March 23, 2020

Hello Students and Parents and Guardians,

First, I want to say that I hope that you are healthy and well. I was incredibly sad to learn that we won't be meeting in person any more this year. I love being your teacher, and hope to continue to provide learning resources to you over the coming weeks. 

Below you can find links to activities, notes, and units that we have completed already. Over the coming weeks I will be adding additional activities to the Assignments Tab, via email, and on our class Teams page. At this point, these learning activities are OPTIONAL and ungraded. 

Students were also assigned work on No Red Ink. This is a great resource to continue improving writing and grammar skills. I have left that assignment up, as well as assignments on Common Lit. You can access these sights through links on this site. 

I will provide additional information and resources via this site and through email and Teams. Please continue to stay well and take care of yourselves. As always, please contact me anytime you have questions or concerns at 

Completed Units:

Unit 1 – Text features of Nonfiction



·         7.6 a)  Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.


Unit 2 – Main Idea in Nonfiction Texts

·         7.6 g)  Identify the main idea.

Unit 3 – Theme, Setting, Character, Point of View in Fictional Texts

·         7.5 a)  Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other. 

·         7.5 b)  Identify and explain the theme(s). 

·         7.5 d)  Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.


Unit 4 – Word Choice, Figurative Language

·         7.4 c)  Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

·         7.4 d)  Identify connotations.

·         7.4 e)  Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.


Unit 5 – Literary Device in Fictional Texts

·         7.5 g)  Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language in an author’s style. 


Unit 6 – Inferences and Drawing Conclusions in Fiction and Nonfiction

·         7.5 i)  Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text.

·         7.6 c)  Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.  


Unit 7 – Organizational Patterns of Nonfiction

·         7.6 b)  Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.  

·         7.6 j)  Identify cause and effect relationships. 


Unit 8 – Plot, Cause/Effect in Plot, Conflict in Fictional Texts

·         7.5 a)  Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other. 

·         7.5 c)  Identify cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

·         7.5 e)  Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.


Unit 9 – Fact and Opinion in Nonfiction

·         7.6 d)  Differentiate between fact and opinion.         


Unit 10 – Author’s Viewpoint, Purpose, Source in Nonfiction

·         7.6 e)  Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.

·         7.6 f)  Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.


In addition to these reading objectives units, students have been practicing with a monthly list of roots and affixes to expand their vocabulary (7.4 b).  Also, as we have been responding in our writing journals as we’ve been practicing with our writing objectives (7.7 and 7.8).