Mrs. Flanagan

Danielle Flanagan
7th 8th Grade Language Arts
Room 201


Office Hours: M-Th, 7:30-745am & 2:15-2:30pm : Friday 7:15-7:45am
*Also available by Appointment* 
Email: dflanagan@msad49.org

Phone: 453-4200 ext. 2333


Grade 7 Core Novels: Wringer, Phineas Gage, Among the Hidden Grade 7 Framework The seventh-grade curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards/Maine Learning Results.  Our goal is for students to learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of contexts and to meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking and listening across content areas and throughout their lives.

 

Grade 7 Core Learning Objectives -
English Language Arts

Students will study and attempt to master the whole of the grade 7 Common Core Standards. In order to aid in the mastery of these standards, we have chosen the following specific core standards on which to focus.

Speaking and Listening 6-12: Comprehension and Collaboration

Obj. 1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

*Guiding principles: A: A Clear and Effective Communicator who:

   1.Understands the attributes and techniques that positively impact   

   construction and conveying meaning for a variety of purposes and  

   through a variety of modes.

   2. Uses evidence and logic appropriately in communication.

   3. Adjusts communication based on the audience.

Writing Standards 6-12:Production and Distribution of Writing

Obj. 5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

*Guiding principles: B: Self-directed and Lifelong learner who:

 1.Understands the importance of embracing and nurturing a ggrowth mindset.

 2. Demonstrates reliability and concern for quality.

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

Standard Core Objective: #1

#1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

*Guiding principles C: A Creative and Practical Problem Solver who:

1.Is skilled at selecting and applying a process of problem-solving to deepen understanding and determine whether redefining the goal is a better way of addressing a problem situation and continuing to consider other alternative solutions until one resonates as the best one.

2. Frames questions, make predictions and designs data/information collection and analysis strategies.

Reading Standards for Information 6-12

Standard Core Objective: #2

2. Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

*Guiding Principles B: A Self-directed and Lifelong learner who:

1. Understands the importance of embracing and nurturing a growth mindset.

2.. Recognizes the need for information and locates and evaluates resources.

Language Standards 6-12

Standard Core Objective:#4

4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

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.


 

Grade 8 Core Novels: Z for Zachariah, Monster, When Elephants fight, Outsiders Grade 8 Framework Students will study and attempt to master the whole of the grade 8 Common Core Standards. In order to aid in the mastery of these standards, we have chosen the following specific core standards on which to focus.

Grade 8 Core Learning Objectives English Language ArtsReading Standards for Literature 6–12: Key Ideas and Details

“Confession” Assessment

RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Speaking and Listening Standards 6–12: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

DWP

Writing Standards 6–12: Text Types and Purposes

  • 8.1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

    • a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

    • b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

  • Language Standards 6–12: Conventions of Standard English

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2a Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2c Spell correctly.

Storm Assessment

Writing Standards 6–12: Text Types and Purposes

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4c 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1d Establish and maintain a formal style.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Writing Standards 6–12: Production and Distribution of Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6–12: Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6–12: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

The following Maine Learning Results Guiding Principles will be addressed in our focused standard assessments:

A. A clear and Effective Communicator who:

Standard A: Understands the attributes and techniques that positively impact constructing and conveying meaning for a variety of purposes and through a variety of modes.

2. Uses evidence and logic appropriately in communication

B. A Self-directed and Lifelong Learner who:

Standard B: Understands the importance of embracing and nurturing a growth mindset.

1. Recognizes the need for information and locates and evaluates resources.

6. Demonstrates reliability and concern for quality

C. A Creative and Practical Problem Solver who:

Standard C: Is skilled at selecting and applying a process of problem-solving to deepen understanding and determine whether redefining the goal is a better way of addressing a problem situation and continuing to consider other alternative solutions until one resonates as the best one.

4. Generates a variety of solutions, builds a case for a best response and critically evaluates the response.

D. A Responsible and Involved Citizen who:

Standard D: Understands the interdependence within and across systems and brings to each situation the appropriate actions.

6. Demonstrates awareness of personal and community health and wellness.

E. An Integrative and Informed Thinker who:

Standard E: Is skilled at using complex reasoning processes to make meaning.

2. Evaluates and synthesizes information from multiple sources.