TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #3
Unit of Instruction
Standard(s) Taught

ELA.7.R.1.1 Analyze the impact of setting on character development and plot in a literary text.
ELA.7.R.2.1 Explain how individual text sections and/or features convey a purpose in texts.
ELA.7.R.2.4 Track the development of an argument, analyzing the types of reasoning used, and their effectiveness.
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

Analyze impact of setting in fiction
Analyze mood in fiction
Improve writing through revision
Establish and maintain formal tone in writing

Classroom Activities

– Do Now: Is space exploration a great adventure or a dangerous risk? Explain in 5 sentences.
– Intro new vocab
– Start reading “Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed” (science fiction) by Ray Bradbury
– Do Now: What is your least favorite place to be? What does it feel like to be there? Why does it affect you the way it does?
– Finish reading “Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed” (science fiction) by Ray Bradbury and discuss
– Do Now: No Do Now today
– Continue discussion of “Dark They Were…” and view literary analysis video
– Paper return
– Independent work time (make up work, retests, begin typing 2nd draft of essay)
– Do Now: If you were headed out on a multi-year voyage away from earth, what would you bring with you? Assume you can only take what will fit inside your backpack.
– Pg 233 questions 1, 2a, 2b and pg 234 questions #1-6 (answer #5 with a paragraph)

– Do Now: Use as many vocab words as you can in complete sentences.
– Vocab Quiz
– Writing Short Fiction: Choose one of the following prompts and compose a piece of short fiction inspired by it. Writing will be shared with classmates.
o Write a sequel to “Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed” explaining what happens to the newly arrived Earthlings.
Imagine you are on a rocket to Mars, write a diary entry about what you hope to experience when you arrive.
o Imagine you are a journalist covering space travel in the future. Write a news article about a fictional space-related event.
o Imagine you live and work on Mars. Your job is to welcome and orient new arrivals from Earth. Write a speech you would give to new immigrants to Mars explaining what life is like on the red planet, and what they should know as they begin their new lives.

Assignments Due
Additional Resources

Convivial (adj) cheerful, lively, friendly, jovial, enjoyable
Idle (adj) (of a person) avoiding work; lazy; without purpose or effect; pointless.
“he did not want to waste valuable time in idle chatter”
(verb) spend time doing nothing.
“four men were idling outside the shop”

Forlorn (adj) pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.
“forlorn figures at bus stops”
Recede (v) go or move back or further away from a previous position; gradually diminish
“the flood waters had receded”
Pendulum (n) a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock.
o used to refer to the tendency of a situation to oscillate between one extreme and another.
“the pendulum of fashion”
Muse (n) a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist
(verb) be absorbed in thought.
“he was musing on the problems he faced”

Subtle (adj) understated, difficult to notice; (especially of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe.
“his language expresses rich and subtle meanings”

Infer (v) deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements
“from these facts we can infer that crime has been increasing”
Plethora (n) a large or excessive amount of (something).
“a plethora of committees and subcommittees”

Livid (adj) furiously angry.
“he was livid at being left out”