TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #6
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.R.2.4 Track the development of an argument, analyzing the types of reasoning used, and their effectiveness.
ELA.7.R.3.4 Explain the meaning and/or significance of rhetorical devices in a text.
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.V.1.3 Apply knowledge of context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the connotative and denotative meaning of words and phrases, appropriate to grade level.
ELA.K12.EE.6.1 Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Identify rhetorical strategies and devices
Analyze video elements
Improve writing through revision and drafting
Establish and maintain formal style in writing and speech
Use grade level vocabulary

Classroom Activities

WEEK 6 – November 29 – December 3
Do Now: Tell a story from your Thanksgiving break.
Intro Vocab
Vocab review game

Do Now: “Are we alone?” In 5 sentences, interpret the question and also provide an answer.
Video Analysis “7 Minutes of Terror”
Group Work: 1) Brainstorm possible meanings of the title “7 minutes of terror”
2) create a T-chart with one column labeled “visual” and the 2nd column labeled “Audio”. Re-watch the video and record details that help you understand the video’s purpose/intent. At least 3 details per column.
3) Answer questions 1-4, and 6 on page 270 of the HMH text book.
4) Creative writing round robin – Compose a brief story titled “7 Minutes of Terror” with each team member writing only 1 sentence at a time. Try to make each sentence flow smoothly from the one before it. At least 4 rotations.

Do Now: Are you easily persuaded? How difficult is it for someone to change your mind? How much advertising are you exposed to? How much of this advertising is effective?
Intro to Rhetoric, lecture and videos

No Do Now. Today we take a District Assessment, multiple choice reading test.

Do Now: Think of one of your favorite commercials or advertisements. Describe it. Why do you like it? Is it effective at influencing your opinion?
Vocab Quiz
Rhetorical Triangle Review

Assignments Due
Additional Resources

Vocab Q2W6
Dilapidated (adj) (of a building or object) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.
“old, dilapidated buildings”

Distinguish (v) recognize or treat (someone or something) as different.
“the child is perfectly capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy”
• perceive or point out a difference.
“bees are unable to distinguish between red, black, and various grays”

Flail (v) wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly.
“his arms were flailing helplessly”
beat; flog.
“he escorted them, flailing their shoulders with his cane”
(n) a weapon consisting of a striking head attached to a handle by a flexible rope, strap, or chain

Glisten (v) verb (of something wet or greasy) shine; glitter.
“his cheeks glistened with tears”
Noun a sparkling light reflected from something wet.
“there was a glisten of perspiration across her top lip”

Lucid (adj) expressed clearly; easy to understand.
“a lucid account”
showing ability to think clearly, especially in the intervals between periods of confusion or insanity.
“he has a few lucid moments every now and then”

Mystique (n) a fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and power surrounding someone or something.
“the West is lately rethinking its cowboy mystique

Nostalgia (n) a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
“I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days in college”

Rupture (v) (especially of a pipe, a vessel, or a bodily part such as an organ or membrane) break or burst suddenly.
“if the main artery ruptures he could die”
breach or disturb (a harmonious feeling or situation).
“once trust has been ruptured it can be difficult to regain”
(n) an instance of breaking or bursting suddenly and completely.
“a small hairline crack could develop into a rupture”
a breach of a harmonious relationship.
“the rupture with his father would never be healed”

Sector (n) an area or portion that is distinct from others.
“operations in the southern sector of the North Sea”
a distinct part or branch of a nation’s economy or society or of a sphere of activity such as education.
“the industrial and commercial sector”

Sinister (adj) giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.
“there was something sinister about that murmuring voice”
• evil or criminal.
“there might be a more sinister motive behind the government’s actions”