December 4 – 8, 2017

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaEnglish/ELA
Grade Level7th
Week #17
Unit of InstructionPlanning the Needs and Wants of a Small Town, Working in a Group, Writing about Designing a Small Town
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.W.1.2d, LAFS.7.W.1.3d Use precise language and vocabulary

LAFS.7.SL.1.1, LAFS.7.SL.1.1 Participate in discussions, come prepared to discuss after reading

LAFS.7.SL.1.1b Follow the rules of speaking and listening in a group

LAFS.7.W.3, Writing on a specific topic


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will learn to work in a small group. Each group has 5 members. They were grouped heterogeneously.

My students will learn to express their opinions.

My students will learn to listen to each other.

My students will learn to work out differences.

My students will learn new words and definitions about the needs and wants of a small town.

My students will learn to draw an entire small town, plan for the needs of its residents, and use good judgments.

My students will write a short essay about one or two aspects of the small town.

My students will read their essay to the class and answer questions.

Classroom Activities

Students will spend Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday designing a small town with their group. They will present a sketch to me for approval. I will give them large butcher paper and gutta percha erasers, colored pencils, etc. for their drawings. Each member of the group is responsible for 1/5 of the drawing of the town. They are to exchange ideas, discuss problem areas, and consider the needs and wants of residents in a small town. Their ideas should show forward thinking and creativity. 

Assignments Due

On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday students will write essays about one or two areas of the small town. These must be read aloud and proofed by the student AND by another student before they turn them in to me. I will look over their essay to make sure it has all the salient points needed to inform an audience.

On Friday and Monday of next week we will present these essays to the class. We would have done it all on Friday, but at least 8 students in each class will be out on a Drama field trip.

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