• Mr. Deignan’s 7th Grade ELA Syllabus Readers’and Writers’Workshop


    Mr. Deignan

    Room 2321
    E-mail: patrick.deignan@spps.org


    Required daily for class:


    • Independent reading book


    • Journaling notebook


    • Planners and binders


    • Readings issued by Mr. Deignan


    Course Requirements:

    • It is required that you read 30 minutes nightly and journal/jot about your reading. You will have a dialogue with yourself about what you have read.
    • It is required that you are respectful of all classmates and their views. In order to function properly as a team we must put our trust in each other so that we may express ourselves freely and without judgment.
    • Your phone will not be necessary for the class. Phones must be kept out of sight or they will be held for the remainder of the period.



    Course Structure:

    • In our class, I will provide the lesson during the first 10 minutes of class. It is imperative that all students are on time. See student handbook regarding our tardy policy.
    • After the lesson, students will be directed to complete work based on the lesson. This work will range from independent, to partner and group work.
    • Our class will follow a four-quarter system with grades reflecting journal work, formative and summative assessments and any related unit work.



    Topic Outline/Schedule of International Baccalaureate units and SPPS curriculum

    • Quarter 1 / Unit 1: Identity: I Gotta Be Me


    • Key Concept: Identity
    • Related Concepts: Structure, Character, Theme, Purpose, Self-expression, Intertextuality
    • Brief Content of unit: Readers analyze difficult issues while valuing multiple perspectives.
    • Reading: Developing the Habit of Reading Analytically
    • Writing: Writing Realistic Fiction


    • Quarter 2 / Unit 2: See It From Where I’m Standing


    • Key Concept: Perspective
    • Related Concepts: Audience imperatives, Structure, Setting, Style, Genres, Context
    • Brief Content of Unit: Structure and function of persuasive texts. Perspectives that are used to persuade.
    • Reading: Developing Analytical Reading Practices Across Genres
    • Writing: Literary Essay, Writing about Themes in and Across Texts


    • Quarter 3 / Unit 3: Courage, Responsibility and Change
      • Key Concept: Change
      • Related Concepts: Point of View, Self-expression, Style, Audience imperatives
      • Brief Content of Unit: The responsibility of the author and their ability to affect change
      • Reading: Argument Reading: Nonfiction Research Across Text Sets
      • Writing: The Art of Argument, Research-Based Essays


    • Quarter 4 / Unit 4: Where in the World?!
      • Key Concept: Time, Place and Space
      • Related Concepts: Setting, Intertextuality, Purpose, Genres, Theme, Context
      • Brief Content of Unit: The reading of historical fiction enhances our study of historical events
      • Reading: Historical Fiction and Poetry
      • Writing: Narratives in historical context and poetry




    7th Grade Unit Planners:  



    FYI: Assignments must be submitted by the given deadline or special permission must be requested from instructor before the due date. Extensions will not be given beyond the next assignment except under extreme circumstances.