Q3: Week 7 – March 8-12, 2021

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #7
Unit of InstructionMemoirs & Elaboration in Writing
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.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.
LAFS.7.RL.1.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide a summary of the text.
LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
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 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 individuals influence ideas or events)
LAFS.7. L.2.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
LAFS.7. L.2.3a Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.
LAFS.7. W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Learning Targets:

– Students will be able to identify features of a memoir and analyze the author’s style.
– The students will be able to identify cause and effect patterns of organization in informational text and draw conclusions from the text and graphs.
– Cite several pieces of textual evidence.
– Analyze interactions between elements of an informational text.
– Determine the meaning of words and phrases including figurative language, and analyze the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone.
– Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text.
– Elaboration is where the student uses elements of what is to be learned and expands them.
– Students will use elaboration strategies and connect information to be learned with information that students already know.

Classroom Activities

Monday, March 8th – Florida Collections: Mississippi Solo Pg. 137
Close Reader: Polar Dream Pg. 45
What is a Memoir
Tuesday, March 9th – Core Connections: Writing Elaboration
Wednesday, March 10th – The Outsiders Novel Study
Thursday, March 11th – Core Connections Continued: Elaboration recap and revision of VLT: Water Supply in the Florida Everglades
Friday, March 12th – Florida Collections: Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century (Consumerism)
LAFS: Craft & Structure in Literature Pg. 129 – Analyzing Rhyme and Repetition

Assignments Due

The Outsiders:
Friday, March 12th
Chapters 1-6 Comprehension Questions
Chapters 7-8 of The Outsiders Vocabulary

Additional Resources

Chapters 7 & 8 Vocabulary Test:

Bleak – cold and forbidding
Drawled – speak in a slow, lazy way with prolonged vowels
Brawn – physical strength in contrast to intelligence
Aghast – filled with horror or shock
Exploits – An act /deed, esp. a brilliant, bold or heroic one
Contemptuously – the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving of hate
Divert – distract (someone or their attention) from something
Reluctantly – hesitant or unwilling; disinclined