Course Information

Grade 7 English Language Development – Justice Page Middle School

At Justice Page, we understand that a separate English language class is just as important as learning English in core content classes. Students are intentionally placed in language development class according to English proficiency level. This allows students to collaboratively develop their English skills at a pace that best fits their learning styles and needs.


Course Description: Students develop advanced English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to support academic achievement and language learning in all content areas. Students build academic vocabulary, strengthen literacy skills, and engage in critical thinking using the research-based curriculum English 3D: Discuss, Describe, Debate. Curriculum materials guide students in examining high-interest social issues such as female athletes, online bullying, and media and image.  

During class, students:

  • participate in daily discussions using academic English.

  • acquire and practice using academic vocabulary.

  • develop advanced academic reading and writing skills.

  • debate and present speeches.

  • build essential language and literacy skills for high school, college, and career.

Students also analyze photographs, videos, and news articles to deepen their language skills and understanding of curriculum topics. In addition, students explore creative nonfiction, literature, and poetry.

To help meet student needs in core content classes, content material and collaboration with content teachers is also incorporated into the course as necessary.  


Essential Standards: Learning targets for listening, speaking, reading, and writing are posted daily in the classroom. These daily targets support students in progressing towards mastery of the four long-term learning targets aligned with grade-level English Language Arts standards.

Listening: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1.D Acknowledge (summarize, ask questions, etc.) new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.

Speaking: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6-8.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Reading and Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6-8.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Materials: binder with divider for class and loose-leaf paper, student planner, pencils


Homework: Because work in this course emphasizes collaboration with peers, as well as supports core content classes, homework will be minimal. Homework may be assigned if students need more time to complete an in-class assignment. Other activities include interviews with families on debate topics.


Late Work: Late work is only accepted if there has been an absence or if a student discusses and arranges an extension with the teacher for circumstances in which more work time is needed.


Assessment: Students are required to demonstrate progress and growth on the annual WIDA test. To support this requirement, students will demonstrate progress and growth on curriculum-embedded activities, assignments, and assessments in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Standards-based grading:  Assignment grades will be based on the JPS 4-point Standards-Based Grading Scale. The Student/Parent Portal then translates those grades into overall letter grades.



Exceeds Standards


Meets Standards


Partially Meets Standards


Does Not Meet Standards


No Evidence

Students demonstrate an advanced understanding and application of content materials.

Students have mastered the expected targeted knowledge for a specific learning target.  

Students show progress toward understanding the learning target, but have not yet mastered content knowledge.

Students have foundational or limited understanding of material but need more time, work, and assistance to butter understand the concepts.

Students show no understanding or no evidence of material.


The learning objective is for all students to reach proficiency level (3), meaning they are demonstrating appropriate language skills connected to language learning targets in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The expectation for student work in seventh grade is high, work is rigorous, and the goal for all students is to be able to celebrate their growth.


Retakes and revising policy:  Students may revise their work or in order to demonstrate increased learning on essential long-term learning targets. Students must discuss any revisions with the teacher. All revisions are due by the end of the unit.


Parent Involvement: Families of students are always welcome in the classroom to observe and/or share their knowledge on class topics or any language!


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