TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #8
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

– Do Now: What are your hopes and expectations for the new year?
– Cumulative Vocab Review Game
– Final Drafts DUE

– Cumulative Vocab Test
– Independent Work Time as needed
– Do Now Notebooks DUE

– Independent Work Time as needed
– Word Games

– Independent Work Time as needed
– Movie

Assignments Due

MONDAY: Final Draft of Informative Essay Due
TUESDAY: Cumulative Vocabulary Test (all words listed below)
“Do Now” Notebooks Due (28 entries since last check October 8)

Additional Resources

Quarter 2 Vocab Words – Kearney
Accommodate (v) fit in with the wishes or needs of; provide lodging or sufficient space for.
“the cabins accommodate up to 6 people”
annotate (v) add notes to (a text or diagram) giving explanation or comment.
“documentation should be annotated with explanatory notes”
contrast (n) the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.
“the day began cold and blustery, in contrast to almost two weeks of uninterrupted sunshine”
the action of calling attention to notable differences.
“use knowledge of other languages for contrast and comparison with English”
deliberate (adj) done consciously and intentionally.
“a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict”
(v) engage in long and careful consideration.
“she deliberated over the menu”
delirious (adj) in an acutely disturbed state of mind resulting from illness or intoxication and characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.
“he became delirious and couldn’t recognize people”
futile (adj) incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
“a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage”
insightful (adj) having or showing an accurate and deep understanding; perceptive.
“thank you for all the insightful comments”
moot (adj) having little or no practical relevance, typically because the subject is too uncertain to allow a decision.
“the whole matter is becoming increasingly moot”
Structure (n) the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex.
“flint is extremely hard, like diamond, which has a similar structure”
(v) construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.
“the game is structured so that there are five ways to win”
Valid (adj) (of an argument or point) having a sound basis in logic or fact; reasonable or cogent.
“a valid criticism”

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

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”

Vocab Q2W4
Cornobble (v) to hit with a fist
Defenestrate (v) a throwing of a person or thing out of a window; a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)
Exhilarated (adj) very happy, animated, or elated.
Flabbergasted (adj) greatly surprised or astonished.
Musty (adj) having a stale, moldy, or damp smell (or taste); lacking originality or vitality
Prolific (adj) of a plant, animal, or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring; present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful.
Shrubbery (n) a group of woody plants which are smaller than a tree and have several main stems arising at or near the ground
Swanky (adj) stylishly luxurious and expensive.
Uvula (n) a fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat
Zeal (n) great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

Vocab Q2W5
Compassion (n) sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
“the victims should be treated with compassion”
Exile (n) expulsion from one’s native land by authoritative decree; the fact or state of such expulsion:to live in exile.;
a person banished from his or her native land.
verb (used with object), ex·iled, ex·il·ing.
to expel or banish (a person) from his or her country;
to separate from country, home, etc.:Disagreements exiled him from his family.
Exposure (n) disclosure, as of something private or secret:the exposure of their invasion plans.
an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud:the exposure of graft and corruption.
Flustered (adj) in a state of agitated or nervous confusion:
In the past, I have prepared to take exams feeling flustered and anxious, but now I am more confident in my abilities.
Ironic (adj) using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony:an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.
coincidental; unexpected:It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
Optical (adj) of or relating to sight or vision; visual
Perseverance (n) steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Recoil (v) to draw back; start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
to spring or fly back, as in consequence of force of impact or the force of the discharge, as a firearm.
to spring or come back; react (usually followed by on or upon):Plots frequently recoil upon the plotters.
Refrain (v) to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from):I refrained from telling him what I thought.
Regulate (v) to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.:to regulate household expenses.
to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.:to regulate the temperature

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”

Vocab Q2W7
Beneficial (adj) favorable or advantageous; resulting in good.
“the beneficial effect on the economy”
Connotation (n) an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
“the word “discipline” has unhappy connotations of punishment and repression”
Denotation (n) the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
“beyond their immediate denotation, the words have a connotative power”
Dubious (adj) hesitating or doubting.
“Alex looked dubious, but complied”
not to be relied upon; suspect; of questionable value
“extremely dubious assumptions”
Ethos (n) an appeal to authority and credibility (character)
Logos (n) an appeal to logic and reason
Pathos (n) an appeal to the emotions
Plague (n) a disease that causes death and that spreads quickly to a large number of people
“a plague that swept through the tribe in the 1600s”
a disastrous evil or affliction
(verb) to smite, infest, or afflict with or as if with disease, calamity, or natural evil
to cause worry or distress to; to disturb or annoy persistently
Prominent (adj) important and well-known
“socially/politically prominent families”
“The new policy is opposed by prominent [=leading] members of the faculty.”
“He quickly became prominent in the music industry.”
2: easily noticed or seen
“He placed the award in a prominent position on his desk.”
3: sticking out in a way that is easily seen or noticed; readily noticeable : CONSPICUOUS
b: widely and popularly known
Rhetoric (n) the art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively especially as a way to persuade or influence people
“a college course in rhetoric”