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.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.
ELA.7.R.2.3 Explain how an author establishes and achieves purpose through diction and syntax.
ELA.7.R.3.3 Compare and contrast how authors with differing perspectives address the same or related topics or themes.
ELA.K12.EE.4.1 Use appropriate collaborative techniques and active listening skills when engaging in discussions in variety of situations.
– Do Now: How do you find out what’s going on in the world? In your local community? In your social network? What sources do you use, and which do you trust the most? Why?
– Intro new Vocab (Bias, censorship, collaborate, integrity, journalism, relevant, skepticism, speculation, source, vetted)
– Discussion on Journalism (principles, practices, media variety)
– Do Now: Use at least 5 of this week’s vocab words in complete sentences. BONUS: Tell a brief story using 5 or more vocab words.
– Intro to Journalist Writing principles (Inverted pyramid, brevity, precision, factuality, objectivity)
– Peer Interviews Using questions developed in class, interview a classmate to try and discover “what makes them tick”
– Biography writing. Using notes from your interview, compose a short biography of that person. Then, have the person assess it for accuracy.
Wednesday EARLY RELEASE
-Do Now: What worries you most about the future? What excites you most about the future? Why?
-Lesson: Commas: where, how, and why to use them.
-Practice: Grammar Workbook pg 173-178
-Independent work time (finish grammar exercises, finish final draft of short story, complete any missing or late work, study for vocabulary quiz, etc)
-Do Now: Think of a time you were misinformed about something, then learned the truth. Describe the situation, and how it affected you.
-Exploring News Articles. Students will read several news articles and create summaries stating all the necessary information with a focus on Brevity.
-Do Now: What might the world be like without journalism/media? Answer in at least 5 complete sentences.
-Writing Instructions with Precision. Demo: making a PB&J sandwich.
-Precision assignment: Think of something you know how to do really well. Then, write precise instructions to teach someone else how to do this thing. Anticipate all the ways a person might misinterpret your instructions. Read aloud to class.