ELA – February 12-16, & 20-23, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q3 - Week 6 & 7
Unit of InstructionNarrative Writing Workshop
Standard(s) Taught

 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive, and well-structured event sequences. 
 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Narrative Writing Workshop
Students will learn and practice the following:
 – Magnetic Sentence Starters
 – Point of View
 – Creating Characters
 – Transition Words
 – Writing Dialogue
 – Paragraphing
 – Dynamic Endings
 – Voice
 – Sensory Details
 – Concrete Language
 – Creating a Tantalizing Title

Classroom Activities

Monday, February 12 – Three Types of narratives.  (Personal, Biographical, & Fictional.)  Parts of a narrative. (Setting, Characters, Plot, Point of View, & Dialogue.) Gathering ideas for a personal narrative.
Tuesday, February 13 – Biographical narrative:  Gather ideas.  Fictional Narrative:  Generating ideas.  Narrative Flowchart:  Introduction – Establish the setting, background information, and characters.  Plot Events – Organize the story’s main events.  Conclusion:  Provide a resolution.
Wednesday, February 14 – Periods – 1, 2, & 3: Magnetic Ways to Start a Story.  Point of View:  Narratives require a point of view which is the perspective from which a story is told.  Creating Characters:  Good writers create characters that seem believable.  Characters have to be rich with character traits. Using Transitions:  Transition words are like bridges that connect the story elements.  Periods – 5, 6, &7 – Novel Study.
Thursday, February 15 – Writing Dialogue:  Dialogue is a character’s exact spoken words.  A speaker tag identifies the speaker and tells how the character is speaking.  Making Paragraphs:  Paragraphs are important.  Without paragraphing, the text looks imposing and overwhelming, like a giant wall of words.  Writing dialogue for short film, “Dustin.”
Friday, February 16 – Dynamic Ways to Conclude a Story.  Writing with Voice.  Writing with Sensory Details.  Writing with Concrete Nouns & Vivid Verbs.  Writing a Tantalizing Title.

Monday, February 19 – No School 
Tuesday, February 20 – Narrative Review & Completion of Plot Diagram.
Wednesday, February 21 – Periods 1, 2, & 3  – Begin typing narrative essay.
Periods 5, 6, &7 – Novel Study
Thursday, February 22 – Type narrative essay.
Friday, February 23 – Student Revision Checklist – Peer Revision Partners (Revisions & Editing)
 – A  Add details, words & sentences
 – R  Remove unneeded details, words & sentences
– M  Move information for clarity & organization
 – S  Substitute specific, vivid words for bland ones

 – C  Capitalization – proper nouns:  names, titles, etc.
 – U  Usage – subject/verb agreement, tenses
 – P  Punctuation – apostrophes, commas, quotes, etc. 
 – S  Spelling – check all words, including homophones

Assignments Due

Friday, February 16 – Spelling homework/Spelling Test
Monday, February 19 (No School) – Tweentribune.com
Friday, February 23 – Spelling homework/Spelling Test
Monday, February 26 – Narrative essay due  & parent checklist

Commonly Misspelled/Misused Middle School Words (2/16):
Then
Repetition
Necessary
Weather
Beautiful
Chaos
Desert
Kindergarten
Psychology
Surprise

Commonly Misspelled/Misused Middle School Words (2/23):
Accommodate
Apparent
Category
Column
Definitely
Exhilarate
Foreign
Height
Independent
Jewelry

Additional Resources

Creating Dialogue:  Animated Short Film : “Dustin”