April 2 – 6, 2018

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #Quarter 4 Week 3
Unit of InstructionReading Lexiled Articles, Reading for Details, Reading a novel, Group Discussion, Reading Aloud to classmates and parents, Reading Silently with Good Comprehension, Answering written questions to prove you understand what you have read
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RI.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text
says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
LAFS.7.RI.1.2 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.
LAFS.7.RI.1.3 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) 
LAFS.7.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text,
including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact
of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will read aloud and silently the novel, The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain.

My students will discuss issues, listen to their classmates, and give opinions through Small Group and Large Group Discussions.

My students will take written quizzes on what they have read so I can assess their understanding.

My students will learn to read silently looking for key details and reasons.

My students will learn to find evidence in the texts they read.

My students will watch daily videos that enrich the articles we read for homework. 

My students will read difficult articles that are on a 7th grade Lexile level and discuss. They will ask questions about any words or concepts they do not know.

My students will practice reading aloud and comprehend what they have read.

My students will learn new words and definitions from the text. They will be tested on these, and I will also define the meanings as we read the novel and come across words they do not know. 

My students will discuss author’s purpose, citing evidence from the text, comparing and contrasting, main idea restated, and specific weaknesses in punctuation (grammar)

Classroom Activities

We will have Town Hall Meetings where students share aloud. We will work on listening, giving supportive answers to each speaker, and sharing authentic details of our lives.

We will watch short videos that give greater understanding to the subjects they are learning.

We will read The Astonishing Journey of  Teddy Bodain both aloud and silently. Students will have quizzes to diagnose if they comprehend what they have read.

We will learn 16 new spelling and vocabulary words that come from the literature they are reading and will be tested on those words on Friday.

Assignments Due

spectators – those who watch an event
subpoena – a written order to appear in court
scrimmage – practice game
amateur – not professional
counterpart – opposite but equal position
honcho – slang for a person in charge
masquerade – disguise
predicament – troubled position
massive human impact – results of human actions
epoch – period of time
nuclear fallout – radioactive material
forensic proof – proof gained by scientific methods
stratified – formed in layers
degrade – break down or deteriorate chemically
recycling – use materials again and again
landfills – a place to dispose of garbage and trash

Additional Resources

Monday – Town Hall Meeting, Videos, Read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain. Read women’s baseball article aloud as a class. Practice any words that are difficult or unknown.
LAFS.7.RI.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Homework – Read aloud the article about women’s baseball to your parent. Read slowly with expression. Parents should sign. Read spelling and vocabulary words. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Tuesday – Videos, Quiz, Read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain.
LAFS.7.RI.1.2 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.
Homework – Fill out the questions about the women’s baseball article. Write in complete sentences. Parents should sign. Read spelling and vocabulary words. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Wednesday – Independent reading, Video, Quiz, Read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain. Videos.
LAFS.7.RI.1.3 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) Read aloud article on plastics.
Practice any words that are difficult or unknown.
Homework – Read the article on plastics aloud to your parent. Read slowly with expression. Parents should sign. Read spelling and vocabulary words. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Thursday – Videos, Town Hall Meeting, Read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain.
LAFS.7.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Homework – Fill out the questions about the plastics article. Write in complete sentences. Parents should sign.
Study spelling and vocabulary words. Test tomorrow! Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Friday – Videos, Spelling and Vocabulary tests, Learning Game