The Cornerstone School Understanding by Design Template Teacher: Amanda Clark



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The Cornerstone School

Understanding by Design Template

Teacher: Amanda Clark

Unit: 7th Comparative Essay, Testing Strategies, and Freak the Mighty


Stage 1-Desired Results

Established Goals: Students will present their play A School Carol on March 25th. Students will complete a comparative essay on the Romeo and Juliet book and movie. Students will also read Anthem and Freak the Mighty (If time permits). They will be focusing on reading out loud with partners and conducting literature and discussion groups. Students will also continue using Spelling City based on vocabulary from Freak the Mighty and completing 1-2 MUG sentences per classes. Lastly, students will complete some lessons on time4writing.com on standardized testing strategies.

Understandings:

Students will understand/know….


The step-by-step process for writing a comparative essay.
How to use a comparative essay example to construct their own essay.
Vocabulary from Anthem, Romeo and Juliet, and Freak the Mighty.
How to use vocabulary in text to decipher connotation, author tone, and meaning.
How to read out loud with mood and tone while also emphasizing punctuation.
How to respond to through discussion groups and small lit groups.
How to utilize time4writing.com as a tool.
How to use various strategies for standardized testing.


Essential Questions:

 Is it possible for one person to have a significant and lasting impact on another person?

How can we prevent bullying?

What is identity?

How can a person stand up to an oppressive society?

How can you respond to literature through poetry?

Why is it important to share our opinions of literature with others?


Student will be able to…

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1.C
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1.D
Establish and maintain a formal style.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1.E
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Stage 2

Performance Tasks:
Grammar and Spelling City quizzes.
Comparative essay on Romeo and Juliet movie and book.

Summary check ins on Anthem and Freak the Mighty.


Literature group job sheets.
Literature group posters.
Discussion participation.
Time4writing.com online lessons.

If time permits, another comparative essay on Anthem book and movie.



Digital postcard based on free choice.


Response to literature poems Freak the Mighty.
If time (because I know how chaotic the last quarter is) a comparison essay on the Freak the Mighty movie and book.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.C
Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.E
Establish and maintain a formal style.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.F
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1.A
Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1.B
Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.




Stage 3 Learning Plan

Week 1, 2, and 3:

Students will wrap up Romeo and Juliet. They also will be putting together and performing the play on March 25th. They will watch the Romeo and Juliet movie and take notes in a Venn diagram contrasting the book and movie. Students will then learn the steps of a compare and contrast essay and write their own in class based on the movie and book. Students will also jigsaw the UBD unit. They will start reading Freak the Mighty in class.

Standardized testing time4writing lessons. MUGS and Spelling City will also continue.


Weeks 4 and 5

Students will be reading Freak the Mighty out loud as a class and with partners. They will focus on pronunciation, tone, and utilizing punctuation Students will be conducting mini discussion groups. MUGS and Spelling City will also continue. Standardized testing time4writing lessons.




Weeks 4 and 5

Continue Freak the Mighty. Create mini lit posters. MUGS and Spelling. Standardized testing time4writing lessons.



Weeks 6 and 7

Wrap up Freak the Mighty. Watch Freak the Mighty movie. Continue discussion groups/lit posters/summaries. MUGS and Spelling. Standardized testing time4writing lessons.



Weeks 8 and 9

Focus on completing Freak the Mighty. If time permits, write a short comparative essay on the Freak the Mighty clips and book.

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