Scope & Sequence - Insights: Comprehension Strategies for Grade 7

Unit 1: Using Context Clues

Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words by

  • analyzing sentences containing words in a series
  • analyzing sentences containing words linked by associated meanings or “go-togethers”
  • using sentence context to determine appropriate meanings of words with multiple meanings
  • analyzing roots and suffixes of unknown words to infer word meaning
  • using context to confirm meaning inferred from word analysis

Unit 2: Mood in Reading and Writing

Infer the mood in stories by

  • inferring the mood implied by direct statements, actions, and dialogue
  • locating connotative words suggesting emotions and attitudes
  • inferring the character’s mood from clues in the paragraph
  • writing sentences that express given moods and feelings
  • writing a character description to create a specific mood
  • analyzing mood changes in a story
  • noting complex mood changes in literature
  • using mood clues in writing

Unit 3: Comprehending Comparisons

Analyze and explain various types of comparisons and contrasts by

  • distinguishing comparisons showing similarities from comparisons showing differences
  • differentiating between explained and implied comparisons
  • identifying signal words suggesting similarities and differences
  • inferring similarities in similes and metaphor
  • deconstructing unexplained negative comparisons
  • deriving underlying similarities from apparent differences
  • differentiating comparisons from non-comparisons
  • analyzing similarities and differences of characters in literature

Unit 4: Analyzing Characters

Analyze characters in narrative prose by

  • differentiating between details suggesting character traits and other details
  • identifying traits revealed through action, dialogue, and direct statement
  • charting the similarities and differences between two characters
  • comparing traits and predicting behavior by charting characters’ responses to a particular situation
  • inferring a character’s motivation by charting reasons for specific actions and dialogue
  • using character differences, situation-response, and action-reason charts to summarize literature
  • comparing two authors’ points of view about the same character
  • making inferences about implied characters

Unit 5: Comprehending Complex Information

Analyze various types of complex information found in textbooks by

  • identifying three basic grammatical structures of sentences: simple, compound, and complex
  • recognizing how different sentence structures typically express condensed information about the 5W’s plus How
  • identifying sequential information and signal words showing simultaneous events and chronological order
  • placing out-of-order events in chronological order
  • comparing subjects in terms of several attributes
  • writing plot summaries