Quarter 1 Week 7 September 24-28, 2018

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #7
Unit of InstructionCareful, analytical reading, literary devices, informative writing, diagnostic reading testing, baseline essay
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.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.RL.1.2 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. LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot) LAFS.7.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. LAFS.7.RL.2.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

This week students will:

select books for 1st book report.

finish diagnostic testing.

finish baseline essay.

read Submerged with the class.

read aloud to their parents.

learn informational writing.


Classroom Activities


sous chef – is a chef who is the second in command in a kitchen
sauté pan – a cooking pan similar to a skillet but has a wide, flat bottom and relatively tall, vertical sides
suturing – stitching up a wound
hovering – waiting or lingering close at hand in a nervous or uncertain manners
shoal – a large number of fish swimming together in a group or ball
outflanking – move around the side of (an enemy) so as to surprise them
backpedal – reverse one’s previous action or opinion
pawn – a person used by others for their own purposes
camouflage – hide or disguise the presence of a person, animal, or object
pelt – repeatedly hurl something at someone or something
pristine – clean and fresh as if new; spotless, unspoiled
dinghy – a small boat made or wood or rubber used for recreation or racing
banter – the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks
funny quips – witty remarks made during conversation to impress others or make them laugh
surges – moves ahead suddenly and powerfully as an emotion that hits you quickly
crying jag – a period of uncontrolled, unrestrained crying to relieve one’s emotions

Assignments Due

Monday – Finish diagnostic reading test, finish baseline essay on Think Cerca. Read Submerged.
Homework – Read excerpt from Submerged aloud to your parent. Read slowly with expression. Parents should sign. Study spelling and vocabulary words. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Parent signature______________________________

Tuesday – Finish diagnostic reading test, finish baseline essay on Think Cerca, select book report book.
Read Submerged.
Homework – Read second excerpt from Submerged aloud to your parent. Read slowly with expression. Parents should sign. Study spelling and vocabulary words. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Parent signature______________________________

Wednesday – Independent reading. Etiquette, Literary Devices. NO HOMEWORK!

Thursday – Informative Writing. Read Submerged.
Homework – Study spelling and vocabulary for tests tomorrow. Read 20 minutes before bedtime.

Friday – Spelling test. Vocabulary test. Read Submerged. Informative writing.

Additional Resources

ONOMATOPOEIA – is a word that imitates the sound it represents.
crunch zap tick-tock whoosh

PERSONIFICATION – is when a writer gives human qualities to animals or objects.
My car drank the gasoline in one gulp. The cat laughed. The newspaper headline glared at me.

ALLITERATION – is the repetition of the same consonant sound in words occurring near one another.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Sally sells seashells by the seashore.

SYMBOLISM – is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.
Pink symbolizes the fight against breast cancer. The Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom.

PARADOX – reveals a truth which at first seems contradictory.
He was cowardly and brave at the same time. When you win all the time, you lose.

HYPERBOLE – is an obvious exaggeration or overstatement.
I am so hungry I could eat the entire buffet at Golden Corral right now!

SIMILE – is an expression comparing one thing to another using the words like or as.
He ran like a cat, lightly and quietly. Her blue mood passed as quickly as an afternoon rain shower.

METAPHOR – is a comparison of two unlike things without using the words like or as.
He was a statue, waiting to hear the news. She was a mother hen, trying to take care of everyone around her.

ALLUSION – is a casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.
If it doesn’t stop raining, I’m going to build an ark. My sister has so many pets I’m going to call her 
Old McDonald.

IMAGERY – is when a writer invokes the five senses.
The smell reminded him of rotting tomatoes. The fence was uneven, like baby teeth growing in crooked. 
(Also a simile!)

IDIOM – is an expression with a meaning different from the literal meaning of the words.
I got cold feet before my big date = I was scared My boss gave me the green light = My boss said yes

OXYMORON – is the juxtaposition of two opposite terms.
a peaceful war a generous tightwad dark sunshine

EUPHEMISM – is a polite word or phrase used in place of one that may be too direct, unpleasant, or 
pass away = die 
senior citizens = old people

CLICHE – is an expression that has lost its power or originality from overuse.
talking a mile a minute, quiet as a mouse, and easy as pie

PUN – is a humorous play on words, often involving double meanings
There were many casual-tees. A man stole a case of soap from the corner store. He made a clean getaway.