ELA – December 4-8, 2017

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q2 - Week 16
Unit of InstructionInformative Writing/Analyzing Writings
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 two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the 
 –  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
 – Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
 – Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
 – Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
 – Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
 – Establish and maintain a formal style.
 – Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

 – Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


Students will complete the following steps in order to produce an informative essay:
1. Read examples of informational essay and answer questions about each one.
2. Choose a topic/purpose.
3. Decide which structure will be best to explain the topic.
4. Collect information.
5. Use graphic organizers to plan their essay.
6. Maintain a formal style of writing.
7. Begin the essay with an introduction that includes a hook and a thesis statement.
8. Develop the essay with facts, definitions, concrete details, information, and examples.
9. Use transition words to connect information.
10. Conclude the essay.
11. Revise the essay using the student checklist.
12. Write and edit essay on the computer.

Classroom Activities

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (ELA) – Students will finish organizing/researching for their informative paper and type their paper.
Wednesday (Reading) – Novel Study (Please make sure student has a copy of their novel at school.)
Thursday – ThinkCERCA
Friday – Close Reader, Comparing Versions of A Christmas Carol

Assignments Due

Friday, December 8th – ThinkCERCA

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