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ELA Grade 7 Required and Recommended Texts

Module 1

Texts to Buy

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Text Quantity ISBNs
A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park
One per student
ISBN: 978-0547577319, 0547577311

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Author’s Note,” from A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park
Sandpiper by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-57731-9
“Life and Death in Darfur: Sudan’s Refugee Crisis Continues,”
by Current Events, April 7, 2006
2006
“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War,”
by Karl Vick
Washington Post Foreign Service, 1999
“Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift in Refugee Camps,”
by Stephen Buckley
Washington Post Foreign Service, 1997
Water for South Sudan
by Water for South Sudan, Inc
2011

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
My Name Is Sangoel
by Karen Williams
Literature 440
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
by Mary Williams
Literature 670
Now Is the Time for Running
by Michael Williams
Literature 650
Burn My Heart
by Beverley Naidoo
Literature 740
South Sudan
by Lisa Owings
Informational 750
Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan
by John Bul Dau
Literature 900
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
by Dave Dalton
Informational 940
War Child: A Child’s Soldier’s Story
by Emmanuel Jal
Autobiography 950
A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk
by Jan Coates
Literature 780
The Lost Boys of Sudan
by Jeff Burlingame
Informational 1 100
The Lost Boys of Sudan
by Jeff Burlingame
Literature 1 100
Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate
Poetry
Sudan, Darfur and the Nomadic Conflicts (Our World Divided)
by Philip Steele
Informational
Give Me Shelter: Stories about Children Who Seek Asylum
by Bradman, Tony (editor)
Informational
Give Me Shelter: Stories about Children Who Seek Asylum
by Bradman, Tony (editor)
Literature
Hoping for Peace in Sudan: Divided by Conflict, Wishing for Peace
by Jim Pipe
Informational
Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By
by Sharon Robinson
Biography 1 040
First Pitch: How Baseball Began
by John Thorn
Informational 1 070
Jackie Robinson: Champion for Equality
by Michael Teitelbaum
Biography 1 140
Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934
by Smith Jr. , Charles R.
Informational 1 330

Module 2A

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Lyddie
by Katherine Patterson
One per student
ISBN: 9780140373899

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
César Chávez, “Statement at Pacific Lutheran University,” speech given in March 1989
by César Chávez
1989
Cesar Chavez, “The Wrath of Grapes,” speech given in May 1986
by Cesar Chavez
1986
“Ethical Style: How Is My T-Shirt Made?”
by Tabea Kay
GOOD, 2012
“In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad”
by Charles Duhigg and David Barboza
The New York Times, 2012
“An Apparel Factory Defies Sweatshop Label, but Can It Thrive?”
by Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times, 2010
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
by Kathleen Krull
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2003
ISBN: 978-0152014377
"Are Your Clothes Made in Sweatshops?”
by Oxfam Australia
Common-wealth Club Address
by César Chávez

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Mill Times
by David Macaulay
Informational
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers
by Sarah E. Warren
Informational 510
Cesar Chavez: Fighting for Farmworkers
by Eric Braun
Informational 590
The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
Literature 630
January 1905
by Katharine Boling
Literature 690
The Industrial Revolution
by Debra J. Housel
Informational 700
Counting on Grace
by Elizabeth Winthrop
Literature 760
How Artists See Work: Farm, Factory, Home, Office
by Colleen Carroll
Informational 800
Bread and Roses, Too
by Katherine Paterson
Literature 830
Threads and Flames
by Esther Friesner
Literature 840
Factory Girl
by Barbara Greenwood
Literature 850
Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories
by S. Beth Atkin
Literature 850
Dolores Huerta: Voice for the Working Poor
by Alex Van Tol
Informational 910
Kids on Strike!
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Informational 920
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Victorian Mill Worker!: A Grueling Job You’d Rather Not Have
by John Malam
Informational 930
Elizabeth Bloomer: Child Labor Activist
by Jennifer Reed
Informational 940
The Industrial Revolution
by Melissa McDaniel
Informational 940
The Industrial Revolution
by Hilarie N. Staton
Informational 1 000
Children at Work
by JoAnne B. Weisman Deitch
Informational 1 020
Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 020
Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay
by Ilan Stavans
Biography 1 030
The Changing Role of Women Since 1900
by Louise Spilsbury
Informational 1 070
Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor
by Russell Freeman
Informational 1 140
Fair Trade
by Jilly Hunt
Informational 1 080
The Lowell Mill Girls: Life in the Factory
by JoAnne B. Weisman Deitch
Biography 1 210
Clean Clothes: A Global Movement to End Sweatshops
by Clean Clothes: A Global Movement to End Sweatshops
Informational
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
by Yvon Chouinard
Autobiography
Are Worker Rights Human Rights?
by Richard P. McIntire
Informational
A Shameful Business: The Case for Human Rights in the American Workplace
by James A. Gross
Informational
Child Labor Today: A Human Rights Issue
by Wendy Herumin
Informational
Elegy on the Death of César Chávez
by Rudolfo Anaya
Poetry
Lost
by Jacqueline Davies
Literature 680

