Academic Literacy - curriculum

  • 7th grade Academic Literacy Curriculum

    In this course, students explore a variety of reading materials used to expand reading and research skills, comprehension, and interest.  They are exposed to reading strategies that promote best practices as well as established philosophies.  In order to solidify these critical reading skills and grow as independent readers, this course provides opportunities for students to practice literacy skills and strategies in conjunction with developing writing skills. Students are also offered opportunities to participate in independent and collaborative interest driven research projects.

    Course Content:                           

    -    Reading Nonfiction: Text Features/Text Structure

    -    Biographies/Autobiographies

    -    Informational Writing/Research

    **Overall theme:  Can 1 person make a difference?**

    Possible reading materials by unit:


    1.     My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel

    2.     Che Guevera: You Win or Die by Stuart A. Kallen

    3.     The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind  by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    4.     Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    5.     Temple Grandin: How the Girls Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

    6.  Muhammed Ali

    7.  Believe: The Victorious story of Eric LeGrand

    8.  Malala

          Issues in 21st Century Food and Nutrition

             1.   Your Food Is Fooling You: How Your Brain Is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt by David A. Kessler

    2.     Omnivores Dilemma (Young Readers Edition) by Michael Pollan 

    3.     Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

    4.     Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy by Kelsey Timmerman

           Human Brain Unit

    1.     Phineas Gage: Awesome But True Story About Brain Science  by John Fleischman

    2.     A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink

    Cultures & Colonialism

    1.     IraquiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq by IragiGirl

    2.     Three Cups of Tea (Young Readers Edition) by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 

    3.     A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

    4.     Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed the World by Warren St. John

    5.     The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    Independent Reading

    Students will also be expected to complete monthly independent reading assignments using the Newsela Pro program.