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					      February 26: Authors Purpose
1. What is the definition of author's        3. What is the importance
    purpose?                                    of understanding an
A. The form in which an author                  author's purpose?
    writes.                                  A. Understanding an author’s
B. The reason an author writes.                 purpose will help us better
                                                understand the information in
C. To teach a lesson about                      a text.
    something.
                                             B. Understanding an author’s
D. Similar to the real world or real life.      purpose will help us better
                                                brainstorm about the
                                                information in a text.
2. Writers usually write to?
                                             C. Understanding an author’s
A. inform, to persuade, or to argue.            purpose will help us better
B. make profit, to persuade, or to              revise the information in a
    entertain.                                  text.
C. inform, to persuade, or to                D. Understanding an author’s
    entertain.                                  purpose will help us better
                                                draft the information in a text
D. inform, to humiliate, or to entertain.

 Standard: Answer only         Above Standard: Answer and explanation from notes
             March 1: Author’s Purpose
    What is the purpose for this writing? Provide
         one detail to support your answer.

1. Judy's amazing Wrinkle          2. Everyone should have
   Remover cream will make            a pet. Pets are very
   you look younger in thirty         loving and
   days or less. This                 affectionate. They help
   remarkable cream has               children learn
   special ingredients to             responsibility. Pets
   make your wrinkles                 give you unconditional
   disappear. The cost for a          love. Having a pet is a
   thirty days $29.95.                wonderful experience.

    Standard: Answer and quote   Above Standard: Answer, quote, explain
          March 2: Contrast/Mood
   Look at the illustration on page 702 in your
   purple literature book. How do the colors
   in this illustration contrast with the mood of
   the drama? Include one detail from the
   selection to support your answer.

Standard: Chart with detail from story
Above Standard: Written out into sentences with two details from story
        March 3: Summary
• In your own words, write a summary of the
  selection from yesterday’s reading, “The
  Monsters on Maple Street,” including a
  summarizing statement and three main
  events.

• At Standard: Completed Chart
• Above Standard: Written out in sentences
          March 4: Conflict
 Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces
 in a work of literature. In “The Monsters are
 Due on Maple Street,” several different kinds
 of conflict move the play toward its surprising
 conclusion. How did the play show conflict
 between individuals and society?

Standard: 2 examples with quote, explain
Above Standard: 3 examples with quote, explain
        March 8: Main Idea/Theme
     • Main idea is the major topic of a passage.
     • Theme is an idea that transcends time, the
       central message of the story


Of the following examples, identify each as theme or main idea.

1.    Of all the animals in the world, a dog is the best pet to have.
2.    Kindness makes the world go around.
3.    Stephanie has a heart of gold.
4.    Honesty is always the most important part of friendship.

Standard: Answers only        Above Standard: Answer, explain
          March 9
What is the purpose of this map?

    A. To provide general information
         about the climate and
         precipitation
    B. To illustrate the physical features
         of an area, such as the
         mountains, rivers and lakes
    C. To include contour lines to show
         the shape and elevation of an
         area.
    D. To show major—some minor
         highways—and roads, airports,
         railroad tracks, cities and other
         points of interest in an area.


    Standard: Answer only
    Above Standard: Answer, and explain why
         you would use this map
         March 10: Tone and Mood
                                  Identify the tone and mood for each
Tone is the author’s attitude         statement below.
  toward the writing (his
  characters, the situation)
  and the readers.. An            1. She huddled in the corner, clutching
  example of tone could              her tattered blanket and shaking
  be both serious and                convulsively, as she feverishly
  humorous. Tone is set              searched the room for the unknown
  by the setting, choice of          dangers that awaited her.
  vocabulary and other            2. Bursting through the door, the
  details.                           flustered mother screamed
                                     uncontrollably at the innocent teacher
Mood is the general                  who gave her child an F.
  atmosphere created by           3. Bouncing into the room, she lit up the
  the author’s words. It is          vicinity with a joyous glow on her face
  the feeling the reader             as she told her best friend that she
  gets from reading those            made the district select soccer team.
  words. It may be the
  same, or it may change
  from situation to
  situation.                    Standard: Answer each for tone and mood
                                Above Standard: Explain why you choose each
                                answer
             March 11: Compare/Contrast
                     Entry Task

 Explain how the Zombie Story and the
 Werewolf Story are similar and how they are
 different (one of each). Include information
 from the selection in your answer.

