Quarter 2 Week 6 November 26-30, 2018

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #15
Unit of InstructionPersuasive Writing, Submerged Projects
Standard(s) Taught

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.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will continue to learn to write a persuasive essay. We will work on these together. They just finished informative essays so we will use some of the basic writing skills and add persuasive elements to them.

My students will turn in on Friday projects they have worked on at home representing their knowledge of the book, Submerged.

Classroom Activities

We will practice reading aloud.

We will help each other write persuasive essays.

We will take the District diagnostic essay.

We will present Submerged projects.

Assignments Due

Dear Students,
Welcome back! I missed you and I hope you had a great time over the holidays.
This week we will have a busy week. There will be no spelling or vocabulary test. Instead, your Submerged Projects are due on Friday, November 30. Your project must be turned in on time. Please do not bring them on an earlier day. We simply don’t have room to store them. Bring them on Friday, when you may bring them in before school and store them on our large table or in the corner on the floor. Be ready to present on
Friday although we probably won’t get to everyone’s presentation in one single day.
If you have to be out of town on Friday, someone should call me in advance and bring your project in early. If you are sick, someone will need to bring in your project for you or send me a text with a photo of the FINISHED project. I will not accept projects that are late. Please read this carefully and know this. I have
encouraged you to get an early start and not wait until the last minute. Your project is worth two summative grades. They should be fun and enjoyable for the class.
Your next book report will be on December 7. Don’t wait until the last minute. You must have read the entire book. I’m sure you are doing well on this because I have allowed you 4 weeks to read your books.
If you leave your weekly packet at school, all work for the week is on Classroom Connect on the
Ivy Haven web site.


Monday – We will work on persuasive essays.
Homework – Read the article on Little Golden Books aloud to your parent. Read it carefully. You will have a quiz on this article, so make sure you’ve read it and know what it says. Work on your Submerged Project. Read your book report book 20 minutes. Parents should sign that they know you have done your work.

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Tuesday – We will work on persuasive essays.
Homework – Read “Toby Goes Fishing” aloud slowly and with expression to your parent. Parent should sign. Read your book report book 20 minutes before bedtime. Work on your Submerged Project.

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Wednesday – We will take the district diagnostic writing test. NO HOMEWORK

Thursday – We will take the district diagnostic writing test. NO HOMEWORK

Friday – Turn in and present Submerged Projects. Your project MUST BE TURNED IN ON THIS DAY.
This will be a fun day!

Additional Resources

Five things to know about Little Golden Books
By Brigit Katz Smithsonian.com September 07, 2018

Millions of children have grown up reading Little Golden Books. They are a vibrantly colored children’s series. The books are full of cute creatures. And some have fearless trains. Each book is encased in a shiny, golden spine. This year, Little Golden Books will celebrate its 75th birthday. This is according to Lynn Neary for NPR. In honor of this milestone, here are five things to know about the iconic series:
It changed the idea of a children’s book.
Little Golden Books launched in 1942. Before that, children’s books looked very different than they do today. As Mental Floss’ Rob Lammie writes, kids’ picture books often came in the form of hefty volumes. These were etched with ornate illustrations. They were only sold in bookstores. They cost between $2 and $3. That was far more than most families could afford.
That all changed. The change came after book publisher Simon & Schuster partnered with Western Publishing. It is a Wisconsin-based publishing house. They created a series of available, affordable children’s books.
The Little Golden Books were colorful. They were sturdy. At just 25 cents a pop, they were cheap. The publishers made sure to stock the books in department stores and supermarkets. They could be found in train stations and five-and-dimes. They were placed in plain sight of young readers. This tactic seemed to have worked.
Little Golden Books produced the top-selling children’s book of the 20th century.
That book was The Little Poky Puppy. It has sold almost 15 million copies since its publication. The book was one of the original 12 Little Golden Books. It was published in 1942. That is according to Lammie. It is a charming tale of a dessert-loving dog. It wasn’t the only Little Golden Books hit. Titles like The Saggy Baggy Elephant (1947) and Scuffy the Tugboat (1955) also sold millions of copies. The sales placed them among the 10 most popular children’s books of the 20th century. In total, two billion Little Golden Books have been printed. That is according to Random House Kids. Or, as the site puts it, “enough to reach the moon.”
Artists who fled Europe during World War II found a home at Little Golden Books.
The publishers of Little Golden Books sought out talented commercial illustrators. Many had escaped the ravages of WWII, Neary writes. Among these illustrators was Russian émigré Feodor Rojankovsky. He brought several Little Golden Books to life. One was Gaston and Josephine. It is a story about two pigs. They run away from their homeland. They start a new life in America.
Little Golden Books has taken steps to address its biases.
In the 1960s, the series was criticized. The books had failed to show any black children. This was in a book about the Central Park Zoo in New York City. This is according to report by Jim Higgins for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At first the publishers bristled at the claims. But they eventually released a line of books with black heroes.
Richard Scarry was a beloved children’s artist. He got his start at Little Golden Books. He revised his illustrations. He made the changes after feminists accused him of spreading gender stereotypes. Reprints of his books show female characters driving cars. Some male characters were shown cooking in the kitchen.
Little Golden Books has featured a whole lot of characters.
Early Little Golden Books centered on either original characters or fairy tale creatures. But the series began adding pop culture figures. As Lammie writes, just about every kid-friendly character has popped up in Little Golden Books stories over the years. These include Annie Oakley and the Flintstones. There have been many Disney princesses.
Seventy-five years on, Little Golden Books has gained a new publisher. It is Penguin Random House.
But the series has kept its spirit. New stories feature characters loved by kids today. They include Blaze and the Monster Machines!, Elena of Avalor! and Kung Fu Panda! The classics are still in print. This allows today’s
readers to enjoy the adventures of The Poky Little Puppy and The Saggy Baggy Elephant.

