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Skills available for Virginia seventh-grade language arts standards

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  • R.7.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

    • R.7.4.a Identify word origins and derivations.

    • R.7.4.b Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.

    • R.7.4.c Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

    • R.7.4.d Identify connotations.

    • R.7.4.e Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

    • R.7.4.f Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.

    • R.7.4.g Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

    • R.7.4.EU.1 recognize that figurative language enriches text

    • R.7.4.EU.2 understand that affixes and Greek and Latin roots are clues to determine meanings of words

    • R.7.4.EU.3 understand that words have nuances of meaning, including figurative, connotative, and technical that help to determine the appropriate meaning.

    • R.7.4.EKSP.1 use common Greek or Latin affixes and roots to predict the meaning of unfamiliar words

    • R.7.4.EKSP.2 separate and recombine known word parts to predict the meaning of unfamiliar words

    • R.7.4.EKSP.3 recognize, understand, use, and explain the impact of figurative language, including

      • R.7.4.EKSP.3.a simile

      • R.7.4.EKSP.3.b metaphor

      • R.7.4.EKSP.3.c personification

    • R.7.4.EKSP.4 distinguish among the connotations of words with similar denotations

    • R.7.4.EKSP.5 recognize that synonyms may have different connotations (e.g., elderly and mature; youthful and juvenile, inexpensive and cheap)

    • R.7.4.EKSP.6 use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase

    • R.7.4.EKSP.7 consult word reference materials to find the pronunciation of a word or determine/clarify meanings.

  • R.7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

    • R.7.5.a Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other.

    • R.7.5.b Identify and explain the theme(s).

    • R.7.5.c Identify cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

    • R.7.5.d Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

    • R.7.5.e Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.

    • R.7.5.f Compare and contrast various forms and genres of fictional text.

    • R.7.5.g Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language in an author's style.

    • R.7.5.h Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.

    • R.7.5.i Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text.

    • R.7.5.j Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

    • R.7.5.EU.1 understand that the author uses images to craft a message and create characters

    • R.7.5.EU.2 understand that literary nonfiction includes biography, autobiography, and personal essay

    • R.7.5.EU.3 understand that poetry can be rhymed, unrhymed, and/or patterned

    • R.7.5.EU.4 recognize an author's craft as the purposeful choice of vocabulary, sentence formation, voice, and tone.

    • R.7.5.EKSP.1 recognize the elements of narrative structure including

      • R.7.5.EKSP.1.a setting

      • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b character(s) (e.g., protagonist and antagonist)

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1 external conflicts

          • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1.1 individual vs. individual

          • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1.2 individual vs. nature

          • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1.3 individual vs. society

          • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1.4 individual vs. supernatural

          • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.1.5 individual vs. technology

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.b.2 internal conflict (i.e., individual vs. self)

      • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c plot – development of the central conflict, including

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c.1 initiating event

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c.2 rising action

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c.3 climax

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c.4 falling action

        • R.7.5.EKSP.1.c.5 resolution

      • R.7.5.EKSP.1.d theme

    • R.7.5.EKSP.2 identify and distinguish between first and third person point of view

    • R.7.5.EKSP.3 distinguish between narrative prose and poetic forms, including

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.a haiku

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.b limerick

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.c ballad

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.d free verse

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.e couplet

      • R.7.5.EKSP.3.f quatrain

    • R.7.5.EKSP.4 differentiate between a variety of fictional genres, including short story, novel, and drama

    • R.7.5.EKSP.5 identify characterization as the way an author presents a character and reveals character traits by

      • R.7.5.EKSP.5.a what a character says

      • R.7.5.EKSP.5.b what a character thinks

      • R.7.5.EKSP.5.c what a character does

      • R.7.5.EKSP.5.d how other characters respond to the character

    • R.7.5.EKSP.6 determine the theme(s) of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text

    • R.7.5.EKSP.7 provide an objective summary of the text

    • R.7.5.EKSP.8 analyze an author's choice and use of literary devices, including

      • R.7.5.EKSP.8.a foreshadowing

      • R.7.5.EKSP.8.b irony

    • R.7.5.EKSP.9 analyze elements of an author's style, including

      • R.7.5.EKSP.9.a word choice to develop tone

      • R.7.5.EKSP.9.b sentence structure

      • R.7.5.EKSP.9.c imagery

      • R.7.5.EKSP.9.d contrasting points of view

      • R.7.5.EKSP.9.e figurative language

    • R.7.5.EKSP.10 recognize and analyze the impact of an author's choice of sound devices, including

      • R.7.5.EKSP.10.a rhyme

      • R.7.5.EKSP.10.b rhythm

      • R.7.5.EKSP.10.c repetition

      • R.7.5.EKSP.10.d alliteration

      • R.7.5.EKSP.10.e onomatopoeia

    • R.7.5.EKSP.11 compare and contrast two or more texts on the same topic or with similar themes

    • R.7.5.EKSP.12 use evidence from the text(s) for support when drawing conclusions or making inferences

    • R.7.5.EKSP.13 analyze how an individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes)

    • R.7.5.EKSP.14 demonstrate comprehension and apply strategies to write about what is read.

  • R.7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

    • R.7.6.a Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.

    • R.7.6.b Identify an author's organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.

    • R.7.6.c Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.

    • R.7.6.d Differentiate between fact and opinion.

    • R.7.6.e Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.

    • R.7.6.f Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author's viewpoint.

    • R.7.6.g Identify the main idea.

    • R.7.6.h Summarize text identifying supporting details.

    • R.7.6.i Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.

    • R.7.6.j Identify cause and effect relationships.

    • R.7.6.k Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.

    • R.7.6.l Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.

    • R.7.6.m Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

    • R.7.6.EU.1 understand that an author's use of connotations and persuasive language conveys viewpoint

    • R.7.6.EU.2 understand that an author's patterns of organization can aid comprehension

    • R.7.6.EU.3 understand an author's viewpoint refers to a bias or subjectivity toward the subject; a viewpoint can be positive or negative

    • R.7.6.EU.4 understand that text features are created purposefully and are an aid to comprehension

    • R.7.6.EU.5 understand that there are strategies, including context, structural analysis, and reference sources, for determining the meaning of unfamiliar and technical vocabulary

    • R.7.6.EU.6 understand that skilled readers of nonfictional texts apply different reading strategies.

    • R.7.6.EKSP.1 use text features to make predictions and enhance comprehension, including, but not limited to,

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.a boldface and/or italics type

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.b type set in color

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.c underlining

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.d indentation

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.e sidebars

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.f illustrations, graphics, and photographs

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.g headings and subheadings

      • R.7.6.EKSP.1.h footnotes and annotations

    • R.7.6.EKSP.2 recognize organizational pattern to enhance comprehension, including

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.a cause and effect

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.b comparison/contrast,

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.c enumeration or listing

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.d sequential or chronological

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.e concept/definition

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.f generalization

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.g process

      • R.7.6.EKSP.2.h problem/solution

    • R.7.6.EKSP.3 recognize transitional words and phrases authors use to signal organizational patterns,

    • R.7.6.EKSP.4 determine the central ideas in a text and analyze its development over the course of the text

    • R.7.6.EKSP.5 provide an objective summary of texts

    • R.7.6.EKSP.6 analyze how different authors write about the same topic and shape their presentations or viewpoints of key information using facts, opinions, and reasoning

    • R.7.6.EKSP.7 demonstrate comprehension and apply strategies to write about what is read.