Q4W2 (March 28 – April 1)

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Grammar Presentation Project

“Hidden Brain” podcast episode from Monday

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #2
Unit of Instruction
Standard(s) Taught

ELA.7.R.2.3 Explain how an author establishes and achieves purpose through diction and syntax.
ELA.7.R.2.4 Track the development of an argument, analyzing the types of reasoning used, and their effectiveness.
ELA.7.R.3.2 Paraphrase content from grade-level texts.
ELA.7.R.3.4 Explain the meaning and/or significance of rhetorical devices in a text.
ELA.K12.EE.6.1 Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
ELA.7.R.2.1 Explain how individual text sections and/or features convey a purpose in texts.
ELA.7.C.1.3 Write and support a claim using logical reasoning, relevant evidence from sources, elaboration, a logical organizational structure with varied transitions, and acknowledging at least one counterclaim.
ELA.7.C.2.1 Present information orally, in a logical sequence, emphasizing key points that support the central idea.
ELA.7.C.3.1 Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate to grade level.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

– paraphrase content
– identify rhetorical devices and discuss their effect
– organize and present information in a clear, sensible manner
– use grade-level appropriate vocabulary

Classroom Activities

Monday March 28
– Do Now: How do you make decisions? What’s the process? To whom do you listen? How do you know when you have arrived at a decision? (with your gut, seek advice, research, weigh the pros and cons, flip a coin…) What influences you when making a choice? (friends, advertising, emotions, logic, habit…)
– distribute report cards
– Intro this week’s vocab terms
– review primary vs secondary sources
– discuss podcasts as valid sources
– Listen to episode of podcast “Hidden Brain” and record 3 claims made in the podcast, record 3 relevant quotes from the podcast, identify 2 sources used by the podcast, and summarize the main idea of the podcast episode.

Tuesday March 29
– Do Now: What is the worst punishment? Does anyone deserve it? Why or why not?
– Grammar Tuesday! Intro grammar presentation project, sign up for presentation schedule
Work solo or with a partner to begin grammar project

Wednesday March 30 (MR KEARNEY ABSENT)
– Independent Work Time: prepare grammar presentations
– (period 2 only: FSA assembly in theater)

Thursday March 31
– Do Now: What does it mean to be fair? Is life fair? Why or why not?
– Argument Puzzle Activity

Friday April 1
– Do Now: In complete sentences, use each of this week’s vocab words.
Vocab Quiz
FSA Writing Review

Assignments Due

Tuesday: sign up for Grammar Presentation
Friday: vocab quiz

Additional Resources


Q4W2 Vocabulary (quiz on Friday)

Applicable (adj) relevant or appropriate; capable or suitable for being applied
“the same considerations are equally applicable to accident claims”

Charisma (n) compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.
“she enchanted guests with her charisma”

Coherent (adj) (of an argument, theory, or policy) logical and consistent;
“they failed to develop a coherent economic strategy”
(of a person) able to speak clearly and logically;
“she was lucid and coherent and did not appear to be injured”
united as or forming a whole.
“divided into a number of geographically coherent kingdoms”

Diction (n) the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing;
“The politician used formal diction in speeches, but casual diction in conversation”
the style of enunciation in speaking or singing.
“she began imitating his careful diction”

Enunciate (v) say or pronounce clearly;
“she enunciated each word slowly”
express (a proposition, theory, etc.) in clear or definite terms.
“a written document enunciating this policy”

Incongruous (adj) not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something; out of place
“the duffel coat looked incongruous with the black dress she wore underneath”

Obligation (n) an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
“I have an obligation to look after her” ·
the condition of being morally or legally bound to do something.
“they are under no obligation to stick to the scheme”

Segue (v) to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another
“The mother easily segued from playmate to disciplinarian”
(noun) a transition made without pause or interruption
“Snack time served as a natural segue between recess and math.”

Stringent (adj) marked by rigor, strictness, or severity especially with regard to rule or standard
“stringent decontamination procedures”

Terse (adj) using few words; devoid of superfluity;
“a terse summary”
Short, brusque
“dismissed me with a terse “no””