The East Marshall Middle School has prioritized the 7th grade level Iowa Core standards for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. These priority standards are listed below.


7th Grade Reading – Priority Standards
Standard Number Description


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as

well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the

course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas

influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).


Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections

contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.


Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of

key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations

of facts.


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as

well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of

the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the

characters or plot).    


Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view (perspectives) of different

characters or narrators in a text.


Lucy Calkins  Unit of Study



7th Grade Writing – Priority Standards
Standard Number Description


Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

  1. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize
    the reasons and evidence.

  2. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate,
    credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships
    among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts,

and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

  1. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts,
    and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast,
    and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables),
    and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  2. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations,
    or other information and examples.

  3. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships
    among ideas and concepts.

  4. Use precise language and domain–specific vocabulary to inform about or
    explain the topic.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences for events using effective

technique, relevant descriptive details, and well–structured event sequences.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are

appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade–specific expectations for writing types

are defined in standards 1–3 above.)


With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing

as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on

how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should

demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grade 7.)


Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and

generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.


Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms

effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the

data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format

for citation.


Draw evidence from literary or informational

texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

  1. Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast a

fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the

same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history”).


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision)

and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline–specific

tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Lucy Calkins  Unit of Study



7th Grade Math – Priority Standards
Standard Number Description


Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual

lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a

different scale. 


Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas

and other quantities measured in like or different units. 


Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. 


Decide whether two quantities are in a proportional relationship, e.g., by

testing for equivalent ratios in a table or graphing on a coordinate plane and

observing whether the graph is a straight line through the origin.


Identify the constant of proportionality (unit rate) in tables, graphs, equations, diagrams,

and verbal descriptions of proportional relationships.


Represent proportional relationships by equations.


Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve

problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference

and area of a circle.


Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems.


Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and

subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or

vertical number line diagram.


Understand that integers can be divided, provided that the divisor is not zero, and

every quotient of integers (with non-zero divisor) is a rational number. If p and q are

integers, then –(p/q) = (–p)/q = p/(–q). Interpret quotients of rational numbers by describing

real-world contexts.


Understand subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse, p – q = p + (–q).

Show that the distance between two rational numbers on the number line is the

absolute value of their difference, and apply this principle in real-world contexts.


Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative

rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools

strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form;

convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers

using mental computation and estimation strategies.


Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear

expressions with rational coefficients. 


Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem,

and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning

about the quantities.


Solve word problems leading to inequalities of the form px + q > r or px + q < r, where p, q,

and r are specific rational numbers. Graph the solution set of the inequality and interpret

it in the context of the problem.


Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of

two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons,

cubes, and right prisms.


Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by

examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a

sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population.

Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and

support valid inferences.


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7th Grade Science – Priority Standards
Standard Number Description





7th Grade Social Studies – Priority Standards
Standard Number Description


Identify social, political and economic factors that can influence our thoughts and behavior.


Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives


Explain and evaluate how economic decisions affect the wellbeing of individuals, businesses, and society.


Evaluate the push and pull factors involved in human population movement and patterns.


Analyze connections among historical events and developments in contemporary global issues.


Analyze the role that Iowa plays in contemporary global issues.


Gather relevant information from primary and secondary sources using the origin, authority, structure, and context of the sources to guide the selection.


With guided practice, develop claims and counterclaims while pointing out the strengths and limitations of


With guided practice, construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources.



Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in classrooms, schools, and communities.