TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #7
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: Create a list of 10 facts and 10 opinions. (we will use these for a class activity)
Intro New vocab words
Review Rhetorical Devices and strategies

Do Now: Recall a time when you believed something that turned out not to be true. How were you convinced in the first place? How did you recognize the truth? What did the experience feel like?
Reading and Responding to Written Arguments: HMH text book pg. 276-282 (answer Qs 1-5 on pg 282) and pg. 286-292 (answer Qs 1-5 on pg 292)

Do Now: To which rhetorical strategy are you most susceptible, pathos, ethos, or logos? Explain your answer and provide an example in 5 sentences.
Finish Book Questions
Work on Final Drafts of Informative Essays (all drafts/work handed back today)
Independent Work Time

Do Now: What are your hopes and expectations for the new year? (5 sentences)
HMH Growth Measure (computer based literature assessment)

Do Now: Use as many of this week’s vocab words as you can in 3 sentences.
Vocab Quiz
Finish: HMH Growth Measure, final draft typing, book Qs

Assignments Due

Due Monday: Rhetoric Packet (handed out last Wednesday)
Due Tuesday: LAST CALL for 2nd drafts of informative essays
On Friday: Vocab quiz

Additional Resources

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”