Unit Four: Creating a Call to Action
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. ~Joseph Addison
OVERVIEW: At the beginning of this quarter we are embarking upon our final unit: a multi-genre unit focusing on diversity and adversity. Our anchor text for fourth quarter will be The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. This unit will include some non-fiction as well. Many of the assignments related to this unit will be less driven by the argument writing mandates: Assignments will be more project based with opportunities for self expression, innovation, and creativity. Our study of The Outsiders will close out this school year. PARCC testing will monopolize the end of March and most of the month of April in our building, however, the RMS staff has devised a schedule where seventh graders will only have nine days of testing. Classes will continue as close to the usual daily schedule as possible during the rest of that month.
District 51 7th Grade ELA Unit Four Plan and Resources:
I hope you had a wonderful and safe spring break!!!! :)
Week One: Monday and Tuesday of this week we will be finishing the movie and the packet that goes with it. Wednesday we will work on an activity utilizing our unit vocabulary. Thursday students will be introduced to their fourth quarter multi-genre portfolio projects. Students will need a three prong folder and a dozen or so page protectors. Thursday and Friday we will be reading The Outsiders through chapter one. Some work time will be given at the end of class for students to begin working on their portfolio projects.
Week Two: CMAS testing will begin so students will only have ELA a couple of times this week. We will be reading and analyzing chapter two of The Outsiders. Any remaining class time will be work time on students' multi-genre portfolio projects.
Week Three: CMAS testing continues on Monday but then students will get a break until next week when they will take the social studies tests. In ELA we will be reading and analyzing chapter three and four of The Outsiders. Like last week, any remaining class time will be work time on students' multi-genre portfolio projects.
Week Four: CMAS testing continues on Thursday and Friday of this week. We will be on a regular schedule Monday through Wednesday. We will be reading chapters 5 and 6 in The Outsiders this week. "Nothing Gold Can Stay", the famous poem that represents the major theme of the novel, is in this section of the text: We will be doing some deep poetry analysis this week as a result. Any extra class time will be given to students to work on their portfolio projects.
Week Five: CMAS testing continues on Tuesday of this week: Students are taking their final social studies test. We will be on a regular schedule Monday, and Wednesday through Friday. In ELA we will be reading chapters 7 and 8 in The Outsiders. There will be a comprehension quiz on those chapters. Any extra class time will be given to students to work on their portfolio projects.
Week Six: This week we will be reading chapters 8 and 9 in The Outsiders. There will be a comprehension quiz on chapters 7 and 8. Any extra class time will be given to students to work on their portfolio projects.
Week Seven: This week students only have school Monday through Wednesday. We will be doing a literary terms and devices review with Mrs. Carpenter in the library. The test on literary terms will be Monday May 7th.
Week Eight: This week we will be reading chapters 10 through 12 in The Outsiders. Thursday and Friday we will be doing our end of the year NWEA ELA testing. Any extra class time will be given to students to work on their portfolio projects. Portfolios are due Monday May 14th!!!
Week Nine: Monday through Wednesday of this week we will be preparing for The Outsiders final exam. Thursday and Friday we will be watching the movie in the library with freshly popped popcorn!
Week Ten: Monday and Tuesday of this week students will be taking the final exam on The Outsiders. Wednesday classes are shortened to prepare for our 7th grade afternoon BBQ. Yearbooks will be distributed before the BBQ and students will have time to do some yearbook signing with their friends after they eat. Thursday is our end of the year Redlands assembly and then 7th graders will be taking a field trip to Banana's to finish up the school year.
Have a great summer Eagles and "Stay Gold!"(Hinton 148)