Grade 7 Suggested Topics

The table below outlines themes and topics that may be used to address the objectives in the six strands of Grade 7 ELA. This list has been provided by Sask. Learning to support teachers in their planning using currently recommended student resources. Teachers should contact their teacher librarian or the Curriculum Materials Centre to determine the availability of collections kits, multi-source kits, and anthologies, on many of the topics listed on the right.

Sask.Learning's expectations are that a minimum of six units be taught per year. Five of these topics/units must be as follows:

A multi-genre thematic unit is built around a theme or topic and includes a range of prose, poetry, and plays (e.g., Heroes).

A multi-genre, interdisciplinary inquiry unit is built around a theme or topic that is related to an important question(s). An interdisciplinary unit considers and addresses objectives from both English language arts and other area(s) of study. The emphasis in an inquiry unit is on "finding out" the answers to a question or questions that the students have about the theme or topic. Teachers and students use the inquiry process to guide their activities in an inquiry unit.

A genre study unit focuses on a specific literary genre (e.g., the novel). An author study focuses on the works of a particular author or illustrator.

Thematic studies easily adapt to multigrade situations. Teachers can vary activities within a broad theme or topic to suit the various ability levels of students and to meet the learning objectives for their respective grades.

Finally,teachers are encouraged to continue to develop and plan their own themes and topics using other quality resources that address the goals and objecives of the curriculum.

Grade
Sample Units from Sask. Learning
7
7
A Taste of Saskatchewan
multi-genre thematic
7
The Winds of Change
multi-genre thematic
7
Imagine Radio
multi-genre thematic
7
7
Author Study
genre study
7
Poetry Study
genre study

 

Contexts
Descriptors
Additional Topics

Personal and Philosophical

(could be integrated with health education, arts education, mathematics, physical education)

Looking Inward

Focusing on self-image and self-esteen

Thinking reflectively

Questions beliefs and values of self and society

Reflecting upon self and life

Examining spiritual aspects of life

Heroes
multi-genre thematic

Personal Bests
Sports
multi-genre thematic

Exploring Thoughts, Feelings, and Ideas
multi-genre thematic

Actions and Reactions
Short Stories
genre study

Thinking Outside the Box
multi-genre thematic

Social, Cultural, and Historical

(could be integrated with social studies, arts education, health education)

Looking outward

Examining relationships and friendships

Identifying local, community and international issues


Exploring own and others' traditions and cultures

Exploring place in history of humankind

Focusing on people's stories in an historical context (e.g. biography)

Connecting with the past and considering the future in light of the past

A Better World
multi-genre inquiry

Young People Throughout the Ages
multi-genre inquiry

Larger than Life
Biography
genre study

Friends for Life
multi-genre thematic

Imaginative and Literary

(could be integrated with arts education, social studies, science)

Considering imaginary worlds

Imagining future possiblilities (e.g. what if...)

Exploring specific genres (e.g. humour, science fiction) or authors

Aboriginal Legends and Stories

Biography
genre study

Saskatchewan Voices

Communicative

(could be integrated with arts education, mathematics, social studies, arts education)

Exploring language origins and changes over time

Exploring communication technology and ideas

Messages

Think for Yourself
Media
genre study

Environmental

(could be integrated with science, arts education, mathematics, health education)

Exploring elements of nature

Examining environmental issues (e.g. pollution)

Examining the role of technology in society

Touch the Earth
multi-genre inquiry


Ecology

multi-genre inquiry

Animals
multi-genre thematic

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