The seventh grade English/Language Arts class will offer a great balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills taught in alignment with state standards through the lens of a biblical worldview.

Building upon their learning in earlier grades, students will engage in rigorous application and reinforcement of grammar skills and a variety of writing strategies and techniques. Students will compose narrative, informational/explanatory, and argumentative essays in which they support their ideas using critical thinking skills and evidence from various genres or informational texts.

Reading assignments will include novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and informational texts. Students will also select independent reading books and complete various comprehension and analysis activities based on their books. Vocabulary development will occur in the context of reading and writing assignments.


  • Gum: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Grade7 by Zaner-Bloser. ISBN 9781453112113
  • Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by  Ellen Potter. 2010. ISBN-13 9781596436282 
  •  Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises by Cheryl Miller Thurston.ISBN- 1877673706 
  • Of People – Abeka 7th Grade 7 Literature Series Student Reading and Comprehension Textbook Paperback – January 1, 2017 ISBN: B07C7WHF5K 
  •  The Giver by Lois Lowry. ISBN- 9780385732550 (Summer Reading &
  • 1st Nine Weeks) 
  • The Messenger by Lois Lowry. ISBN- 9780440239123 (2nd Nine Weeks)
  • No Fear Shakespeare Sonnets Vol. 16. 2004. ISBN- 9781411402195


  • 2 composition notebook (100 pages-wide ruled-hard cover-bound)
  • Red Folder w/ brads and pockets (plastic folder is recommended)
  • 1” – 3-ring binder
  • Pencil pouch w/ holes to put in binder
  • Scissors
  • 2 glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Yellow, pink, and green highlighter
  • 1 pack multi color sticky notes (2×2)
  • 1 pack multi color sticky notes (3X3)
  • 1 pack lined 4×6 note cards

*Students begin with a pre-reading assignment, The Giver by Lois Lowry. {Students will need to be prepared to annotate and respond. A summative assessment will be given.}

Theme: The Choices We Make

Class Novel: The GIver by Lois Lowry (purchase)

Recommended Outside Reading & alternate assessment: (parents/students choose 1 to purchase)

  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. 2000.
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Roman Empire) Newbery Medal 1962

Theme: Strength In The Face of Adversity

Class Novel: The Messenger by Lois Lowry (purchase)

Recommended Outside Reading & Alternate Assessment (parents/students choose 1 to purchase)

  •  The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. 1942.
  • To be named at a later date

Theme: “A Time for Change- The Reformation

Class Reading: No Fear Shakespeare Sonnets by William Shakespeare (purchase)

Recommended Outside Reading & Alternate Assessment (parents/students choose 1 to purchase)

  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt 2007.
  • The Three Musketeers (Renaissance Period) by Alexandre Dumas
  •  Memoir: to be named at a later date

Theme: Struggle and Survival 

Class reading: Memoir and Biographies –  (Literature Circle and Project this nine weeks.)

Book List to be posted at a later date.