Week One!

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Journalism
Grade Level7
Week #1
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.

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.

Classroom Activities

WEEK 1 – August 16-20
Monday 8/16:
-Introduction (seating chart, class rules, classroom orientation, course structure, expectations)
-Who is Mr. K?
-Name games
-Emergency procedures
-Vocabulary (review dictionary navigation, explain format, introduce weekly terms, begin vocab chart)

Tuesday 8/17:
-Do Now: Describe something that happened to you over the summer. It could be an event, experience, epiphany, a gradual change you noticed, anything you experienced directly. Use at least 5 complete sentences.
-Finish vocab charts
-Words and Sentences Lesson: Subject/object, sentence types, basic parts of speech
-Letter to Me (front of one full page, single-spaced). Guiding questions: What do you want me to know about you? What are you hoping to get out of English class this year? What do you like/dislike about school? How do you feel about reading and writing? What interests you in general? In which areas would you like to improve your skills?

Wednesday 8/18: EARLY RELEASE
-Do Now: How can you tell what is real and what is not? (at least 5 complete sentences)
-Grammar Lesson: finish and review from yesterday
-Flocabulary: subject/predicate, parts of speech
-Game: 2 truths and 1 lie (to follow discussion on “Ship of Theseus”)
-Issue Grammar Text books
-Work in grammar book (pgs. 1-2, 5-6)
-Work Time (vocab charts, “letters to me”)

Thursday 8/19:
-Do Now: How different are you now than you were in 5th grade? How different do you expect to be in 9th grade?
-Letter to Self (write a letter to your future self – I will save these until the end of the year and then return them)
-Vocab review
-Start reading “Mirror Image” (HMH pg. 7)

Friday 8/20:
-Do Now: Do you feel like your personality is set in stone, or can your personality undergo major changes? Explain your position. (at least 5 complete sentences)
-Due: Vocab charts
-Vocab Quiz!
-Finish reading “Mirror Image” and complete following questions with a partner: pg. 15 questions 1, 2a, 2b and pg. 16 questions 1,3,4,5

Assignments Due

Vocab chart dur Friday
vocab quiz on Friday

Additional Resources

Vocab terms: abnormal, adaptable, disquiet, feature, focus, grimace, mesmerize, perceive, prickly, task

Grammar terms to be familiar with: basic parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb)
sentence types (interrogative, declarative, imperative, exclamatory)
sentence parts (subject, object, predicate)