TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #1 (Oct 19-22)
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

Monday (NO CLASS)
– Do Now: What does “the Ivy Hawn way” mean to you? How well do we follow it? What can we do to improve?
– Review class policies (bathroom passes, late work, quieting down)
– Intro vocab: moot, futile, delirious, contrast, structure, accommodate, insightful, deliberate, annotate, valid
– Writing/planning rough draft of informative essay
– Do Now: If you had to choose 3 rules to live by, what would they be?
– Lesson: paragraph structure, essay structure
– Writing: rough draft of informative essay
– Do Now: Use at least 5 vocab words in complete sentences.
– Centers: IXL grammar, rough draft writing, review writing rubric with peer writing samples
– Do Now: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? What would you use it for?
– Vocab quiz
– Peer edit rough drafts (3 before me), turn in rough drafts with edits

Assignments Due
Additional Resources

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”