ELA – January 16-19, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q3 - Week 2
Unit of InstructionPaired Texts
Standard(s) Taught

 – Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
 – 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.
 – Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. 
 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. 
 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 
 – Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
 – Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students will be able to analyze how text features contribute to a text and to summarize text objectively. 
 – Students will read and respond to United States History:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Harriet Tubman. 
 – Students will read paired texts (PowerPoint Companion) and compare and contrast the two texts.  
 – Students will use graphic organizers.
 – Students will read mentor texts (Explanatory essays).  
 – Students will plan an explanatory essay that tells how two texts are alike,and how they are different.  In a group, students will write an essay using details from the text to support their statements.  Students will include statements about the characters, themes, and settings of each text. 

Classroom Activities

Monday, January 15 – No School
Tuesday, January 16 – “Magic and the Brain,” Students will conduct research (paired) on a visual illusion or cognitive illusion.  Students will explain the principle of their illusion and how it relates to the article, “Magic and the Brain.”
Wednesday, January 17 – Periods 1, 2, & 3 – Research presentations. 
Periods 5, 6, & 7 – Free read.  (Novel of choice. Required book report at the end of the quarter.)
Thursday, January 18 – MLK – “A Smart & Kind Child.” & “Now is the Time for Change.”  Tubman – “A Childhood of Slavery.”  & “Giving Everything for Freedom.”
Friday, January 19 – Paired Texts:  Explanatory Essays
Spelling test.

Assignments Due

Tuesday, January 16th – Reading assignment and online quiz, “Recording of Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a Dream speech.”  https://www.tweentribune.com/
Friday, January 19 – Vocabulary and spelling test.
 – Leisure
 – Maintenance
 – Misspell
 – Perseverance
 – Privilege
 – Receive
 – Reference
 – Rhythm
 – Until  (Then, than – Commonly Confused.)
 – Their (There, they’re – Commonly Confused.)

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