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Course SummaryIt's easy to create engaging curriculum that meets Common Core educational standards with this Grade 7 language course. Our video and text lessons and multiple-choice quizzes can be used as a supplement to textbook learning, assigned for homework or worked into discussion topics.
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About the Course
The Common Core State Standards were developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and are based on the strongest preexisting state standards and feedback from leading thinkers, teachers, content experts and the public. These language standards outline the knowledge that students in 7th grade should have in the specific areas and can serve as a guide for textbook publishers, school districts, teachers and parents.
The short video lessons in this course coincide with these standards to support instruction in standard English conventions, language knowledge and the acquisition and use of vocabulary. Each lesson connects to a basic component of the Standards with concise and grade-appropriate examples. Lessons in this course address the following concepts:
- Language, grammar and spelling conventions
- Clauses, phrases and sentence types
- Punctuation rules
- Use of context to gain meaning
- Vocabulary and figurative language
Our knowledgeable instructors present lessons in a clear yet challenging manner. Each chapter in this collection offers helpful tips that you can put to use immediately as a part of your lesson plans. The fun videos keep your students interested, engaged and eager for more. A short quiz follows each lesson to measure your students' understanding of the material.
English Language Conventions (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1)
Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
The lessons for this standard present the various parts of speech, identification of sentence subjects, subject-verb agreement and verb tenses.
Phrases and Clauses (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1A)
Standard: Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
Independent and dependent clauses, subordination and coordination, phrases and the combination of clause types are incorporated into these lessons.
Types of Sentences (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.IB)
Standard: Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
These lessons illustrate complete, compound and complex sentences, in addition to comma splices, run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
Standard: Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.
Predicates, definite/indefinite articles, gerunds, dangling modifiers, misplaced modifiers and clauses are presented in this group of lessons.
English Grammar Conventions (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.2)
Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Topics include punctuation, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, sentence structure, capitalization rules and commonly confused English words.
Comma Rules (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.2A)
Standard: Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old, green shirt).
Lessons include adjectives, comma usage and conjunctions.
Standard: Spell correctly.
This collection of lessons presents English spelling rules for plural nouns, doubling/dropping letters, prefixes, suffixes/endings and word combinations. Also included are homonyms, homophones and hyphenation conventions.
English Language Knowledge (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.3A)
Standard: Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.
Methods for avoiding redundancy, using precise language, striving for sentence clarity and reducing wordiness in writing are topics encompassed in this set of lessons.
Determining Meaning with Context (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.4A-D)
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Lesson topics include using context to determine meaning, constructing meaning with context clues and prior knowledge, employing roots and affixes, using reference materials and inferring intended meanings.
Figurative Language (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.5A-C)
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending).
This collection of lessons encompasses synonyms, antonyms, analogies, figures of speech, euphemisms, metaphors, clichés, equivocations, paradoxes, similes, irony and oxymorons.
English Vocabulary (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.6)
Standard: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
This collection of lessons presents methods for acquisition and use of new vocabulary and strategies for teaching new vocabulary and vocabulary in context.
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