7th Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts Integrated Unit
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Unit 1: Literature Reflects Life (8 weeks)
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Grade Level: 7
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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*comprehend a variety of genres
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Meaning
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Enduring Understandings:Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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*that both fiction and informational text can help them learn about themselves
*opinions formed about a text must be backed up through logical evidence from the text
*narrative writing is intended to help the reader understand the writer’s theme and reflection through the use of story elements


*How do my actions influence others or a situation?
*What can we learn from how characters/people deal with challenging situations in a text?
*How can I use the writings of published authors as a model for my own narrative writing?


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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be able to...
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Students will know…

*authors use story elements, tone, mood, and word choice to develop a theme throughout the course of a text
*that theme is a general statement that can be applied to various situations, without story specific elements
*an objective summary of literature includes characters, setting, exposition, main events, climax and resolution/denouement
*that setting can shape the characters or plot and determine if it does
*cited text evidence needs to be directly related to the statement being proven
*text evidence needs to be explained
*the definition of mood and tone
*text structure of non-fiction text should be used to organize a summary
*different types of text structure

*narratives writing includes:
*an exposition that explains setting, characters, “status quo,” and a turning point
*sensory details to help the reader understand
*characters that are developed using actions, dialogue, thoughts, and sensory details
*pacing to show focus on the important parts
*a conclusion that shows the importance of the event and the purpose for writing

*narrative writing in response to literature includes the above plus:
*an understanding of the author’s story elements, purpose, and tone
*reasonable details and actions based on the original text

*that the intended audience is an integral part of the writer’s planning
*social responsibility is important in a discussion
*definitions of action verbs, linking verb, helping verb, subject, predicate, simple sentence, independent clause, coordinating conjunctions, and compound sentences
*meaning of connotation and denotation
*words can have many definitions depending upon their use





LITERATURE

RL 7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL 7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

RL 7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

RL 7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

RL 7.7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

RL 7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity

INFORMATIONAL TEXT

RI 7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

WRITING

W 7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
(a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
(b) Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
(c) Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
(d) Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


W 7.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
(a)Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
(b)Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
(c)Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
(d)Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
(e)Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

W.7.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

W 7.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

SL 7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
(a)Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

LANGUAGE

L 7.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
(a) Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
(b)Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.


L 7.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
(a) Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt).
(b)Spell correctly.

L 7.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
(a) Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
(b) Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).
(d) Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).



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