English Language Arts, Grade 7 Module 1 Teacher Guide: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn

English Language Arts, Grade 7 Module 1 Teacher Guide: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn

by PCG Education

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Paths to College and Career

Jossey-Bass and PCG Education are proud to bring the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and professional development resources for grades 6–12 to educators across the country. Originally developed for EngageNY and written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require, Paths to College and Career includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies and other classroom resources.

Paths to College and Career is a concrete and practical ELA instructional program that engages students with compelling and complex texts. At each grade level, Paths to College and Career delivers a yearlong curriculum that develops all students' ability to read closely and engage in text-based discussions, build evidence-based claims and arguments, conduct research and write from sources, and expand their academic vocabulary. Paths to College and Career's instructional resources address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented students.

This enhanced curriculum provides teachers with freshly designed Teacher Guides that make the curriculum more accessible and flexible, a Teacher Resource Book for each module that includes all of the materials educators need to manage instruction, and Student Journals that give students learning tools for each module and a single place to organize and document their learning.

As the creators of the Paths ELA curriculum for grades 6–12, PCG Education provides a professional learning program that ensures the success of the curriculum. The program includes:

  • Nationally recognized professional development from an organization that has been immersed in the new standards since their inception.
  • Blended learning experiences for teachers and leaders that enrich and extend the learning.
  • A train-the-trainer program that builds capacity and provides resources and individual support for embedded leaders and coaches.

Paths offers schools and districts a unique approach to ensuring college and career readiness for all students, providing state-of-the-art curriculum and state-of-the-art implementation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119226864
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Series: Paths to College and Career
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

PCG Education, a division of Public Consulting Group, works with schools, districts, and state education agencies to build their capacity for instructional and programmatic improvements. We provide curriculum development, coaching, professional development, and technical assistance services. Our work alongside educators and policy makers ensures effective implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and state-specific standards for college and career readiness.

Table of Contents

About PCG Education vii

What Is Paths to College and Career? ix

Curriculum Maps xix

Grade 7 Curriculum Map xxi

Curriculum Plan xxxvii

Module Overview 1

Unit 1 24

Unit Overview Building Background Knowledge 24
Perspectives in Southern Sudan

Lesson 1 Launching the Text 33
Reading the Map and Beginning Chapter 1

Lesson 2 Establishing Structures for Reading 42
Getting the Gist (Chapter 1)

Lesson 3 Inferring about Character 50
Analyzing and Discussing Points of View (Chapter 2)

Lesson 4 Establishing Structures for Reading 57
Gathering Evidence about Salva’s and Nya’s Points of View (Reread Chapters 1 and 2)

Lesson 5 Practicing Structures for Reading 66
Gathering Evidence about Salva’s and Nya’s Point of View

Lesson 6 Building Background Knowledge 73
The Lost Boys of Sudan

Lesson 7 Practicing Structures for Reading 79
Gathering and Using Evidence to Analyze Salva’s and Nya’s Point of View (Chapter 4)

Lesson 8 Mid-Unit 1 Assessment 85
Gathering and Using Evidence to Analyze Points of View in A Long Walk to Water (Chapter 5)

Lesson 9 Inferring about Character 90
World Café to Analyze and Discuss Points of View (Chapters 1–5)

Lesson 10 Building Background Knowledge 98
The Dinka and Nuer Tribes until the Mid-1980s (“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War” Excerpt 1)

Lesson 11 Building Background Knowledge: The Dinka and Nuer Tribes 105
(“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War” Excerpts 1 and 2)

Lesson 12 Building Background Knowledge 111
The Dinka and Nuer Tribes until the Mid-1980s (“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War” Excerpt 2)

Lesson 13 Building Background Knowledge 117
The Dinka Tribe (“Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift in Refugee Camps” Excerpt 1)

Lesson 14 End-of-Unit 1 Assessment 123
Identifying Perspective and Using Evidence from Informational Texts about the Dinka and Nuer Tribes

Unit 2 127

Unit Overview Case Study 127
Survival in Sudan

Lesson 1 Introducing the Concept of Theme 149
Survival in A Long Walk to Water (Chapters 1–5)

Lesson 2 Establishing Routines for Discussing A Long Walk to Water 156
(Chapter 6)

Lesson 3 Practicing Routines for Discussing
A Long Walk to Water and Gathering Textual Evidence 166
(Chapters 7 and 8)

Lesson 4 Using Routines for Discussing A Long Walk to Water and

Introducing Juxtaposition 175
(Chapters 9 and 10)

Lesson 5 Practice Evidence-Based Constructed Response 184
Explaining One Factor That Helps Nya or Salva Survive (Chapters 11–13)

Lesson 6 Comparing Historical and Fictional Accounts 191
Second Sudanese Civil War (Chapters 14 and 15, plus Rereading “Time Trip”)

Lesson 7 Considering Author’s Purpose 198
Comparing Fictional and Historical Experiences of the Second Sudanese Civil War

Lesson 8 World Café to Analyze Theme and Character in
A Long Walk to Water 204
(Chapters 16–18)

Lesson 9 Mid-Unit 2 Assessment 213
Comparing Fictional and Historical Texts

Lesson 10 Introducing the Essay Prompt 218
Factors for Survival in A Long Walk to Water

Lesson 11 Analyzing a Model Essay 224
“Challenges Facing a Lost Boy of Sudan”

Lesson 12 Scaffolding for Essay 231
Examining a Model and Introducing the Grade 6–8 Expository Writing Evaluation Rubric

Lesson 13 Scaffolding for Essay 239
Using Details to Support a Claim

Lesson 14 Scaffolding for Essay 246
Planning Body Paragraphs for Survival Factors in A Long Walk to Water

Lesson 15 End-of-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1a 253
Writing Body Paragraphs

Lesson 16 End-of-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1b 260
Writing Introduction and Conclusion

Lesson 17 Launching the Performance Task 265
Planning the Two-Voice Poem

Lesson 18 Gathering Textual Evidence for the Two-Voice Poem 272
Author’s Note

Lesson 19 End-of-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2 278
Revise Essay Drafts

Unit 3 282

Unit Overview Culminating Project 282
Voices from Southern Sudan

Lesson 1 Analyzing Point of View in A Long Walk to Water 290

Lesson 2 Mid-Unit 3 Assessment and Planning the Two-Voice Poem 296

Lesson 3 Examining a Model Two-Voice Poem and Planning a Two-Voice Poem 301

Lesson 4 Peer Critique 308
Use of Evidence in the Two-Voice Poem

Lesson 5 End-of-Unit 3 Assessment 313
Using Strong Evidence

Lesson 6 Performance Task 317
Two-Voice Poem Readings

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