Q4W7 (May 2 – 6)

debate writing guide

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #7
Unit of Instruction
Standard(s) Taught

ELA.K12.EE.6.1 Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
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.
ELA.7.R.1.4 Analyze the impact of various poetic forms on meaning and style.
ELA.7.R.2.3 Explain how an author establishes and achieves purpose through diction and syntax.
ELA.7.R.3.1 Analyze how figurative language contributes to tone and meaning and explain examples of allusions in text(s).
ELA.7.R.3.2 Paraphrase content from grade level texts.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Classroom Activities

Monday May 2
– FSA (reading) – NO FIRST PERIOD
– “Burn Paper” free write
– Interviewing questions

Tuesday May 3
– FSA (reading) – NO FIRST PERIOD
– Interviewing questions, continued
– Overdue grammar presentations

Wednesday May 4
– Grammar Review
– Intro to “Song Project”
– Independent Work Time
(1st period catch up on Mon/Tues work)

Thursday May 5
– Interviews

Friday May 6
– Vocab Quiz
– “Banned Books” NewsQuest
In your group, conduct internet research to answer the following questions as completely as possible. EACH ANSWER MUST CITE A SOURCE AND INCLUDE A DIRECT QUOTE!

What are banned books?
Where are books being banned?
Who is banning them?
When has this happened before?
Why are books being banned?
How do these bans take effect?
How are people reacting?

Is it ever ok to ban a book?
Why or why not?
If so, under what circumstances and for what reasons?
Who should get to decide?
Where should the bans take place (library, book stores, internet, etc)?

Assignments Due

Monday and Tuesday morning: FSA READING

Wednesday: Written component for “Big Debate” due (speakers and team leaders exempt)

Friday: vocab quiz

Judges: Write a formal essay explaining your decisions. The essay should summarize the issue, and describe the different approaches taken by each side. Then, explain the reasoning behind your vote. Identify any important issues that influenced your decision. Minimum 300 words.

Reporters: Summarize the proceedings, explain the judge’s ruling, and characterize the debates. Include descriptions of what happened and how each team performed. Include direct quotes from people on all sides. You are telling the fact-based story of the debate. Minimum 300 words.

Researchers and Visual Designers: Compile a report explaining your work. Make a list of all the items you researched, and for each article, quote, image, etc., provide an explanation of why you chose it, how you found it, and why you think it is valid. Use complete sentences. Then, in 1 or 2 paragraphs (minimum 100 words), critique your own performance. Were you focused and prepared? Did your contributions help the group? Did you make any mistakes? How could you have done better?

Additional Resources

Q4W7 Vocab

Ascertain (v) find (something) out for certain; make sure of.
“an attempt to ascertain the cause of the accident”

Barren (adj) (of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation.
“the plains of Kyrenia were barren”
(of a tree or plant) not producing fruit or seed.
“the barren fig tree”
showing no results or achievements; unproductive.
“much of philosophy has been barren”
(of a woman) unable to have children
(of a place or building) bleak and lifeless.
“the sports hall turned out to be a rather barren concrete building”
empty of meaning or value.
“those young heads were stuffed with barren facts”
devoid of.
“the room was barren of furniture”

Caustic (adj) able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action.
“a caustic cleaner”
sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way.
“the players were making caustic comments about the refereeing”

Crestfallen (adj) sad and disappointed.
“he came back empty-handed and crestfallen”

Elucidate (v) make (something) clear; explain.
“work such as theirs will help to elucidate this matter”

Jubilant (adj) feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph
“she felt jubilant after winning the race”

Personification (n) the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
a figure intended to represent an abstract quality.
“the design on the franc shows Marianne, the personification of the French republic”

Quandary (n) a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
“Kate is in a quandary”
a difficult situation; a practical dilemma.
“a legal quandary”

Resonant (adj) (of sound) deep, clear, and continuing to sound or ring.
“a full-throated and resonant guffaw”
(of a place) filled or resounding with (a sound).
“alpine valleys resonant with the sound of church bells”
having the ability to evoke or suggest enduring images, memories, or emotions.
“the prints are resonant with traditions of Russian folk art and story”

Tempo (n)
the rate or speed of motion or activity; pace.
“the tempo of life dictated by a heavy workload”
the speed at which a passage of music is or should be played