Reading - 7th Grade


  • Demonstrate understanding of word recognition strategies (context clues, word origins, and decoding) through pronunciation and clarification of text passages


  • Read with fluency, accuracy, and expression from a variety of genres
  • Exhibit comprehension through self-monitoring, questioning, visualizing, predicting, and making inferences
  • Interpret literary elements and defining features of multiple works of literature
  • Evaluate accuracy and usefulness of information from various resources
  • Understand structure of expository materials including main idea and text patterns
  • Use strategies to clarify understanding of text (e.g. reread, scan for details, summarize main ideas)
  • Use visual features of text (e.g. headings boldface print, diagrams, illustrations, charts, graphs) to aid with comprehension.
  • Understand how language use (e.g. jargon, dialect, multiple meanings, sensory or figurative language), sentence structure and punctuation convey mood, meaning in literary works.


  • Summarize, synthesize, and form opinions
  • Analyze theme, concepts, and literary elements found in various forms of literature and informational texts.
  • Use contextual evidence to support conclusions
  • Distinguish among different genres
  • Choose, discuss, and analyze a variety of genres at an appropriate reading level
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic teachings when interpreting the meaning of various literary works
  • Evaluate literary merit informally and formally using criteria provided
  • Evaluate moral issues within a literary work
  • Provide interpretive responses relating to diversity, American cultural heritage, and world cultures; plus orally and in writing to literary and non-literary texts.
  • Interpret themes, ideas, and insights found in classical literature; while reading, interpreting and reflecting on contemporary texts.
  • Apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to issues/themes found in various literary works
  • Evaluate texts for specific purposes and audiences; select, summarize, paraphrase, analyze, orally and in writingInfer using text resources such as charts, tables, pictures, glossaries, indices, appendices, etc. Understand how facts are presented and interpreted in various sources.
  • Analyze appropriate materials for research
  • Acquire information about Catholic Social Teachings through religious, catechetical, and spiritual texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of explicitly stated sequence of events in literacy and informational texts.
  • Evaluate and extend literacy and informal text and the author's use of language.
  • Understand and analyze the effect of characters, plot (e.g. rising action, climax, falling action, outcome), setting, language, topic, style, purpose and point of view on the overall impact of literature.
  • Make inferences about story elements (e.g. characters, setting, theme, plot, resolution)
  • Understand that one's own response to a text might differ from someone else's response to the same text.


  • Identify purpose for reading using various genres (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Demonstrate understanding of human life experiences through interpretation of literary and non-literary texts, historical, social, and cultural themes and issues
  • Establish purposeful reading and writing habits by using texts to find information, gain understanding of diverse viewpoints, make decisions, and enjoy the experience of reading.
  • Use interviews to gather information (e.g. prepare and ask relevant questions, make notes of responses, compile responses)
  • Understand the concept of plagiarism.


  • Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • 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. alliterations) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama
  • Analyze how a drama's or a poem's form or structure (e.g. soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning
  • Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text
  • Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multi-media version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g. lighting, sound, color, camera focus and angles in a film)
  • Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or a character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how author's of fiction use or alter history
  • By the end of the year read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text proficiently.


  • Identify and explain information, main ideas and organization found in a variety of informational passages.
  • Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g. how ideas influence individuals or events, and vice versa)
  • 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
  • Analyze a structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas
  • Determine the author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his/her position from that of others
  • Compare and contrast a text to its audio, video or multi-media version of the text, analyzing each medium's portrayal of the subject (how the delivery of the speech affects the impact of the words)
  • Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in the text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims
  • Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of the facts
  • By the end of the year read and comprehend literary non-fiction in the grades 6-8 text proficiently.