Unit Three: Experiencing Discomfort
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Joseph Addison
OVERVIEW: Third quarter focuses on research and non-fiction. Students will be learning how to differentiate between fact and opinion so they can effectively support their claims when they write argumentatively. Students will also learn the proper MLA format for citing sources utilized in research. Media analysis will also be covered to prepare students for the PARCC assessment. Some fiction will be included to complement non-fiction texts.
District 51 7th Grade ELA Unit Three Plan and Resources:
Book Review Website:
Week One: We will kick off the second semester with a fun project students usually enjoy. Students will be creating Book Review Posters! The Book Review Projects require that students write comprehensive summaries (minus "spoilers") along with an expert recommendation of their chosen book from independent reading. Other project guidelines include a five star rating, a book cover print out, other illustrations, a minimum of three "tag" words that describe their book, and the book genre. Students will be working on the written part of the projects in class Wednesday and Thursday. The creation and composition of the actual poster will be homework since we will be finishing Frankenstein this week. The posters will not be due until Wednesday, January 11th.
BELOW ARE SOME SUPERIOR STUDENT BOOK REVIEW POSTER SAMPLES!
Research Documents Start Here
Greek and Latin Roots for Section One Start Here
Edgar Allan Poe Documents Start Here
Edgar Allan Poe Biography Video Clip below:
Greek and Latin Roots for Section Two Start Here
Week Two: Monday and Tuesday will be the final assessment for Frankenstein. Due to two delayed starts from inclement weather, the due date for the Book Review Posters has been postponed to Thursday. Wednesday will be a work day for students to finish the test and work on book summaries and recommendations. Thursday and Friday will be an introduction to our research unit which we will be working on for the duration of January.
Week Three: Research takes off this week. Students will be receiving direct instruction on direct quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing and how to properly cite sources. Students will have eleven choices to research and will make their selection on Friday.
Week Four: Research continues! Students will be spending the majority of time this week in class doing their actual research, but at the beginning of class on certain days there will be mini lessons to further help students with the research process: These skills will empower students so they can guide their own searches based on the topic they have selected. Mini lessons include how to do a key word online search, how to evaluate online sources for credibility, differentiating between fact and opinion, and creating a works cited page using the MLA format. We will be wrapping up our research unit with presentations starting next week.
Week Five and SIx: Monday students will be taking their mid year Star Reading benchmark test. Any time left after their test they will continue to work on their research projects and presentations. Tuesday we will have two high school guest speakers from Palisade High School's Speech and Debate team. These two students will speak to all of our RMS 7th graders about how to prepare speeches and give presentations. Wednesday we will have a short TED mini-lesson about how to develop presentation skills and the rest of the class period will be a final opportunity to work on research projects in class. On Thursday presentations begin. Presentations will continue all of next week as well.
Week Seven: This week students will be analyzing poetry by Gary Soto. First we will read, annotate, and analyze "Oranges" and then we will be reading "Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes". We will be defining what an Ode is and looking at lots of Ode examples. On Wednesday, after a quick "Oranges" quiz, students will begin "composing to plan" their own odes. Thursday will be our very first "Library Day" with our media specialist, Mrs. Carpenter. Friday is a teacher in-service day so students don't have school.
Week Eight: This week students will be off on Monday for President's Day. Tuesday is a work day to plan, compose, and finalize odes. Odes are due on Wednesday, along with the poetry analysis and annotations of the two Gary Soto poems we studied last week. In class on Wednesday students will be presenting their odes to their peers. Thursday students will be in our ELA Google classroom to compose their argument writing short constructed responses for this week's new online reading log. On Friday students will be traveling to the library for another "Library Day"!
Week Nine and Ten: This week students will begin their final PARCC simulation to prepare for testing next month. We will be simulating a PARCC Literary Analysis Task utilizing a short story and a poem by Edgar Allan Poe: "The Cask of Amontillado" and "Annabel Lee". Students will learn new vocabulary from the texts and use the new words in sentences in an activity on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday we will be reading, annotating, and analyzing "The Cask of Amontillado". Thursday will be a Library Day, and Friday will be the first Greek and Latin Roots test from our notes and study starting last week.
Next week we continue our study of Edgar Allan Poe: Monday we will check our comprehension for "The Cask of Amontillado". Tuesday students will read, annotate, and analyze Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee". Wednesday students will be composing to plan and drafting their prose constructed responses to simulate the PARCC Literary Analysis Task. Thursday students will be editing, revising, and finalizing their final drafts. Final drafts will be due at the end of the period since PARCC is a timed test. Friday is a teacher workday to close out the third quarter and students will not have school that day.