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QPS Grade 7 ELA Curriculum Pacing and Alignment Guide

Collection 1: Bold Actions , Pages- 1-60


Timeline: September/October (Roughly 6 weeks)
Theme, Ending Understandings, & Essential How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Aspect Rogue Wave
Bold Actions Performance Task: Cultural by Theodore Taylor
Fictional Narrative TSW write Evaluate (Short Story)
their own story in which Resource The Flight of Icarus
Enduring Understandings: characters take bold actions in Text Retold by Sally Benson
the face of a seemingly Swell (Greek Myth)
Exploring what it means to face challenges fearlessly, overwhelming challenge. Deck Poetry:
even if it means failing in the attempt. Navigation Icaruss Flight
Performance Task: Submerge by Stephen Dobyns
Present Argument TSW, using Porthole Nonfiction:
The Flight of Icarus and other Moderate Parents of Rescued
Essential Questions: texts in the collections, prepare Prowess Teenage Sailor Abby
and present an argument, either Frantic Sunderland Accused of
See: Setting a Purpose for taking bold actions or Anxiety Risking her Life
Found at beginning of each text in the collection. avoiding them. Inundate by Paul Harris
Restrictive Ship of Fools
Formative Assessments Exhibition by Joanna Weiss
Standards: (Throughout the unit): Precaution Was Abby Too Young
to Sail?
Common Core State Standards are found on the top Online assessments TV Interview
right corner of pages in the text and corresponding Critical vocabulary by Harry Smith, CBS
Key Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning Analyzing the texts News
of each collection. Questions at end of Women in Aviation
story by Patricia and Fredrick
McKissack

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Collection 1: Bold Actions Pages- 1-60
Timeline: September/October (Roughly 6 weeks)
Standards-based Skills & Concepts
Reading Concepts:
Inference
Setting
Plot
Conflict
Authors Purpose
Central Idea
Structure
Theme
Myth
Story Elements
Poetic Elements/Poetic Form
Simile/Metaphor/Alliteration
Connotation/Denotation
Reading Skills:
Trace/Evaluate an argument
Evidence and Conclusions
Writing:
Movie Outline pg. 16
Class BLOG pg. 30
Graphic Comic pg. 36
Response to Text pg. 42
Informative Report pg. 50
Commas/Coordinate Adj. pg. 38
Subordinate Clauses pg. 52

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Collection 2: Perception and Reality , Pages- 61 - 134
Timeline: November/December
Theme, Ending Understandings, & Essential How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Performance Task: Argument Abnormal The People Could Fly
Perception and Reality Writing TSW reflect on the Feature by Virginia Hamilton
ways we perceive the world. Focus (Folk Tale)
Considering seeing is Perceive Poetry:
Enduring Understandings: believing and its meaning, Task The Song of Wandering
decide if this saying is true. Croon Aengus
Exploring how things in life are not always how we Using The People Could Fly Snag by W. B. Yeats
perceive them to be. and other texts in the collection, Shuffle Sonnet 43
write an argument that states Plantation by William Shakespeare
and supports a position. Neural Short Stories:
Neuroscientist Another Place, Another
Essential Questions: Performance Task: Neuron Time
Summary Presentation TSW Neuroscience by Cory Doctorow
See: Setting a Purpose read Sorry, Wrong Number and Cynic Drama:
Found at beginning of each text in the collection. deliver a summary presentation Eloquence Sorry, Wrong Number
including title and author, a Maroon by Lucille Fletcher
restatement of theme with its Judicious Nonfiction:
Standards: supporting details, and shows a Spyglass Magic and the Brain
comprehensive understanding Sextant by Susana Martinez-
Common Core State Standards are found on the top of the source. Conde and Stephen L.
right corner of pages in the text and corresponding Macknik (Magazine
Key Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning Formative Assessments article)
of each collection. (Throughout the unit): Pavement Chalk Art
Online assessments by Julian Beever
Critical vocabulary (Public Art)
Analyzing the texts

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Collection 2: Perception and Reality , Pages- 61 - 134
Timeline: November/December
Standards-based Skills & Concepts
Reading Concepts:
Folk Tales
Dialect
Rhyme
Diction
Sonnet
Figurative Language
Art/Media/Audience
Roots/Affixes
Symbols
Character/Traits, Motivation
Dialogue
Inference
Drama
Reading Skills:
Summarizing text
Text Features

