Mrs. Amanda Upham

Welcome to 7th Grade English Language Arts


Course Description: ELA is a 60 minute course that tackles reading, writing, grammar, and speaking. Our curriculum has changed in exciting ways this year to meet the PA Core standards.  Students will be completing five modules throughout the course of the year.  We will be reading, evaluating, and analyzing one novel per module in conjunction with a variety of other sources.  

7th Grade ELA Curriculum

Module One- The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Upcoming Assignments:  Civil Rights presentations, novel study, argumentative essay

Module Two- Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Upcoming Assignments: Malaga Island Stations, novel study, personal narrative

Module Three- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Module Four- Call of the Wild- Jack London

Please check the community portal for information concerning grades, upcoming assignments, and classroom news.  

Link to the community portal: Community Web Portal 

  Thank you for visiting my page.  This is year twelve teaching ELA at WAMS.  It really is a great place to be!  I studied English at Shippensburg University and attained a BA in English, secondary certification.  I again went to Ship for Master's degree as a reading specialist. 

Contact Information: 
Phone- 717-762-1191 ext 1300


"Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors..."  
                                                    ~ Andre Maurois



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