Updated July 2014

LearnZillion: 7th Grade ELA

Worthwhile, yet somewhat limited support for Common Core ELA skills

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  • English Language Arts

  • Critical Thinking
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Compared to some of LearnZillion's other offerings, the 7th Grade ELA module has fewer lesson sets and covers fewer standards. That said, there's special emphasis -- perhaps not surprisingly -- on argumentative writing. These lessons are connected either to a corresponding literature lesson, or to a real-life topic, like school lunches or kids' cell phone use. Also notable: Three of the six lesson sets for literature include anchor texts, leveled texts for practice, and performance assessments.

The content and instruction here are dense. The videos are very clear, but simple to the point that some kids might find them boring. You may want to begin using the site as a planning resource and then move on to some whole-class activities. Be sure to model how to follow the lessons for your class. From there assign your students some differentiated work, either individually or in groups.

Full Disclosure: LearnZillion and Common Sense Education share funders; however, those relationships do not impact Common Sense Education's editorial independence and this learning rating.

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Lynn P. , Classroom teacher
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LearnZillion is a quick, go-to source for model lessons.
I plan to continue using LearnZillion, and further exploring other resources it has to offer as well as other ways of using these resources in the classroom.
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