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PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT - ELA 7TH GRADE

 9/22/2018
Our students have begun their study of standard based lessons in their Measuring Up Books. We are continuing our study of Salva and Nya in A Long Walk to Water.

 

We are exploring our Guiding Question of  “How do culture, time, and place influence the development of identity?” Through a study of the development of character in the novel A Long Walk to Water, students are immersing themselves in the experiences of the people of Southern Sudan during the Sudanese Civil War.

This Month, students will read the first five chapters of the novel Chapters 6 -10(Homework), discovering the differing perspectives of the novel’s two main characters and considering the different experiences of the Dinka and Nuer tribes of Southern Sudan.

Students will then explore informational texts that describe the cultures of the Dinka and the Nuer. Students will identify textual evidence that supports the differing perspectives of the novel’s characters and the Sudanese people, and do routine writing tasks to analyze and explain that evidence. (This will lay the foundation for a rich performance task in Unit 3 in which students synthesize their understanding of character point of view in a two-voice poem.)

Throughout this unit, students build their ability to read closely and to analyze textual evidence in writing. This unit continues important discussion protocols that help students collaborate effectively during discussions.

Mid-Unit Practice Quiz: 10/10/18

Mid-Unit Quiz:  10/12/18 Students will demonstrate their abilities to gather textual evidence that highlights the different perspectives from their readings.

Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War;Excerpt 1: 10/17-10/19

Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War; Excerpt 2: 10/24-10/26

Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift in Refugee Camps; Excerpt 1: 10/29 -10/31

End of Unit Assessment for Unit 1:Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift in Refugee Camps; Excerpt 2: 11/7/2018-11/9/2018 Students will demonstrate their abilities to gather textual evidence that highlights the different perspectives from their readings.

Homework Schedule:

September 24th, Chapter 6

October 1st, Chapter 7

October 9th, Chapter 8

October 15th, Chapter 9

October 22nd, Chapter 10

October 29th, Chapter 11

November 5th, Chapter 12

November 12th, Chapter 13-14

November 19th, Chapter 15-16

November 26th, Chapter 17-18

 

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