Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014

LearnZillion: 7th Grade ELA

Worthwhile, yet somewhat limited support for Common Core ELA skills
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This module is part of the Website LearnZillion.
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • The literature lessons can lead to some great writing opportunities.
  • Here's a sample of an Argumentative Writing lesson set.
  • The core lessons are offered as video tutorials.
  • Final assessments are PDFs and printer-friendly.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

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.

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