7.A.2 The student will identify words rapidly so that attention is directed to the meaning of the text.
7.A.2.1 Read regularly in independent-level materials (texts in which no more than 1 in 20 words is difficult for the reader) fluently and accurately, and with appropriate time, change in voice, and expression.
7.A.2.2 Read regularly in instructional-level materials that are challenging but manageable (text in which no more than approximately 1 in 10 words is difficult for the reader; a "typical" seventh grader reads 135 words per minute).
7.A.2.3 Increase silent reading speed and comprehension through daily, independent reading.
7.A.2.4 Read silently for increased periods of time.
7.A.2.5 Use punctuation as a cue for pausing and characterization while reading.
7.A.3 The student will interact with the words and concepts in a text to construct an appropriate meaning.
7.A.3.1 Literal Understanding
7.A.3.1.a Apply prereading strategies when reading both fiction and nonfiction that is appropriately designed for grade level.
7.A.3.1.a.1 Determine the purpose for reading such as to be informed, entertained, or persuaded.
7.A.3.1.a.2 Preview the material and use prior knowledge to make connections between text and personal experience.
7.A.3.1.b Recognize transition words to guide understanding of the text (e.g., as a result, first of all, furthermore).
7.A.3.1.c Show understanding by asking questions and supporting answers with literal information from text.
7.A.3.2 Inference and Interpretation
7.A.3.2.a Make inferences and draw conclusions with evidence drawn from the text and/or student experiences.
7.A.3.2.b Make inferences supported by a character's thoughts, words, and actions or the narrator's description.
7.A.3.3 Summary and Generalization
7.A.3.3.a Summarize the main idea and how it is supported with specific details.
7.A.3.3.b Recall major points in the text and make and revise predictions.
7.A.3.3.c Recognize the importance and relevance of details on the development of the plot.
7.A.3.3.d Support reasonable statements by reference to relevant aspects of text and examples.
7.A.3.4 Analysis and Evaluation
7.A.3.4.a Compare and contrast points of view, such as first person, third person, limited and omniscient, and explain their effect on the overall theme of a literary work.
7.A.3.4.b Evaluate events that advance the plot of a literary work and how those events relate to past, present, or future actions.
7.A.3.4.c Analyze character traits, conflicts, motivations, points of view, and changes that occur within the story and discuss the importance to the plot or theme.
7.A.3.4.d Evaluate the accuracy or appropriateness of the evidence used by the author to support claims and assertions.
7.A.3.4.e Distinguish between stated fact, reasoned judgment, and opinion in text.
7.A.3.5 Monitoring and Correction Strategies
7.A.3.5.a Monitor the understanding of text and use correcting strategies, such as rereading a portion, using reference aids, or searching for content when needed.
7.A.3.5.b Make, confirm, and revise predictions when reading.
7.A.3.5.c Adjust reading rate and determine appropriate strategies to match the purpose, difficulty, and characteristics of the text.
7.A.4 The student will read, construct meaning, and respond to a wide variety of literary forms.
7.A.4.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for various forms of literature.
7.A.4.1.a Analyze the characteristics of genres, including short story, novel, drama, poetry, and nonfiction.
7.A.4.1.b Analyze characteristics of subgenres, including autobiography, biography, fable, folk tale, mystery, and myth.
7.A.4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of literary elements and techniques and how they affect the development of a literary work.
7.A.4.2.a Analyze and explain elements of fiction, including plot, conflict, resolution, character, setting, theme, and point of view.
7.A.4.2.b Identify and explain techniques of direct and indirect characterization in fiction.
7.A.4.2.c Describe how the author's perspective, argument, or point of view affects the text.
7.A.4.2.d Analyze inferred and recurring themes in literary works (e.g., bravery, loyalty, historical).
7.A.4.3 The student will identify figurative language and sound devices and will analyze how they affect the development of a literary work.
7.A.4.3.a Identify and explain the use of figurative language in literary works to convey mood, images, and meaning, including metaphor, personification, and simile.