January 8-12, 2017

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #Quarter 3 Week 1
Unit of InstructionSpelling, Vocabulary, Reading for Details, Informational Essay
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.2.4, LAFS.7.RI.2.4,  Determine the meaning of words in text

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

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

Provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will discuss issues, listen to their classmates, and give opinions through Town Hall Meetings

My students will watch a video about Derek Paravicini, read articles, and research websites to write an informational essay.

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 and write.

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

My students will learn new words, definitions, and spellings.

Classroom Activities

Students will study spelling words and vocabulary words for a test on Friday.

Students will write informational essays on laptop computers.

Students will work on www.TweenTribune.com four nights for homework. They will read the articles aloud to their parents and take a quiz. 

Students will read 20 minutes before bed each night and for half the class period on Wednesday.

Students will learn 15 new words for spelling and vocabulary and take a quiz on Friday.

Students will have Town Hall Meetings and learn to share aloud and listen to each other. 

Assignments Due
  1. nifty – particularly good
    2. pigmented – full of color
    3. uncommon – unusual
    4. halos – a circle of light
    5. mainstream – ideas, attitudes, and activities that are regarded as normal
    6. contingent – a future situation that might happen, so people prepare for it it just in case
    7. amphibian – a cold-blooded vertebrate
    8. fleece – a coat or blanket resembling a sheep’s woolly covering
    9. surrogate – a substitute for an important person, parent, or official
    10. plied – to give or provide something repeatedly
    11. uncertainties – unpredictable situations
    12. spiritual beliefs – truths people believe about the beginning of life and connection with others
    13. coalition – a temporary alliance or coming together as one
    14. violates – goes against or breaks the rules
    15. American Indian tribes – A member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, or South America
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