Language Arts, Grade 7, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts, is integrated instruction emphasizing reading, writing, speaking and listening in interest-and age-appropriate content. Students begin to read reviews, as well as critiques of both informational and literary writing. They read and respond to fiction selections, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, mystery or adventure, folklore or mythology, poetry, short stories, and drama. They also read and respond to nonfiction selections such as biographies or autobiographies, magazines and newspapers, various reference or technical materials, and online information. Students self-select books of interest and read independently for enjoyment. Students write short stories, responses to literature, argumentative and persuasive compositions, and narratives.