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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Give the Details: Informative Reading and Writing
Unit Number
ELA702
Course
Seventh Grade English Language Arts
Content Area
Language Arts
Description
This unit focuses on understanding how authors create informative writing and how readers process various types of texts. During the unit, students will be critical readers and writers of informational texts as they prepare a multi-media presentation.
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 can you make meaning from informative text?
• How do we know what is reliable?
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.
  
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
  
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
  
Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
  
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
  
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 7 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)
  
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.
  
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
ECO
  
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
ECO
  
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
a) Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history").
b. Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims”).
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
  
b) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
ECO
  
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.
ECO
  
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, oraly) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
ECO
  
Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
ECO
  
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.