LAFS.7.RI.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Level 2
LAFS.7.RI.1.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective Level 2 summary of the text.
LAFS.7.RI.1.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how Level 2 individuals influence ideas or events).
LAFS.7.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings;Level 2 analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
LAFS.7.RI.2.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text,including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the Level 2 development of the ideas.
LAFS.7.RI.2.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of Level 3 others.
My students will finish their informative essays, paying attention to form, format, and content.
My students will use correct citing phrases in their writing and include at least one citing in each paragraph.
My students will check for spelling and words left out in their essays.
My students will turn in their essays by Friday to: firstname.lastname@example.org
My students will work on Edgenuity.
My students will complete two assignments on Florida Ready.
Stories about people with extra special abilities are always interesting, but the story of Derek Paravicini is also inspiring. Born blind and autistic, Derek overcame great obstacles to showcase an astonishing talent and even improve the world.
As a baby, Derek had all the odds stacked against him. He was born 15 weeks premature, and his twin sister was already dead. Derek had severe brain trauma from being born so early, and the oxygen they gave him caused instant blindness. As a tiny boy, Derek hardly spoke, and was frustrated because he couldn’t see and play like other kids. His nanny, however, encouraged him by singing, reading to him, and giving him a small organ to play with. This attention was just what Derek needed. At first, he played the keyboard with his elbows, nose, and feet, but soon he got the hang of it. In the 60 minute video we learn, one day, after church, his sister ran into their parent’s room yelling, “Come quick! Derek is playing one of the songs we sang in church this morning.” Suddenly, Derek’s life changed, and he set out on the path of expressing himself through music.
One day, Derek’s parents took him to a posh school for blind children. While they were taking a tour of the building, Derek heard beautiful piano music coming from one of the rooms. Before his parents could stop him, he opened the door of Professor Adam Ockelford, who was teaching a piano lesson to another student. Derek pushed the boy off the piano stool and began frantically pounding the keys with his elbows and karate chops. In the article, “The Human iPod,” the author tells us Professor Ockelford realized that there was something special about Derek. He tried to teach him, but Derek had never been taught before and threw a tantrum. That didn’t bother Adam. He would remove Derek from the bench and play a simple tune for Derek to imitate. Derek finally “got” the game, and began to play exactly the same notes Adam would. Adam asked Derek’s parents if he could become Derek’s teacher. It wasn’t long before Adam realized Derek had a unique savant talent like no one else in the world.
As a grown man, Derek Paravicini has surprised us even more. In the first article, we learn he and Adam Ockelford have travelled the world together so Derek can present piano concerts and demonstrations for crowds of people who end up spellbound by his abilities. The audience take turns shouting out favorite or difficult piano pieces for Derek to play, often suggesting the key and style. Our capable savant charms the audience with his conversations before he plays the challenge they have given him, then flawlessly plays the piano piece. As his fingers race over the keyboard, it is hard to imagine that this man can’t dress himself, doesn’t know how old he is, or do most of the physical chores a man of his age can do without thinking. The 60 minutes video reveals that the most amazing thing is that Derek has raised millions of dollars for charity and given hundreds of concerts for the elderly in nursing homes. Even with a serious disability, Derek has spread love and enjoyment and lifted the spirits of people everywhere he goes. We should take a lesson from this intriguing, talented man: use whatever gifts you have to make the word a better place.