Toby Goes Fishing
by Melissa Forney

A fished jumped. Toby saw the flash of its wet, silvery tail.
“I think I’ll go fishing,” he said. He watched the ripples on the surface of the river.
“First I must make a fishing pole,” Toby said. And that’s just what he did.
He went to the bamboo that grew at the edge of the garden. Daddy had cut some canes for fishing poles, and Toby chose one that looked about his size. The pole was thin on one end and fat on the other. Toby’s daddy used a cane pole when he went fishing.
Toby tied fishing line to the thin end of the cane. He tied a tight, strong knot.
“Now I need to add a hook so I can catch a fish,” he said. And that’s just what he did.
Toby found a sharp hook with an eye at the top. He threaded the fishing line through the eye and tied another sturdy knot. Toby had watched Daddy tie many knots.
“How can I fish without bait?” Toby said. “I must dig for worms.” And that’s just
what he did.
He used the watering can to moisten the earth. Then he dug down into the rich dirt.
Fat, juicy earthworms wiggled and slid.
“These will be perfect for bait,” he said, and put the worms in an old can.
“Daddy has a lucky fishing hat,” Toby said. “I think I’ll find one for me.” And that’s just what he did.
He looked through the old hats hanging on the back porch. “This one looks lucky,” Toby said.
Toby sat on the end of the dock and dangled his legs above the water.
“Now I will catch a fish,” he said. He thought about the tasty fish Daddy sometimes fried for
supper. Toby’s stomach rumbled.
He put the worm on the hook and dropped it into the water.
He waited. And waited. And WAITED.
Toby felt a nibble. Toby felt a tug!
He yanked the line out of the water. A fish flopped and flipped on the end of his pole.
“Hey!” he cried. “I caught a fish!”
The fish twisted high into the air, freeing itself from the hook. It hit the water with a splash! Toby watched it zip out of sight. His mouth hung open in surprise.
“I will try again,” Toby said, and that is just what he did.
He put another worm on the hook and dropped it into the water.
He waited. And waited. And WAITED.
Toby felt a nibble. Toby felt a tug!
He yanked the line out of the water.
A rusty can hung from his line, dripping. Toby’s shoulders slumped.
“Can’t eat that,” he said. “I’ll try again.” And that is just what he did.
He put another worm on the hook and dropped it into the water.
He waited. And waited. And WAITED.
Toby felt a nibble. Toby felt a tug!
He yanked the line out of the water. A fish swung from the end of his line. A big fish! It wriggled
and flipped, silvery grey with red spots. Toby quickly pulled the fish onto the dock.
“I will take this fish home for supper,” Toby said. And that’s just what he did.
Toby helped Daddy clean and fry the fish.
“Delicious!” said Daddy. “Don’t know when I’ve had better.”