ELA – Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q3 - Week 8
Unit of InstructionExplanatory & Argumentative Essay Review
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.

 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


 

 – Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
 – Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text.
 – Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
 – Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
 – Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
 – Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
 – Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
 – 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.
 – Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
 – Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students will understand and analyze the choices authors make about selecting words and details in informational texts, including connotations, tone, and precision.

 – Students will write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 

 – Students will write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Classroom Activities

FSA Writing Review Week – FSA – March 5th. 

Monday, February 26 – Performance Assessment Practice:  Close reading of complex texts and writing from argumentative and informative sources.  
Tuesday, February 27 – ThinkCERCA – Explanatory Essay
Wednesday, February 28 – Periods 1, 2, & 3 – Near Pod lesson on writing a thesis statement.
Periods 5, 6, & 7 – Near Pod lesson on developing sub-points to support a thesis. 
Thursday, March 1 – ThinkCERCA – Argumentative Essay
Friday, March 2 – Finalize ThinkCERCA outlines for argumentative and explanatory writing.  ThinkCERCA – Central idea.

Assignments Due

Monday, February 26 – Narrative Essay Due and Pg. 107 of Close Reader.
Friday, March 2 – Spelling homework/test

Week 8 – Commonly Misspelled/Misused Middle School Words:
1.  License
2.  Millennium
3.  Noticeable
4.  Principal
5.  Publicly
6.  Recommend
7.  Restaurant
8.  Embarrass
9.  They’re
10.  Accept

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