Language Arts

Welcome to 7th Grade Language Arts!

“I am in the world to change the world.” -Muriel Rukeyser, poet and activist

Welcome!  This page will be updated throughout the year with various class information and resources.  Please email Lydia Valentine at lvalentine@sgs-wa.org with any questions.

Language Arts Curriculum Overview–

Get a glimpse into the year!

17-18 Language Arts Curriculum

General 7th Grade LA Schedule

Other Resources

How to use a comma!

For another comma reminder, check out this TED-Ed video that we watched in class! 

Tricks with Dialogue

Literary Terms


Facebook for the Gods

In Language Arts, we have begun to work toward completing the Greek Mythology unit, which concludes with a deity research project.  Students have been researching all aspects of a deity they received by the luck of the draw, becoming experts on everything from the deity’s domain, primary symbols, important relationships, and major stories.  This week, they used their knowledge to create faux-Facebook pages, a platform that is perfect for highlighting the dramatic leanings of the gods.

Draft of Sylvia's Aphrodite Profile Page

Draft of Sylvia’s Aphrodite Profile Page

Lauren's Hades News Feed

Draft of Lauren’s Hades News Feed

In addition to this task, students will create presentations for the class that utilizes slides and a creative writing or artistic endeavor displaying the depth of the research they compiled.  Not only will the above information be shared, but students will also provide details on their deities’ Roman equivalent and a counterpart from another culture.

While students began this work with me, the unit will come to fruition with my substitute, Alison Behnke, who will cover for me while I am in Honduras completing a poetry fellowship.

Alison Behnke is extremely excited to be at Seattle Girls School for the month of November. She loves middle schoolers and has been curious about S.G.S. ever since her son bumped into the school goat on the play structure at Flo Ware park. Alison was born and raised in Seattle. She attended college in Vermont and then hightailed it back to the west coast. She taught at Mercer International Middle School on Beacon Hill for 6 years. When her second son was born, she stepped out of the classroom and spent a couple years writing news stories for young adults. Last year she started substitute teaching in independent schools. Alison’s only complaint is that she isn’t starting her month-long stint at S.G. S. until after Halloween. It’s one of her favorite holidays. Alison once dressed up as a Dick’s milkshake for Halloween. Her partner was a side of french fries. This year her sons, 5-year-old Weston and 3-year-old Calder, wanted to be hawks and requested that their parents be the prey. Alison obeyed and dressed up as a bunny.