7th Grade English

Students explore the question of what it means to be American, reading texts that address diverse aspects of the American experience.

Course Summary

In 7th grade, students explore the question of what it means to be American. Students read texts that address diverse aspects of the American experience, including those discussing indigenous Americans, African Americans, first- and second-generation immigrants from different time periods and countries of origin, undocumented youth, and white Americans. Through these texts, students will think deeply about the complex past, present, and future of America, and how to define tiour ever-changing identy as a nation.

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1

Defining America: Poems, Essays, and Short Stories

Students explore the diversity of the American experience through a variety of voices, texts, and genres.

26 Lessons

2

Fighting Injustice: Uprising & Flesh and Blood So Cheap

Students explore the American experience through close study of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the social history of the early 20th century.

35 Lessons

3

Pursuing Dreams: A Raisin in the Sun

Students explore the American experience through the story of an African-American family struggling to achieve their dreams.

25 Lessons

4

Finding Home: The House on Mango Street

Students explore the American experience through the eyes of a young Latina girl as she struggles to define herself in relation to her community.

21 Lessons

5

Exploring Identity: American Born Chinese

Students explore the American experience through the story of a young boy's conflicted relationship with his Chinese-American identity.

21 Lessons

6

Facing Prejudice: All American Boys

Students explore the American experience through the eyes of two young men - one white and one black - connected through an incident of police brutality.

20 Lessons

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