Module 2B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Nadia's Hands
by Karen English and Jonathan Weiner
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-1563976674
Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
One per student
ISBN: 978-1580493994, 1580493998

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Not Much, Just Chillin: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
by Linda Perlstein
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
ISBN: 978-0345475763
Team Players, Monitor, September 2006, Vol 37, No. 8.
by Erika Packard
Monitor, 2006
“The Border," Red: Teenage Girls of America Write on What Fires Up Their Lives Today
by Cindy Morand
Penguin/Plume, 2007
ISBN: 9781101213810
“Why Couldn’t Snow White Be Chinese?”
by Grace Lin
“Teen Slang: What's, like, so wrong with like?” BBC News Magazine, September, 2010
by Denise Winterman
2010
“Generation Z Teens Stereotyped As 'Lazy And Unaware”
by Julianne Micoleta
2012
“Is Money Affecting Your Social Status?”
by Reniqua Allen
“Key Questions to Ask When Analyzing Media Messages,”
by National Association for Media Literacy Education
"Truth in Advertising?”
by Stephanie Clifford
2010
“‘Cover Girl Culture’ Exposes Media’s Impact on Young Girls,”
by Melanie Deziel
2010
“Men Are Becoming the Ad Target of the Gender Sneer,”
by Courtney Kane
2005
“Guys and Dolls No More?”
by Elizabeth Sweet
2012
“Images of Men in Advertising,”
by Tom Yakanama
1989
"Geena Davis, Media Equalizer,”
by New Moon Girls Magazine
2012
“Study: Employment Ads Perpetuate Traditional Roles,”
by Duke Today
2001
“Women and Urban Life in Victorian Britain,”
by Lynda Nead
My Own True Name
by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Victorian Women: Not What You Might Think
by Gina Zorzi Cline

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Prince and the Pauper
by Kathleen Olmstead
Literature 520
What’s in a Name
by Ellen Wittlinger
Literature 710
Safe Social Networking
by Heather E. Schwartz
Informational 770
Palace of Mirrors
by Margaret Petersen Haddix
Literature 820
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson
Literature 880
Mixed Messages: Interpreting Body Image & Social Norms
by Thea Palad
Informational 900
The Princess Diaries
by Meg Cabot
Literature 920
Coping with Bullying
by Charlotte Guillain
Informational 960
Soul Searching: A Girl’s Guide to Finding Herself
by Sarah Stillman
Informational 1 040
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America
by Francesca DiPiazza
Informational 1 040
Cinderella
by C.S. Evans
Literature 1 090
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Literature 1 260
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’s the Real Deal: School: Cliques, Classes, Clubs, and More
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Deborah Reber
Literature
The Culture of Beauty
by Louise Gerdes
Informational
The Story of Facebook
by Adam Sutherland
Informational
Online Social Networking
by Carla Mooney
Informational

