Class Overview - 7th grade English Language Arts

In the 7th grade ELA class, English Language Arts, we have recently finished reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is the third crime novel written by him. The book tells the story of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant John Watson, trying to discover the truth hiding behind the legend of a supernatural hound. At the end of each chapter, we have had lively discussions about the main events that took place.  Throughout the novel we suggested different theories for the book, which created interesting conversations. We have also been completing small assignments to better understand the novel. Because we have finished the book, we had the opportunity to watch a four-part mini-series based off of the story. Along with reading, we have been working on enhancing our vocabulary with weekly roots quizzes. We have been using the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge workbook by The Rooted Mind Scholarly Enrichment Programs. We are able to learn different roots of words, which helps us figure out the root meaning of words that are not familiar to us. Moving forward we will be reading short stories from Realms of Gold Volume Two. The book, which has been used in past years, contains poems, short stories, and speeches. Overall, our ELA class has been a very engaging and enriching experience.