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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Seek the Truth: Argumentative Reading and Writing
Unit Number
ELA704
Course
Seventh Grade English Language Arts
Content Area
Language Arts
Description
This unit focuses on understanding how readers analyze and evaluate non-fiction text. During this unit, students will develop research skills in order to form an argument that can be supported with textual evidence.
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 authors take a stand on a topic?
• How does courage overcome injustice?
Additional Unit Resources
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• 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.
  
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium's portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
  
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.
  
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.
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.
  
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.
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
  
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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
  
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
  
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.
  
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.
ECO
  
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
a) Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
b) Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
c) Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
d) Establish and maintain a formal style.
e) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.





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”).