ELA – January 22-26, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q3 - Week 3
Unit of InstructionVLT/Informative Essay/The Florida Everglades
Standard(s) Taught

 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
 – Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots in specific sentences.
 – Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences. 
 – 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. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students will review Greek and Latin affixes and roots.  Students will be able to make an educated guess on the meanings of words based on the affixes and roots. 
 – Students will be able to explain the function of phrases and clauses in sentences.
 – Students will analyze informative writing and revise as needed.
 – Students will draw evidence from literary and informational texts. 
 – Students will understand the definition of inference and practice making inferences. 
 – Students will have a greater understanding of the Florida Everglades and various national parks in the United States. 

Classroom Activities

Monday, January 22 – “The Most Daring of (Our) Leaders,” by John Lewis 
Speech from the Democratic National Convention
“Doris is Coming” – Short story about a young African American girl growing up in Louisville, Kentucky
Tuesday, January 23 – VLT – Explanatory (Informative) Writing
Wednesday, January 24 – 1, 2, & 3 – Students will learn the word “infer” and be able to use it in a sentence.  Furthermore, students will build background knowledge to help them identify and understand Academic Language in context.  Periods 5, 6, & 7 – Novel study. 
Thursday, January 25 – “Are the Florida Everglades Forever.”  Nearpod lesson
Friday, January 26 – Spelling/Vocabulary test.  Tweentribune.com readings due. Stations.  Revising VLT, in small groups, with Ms. Baker.  

Assignments Due

Tweentribune.com articles – Due 1/28
Spelling homework/vocabulary and spelling test – 1/26
(Commonly misspelled/misused middle school words.)

A lot

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