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English Curriculum

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Grade 7 English Language Arts (E.L.A.) Curriculum


The three competencies of the E.L.A. program are:


     1. Uses language/talk to communicate and learn

     2. Reads and listens to written, spoken and media texts

     3. Produces written, spoken and media texts


          * Each competency counts for one third of the final mark.


Students will explore the four competencies by studying:


     Ø Literary Elements: plot, setting, character, theme, setting & conflict

     Ø Figurative Language: simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, allusion & hyperbole

     Ø Expressive Writing: journals, responses & reflections

     Ø Poetic Writing: poems, narratives, scripts & short stories

     Ø Transactional Writing: research essays, letters & speeches


Students will learn the following conventions of writing: topic sentence, the paragraph, spelling, parts of speech, homonyms, dictionary usage, quotation marks and punctuation rules.


Reading: Since reading is an integral part of the E.L.A. program, students will be reading and analyzing such things as novels, short stories, poems and articles throughout the year.


Evaluation: Students will be marked on the writing process (rough drafts, editing, revision), content (ideas, expression, creativity, originality) and mechanics (grammar, spelling, writing conventions). Evaluation will be based on both short and long-term assignments.





In an effort to encourage student autonomy, accountability, and ownership over their work and success in the course, the following policies apply:


LATE WORK and other deductions POLICY

  • Any work submitted late without a signed note from a parent or doctor, or advance request for an extension (48 hrs. min.) will be deducted at a rate of 5% per day including weekends (10% for 2 days).
  • Students with an IEP which entitles them to “extra time for class work” are allowed up to 7 days without penalty (however the student must conference with the teacher prior to the due date to discuss progress to date & a plan of action for completing the assignment). After that, late work will be deducted at a rate of 5% per day.
  • Any work NOT HANDED IN will receive a mark of zero (0) in all competencies evaluated.



  • Written assignments that have been graded and earned lower than an 80% before late penalties, may be redone and resubmitted within 10 days of the teacher having returned it. Students MUST (1) begin with a serious effort and submit their best work in the first place, (2) be serious about their revisions and learning from their mistakes, and (3) not allow these revisions to interfere with completing current assignments due. The important part is that students learn, no matter how many tries it takes. 
  • The original work and rubric must be submitted along with the revised work, otherwise the work will not be reevaluated.



  • Cheating & plagiarism are both very serious offences with very serious consequences. See the student agenda for CVR's policy.




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