Q4: Wk 4 – April 19 – 23

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #4
Unit of InstructionThe Outsiders, Florida Collections, Shakespeare Sonnets #18, 116
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7. W.1.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
LAFS.7. L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
LAFS.7. W.3.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
LAFS.7. W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I can write an original sonnet.
I can determine meter and identify various literary devices in poetry.
I can analyze character behavior to infer their POV.

Classroom Activities


– Bell Ringer: Do song lyrics get stuck in your head? Which ones? Why? What are your favorite lyrics or lines of poetry? What attracts you to them?
– Intro Vocab
– Elective Selection Forms
– Emergency Response Practice
– Poetry Intro Lesson
– W.B. Yeats “The Song of Wandering Aengus” in FL Collections pg 72-73
– Independent work time (finish Outsiders questions, work on vocab chart)

TUESDAY 20: ***get parent signature and turn in elective selection forms***

– Bell Ringer: Write a brief story using at least 5 vocab words in no more than 4 sentences.
– W.B. Yeats “The Song of Wandering Aengus” in FL Collections pg 72-73
– FSA rubric review
– Poetry Hunt (search the internet to find a poem/lyrics that you enjoy, relate to, or has an effect on you

WEDNESDAY 21: ***get parent signature and turn in elective selection forms***

– Bell Ringer: Does every question have an answer? Why or why not? Provide examples.
– Intro to Sonnets (Italian/Petrarchan vs English/Shakespearean)
– Creative Writing: sonnets

THURSDAY 22: ***get parent signature and turn in elective selection forms***

– Bell Ringer: Have you ever considered running away? What might happen if you did?
– The Outsiders chapter 4
– Chapter 4 themes discussion
– Independent work time: sonnet writing, vocab charts, retakes, etc)


– Bell Ringer: Write a brief story using at least 5 vocab words in no more than 4 sentences.
– Vocab Quiz
– Outsiders chapter 4 questions, character POV journal entry
– Finish writing sonnets (peer review)
– Word games

Assignments Due

– vocab chart
– vocab quiz
– original sonnet
– character POV journal entry

Additional Resources

Week 4 Vocab:
Apprehensive (adj) viewing the future with anxiety or alarm : feeling or showing fear about the future

Couplet (n) two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.

Gallant (adj) brave; heroic

Imagery (n) visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work; visual symbolism

Juxtaposition (n) the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect

Meter (in poetry) (n) the systematically arranged and measured rhythm of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of verse

Ornery (adj) having an irritable disposition, difficult to deal with or control

Rueful (adj) feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Sonnet (n) a poem made up of 14 lines that rhyme in a fixed pattern

Stanza (n) a group of lines forming a division of a poem

Chapter 4 Questions:
1) Who came to the park looking for Ponyboy and Johnny?
2) Describe what the Socs tried to do to Ponyboy. What did Johnny do to stop them?
3) Who did Johnny and Ponyboy go to for help? What advice did he give them?
4) Where did Johnny and Ponyboy escape to?
5) Ponyboy states “my dreams came true and I’m in the country”. Why is this statement ironic?
6) Why did Ponyboy stop going to church?

Sonnet Writing.

For this assignment you must write an original sonnet. You may choose which type of sonnet (English or Italian). Be sure to follow the structure and rhyme scheme of the sonnet exactly. Do not worry about the meter, just focus on the content structure and the rhyme scheme.
All sonnets must have exactly 14 lines and should follow a certain rhyme scheme. Sonnets also tend to follow general structure in how the content is presented. There are two main types of sonnets. The first is the Italian (or Petrarchan) sonnet. The second is the English (or Shakespearean) sonnet.
The Italian sonnet’s 14 lines are divided into two sections (stanzas). The first stanza is 8 lines long, and poses some sort of question or describes a conflict. The second stanza is 6 lines long and offers some sort of answer to or commentary on the content of the first stanza. The rhyme scheme is either ABBAABBA CDCDCD or ABBAABBA CDECDE.
The English sonnet’s 14 lines are divided into 4 sections. The first 3 sections are each 4 lines long, and the final section is a 2 line couplet (4+4+4+2=14 lines). The first 3 sections (12 lines total) introduce a topic, conflict, or theme, and describe it thoroughly. The final section (2 lines) summarizes, wraps up, or comments on the content provided in the first 12 lines. The rhyme scheme is always ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

Character POV Journal Entry.

For this assignment choose one of the main characters from The Outsiders and write a 1 page journal entry from the point of view of that character. Think about your character’s perspective on the events in the novel, and consider what you already know about their personality and history. Then, write a journal entry as though you are that character, reflecting on what’s happening in their life at the moment and how they view it/feel about it.