Check this link for summer reading info: Summer Reading

I am so proud of those of you who show up every week and complete the optional assignments. You will be prepared for 8th grade! 

Reminder: we play Gimkit during Language Arts office hours. I post the game code on Google classroom on Mondays at 11:50 and Wednesdays at 8:50. 

You can also find weekly assignments in my Language Arts Online Resources folder.

My office hours are
Mondays 12-1:30 and Wednesdays 8:30-10. Please email me if you'd like to set up a chat, conference, etc. I am always available during school hours as well, and email is the quickest way to get my attention. 

How to join Google Classroom 

Standards of Learning Covered This Year:

7.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

a)   Identify word origins and derivations.
b)   Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
c)   Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
e)   Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
f)   Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.


7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

a)   Describe the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict, and how they influence each other.
b)   Identify and explain the theme(s).
c)   Identify cause-and-effect relationships and their impact on plot.
d)   Differentiate between first- and third-person point of view.
e)   Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.
f)   Compare and contrast various forms and genres of fictional text.
g)   Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language in an author’s style.
h)   Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.
i)    Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text.

7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a)   Skim materials using text features, including type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information.
b)   Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words  
and phrases. 
c)   Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual
d)   Differentiate between fact and opinion.        
e)   Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
f)   Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
g)   Identify the main idea.
h)   Summarize text identifying supporting details.
i)    Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
j)    Identify cause-and-effect relationships.
k)   Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
l)    Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.