Writing:
Adverb Clauses pg. 88
Make a poster pg. 92
Character Analysis pg. 108/126

Speaking & Listening:


Dramatic Reading pg. 69
Discussion (2 poems) pg. 76
Demonstration pg. 85
Collection 3: Nature at Work Pages- 135-182

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Timeline: January/February
Theme, Ending Understandings, & Essential How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Affect Mississippi Solo
Nature at Work Performance Task: Element by Eddy Harris
Personal Narrative TSW Ensure (Memoir)
think about their own Participate
Enduring Understandings: interactions with nature and Specify Poetry:
write a personal narrative about Avalanche Ode to enchanted light
Exploring the beauty, power, and mystery of nature. a natural setting that is Insulate by Pablo Neruda
meaningful to them. Splinter Sleeping in the Forest
Ethereal by Mary Oliver
Performance Task: Addiction
Essential Questions: Poetry Analysis TSW analyze Median Short Stories:
each poets style by comparing Arboretum Allied with Green
See: Setting a Purpose and contrasting elements such Obituary by Naomi Shihab Nye
Found at beginning of each text in the collection. as form, structure, and use of Gully Drama:
figurative language. Bedrock The Tempest
Gradual by William Shakespeare
Standards: Formative Assessments Coincidence Nonfiction:
(Throughout the unit): Precarious Big Rocks Balancing
Common Core State Standards are found on the top Acts
right corner of pages in the text and corresponding Key Online assessments by Douglas Fox
Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning of each Critical vocabulary (Expository Essay)
collection. Analyzing the texts
Questions at end of
story

Collection 3: Nature at Work Pages- 135-182


Timeline: January/February

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Standards-based Skills & Concepts
Reading Concepts:
Memoir
Authors style
Figurative Language
Allusion
Solilquy
Monologue
Theme
Imagery
Ode
Lyric Poem
Free Verse
Diction

Reading Skills:
Structure of an Essay
Expository Writing
Evidence and Conclusions

Writing:
Argument Essay pg. 154
4-Stanza Poem pg. 174

Speaking & Listening:


Dramatic Reading pg. 148
Summary Presentation pg. 166

Collection 4: Risk and Exploration, Pages- 183-218


Timeline: March

Revised August 2017


Theme, Ending Understandings, & How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Essential Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Complex Remarks at the
Risk and Exploration Performance Task: Potential Dedication of the
Present an Argument TSW Rely Aerospace Medical
draw from JFKs speech and Stress Health Center
Enduring Understandings: other texts to prepare and Valid by John F. Kennedy
present an argument. TSW try Metabolism (Speech)
Encountering individuals who must confront a to persuade others whether Impairment
compelling question: How far is too far? major exploration is worth the Impetus Poetry:
risk. Tedious Your World
Diplomat by Georgia Douglas
Performance Task: Sustain Johnson
Essential Questions: Research Report TSW Steward
research a recent or planned Exploit Nonfiction:
See: Setting a Purpose mission for medical research by Cache Why Exploring the
Found at beginning of each text in the NASA. Geyser Ocean is Mankinds
collection. Meager Next Giant Leap
Formative Assessments Tectonic by Philippe Cousteau
(Throughout the unit): Decompose (Commentary)
Standards: Living in the Dark
Online assessments by Cheryl Bardoe
Common Core State Standards are found Critical vocabulary (Science Article)
on the top right corner of pages in the text Analyzing the texts
and corresponding Key Learning Questions at end of
Objectives are listed at the beginning of story
each collection.

Collection 4: Risk and Exploration, Pages- 183-218


Timeline: March

Revised August 2017


Standards-based Skills & Concepts

Reading Concepts:
Purpose and Audience
Tone
Central Idea
Details
Cause and Effect
Inference
Greek Roots Prefixes/Affixes
Figurative Language

Reading Skills:
Analyze structure of text
Signal Words
Paraphrasing
Context Clues

Writing:
Argument pg. 210
Adjective Clauses pg. 200
Verbal Phrases pg 212
Analysis of Metaphor pg. 214

Speaking & Listening:


