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Junior High English 7: In-Depth

Sample Readings

Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle

Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

Lots and lots of poetry!

Analysis Goals


  • Understanding narrative and lyrical poetry through the 6 Reporter Questions (or variant of Theon’s Six); generally, understanding poetic syntax appropriate to age
  • Recognizing Meter (Scansion) with emphasis on iambic and trochaic meter
  • Recognizing different kinds of Rhyme (end rhyme, internal rhyme)
  • Recognizing stanza forms, especially couplet, tercet, and quatrain
  • Figurative Language and Tropes: onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, allusion, hyperbole

Classical Essay

  • Recognizing and paraphrasing a Maxim
  • Use of Encomium
  • Use of Cause/Opposite
  • Use of Analogy
  • Use of Example
  • Use of Testimony
  • Analyze rhetorical style of a paragraph
  • Analyze arrangement

Prose Literature

  • Using Freytag’s Pyramid to track plot (introduction, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)
  • Character analysis and growth throughout a story
  • Recognizing a Theme/Motif in a longer work
  • Literary techniques: imagery, foreshadowing, voice, dialect, all tropes learned in Poetry unit
  • Understanding a story with regard to its historical setting and author biography
  • Distinguishing the author/poet from the narrator/voice of the story

Composition Goals

  • Imitation of meter, rhyme, form, and poetic Tropes/Figures: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia
  • Paraphrase (e.g. a stanza to a single sentence)
  • Analytical writing about a poem as a report, incorporating: Who/Person, When & Where/Time & Place, What/Action, How/Manner, Why/Cause
  • Vocabulary Routine
  • Writing Character description
  • Short Answer/Single Sentence quizzes
  • Continue Shurley Grammar 5 – writing topic sentence/paragraphs, Unit 1 Lesson 31 (with poetry analysis)
  • CWS Maxim
    • Deliberative rhetoric (aka “legal” involving support or opposition)
    • Encomium paragraph
    • Paraphrase paragraph
    • Cause paragraph
    • Opposite paragraph
    • Analogy paragraph (comparison)
    • Example (paradigm) paragraph
    • Testimony paragraph
    • Epilogue paragraph
    • Classical essay format and arrangement from Maxim – using all 8 studied paragraphs listed above.
    • Paragraph form of topic sentence and one point per paragraph (no study of concluding sentence or hooks)
    • Thesis statements are guided, not original
    • The three appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) – what they are