ELA – January 29 – February 2, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q3 - Week 4
Unit of InstructionExplanatory Essay & 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. 
 – With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 
 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. 
 – 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. 
 – 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.
 – Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentation to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
 – Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students will revise, edit, pair, and share explanatory essays. 
 – Students will research the Florida Everglades.
 – Students will create PowerPoint presentations on the Everglades National Park
  – Students will deliver an informative speech. (PowerPoint presentation.)

Classroom Activities

Monday, January 29 – Small group work.  Independent editing with Ms. Baker.  Florida Everglades essay. Stations:  ThinkCERCA, Revising paper, and revising and editing with Ms. Baker.
Tuesday, January 30 – Complete rotation stations from Monday.
Wednesday, January 31 – Periods 1, 2, & 3 – Video – Everglades National Park
Periods 5, 6, & 7 – Novel Study
Thursday, February 1 – Research & Create PowerPoint Presentation of the Florida Everglades.
Friday, February 2 – Share PowerPoint presentation of the Florida Everglades

Assignments Due

Thursday, February 1 – Parent signature sheet (Everglades essay) and Florida Everglades essay. 
Friday, February 2 – Spelling homework.  Spelling/Vocabulary Test.  Everglades PowerPoint.
Sunday, February 4 – Tweentribune.com articles.

Commonly Misspelled/Misused Middle School Words:
1.  Accidentally
2.  Amateur
3.  Calendar
4.  Collectible
5.  Conscientious
6.  Equipment
7.  Experience
8.  Harass
9.  Immediate
10.  It’s 

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