Grade 7Language Arts

Focus: Unit 3, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, explores historical accounts and fictional portrayals of Victorian London. It examines how an author develops a major theme throughout a novel.

This unit also examines why authors select specific points of view to tell a story; how the elements of character, setting, and plot interact; and how figurative and descriptive language impact a story.

During this unit, students will read an abridged Core Knowledge Foundation version of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is probably Stevenson’s most popular work. He also wrote popular works such as Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) as well as a famous book of poetry, A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885).

In this unit, students will practice grammar skills involving transitions and parallel structure. and morphology skills involving a variety of Greek and Latin roots, including audio, auto, demos, manus, morphe, pedis, and sentio. Students will also write and publish an argumentative essay and support it with evidence.

Number of Lessons: 9

Lesson Time: 90 minutes each. Each lesson is broken down into 45 minute segments.

Additional Terms: personification • narrator • mood • conflict • character traits

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