Segment A of Language Arts 7 broadens students’ experiences with various types or genres of literature. Included in the study are coming of age stories, sports literature, biography and autobiography. Students will continue to apply an increasingly diverse array of literary skills to read and analyze such American classics as Tom Sawyer and The Outsiders, making connections to our history and culture through literature. At the same time students will understand that literature can be a vehicle to promote social change.

Segment B of Language Arts 7 explores the world of multi-cultural literature, showing students how the people and events of the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement impacted the history and lives of African Americans today. Students will also learn that literature which takes us out of our own world can be both captivating and entertaining as they branch out to the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Reading fiction and writing about it helps us to better understand the human condition.

PRE-REQUISITES: Language Arts 6

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours


Genre Study

  • Lesson 1: Coming of Age Literature
  • Lesson 2: Coming of Age – Poetry
  • Lesson 3: Autobiography – Into Thin Air
  • Lesson 4: Biography – Barack Obama
  • Lesson 5: Literature & Sports – Autobiography
  • Lesson 6: Coming of Age Literature

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Introduction to MARK TWAIN & Genre
  • Literary Study: Figurative language, Symbols, & Dialect
  • Characterization
  • Making Inferences & Predictions
  • Making Connections with the Text
  • History, Culture & Superstitions
  • Themes & Symbols
  • Plot – Character’s Defining Events

Adventure Study

  • The Californian’s Tale
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Martin Luther King
  • Adventure of the Speckled Band
  • Writing Workshop
  • Grammar Review – Parts of speech

Novel: The Outsiders

  • Chapters 1-3: Characters & Setting
  • Chapters 4-6: Plot, Conflicts & Mood
  • Chapters 7-9: Literary Devices
  • Chapters 10-12: Characters & Conflicts
  • Prejudice, Stereotypes & Generalizations


Multicultural Literature

  • What is Multicultural Literature?
  • Nonfiction – Biography
  • “My Furthest-Back Person” by Alex Haley
  • “Rikki-tikki-tavi” by Rudyard Kipling
  • “Maestro” by Pat Mora
  • Martin Luther King
  • I Am a Native of North America
  • Historical Fiction Short Stories: “The Luckiest Time of All” & an Excerpt from Elijah of Buxton

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

  • Literary Terms & Historical Fiction
  • Central Ideas found in Nonfiction
  • Introduction to Characters & Setting
  • Literary Vocabulary & Figurative Language
  • Character Bias: Making Inferences & Generalizations
  • Themes in Fiction
  • Conflicts in Historical Fiction
  • Characters & Plot

Genre Study

  • Elements of Fiction & Science-fiction vs. Fantasy (The Third Level; The Fun They Had; Zoo)
  • The Third Wish: Themes of Literature
  • All Summer in a Day: Compare and Contrast
  • The Tell Tale Heart: Figurative Language
  • Monkey’s Paw: Types of Irony: Vocabulary Strategies
  • What is Realistic Fiction?
  • A Boy and a Man
  • Papa’s Parrot

The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Active Reading Strategies
  • Utopia vs. Dystopia
  • Chapters 1-5: Elements of Fiction
  • Chapters 6-10: Themes in The Giver
  • Chapters 11-15: Euphemisms & Memories
  • Chapters 16-19: Symbols
  • Chapters 20-23: Making Inferences & Reaching Conclusions