Informative Debate pg. 198

Collection 5: The Stuff of Consumer Culture, Pages- 219-262


Timeline: April/May

Revised August 2017


Theme, Ending Understandings, & Essential How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Attitude Life at Home in the
Consumer Culture Performance Task: Consume Twenty-First Century by
Fictional Narrative TSW write Goal Jeanne E. Arnold
a fictional narrative about living Purchase (Informational Text)
Enduring Understandings: on another planet. They will Technology
address the concept of advanced Observation Poetry:
Exploring the consumer culture and consider the question: technology that leaves the Proliferation Dump
How much is enough? reader with a message. Municipal by X.J. Kennedy
Taper How Things Work
Performance Task: Precipitous by Gary Soto
Multimedia Presentation TSW Superfluity
Essential Questions: research a topic related to Intangible Short Stories:
consumerism. Drawing from Exhort Earth (A Gift Shop)
See: Setting a Purpose Life at Home in the Twenty- Apathy by Charles Yu
Found at beginning of each text in the collection. First Century, other texts in the Enterprising
collection, and research findings Mandatory Nonfiction:
from their Informative Essay Hypthesis Always Wanting More
Standards: (pg 230), they will prepare and Misjudge by Thomas Hine
give a multimedia presentation
Common Core State Standards are found on the top on that topic.
right corner of pages in the text and corresponding
Key Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning Formative Assessments
of each collection. (Throughout the unit):
Online assessments
Critical vocabulary

Collection 5: The Stuff of Consumer Culture, Pages- 219-262


Timeline: April/May
Standards-based Skills & Concepts

Revised August 2017


Reading Concepts:
Central Idea
Cause and Effect
Inferences
Tone
Connotations
Authors Style
Synonyms/Antonyms
Theme
Poems form
Science Fiction
Setting

Reading Skills:
Citing Evidence
Structure of Informational text

Writing:
Informative Essay pg. 230
Redundancy pg. 232
Noun Clauses pg. 240
Literary Analysis of 2 Poems pg. 248

Speaking & Listening:


Discussion pg. 238

Collection 6: Guided by a Cause, Pages- 263 - 344


Timeline: May/June

Revised August 2017


Theme, Ending Understandings, & Essential How Students will Vocabulary Words Suggested Resources for this
Questions for This Unit Demonstrate their Multi-Genre unit
Understanding

Theme/ Unit: Summative Assessment: Anchor Texts (s):


Contrast Flesh & Blood So Cheap:
Guided by a Cause Performance Task: Despite The Triangle Fire and Its
Informative Essay TSW Error Legacy
research a topic or person Inadequate by Albert Marrin
Interact (History Writing)
Enduring Understandings: related to the Triangle Factory Flammable The Story of the Triangle
Fire. Drawing from the Reign Factory Fire
Exploring what inspires people to take action to improve collection and research findings, Portable by Zachary Kent
their world. they will construct an Inspection (History Writing)
informative essay. Corridor Craig Kielburger Reflects
Enact on Working Toward Peace
Performance Task: Mischievous by Craig Kielburger
Essential Questions: Panel Discussion TSW take Scorn (Personal Essay)
part in a group discussion to Marvel
See: Setting a Purpose Singe Poetry:
examine what it means for Stifle A Poem for My Librarian,
Found at beginning of each text in the collection. people to take action to solve Reprove Mrs. Long
problems and what commitment Haggard by Nikki Giovanni
to a cause can mean. Wistful
Standards: Syringe Fiction:
Formative Assesses sments Possession Uprising
Common Core State Standards are found on the top (Throughout the unit): Inquire by Margaret Peterson Haddix
right corner of pages in the text and corresponding Capacity (Historical)
Key Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning of Online assessments Exploitation Short Story:
each collection. Exasperate Train Time
Critical vocabulary Conscience by DArcy McNickle
Analyzing the texts Ponderous Other:
Questions at end of Sustenance It Takes a Child
story Inexplicable a documentary
Ignorance by Judy Jackson

Collection 6: Guided By a Cause, Pages- 263-344


Timeline: May/June

Revised August 2017


Standards-based Skills & Concepts
Reading Concepts:
Central Idea
Details
Chronological order
History writing
Authors POV
Perspective
Opinions
Tone
Latin Roots
Style
Character development
Flashback
Reading Skills:
Compare and Contrast Genres
Personal Essay
Analyze Media
Writing:
Fictional Narrative pg. 304
Phrases pg. 306
Dangling Modifiers pg. 316
Free Verse Poem pg. 325
Character Analysis pg. 334
Speaking & Listening:
Summary Presentation pg. 280
Argument pg. 314
Photo Documentary pg 320

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Revised August 2017