• I Can Objectives 7th Language Arts Standards

    Reading Standards For Literature

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

    I can Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

    I can Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

    I can Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes & other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

    I can Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

    I can Analyze how an author develops & contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

    I can Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

    I can Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.

    I can read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    Reading Standards for Informational Text

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

    I can 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.

    I can Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

    I can Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

    I can Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

    I can Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text & analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

    I can Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).

    I can Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

    I can Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.

    I can read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

              Language Skills

    I can Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.

    I can Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.

    I can Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.

    I can Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt).

    I can Spell correctly.

    I can Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy

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

    I can 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.

    I can Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes & roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).

    I can 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.

    I can Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

    I can Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.

    I can Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.

    I can Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending).

    I can Acquire & use accurately grade-appropriate general academic & domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

          Speaking and Listening

    I can Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

    I can Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

    I can Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.

    I can Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.

    I can Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

    I can Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

    I can Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, & examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

    I can Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.

    I can Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Last Modified on September 10, 2010