Seventh Grade Literacy | 123Read&Write

As our nation’s workforce increases in its demands for highly literate workers, it’s more important now than ever before, to make sure our teenagers are able to read, comprehend, and analyze text at a highly proficient level.  As the economy becomes more knowledge based, an individual’s literacy level must be at higher levels to be societal contributors. A child’s literacy development has a direct correlation to their future successes in adulthood. Unfortunately, over 50% of our nation’s secondary level students have difficulties with comprehending the written word. However, with practice and encouraged development, adolescent literacy levels can and will improve. 

The activities presented with the Seventh Grade Literacy 123Read&Write comprehension units utilize different strategies to help promote growth in oral language comprehension, vocabulary building, and higher level thinking activities, including the analyzing and synthesizing of text. 

Narrative Text Units

Listed below 123Read&Write presents comprehensive novel-or-story units to coincide with educational standards to promote the development of adolescent literacy. More are soon to come! 

Daedalus and Icarus

Interest Level: Grades: 4 - 8

Reading Level: 4.1

While we're often encouraged to strive for our hopes and dreams, or to reach for the stars . . . how many have truly thought about what they'd do if those dreams or stars came to fruition? In the story of Daedalus and Icarus, the reader is educated as to what happens when one reaches just a bit too far. 

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8 

Reading Level: 2.2

This simple 7th Grade Language Arts literary study focuses on The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, which is a story, by Rod Serling, from the episodic television series, The Twilight Zone. 

The Hounds of Baskerville (an excerpt)

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 12 

Reading Level: 7.5

The Hound of Baskervilles is a crime novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which features the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. This simple mystery lesson plan focuses on introducing students to the key elements present within the mystery genre.

The Giver

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 8

Reading Level: 5.9

Jonas’s world seems perfect . . . too perfect. Everything and everyone is under control in this seemingly utopian society. While there is no fear of violence, there are also no choices to be made. Each member of the community has a specific role to play. When someone’s time has come to an end in the community, they are sent to Elsewhere. Over time, Jonas begins to question the nature of his community and whether the rules of their society are truly for their benefit, or for those of someone else.

Death Cloud

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Reading Level: 7.3

During the summer of 1868, the infamous Sherlock Holmes is a fourteen year old teenager. During a break from boarding school, while in Hampshire, two individuals die mysteriously from a possible plague. However, as things begin to not add up, young Holmes takes on an investigation into what truly is behind these mysterious deaths.

Dark They Were and Golden Eyed

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8 

Reading Level: 7.4

The science fiction short story, Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed written by Ray Bradbury. This simple lesson plan allows the students to investigate the Bittering family, as they join the 1000 human beings who travel to Mars, in the wake of an atomic war on Earth.

A Retrieved Reformation

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 9 

Reading Level: 6.1

A Retrieved Reformation is a short story by author O’ Henry. The events which are described lead up to the reformation of a former convict, which is the main protagonist, Jimmy Valentine. This is a simple lesson guide to go along with this classic piece of American Literature. See here for a complete text of the story.

The Dinner Party

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 9 

Reading Level: 6.1

The Dinner Party by Mona Gardner tells the story of a dinner party in India, where an unexpected guest solves an issue on whether women can indeed handle stressful situations in comparison to men. Within this simple, introductory lesson for 7th grade ELA, the students review a few simple literary elements by working with interactive notebooks. See here for a complete text of the story.

Dangerous Skies

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Reading Level: 5.9

Along the shorelines of Virginia, an unlikely pair of friends experience the horrors of mankind’s penchant for hatred, violence, and evil. While Buck is white, his best friend Tunes is an African American girl. Even so, they were raised together from childhood as if they were brother and sister. When a murder rocks their shoreline existence, the town’s prejudiced behaviors come to light, as Tunes is marked as the prime suspect.


Expository Text

These expository text units teach students how to dissect text through the use of pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies and activities.

Are We Getting Anywhere? 

This thought provoking lesson guide takes students on a journey discussing historic civil rights documents, speeches, poetry, and music. This lesson guides students to think deeply, analyze and synthesize the material in a manner, which will encourage discussion and will allow them to question whether we’ve made any progress in equality for all.

Pearl Harbor Unit Study

This simple and affordable mini-lesson looks a little deeper into the facets of the attack on Pearl Harbor utilizing visual thinking strategies. The lessons offer challenging, yet effective stations to promote intellectual growth and a deeper understanding of one of our nation's most tragic and historic events. 

Analyzing a Biography

A biography, in its simplest terms, is the story of another person's life, as told by another individual. An autobiography is the story of another person's life as recorded or written by that specific individual. This simple lesson guide will allow students to break apart and diagnose different elements of any biographical book they choose to investigate.

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