English - Class VII Resources

The following list of online resources are provided as a sample of curated resources. New resources shall be added as we come across interesting and relevant online materials.

1. The Art of Delivering Information

Description: This clip, meant for the teachers, talks about the importance of arousing interest – ‘cracking the code’ in the learners before teaching.

Core Concepts: Adopt strategies appropriate to purpose and context.

Link: Video on the art of delivering information

2. Extemporaneous Speech

Description: Though not exemplary, these two clips could be used by students for tips on making extemporaneous speech.

Core Concepts: Public speaking.

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3. How to Discuss a Topic in a Group

Description: This video contains information and demonstration on how to conduct group discussions as a strategy for teaching.

Core Concepts: Collaboration, listening and speaking.

Link: Video on how to discuss a topic in a group

4. Grammar: Formal English and Informal English

Description: Presented by the BBC English masterclass, this clip explains the differences between formal and informal English language along with examples.

Core Concepts: Use of formal and informal English language according to context.

Link: Video on grammar: formal and informal English

5. How to Write a Book Review

Description: This reference contains clear steps on how to write a book review. This can be used by both teachers and students.

Core Concepts: Write good book reviews and talk about books.

Link: Video on how to write a book review

6. Skimming and Scanning

Description: This link contains the differences between scanning and skimming and when and how each is used. The information can be used by both teachers as resources, and students for information.

Core Concepts: Reading strategies of scanning and skimming.

Link: Video on skimming and scanning

7. Teaching students to compare and contrast when Reading

Description: This page has information on the importance of teaching compare and contrast and how to teach the concept along with link to a guide.

Core Concepts: Use the concept of comparison and contrast for reading comprehension and writing.

Link: Teaching students to compare and contrast

8. Lyrical Poems vs. Ballads

Description: This page contains definitions and explanations of many features of poems, including the differences between lyrics and ballads. This resource can be used by teachers to teach how to analyse poems and write ballads.

Core Concepts: Reading lyrics and ballads for comprehension and analysis.

Link: What does refrain mean in music?

9. Lyric Poetry: Definition, examples

Description: This page contains information on the definition, characteristics, and examples of lyrics.

Core Concepts: Define and understand lyrics.

Link: Lyric Poetry: definition, characteristics and examples.

10. Biography

Description: This is a Wikipedia page on the origin and emergence of biography as a literary genre  up to its current status.

Core Concepts: Definition of biography and its forms.

Link: Biography

11. What are Biography and Autobiography

Description: This page is helpful particularly for learners. Written in simple language, this page contains the differences between biography and autobiography and their respective features.

Core Concepts: Read and write biography.

Link: Biography and Autobiography

12. How to Write a Perfect Paragraph

Description: The two pages contain adequate information of paragraph writing. The second link contains step-wise explanation, along with examples, on how to write effective paragraphs. The teachers can adapt and adopt these while teaching how to write good paragraphs.

Core Concepts: Write effective paragraphs, use the knowledge of the structure of paragraphs to assess the quality of a paragraph while reading.

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13. Figures of Speech

Description: Though, developed for key stage II, this video contains information on figures of Speech that can be used by learners in key stage III as well.

Core Concepts: Use the knowledge of figures of speech to better comprehend and appreciate texts, use different figures of speech in writing.

Link: Video on figures of speech

14. Worksheet on Figures of Speech

Description: This link contains ready-to-use exercise that teachers and students can use to teach/practice the knowledge or concept of figures of speech.

Core Concepts: Use the knowledge of figures of speech to better comprehend and appreciate texts, use different figures of speech in writing.

Link: Exercise on figures of speech

15. Sentences

Description: Explanations on types of sentences (based on purpose) followed by activity.

Core Concepts: Identify different types of sentences (based on purpose) and use them in speaking and writing.

Link: Video on sentences

Description: Additional video on the types of sentences.

Link: Video on four types of sentences

16. Writing Process

Description: This is a video version of the steps in the writing process which is explained in detail in the teachers’ curriculum guide.

Core Concepts: Use the steps of the writing process to refine writing.

Link: Video on the Writing Process

17. Summary Writing

Description: The two links contain explanations of the steps in writing summaries.

Core Concepts: Write concise summaries, use summarization skill, if required, while speaking.

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18. Literary Devices – Definitions and examples of Literary Terms

Description: The page explains definitions and types of affixes along with examples.

Core Concepts: Use the concept of affixes to understand and use words.

Link: Webpage on examples of literary terms

19. Affixes: Prefix, Infix and Suffix

Description: Video explanation of affixes with examples.

Core Concepts: Use the concept of affixes to understand and use words.

Link: Video on affixes

20. List of Suffix

Description: A list of commonly used suffixes with examples.

Core Concepts: Identify commonly used suffixes and know their meanings.

Link: Webpage on list of suffix

21. Active and Passive Voice  

Description: Notes on the differences between active and passive voice and when to use which voice.

Core Concepts: Use appropriate voice correctly while writing or speaking.

Link: Webpage on active and passive voice in writing

22. Family Phrasal Verbs

Description: Illustrative video on the use of common phrasal verbs. Explanation of phrasal verbs with examples on usage.

Core Concepts: Concept of phrasal verbs, use common phrasal verbs correctly in writing and speaking.

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23. Fast Phrasals: The Project

Description: Another illustrative video on the use of phrasal verbs.

Core Concepts: Phrasal verb.

Link: Video on fast phrasals