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Language Arts - 7th Grade
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Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
The overarching intent of language arts instruction in grades 7-12 is for students to value, appreciate, and demonstrate literacy through expressive and receptive language skills, and to understand and investigate the self, others, the culture, and the environment. The Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the goals for language arts skills and attitudes. They are an integral part of the Core, and should be included as part of instruction. Process skills in language arts domains are critical to the development of high levels of literacy and lead to understanding and internalizing ILOs.
The needs of early adolescents are a fundamental concern to seventh grade language arts teachers. Teachers attempt to meet the unique needs of these students by using curriculum concepts such as thematic organization, teaming among teachers, appropriate grouping, and interdisciplinary efforts. At the seventh grade level, the Utah Core focuses on reading and writing experiences that are developmentally appropriate: vocabulary instruction that distinguishes literal meanings of words from more complex meanings, comprehension that focus on text features and structures, retelling and paraphrasing, and distinguishing main idea and details. Writing instruction emphasizes personal or self connections, basic skills in analytical evaluation and assessment of writing, and editing skills that are specific and clearly delineated. The research or inquiry skills identified are fundamental to investigation of a topic or question, with basic oral and written reporting skills.
Core Standards of the Course
(Extended Writing): Write to identify and reflect on feelings to recreate experiences. (Emphasize autobiographical or narrative essays. Students should use the entire writing process to produce at least one extended piece per term, not necessarily limited to the type of writing emphasized at individual grade level.)