Quarter 4 Week 7 May 10 – 14, 2021

TeacherDanielle Suhr
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #7
Unit of InstructionReading Percy Jackson (novel), discussing, writing short story, vocabulary
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to supportanalysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Level 2

LAFS.7.RL.1.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text andanalyze its development over the course of the text;provide a summary of the text. Level 3

LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). Level 3

LAFS.7.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

LAFS.7.RL.2.5 Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure(e.g., soliloquy, sonnet)contributes to its meaning. Level 2

LAFS.7.RL.2.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. Level 2

LAFS.7.RL.3.7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of Level 2 techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

LAFS.7.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.

LAFS.7.RL.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas,and poems, in the grades 68 text complexity band, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  1. Students will watch video about two homeless brothers and do a Quick Writes answering the following questions: What happened in the video? How do you suppose the boys got in this condition? How did the stranger help them? How did the boys feel when they were helped? What excited them? Why did the stranger help them? Write a one-half page typed Quick Writes, and answer these questions in paragraph form. This Quick Writes is due Wednesday, May 12, by 5:00 and must be sent to my Volusia address: mjforney@volusia.k12.fl.us
  2. Students will learn new vocabulary that appears in their novel (see Assignments Due below). They will have a summative test on these words on Friday.
  3. Students will watch a short video on the Greek Hydra. This week’s reading in Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters includes a fight with a Hydra. Enjoy this visual depiction of Greek Hydra.
  4. Students will read Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters and discuss important questions about the plot and writing.
  5. Students will write their own short stories. These are due on or before May 21 and will count as a summative grade.
Classroom Activities

Monday – Testing

Tuesday – Go over Classroom Connect, vocabulary, Quick Writes, short story. Be ready to ask questions about anything you don’t understand. We will also read Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters as time permits.

Wednesday – Independent Reading, Short Story, Vocabulary

Thursday – Read Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. Quiz.

Friday – Test on Vocabulary. Read Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.

Assignments Due


  1. stateroom – an office or large bedroom on a ship
  2. corridor – hallway
  3. javelin – a light spear thrown as a weapon
  4. thermos – a container that keeps a drink or other fluid hot or cold by means of a double wall.
  5. wail – a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger
  6. subwoofers –  A subwoofer is a type of speaker that reproduces the lowest of audible frequencies
  7. brambles – A bramble is any rough, tangled, prickly shrub
  8. unsheathed – removed from or not placed in or protected by a sheath or covering
  9. powdered donuts – a donut covered in powdered sugar
  10. Hydra – a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology

Due Friday, May 14, 2021

Short Stories

Write a short story which is between 2-3 pages, typed double spaced. This is not long enough to go into a lot of background material about the characters. Tell little bits of background material AS YOU WRITE THE PLOT. First, you will need by Wednesday of this week:

  1. Main character
  2. Setting
  3. Time Frame
  4. Genre: horror, romance, sci-fiction, adventure, anime, humor, historical, etc.
  5. What does the character WANT?
  6. How does the character go about achieving what he wants?
  7. What setback does he meet along the way? Due Wednesday, May 12.

Then, after Dr. Forney has approved your story idea, you will use the rest of this week and all of next week to write your short story. The final story should be your BEST WORK. Short Story is due Friday, May 21, 2021.

Quick Writes

Watch video of two homeless men.

Write a Quick Writes (half page typed) that answers these questions in paragraph form: What happened in the video? How do you suppose the boys got in this condition? How did the stranger help them? How did the boys feel when they were helped? What excited them? Why did the stranger help them?

Due Wednesday May 12, 2021.

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