Grade 7Language Arts

Focus: Unit 1 is a contemporary literature unit in which students will read the trade book Hello, Universe and think about the concept of identity. It is important that students encounter characters in books who reflect their own background and experience, as well as people who may be from different backgrounds and experiences.

The literary skills addressed in this unit highlight how authors develop and contrast points of view and perspectives, and how the elements of character, setting, and plot interact.  Students will analyze the use of figurative language and identify and explain major literary themes in fictional literature.

Also, in this unit, students will review different types of sentences and paragraphs and will then write an informative essay. In addition, they will study the following Greek and Roman affixes, ab-, ad-, and ex-, and English words in which they are used.

Hello, Universe is the third novel written by Filipino-American author Erin Entrada Kelly. Hello, Universe has won numerous literary awards, such as the 2018 Newbery Medal. Kelly has also received awards for some of her previous work, such as a Golden Kite Award and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. The novel deals with issues such as bullying and disability, as well as friendship, self-discovery, and self-acceptance.

Note: Schools will need to purchase Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly; Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 2020), ISBN# 978-0062414168 (paper).

Number of Lessons: 12

Lesson Time: 90 minutes. Each lesson is broken down in to 45 minute segments.

Additional Terms: informative text • characterization • literary device • point of view • perspective

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