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7th Grade Language Arts Newsletter

Hello Parents,

We are fervently rolling along in what has been a very busy semester! We've come back from winter break in full force and haven't wasted any time getting back into the swing of things. Here are a few notes about upcoming events in 7th grade Language Arts. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Happy February!

Ms. B.


Important Dates:

Monday and Tuesday, February 3-4: In-class review of STAAR Writing Simulation

Tuesday, February 4
: Tutoring begins for second semester. We will have tutoring every Tuesday from 3:40-4:15. WOW buses will run in the afternoons for any students signed up for the WOW program. Tutoring letters were sent home at the end of last week/early this week for students who did not receive a passing grade on the STAAR Writing Simulation that was taken in January. Please return these yellow forms as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 5: CBA (Curriculum Based Assessment) over Narrative Text and Poetry,

Thursday and Friday, February 6-7: Personal Narrative Essay portion of the CBA

Friday, February 14: Valentine's Day--commit random acts of kindness! <3

Monday, February 17: President's Day/No school for students/Teacher In-Service Day

Monday, February 24: Westwood Multicultural Night 6:30-8:30 pm (more details will come soon!)

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Literary Analysis of Narrative Non-fiction and Memoir using DIDLS
  • Poetry Analysis using TPDTT
  • Comparing, contrasting, and connecting texts across different genres
  • The Writing Process and writing a Personal Narrative
  • Revising, Editing, Grammar Review
  • Spelling, and vocabulary building using Greek and Latin roots and affixes

Literary Analysis:

We use the acronym DIDLS to annotate and understand literature as we read. The acronym stands for:

  • D = diction - word choice that creates meaning, mood or tone
  • I = imagery - ways the author creates a "mind movie" or mental image, words that appeal to one or more of the five senses
  • D = details - topics that the author has gone into great detail about to show importance in the topic or idea
  • L = language - figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, etc.), tone
  • S = sentence structure - sentence length and form that creates flow as you read, mood or tone

Poetry Analysis:

We use the acronym TPDTT to annotate and understand aspects of poetry. This acronym stands for:

  • T = title: Make a prediction about what the title might mean
  • P = paraphrase: Write each stanza of the poem in your own words
  • D = diction: What words has the author chosen to create mood?
  • T = tone: What is the speaker's attitude about the topic?
  • T = theme: What message is the author giving about life, the world, people?