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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Be a Dynamic Storyteller: Narrative Reading and Writing
Unit Number
ELA701
Course
Seventh Grade English Language Arts
Content Area
Language Arts
Description
This unit focuses on understanding how authors craft narrative writing. During the unit, students will read a variety of narrative texts and evaluate and analyze literary elements in order to develop their own narrative.
Timeline
2 Week(s)
Enduring Understandings
• Readers make meaning from text.
• Readers understand that authors use literary elements and techniques to convey meaning.
• Readers evaluate and analyze text structures to make meaning.
• Readers make meaning from appropriately leveled text.
• Listeners make meaning from the spoken word.
• Speakers share information to a variety of audiences for specific purposes




Essential Questions
• How do the choices authors make influence the outcome of their stories?
• What can be shared from your life experiences to tell an effective story?
• How do you face conflict with courage?

Additional Unit Resources
​• BrainPop
• CultureGrams
• Discovery Education Streaming
• Ebsco Databases
• Gale Databases from MoreNET
• Heritage Quest
• Learning Express Library
• Maps 101
• Noodletools
• SIRS
• TCR Connections
• TeachingBooks.Net
• World Book Online

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Standard
Standard Component
  
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  
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.
  
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
  
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  
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.
  
Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning
  
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.
a. Explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
b.  Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
c.  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.
d.  Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.
  
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.
  
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  
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.  (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 7 here. 
  
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
ECO
  
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
ECO
  
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
ECO
  
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.