April 16-20, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q4 - Week 5
Unit of InstructionFSA Reading Practice Test/FSA Test
Standard(s) Taught

 – Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
 – 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.
 – Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


 – Students will read about George Washington’s Mount Vernon. 
– Students will be able to answer the question, “Why was ice cream an exclusive treat at Mount Vernon long ago?”
 – Students will uncover what information from the lesson supports the question above.
 – Students will use evidence from multiple sources they analyze to support their answer.
 – Students will form a detailed paragraph or drawing to support their answer.

The Washingtons were part of the upper class in the new United States of America. They hosted guests year round because of their position in society and wealth. Much of their wealth came from the land. It also came from the number of enslaved people they owned. The enslaved people would work on the land without pay or rights. They raised crops and animals for the Washingtons’ needs. These needs included food and drink for entertaining. 

In the summertime, the Washingtons gave ice cream to their guests. This cold dish was an exclusive treat. It took a lot of work to prepare and serve. The first reference to ice cream at Mount Vernon dates back to May of 1784. The inventory of Mount Vernon, completed shortly after George Washington’s death in 1799, lists two pewter ice cream pots and eight tin ice cream pots. The large number of ice cream pots suggests that ice cream was a treat served often at Mount Vernon. 

Classroom Activities

Monday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 17 –  FSA Reading Review – Ice Cream at Mount Vernon
Wednesday, April 18 – FSA Reading Test
Thursday, April 19 – FSA Reading Test
Friday, April 20 – FSA Ice Cream Social

Assignments Due

No spelling or homework the week of April 16th. 
Please check Gradebook for missing assignments. 

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