Unit Two: Making Informed Decisions
It is easier to bend a boy than mend a man.
OVERVIEW: The English Language Arts curriculum for 7th grade is in its second year. It was revised to align with the new rigors and demands of the spring PARCC assessments. Second quarter we will be finishing the novel The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. Afterward, we will be reading and analyzing an abridged and adapted version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Vocabulary from the text will be studied, and students will have daily comprehension activities to go with the text. As with our first quarter novel, we will analyze the text for various types of figurative language and literary devices. Related projects will be assigned. Independent reading will continue with our new and modified weekly reading log that includes a vocabulary section. Formal argument writing assignments utilizing the MLA format in the form of PARCC aligned constructed responses will be practiced at least once a week.
District 51 7th Grade ELA Unit Two Plan and Resources:
Wednesday Wars Author's Website: http://www.hmhbooks.com/schmidt/
Wednesday Wars Author's Website: http://www.hmhbooks.com/schmidt/
Link for Student Survey: www.tinyurl.com/qhxo5ns
Quote from the original FRANKENSTEIN
Week One: There is no school Monday of this week due to a teacher work day. Tuesday through Friday we will be working on our first cornerstone task of the year to culminate the first quarter. Our first cornerstone task is to write a formal, five paragraph essay using the argument writing format (called a prose constructed response) analyzing the tone of The Wednesday Wars. We'll be composing to plan on a pre-writing graphic organizer and writing our first (rough) drafts on Tuesday and Wednesday; Thursday and Friday we will be typing our final drafts after editing and revision. Vocabulary chunking continues on the next three chapters of The Wednesday Wars: "January", "February" and "March". Independent reading will be limited this week so students have more time to write their essays. The due date for the essay will likely be the middle of next week.
Week Two: There is no school Thursday and Friday of this week due to parent teacher conferences and a non contract day. Monday we will be reading the next chapter of The Wednesday Wars ("March"), and Tuesday we will be in the library to kick off the RMS Book Fair! Vocabulary chunking will continue both days to finish the January through March List. Wednesday we will have the vocabulary quiz for this list, and the rest of the class will be dedicated to independent reading and weekly reading log work. This week's reading log is abbreviated to reflect the shortened week.
Week Three: Monday we will be reading the next chapter of The Wednesday Wars ("April"), and we will begin chunking our last vocabulary list: April through June. Vocabulary chunking of this list will continue through Thursday. The vocabulary quiz will be on Friday of this week. Tuesday and Wednesday we will continue reading in the book, and Thursday will be an argument writing day to work on short constructed responses for our usual weekly reading log. Students will have additional time on Friday to complete their reading log after the vocabulary quiz.
Week Four: This week we will finish reading The Wednesday Wars, and we will begin preparation for the final culminating test on the book. The test will involve three sections: figurative language, comprehension, and argument writing (SCR's). Thursday students will be working on a Simulated PARCC Narrative Task. The PARCC narrative task requires that students continue writing a story that is provided for them. To practice this, students will be writing the next chapter in The Wednesday Wars titled "July". Depending on where students' writing levels are, they will be writing from a certain character's point of view. Some will be continuing the story as the main character, Holling Hoodhood, some will be writing from Mrs. Baker's point of view, and some will be writing from Holling's father's point of view. There is no school on Friday of this week due to a teacher in-service.
Week Five: Monday and Tuesday of this week students will be taking their final test on The Wednesday Wars. Wednesday we will be looking over our first essays written on the tone of the novel: Students will be peer editing each others' essays with a partner, providing constructive feedback on how to improve their writing for the next essay we write in class. Thursday will be a work day to get their short constructed responses written for their weekly reading logs, and Friday we will be introducing our next text: an abridged version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We will officially begin reading Frankenstein the Monday after the Thanksgiving Break.
Week Six: We will read the first five chapters of Frankenstein this week. We will also chunk vocabulary each day from the first Frankenstein vocabulary list. The quiz for the first list of words will be next Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday of this week we will be working on a PARCC Simulated Narrative Task for Frankenstein.
Week Seven: We will be working on the PARCC Simulated Narrative Task for Frankenstein on Monday. This will be the final class period that we will be working on it, but the completed assignment will not be due until Wednesday at midnight when Google Classroom will no longer accept submissions. Tuesday will be our first Frankenstein vocabulary quiz in a fill in the blank format. Wednesday through Friday we will be learning new vocabulary from the second Frankenstein list; we will be reading the next three chapters in the text as well. Thursday and Friday we will also be working on our reading log short constructed responses.
Week Eight: This is the last week of the second quarter and first semester. We are already halfway through the school year! There will be no reading log this week, but we will have some independent reading time in class. Monday will be our vocabulary quiz for the second Frankenstein list. After the quiz students will be working on a Frankenstein activity called a Quote and Language Study. This assignment will be done in class but it might be homework if student don't get it done by this Friday when it is due.Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will be working on a cross content assignment with Ms. Haley's Social Studies classes: We will be peer editing, revising and retyping the short constructed responses students did last week in her class on citizenship. Thursday we have a special lesson from Missy Carpenter, our media specialist. She will be doing an engaging group activity that revolves around the Habits of Mind. Friday will be a very brief class period due to a core Christmas movie and the winter social.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! "God bless us everyone!!" ~Tiny Tim