|Grade Level||7th Grade|
|Unit of Instruction||Author's Purpose, Point of View, iReady, Spelling, Vocabulary, Informative Essay Read Alouds, Transitional Phrases|
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.
|Learning Targets and Learning Criteria|
This week we will read some of our essays aloud and use the document camera to study good ones.
We will look at persuasive writing and speaking.
We will learn spelling and vocabulary.
We will read aloud several pieces of literature.
Students will read two pieces of literature silently, answer questions, and discuss.
1. bountiful – plentiful, given generously
Monday – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday – Turn in“The Lost Boys of the Sudan” essay packets. Review spelling and vocabulary.
Your next book report is due December 7.
Wednesday – Independent reading. Work on iReady lessons. NO HOMEWORK!
Thursday – Review spelling and vocabulary. Read aloud in class. Read for author’s purpose and literary devices.
Friday – Spelling test. Vocabulary test. Finish all work.
Should Kids Have Their Own Cell Phones
by Melissa Forney ©2015
Have you seen families in restaurants lately? Often, instead of talking to each other, everyone
Cell Phones = Safer Kids
Imagine: Kara and Su Yi are at the soccer field. Lots of soccer games are going on, and there are
Too Much of a Good Thing
Cell phones might be great little inventions, but sometimes they can be too much of a good thing. Some children use their phones all during the night, talking to friends, watching movies, or playing games. They are so sleepy the next day they can hardly pay attention in school. Their concentration is not good. They can’t make sense of what the teacher is saying.
by Melissa Forney ©2015
Bryan is at the mall with Damarius and Toby. He wants to buy a new pair of Kobe Bryant sneakers, but he knows he’ll need his mother’s permission. Bryan takes a picture of the shoes with his cell phone camera and sends it to his mother. She calls him back to give her approval, after she asks a few questions about price and fit.
Change of Plans
Malala’s mother always picks her up from school at the exact same time and spot. Today, however, Malala’s mom is stuck in traffic. She doesn’t want her daughter to worry, so she sends her a text message. Malala goes to the gym with the other kids to have fun while she waits for her mother to arrive at school.
There is no doubt that cell phones and smart phones can be extremely helpful. They can also be harmful if used to criticize, expose, or hurt other people. For instance, some kids use the text message portion of their phone to sound off and put people in their place as soon as they hear rumors that might or might not be true. Because it is so easy to do, they can send cruel or rude remarks that can have long-lasting effects. Some kids use their cell phone cameras to take secret or humiliating pictures of their classmates and share these pictures with friends. Worse, they sometimes post these pictures on social media, and the pictures go out on the Internet to be seen by hundreds or even thousands of other people. This is the kind of embarrassment that has led children and teens to take their own lives. Be careful what you do with your cell phone. Don’t use it to hurt someone else!
What Are Your Thanksgiving Traditions?
You might know the Thanksgiving story — of the Pilgrims feasting alongside Native Americans in 1621 after a bountiful corn harvest. But do you know where your own family’s traditions come from, whether you eat turkey, snicker salad or sopapilla cheesecake?
What are your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?
In “The Birth of Thanksgiving,” Paul Quigley explains how the holiday of Thanksgiving became a national tradition:
Though we most often associate Thanksgiving with Pilgrims and New England Indians, the holiday, at least as an official national event, began 150 years ago, at the height of the Civil War.
On Oct. 3, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation announcing that the final Thursday of November would be set aside to express appreciation for the “blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” Even amid war’s many horrors, Americans had much to be thankful for. And Lincoln insisted that the rightful object of their gratitude was “the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” Divine mercies required public acknowledgment. And so, Lincoln invited all Americans to “observe the last
Dr. Forney’s Students: Read and be ready to discuss the answers to these questions below.
— What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you know how and when they started? If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, do you have any other holidays with special traditions this time of year? Please share.
— Does your family serve the same meal every year? Do you have any favorite dishes? Describe.
— Will you be traveling anywhere during the holiday weekend? Where do you go, and how do you get there?
— Do you celebrate the holiday with anyone special? Is there anyone you wish you could spend Thanksgiving
— What big things in your life are you grateful for? What small things? What things or people do you think you might take for granted that deserve your gratitude this season? Why?