments and run-ons.
  1. Activities for ESL/EFL Students-Don't be fooled by the name of this site. It is an excellent resource for all students of the English language. There are over 1,000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles on every topic of grammar, punctuation, writing, and more. Begin by looking through the Easy, Medium, and Difficult Grammar Quizzes.
  2. Power Proofreading- This site has many fun proofreading exercises for grades 2 through 8, covering many areas of writing.
  3. Grade 7 Interactive Online Writing Assessment from 2005 TAKS-This is an interactive online writing test that gives the student several passages to read, and then has several multiple choice questions after each passage related to grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. When done, the student can click the "Score Test" button and get a detailed report on how they did. This is from the 2005 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
  4. Grade 7 Interactive Online Writing Assessment from 2003 TAKS-This is an interactive online writing test that gives the student several passages to read, and then has several multiple choice questions after each passage related to grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. When done, the student can click the "Score Test" button and get a detailed report on how they did. This is from the 2003 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
  5. Grammar Gorilla-Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the sentence, our friends get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a banana is a gorilla with appeal.
  6. Seventh Grade Writing - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.

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16.  Apply tools (e.g., rubric, checklist and feedback) to judge the quality of writing.
  1. Peer Editing Strategies-This site has several articles on peer editing such as "Do's and Don'ts" and a peer editing guide.
  2. Techniques for Writing: Giving and Receiving Peer Responses- This page has good guidelines for giving and receiving peer feedback on writing.
17.  Prepare for publication (e.g., for display or for sharing with others) writing that follows a format appropriate to the purpose, using such techniques as electronic resources, principles of design (e.g., margins, tabs, spacing and columns) and graphics (e.g., drawings, charts and graphs) to enhance the final product.
  1. Create your own Cartoons   This site will allow the student to design and create their own cartoons and printout a story.  You will discover that there is much detail to this page.  Students may use their imagination and be totally engaged when learning. 4 Star

Writing Applications

1.  Write narratives that maintain a clear focus and point of view and use sensory details and dialogue to develop plot, character and a specific setting.
  1. Smart Board assignment for writing works with settings.  Good idea  SB
2.  Write responses to novels, stories, poems and plays that provide an interpretation, a critique or a reflection and support judgments with specific references to the text.
  1. Poem writing   Create your own "I Am" poem by filling in each blank. Be sure to select all the words (and parentheses) that are already in each blank before entering your own words.  4 Star
3.  Write business letters that are formatted to convey ideas, state problems, make requests or give compliments.
  1. Letter Writing-This online study guide from Encyclopedia Britannica is on writing letters for a variety of purposes. Covers job applications, letters to the editor, letters asking for information, and personal letters.
4.  Write informational essays or reports, including research, that present a literal understanding of the topic, include specific facts, details and examples from multiple sources, and create an organizing structure appropriate to the purpose, audience and
context.
 
5.  Write persuasive essays that establish a clear position and include relevant information to support ideas.
  1. The Five Paragraph Essay
6.  Produce informal writings (e.g., journals, notes and poems) for various purposes.
  1. Giggle Poetry-Learn how to write nursery rhymes, limericks, and list poems. Fill-in-the-blank poems,poetry theater, and more!
Writing Conventions
1.  Spell high-frequency words correctly.
  1. Spelling-This web site has extensive information on spelling as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding.
  2. Online Spelling Quizzes - numerous quizzes in TCAP format
2.  Use commas, end marks, apostrophes and quotation marks correctly.
  1. Guide to Grammar   You will find that this is an outstanding site to assist you and your students in learning proper grammar  4 Star
  2. Commas-This is a great interactive review site all about commas. Included are fact sheets, games, quizzes, and worksheets.
  3. Capitalization and Punctuation-This web site has extensive information on punctuation as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding. Specific sections include commas (6), end marks (3,4,5), and quotation marks (9).
  4. Punctuation Marks-This is an excellent site explaining punctuation. Here you will find explanations, online quizzes, and great PowerPoint presentations you can download for use in class.
  5. Apostrophes-This is a great interactive review site all about apostrophes. Included are fact sheets, games, quizzes, and worksheets.
  6. Using Commas-This web site teaches about using commas and includes many good examples and an interactive quiz.
  7. More Using Commas-This is another web site that teaches about using commas. There are many good examples, an online quiz, and a printable quiz.
  8. Power Proofreading - Choose 7th grade then select; Climb Every Mountain, , or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
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3.  Use semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes and brackets correctly.
  1. Guide to Grammar   You will find that this is an outstanding site to assist you and your students in learning proper grammar  4 Star
  2. Punctuation Marks-This is an excellent site explaining punctuation. Here you will find explanations, online quizzes, and great PowerPoint presentations you can download for use in class.
  3. Capitalization and Punctuation-This web site has extensive information on punctuation as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding. Specific sections include semicolons (8) and colons (7).
  4. Power Proofreading - Choose 7th grade then select; Letter to Ms. Flack, , or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
  5. Repairing Run-On Sentences - After each run-on sentence below select the remedy that would best repair that sentence.
  6. Fragments and Run-On's - After each sentence, select the option which best describes that sentence.
  7. Avoiding Comma Splices - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence containing a comma splice will appear in the top text-area. Repair the sentence.
  8. Avoiding Comma Splices II - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence containing a comma splice will appear in the top text-area. Repair the sentence.
  9. A sample of a good 239-word sentence - It's not the kind of thing you'd want to read very often, but it does work. Remember, this is not a run-on sentence.
  10. Run-on/Comma Splice/Fragment Quiz
  11. Run on's and Comma Splices - Look at the passage and decide whether the sentence is correct or whether it is a run-on.
4.  Use correct capitalization.
  1. Capitalization-This is an excellent site explaining capitalization. Here you will find explanations, an online quiz, and a fantastic PowerPoint presentation you can download for use in class.
  2. Capitalization and Punctuation: Capital Letters-This web site has extensive information on capitalization as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding.
5.  Use all eight parts of speech (e.g., noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection).
  1. Definitions of Basic Sentence Parts-This web site has extensive information on all the parts of speech as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding.
  2. Wacky Web Tales-This is an online version of Madlibs, where the students can brush up on their parts of speech, while having fun making a silly story.
  3. Adverbs Quiz-Select a level and test your knowledge of adverbs.
  4. Power Proofreading - Choose 7th grade then select; Around the World, Five O'clock News, E-mail to Debbie, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
  5. Practicing adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs - Word Skills 1 | Word Skills 2 | Word Skills 3
  6. Breaking Down Compound Words - In the following sentences, find the compound word and type it in as two separate words.
  7. Forming Compound Words - Match the words in the center with the words in the corners to form compound words that are found in a kitchen.
  8. Compound Word Characters - read a passage then select the appropriate compound words
     
6.  Use dependent and independent clauses.
  1. Embedded Thoughts-This web site has extensive information on clauses as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding.
7.  Use subject-verb agreement with collective nouns, indefinite pronouns, compound subjects and prepositional phrases.
  1. Verb subject agreement -This is a great interactive review site all about subject-verb agreement. Included are fact sheets, games, quizzes, and worksheets.
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement -This web site has extensive information on subject-verb agreement as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding.
  3. Recognizing Prepositions - The following paragraph is taken from Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Click on the prepositions in the order in which they appear and they will appear in the text-area below the paragraph.
  4. Quiz on Prepositions - For each question, choose the single best answer
  5. Prepositions at the Crossword I - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box.
  6. Prepositions at the Crossword II - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box.
  7. Prepositions at the Crossword III - Type the correct letter in each box. Use the tab key to move from box to box or use your mouse-button to place the letter in each box.
8.  Conjugate regular and irregular verbs in all tenses correctly.
  1. Verbs -This web site has extensive information on verbs as well as quizzes the students can take online to check their understanding. Sections 5, 6, and 7 deal specifically with tenses.

Research

1.  Generate a topic, assigned or personal interest, and open-ended questions for research and develop a plan for gathering information.  
2.  Identify appropriate sources and gather relevant information from multiple sources (e.g., school library catalogs, online databases, electronic resources and Internet-based resources).  
3.  Identify and explain the importance of validity in sources, including publication date, coverage, language, points of view, and describe primary and secondary sources.  
4.  Select an appropriate structure for organizing information in a systematic way (e.g., notes, outlines, charts, tables and graphic organizers).  
5.  Analyze and organize important information, and select appropriate sources to support central ideas, concepts and themes.  
6.  Integrate quotations and citations into written text to maintain a flow of ideas.
  1. KnightCite Citation Machine-A free bibliography creation tool. The user can choose the citation style from MLA, APA, or Chicago. They are prompted for information regarding the resource used, and then are given the citation in proper format. (Submitted by: Paula Cline)
7.  Use an appropriate form of documentation, with teacher assistance,
to acknowledge sources (e.g., bibliography, works cited).
  1. KnightCite Citation Machine -A free bibliography creation tool. The user can choose the citation style from MLA, APA, or Chicago. They are prompted for information regarding the resource used, and then are given the citation in proper format.
    (Submitted by: Paula Cline)
8.  Use a variety of communication techniques, including oral, visual, written or multimedia reports, to present information that supports a clear position with organized and relevant evidence about the topic or research question.  
Communication: Oral and Visual
1.  Demonstrate active listening strategies (e.g., asking focused questions, responding to cues, making visual contact).  
2.  Draw logical inferences from presentations and visual media.  
3.  Interpret the speakerís purpose in presentations and visual media
(e.g., to inform, to entertain, to persuade).
 
4.  Identify and explain the persuasive techniques (e.g., bandwagon, testimonial, glittering generalities, emotional word repetition and bait and switch) used in presentations and media messages.  
5.  Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of the English language and select language appropriate to purpose and audience.  
6.  Adjust volume, phrasing, enunciation, voice modulation and inflection to stress important ideas and impact audience response.  
7.  Vary language choices as appropriate to the context of the speech.  
8.  Deliver informational presentations (e.g., expository, research) that:

    a.  demonstrate an understanding of the topic and present events or ideas in a logical sequence;

b.  support the controlling idea or thesis with well-chosen and relevant facts, details, examples, quotations, statistics, stories and anecdotes;

c.  include an effective introduction and conclusion and use a consistent organizational structure (e.g., cause-effect,
compare-contrast, problem-solution);

d.  use appropriate visual materials (e.g., diagrams, charts, illustrations) and available technology; and

e.  draw from multiple sources and identify sources used.

 
9.  Deliver formal and informal descriptive presentations that convey relevant information and descriptive details.  
10. Deliver persuasive presentations that:

a.  establish a clear position;

b.  include relevant evidence to support position and to address counter-arguments; and

c.  consistently use common organizational structures as appropriate (e.g., cause-effect, compare-contrast).