Q3: Wk 8 – March 15-18

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #8
Unit of InstructionA Long Walk to Water, prewriting strategies, formal essay writing
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
LAFS.7.RI.1.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events)
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.1.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
LAFS.7. W.1.2b Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
LAFS.7. W.3.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I can identify relevant text evidence from multiple sources and incorporate them smoothly into my writing.
I can select and use appropriate elaborative strategies in my writing.
I can effectively plan out the ideas, structure, and evidence of an essay before writing.
I can integrate text-based evidence and personal experience to fully address a specific prompt.
I can compose a formal essay fully addressing a given prompt.

Classroom Activities


Monday March 15:
Finish reading A Long Walk to Water
Quiz game based on book (small group teams)
Prewriting strategy demo
Introduce prompts for final essay (due Thursday)

Tuesday March 16:
Check Bellringer notebooks
Additional prewriting demos
Work on essay prewriting for chosen prompt (teacher supported)
Begin drafting final essay

Wednesday March 17:
Continue work on final essay

Thursday March 18:
***Final class time to edit essay***
Turn in completed essay

END OF QUARTER!!! Enjoy Spring Break!

Assignments Due

Any missing or bonus work
Bellringer notebook check
Final essay (turn in prewriting with essay)
Documentary questions handout

Additional Resources

IF YOU NEED TO EMAIL ME YOUR FINAL ESSAY: kearneyk@ivyhawnschool.org

ELA: Raulerson/Kearney – Q3 Final Project: A Long Walk to Water
Due: Thursday March 18!

For your final project you will plan and write a 5 paragraph essay, using both your own ideas/experiences and examples from the book A Long Walk to Water.

Your essay MUST INCLUDE:
– Planning/pre-writing (turn in along with your finished essay)
– At least 5 paragraphs (can be more)
– At least 2 citations from personal experience/opinion (memories, anecdotes, personal observations)
– At least 3 direct citations from the book (direct quotes from the book relevant to your point)

Choose ONE of the following prompts to answer in your essay:

• Are people basically good or basically bad?
• How do our experiences shape us?
• How can loss make someone stronger?
• How does overcoming adversity propel an individual to persevere?
• In seemingly dire situations, how does hope guide decisions?
• What do we need to survive (physically/psychologically/emotionally)?

Writing Checklist:
□ Did I directly address the prompt in my opening paragraph?
□ Does each body paragraph have its own idea?
□ Did I include enough text evidence?
□ Did I elaborate on EVERY piece of text evidence?
□ Does my concluding paragraph accurately summarize my argument?
□ Did I proofread and edit?