                Category         Evidence 1 Evidence 2
Same
Different
 Standard: Chart with only 1 similarity and 1 different
 Above Standard: Chart with 2 similarities and 2 differences
          March 15: Personification
Personification is giving human characteristics to something that is
  not human. Below are examples of personifications, explain what
  the author is personifying.

Example 1: “The wind cried and whisked in the brush, and the family
  went on monotonously, hour after hour.”

Example 2: “High in the gray stone mountains, under a frowning peak,
  a little spring bubbled.”

Example 3: “The high sun streamed down on the dry creaking earth so
  that the vegetation ticked in protest.”


Standard: Quote, explain
Above Standard: quote explain and then write three of your own
   examples
               March 16: Metaphors
  1. The storm was a_____ as it clawed against my window.
  2. The freshly mowed lawn was a __________________.
  3. The noisy children were __________________ as they
     raced through the museum.
  4. I was a ________ as I tiptoed across the wooden floor.
  5. The river was a __________ as it twisted and turned
     down the mountain.
  6. His cheeks were ___________ as he chewed the giant
     wad of bubble gum.


Standard: copy each with an answer

Above Standard: Answer and write 4 of your own
                   March 17: Similes

  1. The candy tasted as sweet as ____________________.
  2. The ice cream truck sounded like a _______________.
  3. Her smile was as wide as a ______________________.
  4. She ran as fast as a _____________.
  5. The pickle tasted as sour as a _______________.
  6. The movie was as sad as ______________________.




Standard: Copy each with an answer

Above Standard: Answer and write 4 of your own
                              March 18
Define the following terms:

                   » Infer/Inference
                   » Assumption
                   » Predict
                   » Reasoning

What clues can you use to find answers in the text
 relating to these four reading targets?

Standard: Define each and give clues for each
Above Standard: Define each term, give clues, and provide examples of each
                           March 19
   If someone asks you to contribute to a
   conversation or a situation that is going
   on, what are they asking you to do? Give
   an example of when you have contributed
   to something.

Standard: explain and give three sentence explanation
Above Standard: explain and give a six sentence explanation, or two different
   examples.
                                     March 22
1. What are captions? Where do you see
   captions? Give three examples of recent
   selections of texts that you have read that
   include captions.

2. What other text features do you often see in
   selections of readings from other classes?
   Define these text features.
Standard: Answer al of question 1, and at least three additional types of text features, and define
       what they are for.

Above Standard: Answer all parts of question 1, and list at least six other types of text features and
       define what they are for.
                          March 23
               Compare/Contrast Review

1. Define the terms compare and contrast.
2. What other words may they use for
    compare? For contrast?
3. What kind of chart should you create for a
    compare/contrast question?
4. Give an example of a compare/contrast
    question.

Standard: Answer questions 1-4.
Above Standard: Answer questions 1-4, and then answer your question 4.
          March 24: Assumption
  In the selection, “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto,
  you read about how to one character fitting in
  may be one of the biggest choices they will
  make. Based on the information in the story,
  what assumption can the reader make about
  how important fitting in can truly be? Provide
  two details to support your answer.

Standard: Quote, explain
Above Standard: Quote, explain, and write four sentence
  relating to you trying to fit in while in 7th grade.
         March 25: Inference
   In the selection, “Oranges” by Gary Soto, what
   does the remaining orange come to represent
   to the speaker in “Oranges?”




Standard: Quote, explain
Above Standard: Quote, explain, and write five
   sentences how reading “Oranges” made you
   feel.
            March 26: Theme
  Identify what you believe is the theme of
  “Living up the Street,” by Gary Soto.
  Include two details from the selection to
  support your idea.

Standard: Theme and explanation
Above Standard: theme, quote, and explain
                        March 29
  Define the following terms and give an
  example of when the word is used in
  questions while reading.

