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Election Essay 
7
th Grade Gifted Students -11/6/08
IF:  FCAT Writing
Students will write an essay within 45 minutes and share their essay in front of the class with other students.

Prompt: How will our having an African American President have an impact on racial relations, attitudes people or groups assume towards one another?  (A.o.I. - CS)
Our President Elect, Barack Obama
    Lesson Plan for the Week of 11/10
Bell Time Work:  Write down Word of the Day definitions and sentence
1.  Spelling Test at the beginning of the week.  New spelling words given for next week's test.

2.  Read about Mary Shelly, who was 18  when she started writing
Frankenstein.
   
* Instructional Focus:  Locate Information --   Describe the trials and tribulations of Mary Shelly.
    
* Instructional Focus:  Words and phrases -- Students will write down the vocabulary words in Chapter 1 and their definitions.
    
* Instructional Focus:  Main Idea -- Students are to read The Letters from Frankenstein aloud in class.  They will be given a listening grade.
   
* Instructional Focus:  Writing - Compare & Contrast Essay
Students were assigned to write a 6 to 8 paraqgraph essay on How is life in the Cholistan Desert in Pakistan similar and/or different from yours?  They are to respond to the novel they read, Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind, by Suzanne Fisher Staples.   They may compare themselves to Shabanu.. Topics they may want to include are:  Dowry, marriage customs, funeral rites, transportation, religious beliefs, foods, fashion,, and whatever else they found in the book.

Note:  This essay was assigned October 10/30.  Due date:  11/18

 
* Gifted Instructional Focus:  Growth in Creativity --Students must complete their 3-Dimensional Creative Projects on Shabanu on 11/18.  Students had to choose a scene from Shabanu and create it in three dimensional form.  They will be graded for creative accuracy, fluency, elaboration, uniqueness, and overall appearance of project.


    Lesson Plan for the Week of 11/17
Bell Time Work:  Write down Word of the Day definition and sentence
1.  Spelling Test at the beginning of the week.  New spelling words given for next week's test.
2.  Students will present their 3-Dimensional Creative Projects on
Shabanu on 11/18.  Students had to choose a scene from Shabanu and create it in three dimensional form.

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.  First Fiction Book Report Due:  Dec. 4th
Students will copy down the guideline to follow from the overhead projector.
Getting Ready to Read Frankenstein: Students write in their journals about things we know more about and things we know little about -- How life began, the creation of the universe and our ocean.
Due 11/24:  500 TO 1,000 WORD ESSAY (MYP) TO RESPOND TO THE NOVEL, HOMELESS BIRD, BY GLORIA WHELAN, AND THE GUIDING QUESTION  - What Commonalities May Exist Across Cultures as well as Differences Among Them?  STUDENTS WERE GIVEN THEIR COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAYS, WHICH THEY MAY WISH TO USE, AND WERE GIVEN A REVIEW OF THE MYP LEARNER PROFILE SO THEY CAN FIND COMMMON HUMAN QUALITIES AND DESIRES BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN HOMELESS BIRD.

Assessment: Criteria A and B
            Sunshine State Standards:
LA.A. 2.2.7 Recognizes the use of comparison and contrast in a text. (Instructional Focus)
LA.A.2.3.1 Determines main idea.
LA.A.2.3.2 Identifies author's purpose
LA.A.2.3.3. Recognizes ethical appeals in a text
LA.A.2.3.5 Locates, organizes, and interprets written information for writing an essay
LA.E.1.3.1 Identifies the defining characteristics of classic literature, such as timelessness, dealing with universal themes and experiences, and communicating across cultures
LA.B.1.3.2 Drafts and revises writing that is focused, purposeful, and reflects insight into the writing situation.  In addition the student has support that is substantial, specific, relevant , concrete, and/or illustrative.
LA.B.1.3.3 Produces a final essay that has been edited for correct spelling, punctuation,capitaliztion, sentence structure, and correct formatting.
LA.C.3.3.1 UNDERSTANDS HOW VOLUME, STRESS, PACING, AND PRONUNCIATION CAN POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY EFFECT AN ORAL PRESENTATION.
          Lesson Plan for the Week of 11/24
Bell Time:  Word of the Day
1.  IF: Words and Phrases:  Teacher will give students the 3 words they must use in every day speech from the list of Words of the Day on the board.  Students must write each word 5 times and use each word in two different sentences using definitions 1 and 2.  The refection on how they used these words in their every day speech will count as 2 grades.
2.  STUDENTS WHO DID NOT PRESENT THEIR SHABANU PROJECTS, WILL DO SO.
3.  Collect MYP essays
4.  Remind students of when 1st Book Report is due
5.  Go over FCAT Interim Assessment 

Click on Frankenstein and
Read the Novel Online.
Lessons for the Week of December 1st
To learn more about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,
click on her picture.
Guiding Question:
How does love and acceptance affect
an individual?
Area of Interaction:
Health and
Social Education
Students will write in their journals all the topics they can think of in discussing this guiding question. 
Such things as: 
Is different good?.
Are teenagers rejected by adults because they are different?
What is unconditional love and acceptance?
Wnat are the negative consequences of the lack of love and acceptance?
How does love and acceptance impact personal acceptance?
How does love and acceptance impact personal goals?

Afterwards, there will be a class discussion about love and acceptance.

 
Agenda 11/1 -11/5
Instructional Focus:
Facts and Opinions -
In regard to the guiding question, students will determine which statements are irratonal
and which are healthy
in a handout on
"Unconditional Love and Acceptance"
1.  Bell Time:  Word of the Day
2.  Spelling Test - 11/1
3.  New spelling words
4.  Peer grade Homework and
collect it on - 11/1
5.  Guiding Question
6.  Instructional Focus - Facts and Opinion - Irrational and Healthy Statements about Unconditional Love and acceptance
7.  Book Reports are due 12/3
8.  Go over FCAT Interim Test
Click on his picture to read about Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts.
Lesson Plans for November 25th
Click on  the picture of William Bradford to read his journal - History of Plymouth Plantation, c.1650,