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
by Virginia Hamilton
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978- 0375824050, 0375824057
Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery
by William Miller
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-1880000427, 1880000423
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Turning the Page - Frederick Douglass Learns to Read
by Amanda Hamilton Roos
Alternate free book, downloadable at EngageNY.org
American Reading Company, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61406-683-5, 1-61406-683-3

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
My America: Freedom’s Wings
by Sharon Wyeth
Literature 350
Never Forgotten
by Pat McKissack
Literature 630
The People Could Fly
by Virginia Hamilton
Literature 660
Chasing the Nightbird
by Krista Russell
Literature 680
Nightjohn
by Gary Paulsen
Literature 770
My Name Is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom
by Afua Cooper
Literature 800
Sarny: A Life Remembered
by Gary Paulsen
Literature 840
Jump Ship to Freedom
by James Collier
Literature 850
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Biography 940
The Slave Dancer
by Paula Fox
Literature 970
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
by Cynthia Grady
Poetry 990
Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
by Virginia Hamilton
Informational 990
Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
by Judith Fradin
Informational 1 060
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Informational 1 080
To Be a Slave
by Julius Lester
Informational 1 080
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
by Russell Freedman
Informational 1 110
Traveling the Freedom Road
by Linda Osborne
Informational 1 120
Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War
by Thomas Allen
Informational 1 120
Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroads
by Joyce Hansen
Informational 1 190
Dred Scott v. Sanford: Slavery and Freedom Before the American Civil War
by Amy Van Zee
Informational 1 190

Module 4A

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Teens and Decision Making: What Brain Science Reveals”
by Scholastic Inc. and National Institute on Drug Abuse
April 14, 2008, 2008
The Teen Brain: It’s Just Not Grown Up Yet
by Richard Knox
National Public Radio , 2010
"What’s Going On in Your Brain?
by Linda Bernstein
Current Health , 2006
The Child’s Developing Brain
by Tara Parker-Pope, Jon Huang, and Mike Mason
NY Times, 2008
What You Should Know about Your Brain
by Judy Willis
Educational Leadership, 2009
Insights into the Teen Brain (Video)
by Adriana Galván
TedXYouth, 2013
Development of the Young Brain (Video)
by Jay N. Giedd, M.D.
National Institute of Mental Health, 2011
Students and Technology, Constant Companions
by Joshua Brustein, Matt Richtel, and Erik Olsen
NY Times, 2010
The Digital Revolution and Adolescent Brain Evolution
by Jay N. Giedd, M.D.
2012
Growing Up Digital
by Matt Richtel
2011
You Trouble
by Justin O’Neill
2012
Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, and the Media
by Victor C. Strasburger and Marjorie J. Hogan
2013
Beyond the Brain
by David Brooks
2003
Is Google Making Us Stupid? (Video)
by Jane McGonigal
Ted Talks, 2010
The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games
by Peter Gray
Psychology Today, 2012
Gaming Can Make a Better World (Video)
by Jane McGonigal
Ted Talks, 2010
Video Games Benefit Children, Study Finds
by Queensland University of Technology
2013
Why Facebook Could Actually Be Good for Your Mental Health
by Sy Mukherjee
2013
The ONLINE EDUCA Debate 2009, Part 2 (Video)
by Aric Sigman
2009
Attached to Technology and Paying a Price
by Matt Richtel
NY Times, 2010
"Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?”
by Heidi St. Clair
2012
Guest Opinion: Step Away from the Screen
by Margaret Desler, M.D.
2013
Nicholas Carr’s ‘The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
by Jeffrey Brown, Nicholas Carr, and Mathew Kielty
2010

