Q3W6 (Feb 7 – Feb 11)


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.1.1 Analyze the impact of setting on character development and plot in a literary text
ELA.7.R.3.2 Paraphrase content from grade-level texts.
ELA.7.R.3.3 Compare and contrast how authors with differing perspectives address the same or related topics or themes.
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.6.1 Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
ELA.7.V.1.2 Apply knowledge of Greek and Latin roots and affixes to determine meanings of words and phrases in grade-level content.
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.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I can…

– Identify and use rhetorical strategies (pathos, logos, ethos)
– Explain the main point of a text and assess the validity of its claim
– Provide text evidence and elaboration to support my claim
– Discuss how different elements of text, like location and point of view, affect the story and how it is told
– Interpret a question, find relevant, factual information sources to answer that question, and develop follow up questions
– Use grade-level appropriate grammar when writing and speaking

Classroom Activities

UPDATE 2/10/22: Mr. Kearney was absent Wednesday, and rescheduled the Debate unit previously listed for this week. We will begin that unit next week.

Monday 2/7
– Do Now: Who are the essential people in your life? Who do you NEED to have around you to feel happy or content?
– Introduce new vocab words
– Read “A Long Walk to Water” chapters 8-10

Tuesday 2/8
– Do Now: Can suffering have value? Explain your answer in 5 sentences.
– Continue “A Long Walk to Water” question writing by chapter (for each chapter produce 4 recall questions, 3 short response questions, and 2 extended response questions – MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON LAST WEEK’s PAGE)

Wednesday 2/9 (MR KEARNEY OUT SICK)
– Do Now: Salva’s story is full of difficult choices with life or death consequences. What would compel you to choose to risk your own life? Would you share your last bit of food/water with a starving stranger? What about a sibling? A friend? Describe the conditions required for you to be willing to sacrifice yourself to help others.
– SCOPE magazine articles: read an article and write at least 1 paragraph to summarize author’s purpose, then evaluate author’s success in achieving that purpose
– Vocab sentences for extra credit
– Independent work time

Thursday 2/10
– Do Now: Use at least 6 vocab words in well-constructed sentences.
– Thought Experiment and discussion: https://www.philosophyexperiments.com/singer/
– Read “A Long Walk to Water” chapters 11-14
– period 3 only: “sentence types” quiz game

Friday 2/11
– Vocab Quiz
– Video: documentary clips about the Lost Boys of South Sudan (to provide context for class novel “A Long Walk to Water”)

Assignments Due

Thursday: Chapter questions for ALWTW
Friday: vocab quiz

Additional Resources

Q3W6 (ALWTW chap 8-10)
Arid (adj) (of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.
“hot and arid conditions”
lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning.
“his arid years in suburbia”

Eternal (adj) lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.
“the secret of eternal youth”
• (of truths, values, or questions) valid for all time; essentially unchanging.
“eternal truths of art and life”

Ferried (v) convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water.
“riverboats ferried weekend picnickers to the park”
transport from one place to another on short or regular trips.
“helicopters ferried 4,000 men into the desert”

Gauge (v) estimate or determine the magnitude, amount, or volume of.
“astronomers can gauge the star’s intrinsic brightness”
(n) an instrument or device for measuring the magnitude, amount, or contents of something, typically with a visual display of such information.
“a fuel gauge”

Grit (n) small loose particles of stone or sand.
“she had a bit of grit in her eye”
courage and resolve; strength of character.
“he displayed the true grit of the navy pilot”

Monotonous (adj) dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.
“the statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity”
(of a sound or utterance) lacking in variation in tone or pitch.
“soon we heard a low, monotonous wailing of many voices”

Refugee (n) a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
“tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”

Relentless (adj) oppressively constant; incessant.
“the relentless heat of the desert”
harsh or inflexible.
“a patient but relentless taskmaster”

Revive (v) restore to life or consciousness.
“both men collapsed, but were revived”
regain life, consciousness, or strength.
“she was beginning to revive from her faint”
give new strength or energy to.
“the cool, refreshing water revived us all”
restore interest in or the popularity of.
“many pagan traditions continue or are being revived”

Trudge (v) walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions.
“I trudged up the stairs”
(n) a difficult or laborious walk.
“he began the long trudge back”