     1.   Resolution
     2.   Opinion
     3.   Conflict
     4.   Conclusion

Standard: definition and example question
Above Standard: definition, example question, and use the term in a sentence
                             March 30
1. “The troop of his enemies, tribe after tribe Terrifying their warriors."
   The above line of poetry is an example of:
        A. Simile
        B. metaphor
        C. Alliteration
        D. Personification

2. "And ice, mast-high, came floating by, As green as emerald."
    The above line of poetry is an example of:
        A. Simile
        B. metaphor
        C. Alliteration
        D. Personification

3. "Eye, gazelle, delicate wanderer, Drinker of the horizon's fluid line."
   The above line of poetry is an example of:
        A. Simile
        B. metaphor
        C. Alliteration
        D. Personification

Standard: Quote, explain
Above Standard: Quote, explain, and write one of each on your own
                         March 31
Define the following terms, and write and
 example question using the terms below.
   1.   Purpose
   2.   Author’s Purpose
   3.   Author’s tone
   4.   Influence




  Standard: definition and example question
  Above Standard: definition, example question, and use the term in a sentence
                            April 1
Define each term below and give an
   example of how to identify each.

      1.   Main idea
      2.   Theme
      3.   Summary
      4.   Inference
      5.   Predict

  Standard: definition and example
  Above Standard: definition, example, and use the term in a sample question
                            April 2
 Based on your previous “Spring Break
 Vacations,” what assumption can you
 make about your upcoming time off?
 Provide two details to support your
 answer.


Standard: Quote, explain
Above Standard: Quote, explain to the above question, and then
write about what your dream vacation would include.
              April 12: Summary
                      Welcome back!

  Write a summary describing your spring
  break. Be sure to include a summarizing
  statement and at least three main events.


Standard: Summary chart
Above Standard: Written form
                  April 13
 Make a list of at least ten “check list” items
 that you should be sure to include when
 writing a persuasive essay.

 For example: Call to action…


Standard: 10 item list
Above Standard: 10 item list, and explain why each
is important to include
                            April 14
Make a list of at least ten “check list” items
that you should be sure to include when
writing an expository essay.

For example: Grabber…



 Standard: 10 item list
 Above Standard: 10 item list, and explain why each is important to include
                         April 15
  Here is a list of ten words you should not use in
  your writing. Replace each word with five
  stronger words. (Hint: Use a Thesaurus).

          Sad                  Mad
          Said                 Walk
          Like                 Pretty
          Thing                Think
          Little               Big


Standard: Replace each word with five alive words
Above Standard: Replace each word with eight alive words
                        April 16
1.   Define the following terms used in writing:

          •   Content
          •   Organization
          •   Style
          •   Conventions

2. Explain what is included in each.
    For example: Style includes word choice and …

Standard: define each term, and identify at least 3 targets
    for each
    April 21: Metaphor/Simile
 Come up with two metaphors and two
 similes relating to what you did this
 weekend. Be sure to pay careful attention
 to word choice, make it creative (you can
 fake facts).


Standard: 2 metaphors, 2 similes
Above Standard: 4 metaphors, 4 similes
                                April 23:
The Wind
  by James Stephens                       1. How does the poet use
                                             personification in this
The wind stood up, and gave a                poem?
  shout;
He whistled on his fingers, and           2. Identify each and explain
  Kicked the withered leaves
  about,                                     how the author used
And thumped the branches with his            these literary devices to
  hand,                                      enhance his writing.
And said he'd kill, and kill, and kill;
And so he will! And so he will!           Standard: Quote, explain
                                          Above Standard: Quote,
                                             explain, and write your
                                             own examples of each
                   April 26
Find and correct the errors in the below sentences:
1. Mark’s mind was racing and his hands was
    almost shakeing as he went over to fly his
    plain 1 last time.
2. That is when she would get even with his sister
    for making his thanksgiving entirely too
    embaressing.
3. They’ve been marryed for ten years; but this
    will be they’re best brakfast ever.
4. Soon Kris added, “This whether is so horribel
    that noone will ever want too see rain again.
                             April 27
  You have been working on your Poetry
  Anthology Assignment this week. At the
  beginning of the unit, you identified four of the
  following types of poetry often used. Define the
  four that you decided not to use. You may use
  the “Write Source” text for this task.
       Ballad           Cinquain
       Haiku            Couplet
       Elegy            Limerick
       Lyric            Sonnet
Standard: define four poems (different from what you used in your packet)
Above Standard: define four poems, and provide an example of at least two
poems from above,
                                April 28
   Tomorrow we will begin a grade level
   review on our 7th grade reading targets.
   Make a list of what reading targets we
   have worked on this year. When you are
   finished rate each one on whether you
   believe you are: Above Standard, At
   Standard, Nearing Standard, or Below
   Standard
Standard: list at least 8 targets with rating
Above Standard: list at least 12 or more targets with rating

				
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