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Yourspace: Questioning News Media
by Heather E. Schwartz
Informational 690
The Brain: A Graphic Novel Tour
by Joeming Dunn (author); Rod Espinosa (illustrator)
Informational 725
A Corner of the Universe
by Ann M. Martin
Literature 750
Virtually True: Questioning Online Media
by Guofang Wan
Informational 750
The Astounding Nervous System: How Does My Brain Work?
by John Burstein
Informational 770
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
Informational 770
A Smart Kid’s Guide to Social Networking Online
by David J. Jakubiak
Informational 790
Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child
by Maria T. Lennon
Literature 840
The Brain: Our Nervous System
by Seymour Simon
Informational 900
Freaking Out! The Science of the Teenage Brain
by Dana Meachen Rau
Informational 900
R U In? Using Technology Responsibly
by Brian Lester
Informational 940
The Misfits
by James Howe
Literature 960
Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
Literature 1 000
Friend Me! Six Hundred Years of Social Networking in America
by Francesca Davis Dipiazza
Informational 1 040
What Goes On in My Head?
by Robert Winston
Informational 1 060
Managing Your Digital Footprint
by Robert Grayson
Informational 1 090
Social Networking: The Ultimate Teen Guide
by Jennifer Obee
Informational
The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain
by JoAnn Deak and Terrence Deak (authors); Freya Harrison (illustrator)
Informational

Module 4B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
by Charles Fishman
One per student
ISBN: 978-1439102084, 1439102082

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Water Is Life,” in National Geographic (April 2010)
by Barbara Kingsolver
2010
“New York Bottled Water Ban”
by Riverkeeper
2009
"Why Care about Water?”
by National Geographic
“Charles Fishman: Why College Students Should Start Paying Attention to Water”
by The Lavin Agency
“Charles Fishman: The Water Crisis Isn’t Global. It’s Local”
by The Lavin Agency
“The Future of Water”
by Landmark Media Inc.
“Beyond Thirst,” in Faces (Vol. 25, Issue 7)
by Kathiann Kowalski
Faces, 2009
Charles Fishman: Corporations Need to Pay More Attention to Water
by Video

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Water Crisis Looms for a Thirsty Planet,” NPR.org, April 24, 2012
by Sheril Kirshenbaum
Informational
“And Not a Drop to Drink? The Freshwater Crisis.”
by UNESCO
Informational
“Corporations Need to Pay More Attention to Water: Charles Fishman”
by The Lavin Agency
Informational
Clean Water
by Elizabeth Thomas
Informational 630
Making Water Clean
by Rebecca Olien
Informational 640
Keeping Water Clean
by Courtney Farrell
Informational 720
Water
by Alexandra Fix
Informational 720
The Water Wars
by Cameron Stracher
Literature 750
Water Conservation
by Saddleback Educational Publishing
Informational 800
Down the Drain: Conserving Water
by Anita Ganeri, Chris Oxlade
Informational 810
Water Supply
by Rebecca Hunter
Informational 860
The Earth and the Role of Water
by Shirley Smith Duke
Informational 900
Clean Water
by Beth Geiger
Informational 930
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
by Rochelle Strauss
Informational 960
Clear Choices: The Water You Drink
by Matt Higgins
Informational 1 010
Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 130
Safeguarding Water and Food Supplies
by Joe Craig
Informational 1 130
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
by Marq de Villiers
Informational
Water Under Threat
by Larbi Bouguerra
Informational
Water in the News
by Yael Calhoun
Informational
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—the Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
by Fred Pearce
Informational
http://water.org/
by http://water.org/
Informational
http://www.usgs.gov/water/
by http://www.usgs.gov/water/
Informational
http://www.sophia.org/water-resources-in-the-world-tutorial
by http://www.sophia.org/water-resources-in-the-world-tutorial
Informational
http://water.epa.gov/
by http://water.epa.gov/
Informational
“Toxic Water Is Poisoning the People of Bangladesh,” in Science World (Vol. 62, Issue 13), April 17, 2006
by Libby Tucker
Informational
“Crisis in East Africa,” in Scholastic News (Vol. 68, Issue 22)
by Mary Harvey
Informational
“A World Thirsty for Clean Water,” in Faces (Vol. 23, Issue 7)
by Brigitte Aftalo-Calderon
Informational
“Running Low,” in Weekly Reader News (Vol. 87, Issue 25)
by Weekly Reader
Informational
“Wringing Dry,” in Current Events (Vol. 108, Issue 22)
by Current Events
Informational

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