ELA – November 13-17, & 20 – 21, 2017

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts
Grade Level7
Week #Q2 - Week 13 & 14
Unit of InstructionNewspapers in Education, Encore Production, & Informational Texts
Standard(s) Taught

 – Use technology, including Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
– Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
– Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussion (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners.
 – Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, cause/effect; include formatting (e.g. headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
– 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.
– Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text.
– Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources.
– Write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information.
– Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
– Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
– Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
– Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations.
– Adapt speech to a variety of contexts.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students will research local, national, and world news. 
 – Students will write a news article, students will write a feature article, students will write an Op-Ed article, students will write an editorial, students will write a sports column, students will write classified and paid advertisements.
 – Students will publish a group newspaper.
 – Students will analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
 – Students will determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgment.

Classroom Activities

Monday – Newspapers in Education – Students will work on their news article, sports articles, editorials, etc.
Tuesday – Encore!  Field Trip.  Those students not attending the production will report to Ms. Gregorski’s room. Students will complete a journal assignment for the plays read in class last week.
Wednesday – ThinkCERCA and Newspapers in Education Vocabulary Quiz.
Thursday – Students will finalize their group newspaper.
Friday – Florida Collections –  Women in Aviation – Analyzing informational text.  

Monday, November 20 – Finish Group Newspaper
Tuesday, November 21 – Connotations and Denotations
Students will have Tuesday to complete missing assignments, finish all ThinkCERCA assignments, complete short story reviews, and read novel of choice.  Each student is required to complete a book report, by 12/18, on novel of choice. 


Assignments Due

Wednesday, November 15 – Newspapers in Education Vocabulary Quiz
Friday, November 17 – ThinkCERCA assignment due.  Robots in Disguise:  The Psychology of Addiction.  Group newspaper due. 

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Additional Resources

History Channel