Georgia English Language Arts Standards of Excellence — Grade 7


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ELAGSE7L1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE7L1a

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

ELAGSE7L1b

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

ELAGSE7L1c

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

ELAGSE7L2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

ELAGSE7L2a

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

ELAGSE7L3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening

ELAGSE7L3a

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

ELAGSE7L4

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

ELAGSE7L4a

Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a words position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase

ELAGSE7L4b

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

ELAGSE7L4c

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.

ELAGSE7L4d

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).

ELAGSE7L5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

ELAGSE7L5a

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

ELAGSE7L5b

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

ELAGSE7L5c

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

ELAGSE7L6

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

ELAGSE7RI1

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

ELAGSE7RI10

By the end of the year, 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.

ELAGSE7RI2

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.

ELAGSE7RI3

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).

ELAGSE7RI4

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.

ELAGSE7RI5

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.

ELAGSE7RI6

Determine an authors point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

ELAGSE7RI7

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

ELAGSE7RI8

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.

ELAGSE7RI9

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

ELAGSE7RL1

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

ELAGSE7RL10

By the end of the year, 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.

ELAGSE7RL2

Determine a theme and/or of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text

ELAGSE7RL3

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how settings shape the characters or plot).

ELAGSE7RL4

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

ELAGSE7RL5

Analyze how a dramas or poems form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

ELAGSE7RL6

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

ELAGSE7RL7

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

ELAGSE7RL8

(Not applicable to literature)

ELAGSE7RL9

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

ELAGSE7SL1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE7SL1a

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

ELAGSE7SL1b

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

ELAGSE7SL1c

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 need

ELAGSE7SL1d

Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views and understanding

ELAGSE7SL2

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

ELAGSE7SL3

Delineate a speakers argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence

ELAGSE7SL4

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

ELAGSE7SL5

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

ELAGSE7SL6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 7 Language Standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

ELAGSE7W1

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

ELAGSE7W10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a Georgia Department of Education April 29, 2015 Page 13 of 22 All Rights Reserved day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

ELAGSE7W1a

Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically

ELAGSE7W1b

Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

ELAGSE7W1c

Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidenc

ELAGSE7W1d

Establish and maintain a formal style.

ELAGSE7W1e

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

ELAGSE7W2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

ELAGSE7W2a

Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

ELAGSE7W2b

Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples

ELAGSE7W2c

Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

ELAGSE7W2d

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

ELAGSE7W2e

Establish and maintain a formal style

ELAGSE7W2f

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

ELAGSE7W3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and wellstructured event sequences.

ELAGSE7W3a

Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

ELAGSE7W3b

Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters

ELAGSE7W3c

Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.

ELAGSE7W3d

Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

ELAGSE7W3e

Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events

ELAGSE7W4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in Standards 13 above.)

ELAGSE7W5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language Standards 13 up to and including grade7.)

ELAGSE7W6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

ELAGSE7W7

Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

ELAGSE7W8

Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

ELAGSE7W9

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

ELAGSE7W9a

Apply grade 7 Reading Standards to literature (e.g., 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).

ELAGSE7W9b

Apply grade 7 Reading Standards to literary nonfiction (e.g. 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).