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7th Grade


RL.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI 7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

RI 7.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims


7.RP.2.b Identify unit rate (constant of proportionality) between 2 quantities in a proportional relationship using tables, equations, and verbal descriptions.

7.RP.2.c Create equations and graphs to represent proportional relationships.


7.L.2 Understand the relationship of the mechanisms/components of cellular reproduction, patterns of inheritance and external factors to potential variation and survival among offspring.

7.L.2.2 Infer patterns of heredity using information from punnet squares and pedigree analysis.

7.L.2.3 Explain the impact of the environment and lifestyle choices on biological inheritance (to include common genetic diseases) and survival



Write arguments to support clear reasons and relevant evidence.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. Students use multiple pieces of evidence from the text to support their analysis of what the text directly and indirectly states.

Prompt: What did you see at the poultry farm that proved the use of the Five Freedoms by the grower?

Writing Prompt Standard

The Five Freedoms are:

  1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom from Discomfort
  3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress.

Science Standard Discussion

Individual organisms with traits conducive to the environment’s stressors are more likely than others to survive and have offspring. Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species. Analysis of the patterns of genetic traits enhances the understanding of genetic diseases and allows for predictions to be made by studying pedigrees. Some traits are inherited and others result from interactions with the environment, lifestyle choices, and environment influence human characteristics that may or may not be passed onto future generations. Some animal species are limited to a repertoire of genetically determined behaviors; others have more complex brains and can learn and modify a wide variety of behavior. All behavior is affected by both inheritance and experience. The length and personal health behaviors. Faulty genes can cause body parts or systems to work poorly. Some genetic diseases appear only when an individual has inherited a certain faulty gene from both parents.