The seventh grade English Language Arts curriculum prepares students to master the California reading/writing/speaking & listening/language conventions content standards by building skills in reading comprehension, literary responses and analysis, writing strategies/applications, and vocabulary development/etymology. Students will read a variety of stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in all curricular areas. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills corresponding to college readiness will be stressed. The writing component of the language arts curriculum focuses on different kinds of writing, such as fictional narratives, responses to literature, persuasive compositions, and summaries. Students choose the form of writing best suited to the purpose, develop strategies for organizing support for their main ideas or theses, and learn strategies for evaluating and revising to refine and publish work. Spelling and language mechanics are taught through direct instruction.
The Language Arts 7 Honors Magnet provides students with a curriculum that focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, and application skills; emphasizing student growth as a collaborative and independent learner. The Springboard program units offer a carefully articulated, engaging, and rigorous English Language Arts curriculum, developed to provide a roadmap for attaining the knowledge and skills students require for success in Advanced Placement courses and college-level work.
AVID 7 is a year-long elective providing the opportunity for students to learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. The AVID curriculum is driven by the WICOR methodology, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. WICOR instruction strategies engage students and scaffold instruction to make challenging content accessible.