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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course
Course SummaryThis set of lessons focuses on the concepts required for the 7th grade literature Common Core State Standards. Lessons are quick and easy to follow and provide a useful classroom tool or ready-made homework assignment.
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The Common Core State Standards for 7th grade literature verify that students in this grade level have the ability to comprehend literary works. Students can show proficiency in this standard by finding the theme and drawing inferences from a written work, analyzing literary meaning and form, and comparing separate literary works. These fun and engaging video lessons are in line with the Common Core standards and provide a quick and easy way to learn all the essential topics needed to read and comprehend literature at a 7th grade level. These lessons use straightforward narration, dynamic graphics and examples to make sure students understand each concept. Lessons cover:
- Textual evidence citations
- Identifying central themes
- Literary structure, elements and devices
- Analysis of poetry, fiction and drama
- Literary point of view and mediums
- Time, place and character in literature
- Literary comprehension
The videos in this lesson series offer a quick and entertaining, yet challenging, method for students to learn all the concepts needed to meet Common Core standards for 7th grade literature. This collection features assessment quizzes so students can determine how well they understand the material. Suggestions for ways to utilize these lessons in your classroom are also included, and each lesson is taught by an expert in the field.
Citation of Textual Evidence (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1)
Standard: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Videos provide an overview of literary movements and step-by-step instructions on analyzing literary passages, interpreting literary meaning and citing textual evidence.
Central Theme or Idea (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2)
Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Videos examine literary themes and motifs and teach strategies for analyzing theme development and finding the central idea.
Literary Elements (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3)
Standard: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Lessons cover character and plot analysis, drama elements, rhetorical devices, literary settings and interactions of story elements.
Literary Devices (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4)
Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Our lessons look at connotation, allusion, illusion, metaphors, similes, clichés, paradoxes and the importance of word choice. Videos teach methods for using context clues and prior knowledge to determine meaning.
Literary Structure and Analysis of Literary Works (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5)
Standard: Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
Videos examine the impact of structure on meaning, common prose and poetry terms and methods for analyzing text structure. Lessons explain elements of drama, fiction and poetry and link the structure of a work to its meaning.
Point of View (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6)
Standard: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Lessons provide instruction on first, second and third person point of view, types of narrators and the role of a narrator.
Comparison of Different Literary Mediums (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7)
Standard: Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
Videos teach students how to compare techniques used in film and text, contrast fictional works and historical accounts and identify ways fiction pulls themes from other works.
Portrayals of Time, Place and Character (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.9)
Standard: Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
Lessons cover foreshadowing, flashbacks, catharsis, allegory, euphemisms, symbolism and imagery and their uses in literature.
Literary Comprehension (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.10)
Standard: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Videos offer an overview of scaffolding as a teaching strategy. Lessons teach students to make connections between different texts and analyze the themes, plots and characters in major literary works.
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