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7th Grade English & History

teresa.louis@imagineschools.org

(303) 772-3711 x212

Room 212

 

Ms. Louis has been teaching since 1990. She has taught all subjects in self-contained classes at the elementary school level, English at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and art at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. In her spare time she likes to read, write, paint, hike, swing dance and listen to jazz.
 
Tutoring: Mondays, 3:30-4:30
 
***Grammar worksheets can be found on the "Links" page (see left sidebar) under "Grammar" Spelling lists can be found on the "Links" page under "Spelling".*** 
Are you missing any work besides grammar worksheets or do you need a spelling list? Please e-mail me or ask me for a copy in class. I only post homework, not classwork.
 
 
Units of Study
 
Quarter 1
In English, we will study parts of speech in grammar. We will also work on spelling commonly misspelled words this quarter, as well as learning important Greek/Latin stems and academic vocabulary. We will begin the year by reading Core Knowledge short stories and reviewing reading strategies that students will be expected to use throughout the year. We will also review the standard writing procedure that students will be expected to utilize the rest of the year. Students will write a short story in their choice of genre at the end of the quarter.
 
In History, we will review basic geography terms and skills. We will also study the ancient history and culture of both China and Africa, which will include learning the geography of these different areas.  
 
Quarter 2
In English, we will read short biographies of various people important to World War One and continue writing a variety of essays. We will also read and discuss Jack London's The Call of the Wild. We will continue with grammar, finishing up parts of speech and learning about parts of sentence (subject, predicate, direct and indirect objects, and subject complements) as well. We will continue learning commonly misspelled words, Greek/Latin stems, and academic vocabulary.
 
In History, we will learn about Teddy Roosevelt, including his role in the Spanish-American War and his legacy as a conservationist. We will then study the causes and effects of World War One, as well as a number of battles and events on the home front during that time period. We will be looking at a variety of primary documents, including documentary videos, in our studies.
 
Quarter 3
In English, we will continue to write a variety of essays. We will also read and discuss the first half of Animal Farm, by George Orwell. In addition, we will read a variety of poems, write original poems, and conduct a poetry reading, which will include reciting a poem of choice.
 
In History, we will study the Russian Revolution and the beginning of communism as a form of government. We will then study events in the U.S. and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, including the stock market crash of 1929 and the resulting Great Depression.
 
Quarter 4
In English, we will read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and study the context of the diary: the Holocaust. We will also read accounts of partisans who sabotaged the Nazi war machine on the home front.
 
In History, we will learn about multiple aspects of World War II, from the rise of totalitarianism to pivotal battles to the actions taken on the home front. These actions include people breaking the enemies' codes at Bletchley Park, scientists creating the atom bomb, and women working in the military and goods production--think, Rosie the Riveter. It truly was an "all hands on deck" war.