100 South Main Street

Palestine, IL  62451

Phone:  618-586-2713

Fax:      618-586-2905

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The seventh grade language arts curriculum consists of three major units of study: reading, writing, and English/grammar/usage. Through their reading of both fiction and non-fiction, students will analyze stories and articles, apply the elements of literature, increase their vocabulary, identify figures of speech, and develop critical reading skills. While utilizing the writing process, students will create sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. Additionally, students will read, analyze, and write poetry. The students will study parts of speech and practice usage in their written work. The students will learn how to conduct basic research through the use of the school library, public library, and electronic media



The objectives are

  • to improve students’ writing abilities through the study of sentences and sentence patterns
  • to improve their grammar skills through the study of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, phrases, clauses,
  • to develop language – spoken and written
  • to study word history
  • to study and correctly use capitalization and punctuation
  • to spell correctly
  • to correctly diagram sentences
  • to use research skills


  • a computerized reading management program
  • 18 points are required for an "A" grade


  • Study skills class concentrates on improving students’ reading and thinking skills. Main areas of study include the following: Organization of materials, review skills, note-taking skills, test taking strategies, listening skills
  • Problem Solving/Thinking Skills


Seventh grade reading students will:

  • use context clues to decipher meaning in passages read
  • identify the main idea and supporting details in 7th grade level material
  • use a dictionary to learn and confirm word meanings
  • distinguish between fact and opinion
  • identify words and phrases that are causing comprehension difficulty
  • identify rising action, climax, falling action
  • identify:
  1. otheme
  2. opoint of view
  3. osetting
  4. oimagery
  5. oforeshadowing
  6. odiction
  7. odialect
  8. ofigurative language
  9. oconflict and resolution
  10. ocharacterization
  11. omood

7th GRADE WRITING: Students will be required to:

  • complete several narrative, expository, and persuasive pieces of writing.
  • Identify and use: alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, free verse, rhythm, rhyme
  • Write poems:
  1. oCouplet
  2. oTriplet
  3. oQuatrain
  4. oHaiku
  5. oTanka
  6. oDiamante
  7. oFree verse
  8. oBallad
  9. oConcrete
  • Write a 3-5 paragraph essay for a purpose
  • Write a response to literature
  • Write a response to a non-fiction article



Michele Mendenhall

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Please make sure that your child is here by 7:45 a.m. if they plan to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Our cafeterial stops serving breakfast promptly at 7:55!


We hope you had a Happy Mother's Day and enjoyed our gifts!



The week of May 9th we will be continuing Unit 5, Week 6 in our reading series, with a story about Benjamin Franklin. Spelling words are words that have the prefixes re- or un-. We will have our pre-test on Wednesday and a final test onFriday. We have a new list of vocabulary words! In math we will be continuing our Rocket Math program, where we will have daily homework memorizing and practicing math facts at individual levels, and as we have finished our Saxon curriculum, we will be doing some other reviews and extensions of previously taught skills.





Unit 5, Week 6 Spelling Words


1. unhappy      2. refill     3. untie    4. undo     

5. repay       6. unkind      7. undress      8. retell       

9. reopen   10. refund    

bonus: 1. different*     2. carry*



Unit 5, Week 6 Vocabulary Words


brothers     child     cold     find     gold     hold     kind     mind     most     old     poor     post     rebuild     rebuilt     repaint     replanted     retie     retold     sold     told     unable     unbutton     unlock     unpacked     wild     

* denotes selection vocabulary





Daily Homework Assignments

Monday – Math Worksheets, Practice Rocket Math, Read AR Books, Study Spelling & Vocabulary Words

Tuesday – Math Worksheets, Practice Rocket Math, Read AR Books, Study Spelling & Vocabulary Words

Wednesday - Math Worksheets, Practice Rocket Math, Read AR Books, Study Spelling & Vocabulary Words

Thursday - Math Worksheets, Practice Rocket Math, Read AR books, Study Spelling & Vocabulary Words

Friday - Read AR and Practice Rocket Math




Parent Notes:

1. Thank you for sending in healthy snacks to help with our snack time!

2. School begins at 8:00 a.m. If your child is late, he/she will need to be signed in at the school office. With our new security system, you will need to be buzzed in at the front door.

3. Your child should have math homework almost every night. He/She also needs to practice spelling words and reading words nightly. Together, you should be reading his/her library book and returning it when your child is ready to test.




Visit the following website for your child to get extra practice with these lists of words: https://www.spellingcity.com/mlmendenhall









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