Informative Essay Bodies and Conclusions, Reading a Novel
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.2.5 Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning. LAFS.7.RL.2.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. LAFS.7.RL.3.7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). LAFS.7.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. LAFS.7.W.1.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. LAFS.7.W.1.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. LAFS.7.W.1.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. LAFS.7.W.1.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. LAFS.7.W.1.1d Establish and maintain a formal style. LAFS.7.W.1.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. LAFS.7.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information.
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
My students will continue writing informative essays on The Lost Boys of Sudan. They have researched, watched videos, and read articles. This week I will show them–step by step–how to pull it all together.
My students will continue to read the novel, Submerged.
Monday – Work on informative essay bodies and conclusions on The Lost Boys of the Sudan. Read Submerged. Go over spelling and vocabulary words and definitions. Go over “Secrets in the Rose Garden.” Homework – Study spelling and vocabulary words. You can earn extra credit for watching the videos with your parents. The video links are on Classroom Connect on the Ivy Hawn website. Read “Secrets in the Rose Garden” aloud slowly and with expression to your parent. Parents should sign. Read your book report book 20 minutes before bedtime.
Tuesday – Work on informative essay bodies and conclusions on The Lost Boys of the Sudan. Read Submerged. Go over “Great Pumpkins!” Homework – Read “Great Pumpkins!” aloud slowly and with expression to your parent. Parent should sign. Read your book report book 20 minutes before bedtime.
Wednesday – Independent reading. Read Submerged. NO HOMEWORK!
Thursday – Work on informative essay bodies and conclusions on The Lost Boys of the Sudan. Read Submerged. Homework – Study for spelling and vocabulary test. If you scored below 93% on last week’s spelling test, write each word 20 times each. Read book report book 20 minutes before bedtime.
Friday – Spelling test. Vocabulary test. Read Submerged. Educational games and activities.
1. tremble – to shake involuntarily
2. rub salt in his wounds – an idiom that means to make a difficult situation worse for someone 3. magnum opus – a Latin term that means a person’s greatest life achievement 4. raging – showing violent, uncontrollable anger 5. mourn – to feel or show deep sorrow 6. crumpled – crushed so that an object becomes creased and wrinkled 7. lace tablecloth – a table covering made of a delicate fabric with twists and loops forming beautiful patterns of holes 8. go cracker dog – a term coined by James Herriot, British novelist, which means to go temporarily crazy 9. cringe – to cower or shrink away from 10. replenish – to fill up again, restock, restore 11. chicken coop – a small house where chickens or other birds are kept safe and secure so they can lay eggs and sleep without fear of predators 12. pastry – a dough of flour, shortening, and water, used as a base and covering in baked dishes such as pies, turnovers, and tarts 13. palm fans – a palm fan, pig’s ear, or elephant ear is a French pastry in a palm leaf shape or butterfly shape 14. impromptu – done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed