TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #2
Unit of Instruction
Standard(s) Taught

ELA.7.R.2.1 Explain how individual text sections and/or features convey a purpose in texts.
ELA.7.C.1.4 Write expository texts to explain and analyze information from multiple sources, using relevant supporting details and a logical organizational pattern.
ELA.7.C.1.5 Improve writing by planning, revising, and editing, considering feedback from adults and peers.
ELA.7.C.3.1 Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate to grade level.
ELA.7.C.4.1 Conduct research to answer a question, drawing on multiple reliable and valid sources, and generating additional questions for further research.
ELA.K12.EE.1.1 Cite evidence to explain and justify reasoning.
ELA.K12.EE.6.1 Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Improve writing through planning and revision.
Establish and maintain formal tone in writing.
Research multiple sources to determine answers to chosen questions.
Identify most effective organizational patterns for a given information set.
Understand and integrate grade level vocabulary.

Classroom Activities

– Do Now: Which season is your favorite? Why? What does it make you feel?
– Intro Vocab: Different words depending on class period, see bottom of page for lists
– Finish rough drafts and peer editing of informative essays
– No Do Now
– VLT (district mandated assessment – informative essay)
– Do Now: Do you like to be scared? Explain your answer in 5 sentences.
– Finish VLT if needed
– Independent Work Time, retakes, free reading
– Do Now: Tell a scary story using as many vocab words as you can.
– Centers: IXL, Edgar Allen Poe intro,
– Do Now: Describe something spooky that happened to you.
– Vocab Quiz
– Listen: Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories: “The Tell-tale Heart”

Assignments Due
Additional Resources

Period 1/5 – Vocab list Q2W2
Hex (v) to bewitch, or practice witchcraft on; (n) a spell or charm usually associated with witchcraft
Cadaver (n) a dead body
Hallowed (adj) sacred, revered
Masquerade (n) a social gathering of persons, often wearing masks and fantastic costumes
Apparition (n) an unusual or unexpected sight; ghostly figure
Foreboding (n) an omen or prediction of coming evil
Marauder (n) a raider in search of money
Macabre (adj) on the subject of death
Terror (n) a stage of intense fear
Menace (v) to make a show of intention to harm; (n) one that represents a threat; one who causes an annoyance

Period 2/6 vocab Q2W2
Disguise (v) to modify the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition
Hex (n) an evil spell or curse
Cackle (v) to laugh in a harsh or sharp manner
Haunt (v) to appear habitually as a ghost
Contort (v) to twist into a violent or strange shape or expression
Hallowed (adj) sacred, revered
Menace (n) a threat; anything that constitutes a threat
Crypt (n) a chamber, wholly or partially underground; especially one devoted to housing the dead
Eerie (adj) inspiring fear or dread without being openly threatening
Bizarre (adj) strikingly out of the ordinary; odd

Period 3/7 Vocab Q2W2
Hex (v) to practice witchcraft; to cast an evil spell
Terror (n) an intense, overpowering fear
Dire (adj) dreadful, disastrous, horrible
Cackle (v) a strange, sharp laugh
Ominous (adj) foreboding or foreshowing evil; having a menacing or threatening aspect
Hallowed (adj) sacred; revered
Bizarre (adj) an odd, grotesque thing; strikingly unconventional; farfetched in style or appearance
Skeletal (adj) of, relating to, attached to, forming, or resembling a skeleton
Masquerade (n) a social gathering of people wearing masks and often fantastic costumes
Phantom (n) something apparent to sense, but with no substantial existence