Seventh-Grade English Language Arts (ELA) Standards

seventh-grade-languageBy seventh grade, your daughter or son has settled in to middle school and is learning many new skills, including how to analyze a story and how to present information in front of a group. Here are some examples of what your daughter or son will learn over the year, questions to ask his or her teachers and tips for reinforcing ELA skills at home.

Reading Literature and Informational Text

  • Analyze how a story or play uses setting and events to advance the plot and/or shape the characters.
  • Understand how word choices, including rhymes and alliterative phrases, influence the tone and meaning of a text.
  • Support an analysis of fiction or informative writing with both direct evidence and inference drawn from the text.


  • Write narratives that include context, a sequential plot and descriptive details and characters.
  • Short research projects: Use multiple print and digital sources to answer a question; follow standard bibliography and footnote formats.
  • Use digital tools to work with others and to produce and publish written work.

Speaking and Listening

  • Give a class presentation that makes an argument or answers a question using well-organized ideas and facts as well as clear speech, eye contact and other presentation skills.


  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words using common roots from Greek (biblio, hyper), and Latin (aqua, cent) words.

Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

The Common Core State Standards for the seventh grade also include literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. It is important to note that these literacy standards supplement content standards in the aforementioned subjects — not replace them. Individual states determine how to fold these standards into existing standards.

Learn More: Click to view related resources.