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

ELA.7.C.1.2 Write personal or fictional narratives using narrative techniques, a recognizable point of view, precise words and phrases, a figurative language.
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.V.1.1 Integrate academic vocabulary appropriate to grade level
ELA.K12.EE.1.1 Cite evidence to explain and justify reasoning.
ELA.K12.EE.3.1 Make inferences to support comprehension.
ELA.7.R.3.2 Paraphrase content from grade-level texts.
ELA.7.C.1.5 Improve writing by planning revising and editing, considering feedback from adults and peers.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I can:

Write from a clear point of view;
Use logical sequence when speaking about an idea;
Use conventions of English appropriately when speaking and writing;
Use academic vocabulary in writing and speech;
Cite evidence to justify positions;
Improve my writing through editing and peer-review.

Classroom Activities

Monday 8/23
– Do Now: Look around the room at the different quotes written on the framed white boards. Choose one, copy it down, and answer: What does this mean to you? Why did you choose it? How else could this idea be stated (re-write it in your own words)? What effect does this quote have on you? (at least 5 complete sentences)
– Introduce new vocabulary terms and begin vocab charts
– Finish “Mirror Image” and related questions
– Brief introduction to the short story writing assignment

Tuesday 8/24
– Do Now: Some people say our society is too focused on the way people look. Do you agree? How important are appearances to you? How important do they seem to the people around you? What effects can this emphasis on the physical have in our lives? (at least 5 complete sentences)
– Lesson: Punctuating Dialogue and common editing symbols
– Grammar workbook pages 193-196
– Writing Dialogue: imagine a conversation between two characters from “Mirror Image.” Write down the dialogue exchange using appropriate punctuation. Include “broken quotes”

Wednesday 8/25
– Do Now: Is it ever ok to lie? Explain your position, provide examples. (at least 5 complete sentences)
 – Independent work time

Thursday 8/26
– Do Now: How do you know the difference between right and wrong? (at least 5 complete sentences)
– Introduction to short story elements
– Begin writing a short story

Friday 8/27
– Do Now: Describe something you are proud of. This could be a personal accomplishment, talent, a well-handled experience, or even something indirect, as in “I’m proud of my sibling for….” Try to describe what it’s like to experience that feeling.
– Vocab Quiz
– Peer edit and rate short stories (using appropriate editing symbols). Have at least 3 other students review your story. Highest rated stories will be read aloud to the class.

Assignments Due

“Mirror Image” and Grammar workbook questions DUE Wednesday by end of day

Vocab chart DUE Friday
Vocab quiz on Friday

Completed, revised short story DUE Friday

Additional Resources

Vocab words: Were, we’re, there, their, they’re, to, too, two, effect, affect

White boards quotations:
“No one else sees the world the way you do. So, no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.” – Charles deLint

“Good stories are not written, they are re-written.” – Phylis Whitney

“Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – W. Wordsworth

“You cant use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou