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					                                     Lesson 1
                                     7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

CORE CONTENT
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.

L.7.4d 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).

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can demonstrate my knowledge of perseverance by relating it to my life.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Perseverance, Adversity

FLASHBACKS
Skills Connection

EXIT SLIP
Journal – “Describe a time you had to persevere through adversity to accomplish
something you are now proud of.”
Group poster on perseverance

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). I will introduce the unit on
perseverance by guiding through a discussion, including famous examples of
perseverance and a definition via PowerPoint (10 min.). Students will form into groups
of 3 (roles: Artist, Wordsmith, Group Leader) to make posters with a drawing displaying
an act of perseverance and a motivational caption (15 minutes). Examples will be
provided. If groups finish in a timely fashion, they will do a journal entry on personal
experiences with perseverance.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Journal reflection on perseverance

MODIFICATIONS
Small Groups
                                    Lesson 2
                                    7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

CORE CONTENT
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.

L.7.4d 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).

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.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can summarize the main idea and theme of a story.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Main Idea, Theme, footnotes, context

FLASHBACKS
Skills Connection

EXIT SLIP
Journal summary

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). We will read from the Literature
book, “The Teacher Who Changed My Life,” p.368-373. Vocab, footnotes, and cultural
context will be discussed briefly. We will refresh on main idea and theme, and the ability
to summarize them. Students will then do so (summarize) the narrative story we read.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Formative journal check

MODIFICATIONS
Small Groups
                                    Lesson 3
                                    7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

CORE CONTENT
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.

L.7.4d 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).

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.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can demonstrate my knowledge of perseverance relating it to my life.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Perseverance, adversity

FLASHBACKS                                          EXIT SLIP
Skills Connection                           Poster, Einstein passage, journal entry

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). Today we will do stations (10 minutes
at each):
    - Station One: will be a passage on Albert Einstein with 8 questions
        (comprehension, main idea, and theme). Must be completed by everyone, but can
        be worked on as a group.
    - Station Two: They finish their group ‘Perseverance’ poster.
    - Station Three: Journal entry (will check this as exit slip).
    - Station Four: Library. Students have only 10 minutes to find a book, check it out,
        and return for the next rotation.
DAY TWO:
    - Flashbacks (5 min.)
    - 10 minute freelance period to finish whatever station not completed the previous
        day, or any work left over. Silent reading otherwise.
    - Check Einstein answers as a class, trade and grade. 5 minutes
    - Present group perseverance posters. 10 minutes
  - Share journal entries.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT - Poster, Einstein passage, journal entry

MODIFICATIONS
Small Groups


                                    Lesson 4
                                    7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

CORE CONTENT
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.

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.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can determine the main idea and theme of a text.
I can express my ideas clearly and build on others’.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Perseverance, adversity

FLASHBACKS                                         EXIT SLIP
Skills Connection                            Group answer paper

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). We will read New Directions (p.220-
222). We will split into groups of four. Each group will discuss guiding questions about
the story. “What does the title of the selection mean? How does it relate to Johnson’s
new career? What would be a normal course of action for the protagonist in that setting
(time)? What was the main idea? What was the theme? ” A recorder will write short
summaries of group answers. Each group will present their question and their group’s
analysis. Exit slip will be each group’s paper.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – participation, group answer

MODIFICATIONS - Small Groups
                                     Lesson 5
                                     7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

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

L.7.4d 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).

ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can use context and/or a dictionary to fully comprehend a paragraph.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Perseverance, adversity, summary

FLASHBACKS                                           EXIT SLIP
Skills Connection                             understood story: Y or N

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). I will briefly introduce the short story
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” with a discussion of prior knowledge about the
Civil War. Students will highlight or underline words they do not know as I read to them
(difficult text). They will then assemble as groups to “decipher” meaning from a chosen
paragraph. As a group they will write a simplified summary/translation of the paragraph.
As a class, we will create an abridged or 7th grade reading level version of (at least) a
portion of the story.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – group’s paragraph

MODIFICATIONS - Small Groups
                                        Lesson 6
                                        7th Grade
Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
challenging circumstances.

CORE CONTENT
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.
SL.7.1c Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments
with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
SL.7.1d Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their
own views.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

OBJECTIVES
I can partake in a collegial discuss on a poem.

VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
Symbolism, collegial, figurative language

FLASHBACKS                                                EXIT SLIP
vocabulary                                                “Two Cents” journal entry

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). We will reread our poem as a
refresher. I will go over the ground rules of the “fish bowl” discussion setting. 4
students in the middle talk about the poem and go where the discussion takes them (as
long as it stays on topic). I will ask for 4 volunteers (pick if necessary) and I will provide
the leading question to spark the discussion (also will provide questions on PowerPoint to
move discussion along). Students are to make at least two comments before becoming
eligible for replacement in the middle. Those on the outside cannot speak interrupt. Not
everyone will be able to participate directly, so the exit slip will be their “two cents” in
their journal of what they would have said or what they wish they had said.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – participation, exit slip journal entry

MODIFICATIONS – written opinion rather than public speaking
                                            Lesson 7
                                            7th Grade
    Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
    challenging circumstances.

    CORE CONTENT
    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.
    RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in 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.

    ESSENTIAL QUESTION
    Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

    OBJECTIVES
    I can create an example of alliteration in a short poem.

    VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
    Alliteration, Effect

    FLASHBACKS                                               EXIT SLIP
    Poetry vocabulary                                        Alliteration poem

    INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
   Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.).
   We will talk about/review alliteration (PowerPoint slide).
   Students will be asked to share any tongue twisters they know for fun examples. We will
    read 2-3 short poems that use alliteration (website).
   Students will create a very short poem or at least one stanza using alliteration. To give a
    direction and focus, it will be an “Animal Alliteration” (using alliteration!) so students
    have a general subject. They will use computer paper, markers and colored pencils.
   If/when they finish, they will draw an accompanying illustration. If time permits, we will
    end the class by sharing the alliteration poems we wrote.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – participation, poem

    MODIFICATIONS – write tongue twister or two one-liner examples of alliteration
                                         Lesson 8
                                         7th Grade
    Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
    challenging circumstances.

    CORE CONTENT
    L.7.4 – Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
    based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    L.7.4b – Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the
    meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).

    ESSENTIAL QUESTION
    Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

    OBJECTIVES
    I can recognize a root word and use it in an example.

    VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
    Roots, affix, prefix, suffix

    FLASHBACKS                                            EXIT SLIP
    Skills connection                                     Root word definition

    INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
   Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). I will introduce plans for the
    shortened week, all revolving around Greek and Latin affixes and roots (2 minutes). We
    will discuss the basic definitions (root, affix, prefix, suffix) and “how words are made”
    (5-10 minutes). They will work in pairs to practice with roots by filling out a graphic
    organizer of common medical root words (20-25 minutes). Some students will need to
    use a dictionary and are encouraged to. Exit slip, short definition of what a root word is.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – Root graphic organizer

    MODIFICATIONS – group, scribe
                                          Lesson 9
                                          7th Grade
    Perseverance – study of character by examining those who persevered in a variety of
    challenging circumstances.

    CORE CONTENT
    L.7.4 – Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
    based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    L.7.4b – Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the
    meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).

    ESSENTIAL QUESTION
    Why, in the face of adversity, do we keep going?

    OBJECTIVES
    I can recognize affixes (prefix and suffix) in words I already know.

    VOCABULARY (Word Wall)
    Roots, affix, prefix, suffix

    FLASHBACKS                                             EXIT SLIP
    Skills connection                                      affixed word

    INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD/STRATEGIES
   Students will begin class with flashbacks (5 min.). We will briefly review lesson learned
    yesterday, root words (2 minutes). We will move onto prefixes and examine some
    examples. They will pick 5 prefix examples from the list and write down words they
    know (or look some up if needed). We will do the same with suffixes. For fun and
    exercise, the exit slip students will create their own word using a prefix, suffix, or both as
    a reference to the question, “how do people make words?”

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT – made of affixed word.

    MODIFICATIONS – group, scribe

				
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