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GRADE 7: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

What your child is learning

Grade 7 children compare and summarize points of view by discussing their thoughts with others. For example, they express opinions, disagree politely, and ask questions to clarify their thinking.

Children learn a variety of strategies that help them understand and communicate about what they read, see and hear. For example, they read material quickly in order to find the main and supporting ideas in their own words, think about its meaning and how it makes sense.

Children learn to choose appropriate information sources when looking for answers to their research questions.

Children use a variety of ways to communicate ideas, keeping in mind the purpose and the intended audience. For example, they do role-plays, create posters, prepare PowerPoint presentations, and write legends, scripts, advertisements, speeches, etc.

In Grade 7, children use skills and strategies to edit their work. They create a variety of interesting sentences and use figurative language such as similes. They eliminate repetition and apply rules for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Children learn to reach agreement when working in groups. They evaluate their own contributions and how the group is working.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • How does your child check his or her comprehension?
  • How does your child think about, compare and support his or her opinions and conclusions?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)

  • How does your child choose and use a variety of information sources to answer questions?
  • How does your child organize ideas in spoken, written and visual communications?
  • How does your child use criteria and resources to check and improve work?

Critical Thinking

  • How does your child discuss and question his or her own viewpoints and ideas and those of others?
  • How does your child discuss the effects of bias and point of view on understanding?
  • How does your child evaluate his or her contribution to group projects?

Resources

Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards Kindergarten to Grade 8
A listing of outcomes by grade for Kindergarten to Grade 8

Lead the Way with ELA - A Parent Report on What’s New in English Language Arts
This Parent Report highlights some features of Manitoba’s new English language arts curriculum frameworks and describes ways parents can help their child learn. By working together, we can help ensure that every child can enjoy and experience success in English language arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY IS CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITICAL LITERACY IMPORTANT?

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?