Welcome to 7th Grade Language Arts!
This is my 20th year teaching Language Arts and my 7th year here at PRA. When I'm not teaching, I love being outdoors. You can find me paddle boarding, skiing, running, scuba diving and hiking with my family. My husband Cori and I have twin sons in 4th grade at PRA. I also have an energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Ollie. I am excited for the year ahead of us!
In 7th Grade LA, we follow the Core Knowledge sequence. Students will read the 1897 French play Cyrano de Bergerac, along with a series of classic short stories, two novellas, and The Diary of a Young Girl (Autobiography of Anne Frank). We will also read classic Western poetry for a poetry unit. For writing, we will focus primarily on nonfiction essays that describe, explain, and narrate. We will also write a persuasive research-based speech, with a focus on defining a thesis, gathering relevant evidence, integrating quotations, and properly acknowledging sources. Students will have frequent opportunities to express themselves orally and exhibit attentive listening skills, both in formal presentations and various types of discussions. We will work on grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills throughout the year. These skills will follow the Core Knowledge Grade 7 sequence.
I am using Google Classroom this year instead of the class webpage: