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Concept Maps for Seventh Grade

 

Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Beginnings of Success Part I


Unit Topic Concept

The first week of school is full of apprehension and fear of the unknown. This is particularly true when entering high school. Making sure that students are an integral part of creating class expectations and goal setting, will improve chances for success as learners and a decrease in behavior issues.

Unit Essential Questions

How can I, a 7th-grade student be involved in my own education and create goals that enable me to be successful and purposeful while learning?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


Concepts

Concepts

Concepts

Concepts

CHOICE THEORY

CONSTITUTION

PORTFOLIOS/GOAL SETTING

CURRICULUM

LEQ: What are my needs as a student?

LEQ: What are the rules?

LEQ: What are my goals and how will I check for success?

LEQ: What will I be learning?

Vocabulary:


Survival

Democratic community

Behavior car

Survival

Belonging

Curriculum connectors

Feelings

Belonging

Freedom

Acceptable behaviors

Intrinsic motivation

Power

Power

Unacceptable behaviors

Safe

Freedom

Fun

 

Valuable

Fun

Student-centered

 

Successful

Class Meetings

Internal motivation

 

Involving

 

Needs circle

 

Caring

 

Internal profile assessment

 

enabling

 

Resources or Projects:  Constitution, needs a survey, portfolios/journals



Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Beginnings of Success II


Unit Topic Concept

Entering 7th grade can be very scary for students, however; with the proper introductions, which are based on expectations, organization, and the assessment process, the first week can be the foundation for a successful year.

Unit Essential Questions

How can I use the guidelines provided by my teacher to approach and organize the management of my classwork?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Syllabus and Establish Classroom Norms

CONCEPT 2: Student Reading Survey and Inventory

CONCEPT 3: District Assessments and CERA

LEQ: How does the syllabus and norms direct my focus on learning?

LEQ: What are my strengths and weaknesses as a reader?

LEQ: What information is provided by taking the assessment tests?


Vocabulary:

VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY

1.Homework Policy

1.History of Reading

1. Fiction

2.Free Choice Books

2.Role models for Reading

2. Non-Fiction

3.Grammar

3.After-school Activities

3. Metacognition

4.Literature

4.Book Genres

4. TttT and TA

5.Writing

5. Opinions of Reading

5. Constructed Response

6. Expectations of Peers

   



Resources or Projects: CERA, District Assessments, Reading Survey, Syllabus






Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Tools for Knowledge


Unit Topic Concept

Every student that enters 7th grade will be introduced to the PVHS library and its resources. With this introduction, students will then be able to access the library for all of their courses throughout their high school career.

Unit Essential Questions

How will the student be able to utilize the resources in the library to understand technical jargon used by the library, obtain facts about a variety of topics pertaining to their classes, and understand the relationships between fiction and nonfiction materials found in books, magazines, and online resources?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

LEQ

LEQ

LEQ

What are the resources that are available to me as a student?

What are the areas in the library that I should be familiar with in order to find information?

How do I use my computer to find information and save information for my classes?


Vocabulary:


Magazines

Circulation desk

Search Engines

Internet

Fiction

Google Drive

Fiction/non

Non-fiction

Reliability

Bibliography/autobiography

Bibliography section

Reading Counts

Maps, dictionaries, and encyclopedias

Computers/laptops

Centre County Library

Genre

Library usage rules

Trueflix




Resources or Projects: Library Map, parent class for laptop usage at home





Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Understanding Purpose in Writing


Unit Topic Concept

This is the student’s first writing exercise for me and one of the most basic places to start in any writing exercise is to write about what you know. Writing about something you experienced firsthand will give the students an opportunity to be comfortable with what they are writing about but also to learn that every formal paper they write can be separated into three sections: introduction, body, and conclusion.

Unit Essential Questions

When writing an informational passage, how do you maintain focus on the main idea and provide details in a way that the reader can visualize what is happening and make personal connections?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

LEQ

LEQ

LEQ

How do I choose a topic to write about that will not only be something I know about but be interesting to my reader?

Once I choose a topic, how do I organize the details that I want to include in a way that will make sense to the reader?

Now that I have my details, how do I organize my information into three essential categories while maintaining consistency in style and correct grammar usage?



Vocabulary:


Topic

Details

Attention grabber

Central idea

Chronological

Introduction

Witnessing

Sequential

Body

Firsthand

Most important to least important

Conclusion

   

Action statement

   

Peer Editing/Grammar



Resources or Projects: Witnessing an Event (Ch. 1) Holt Book





Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Sentence Basics


Unit Topic Concept

A sentence requires a subject and a predicate to avoid being a fragment; one also needs a capital letter at the beginning and correct punctuation.

Unit Essential Questions

How does understanding the parts of a sentence enable me to be a better writer and speaker? How does a well-written sentence allow me as a reader to decode information from the text?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

LEQ

LEQ

LEQ

How do I find the subject in a sentence?

What job does the predicate have?

How does punctuation change the meaning of the sentence?



Vocabulary:


Simple subject

Simple predicate

Exclamatory

Complete subject

Complete predicate

Declarative

Compound subject

Compound predicate

Imperative

 

Linking verb

interrogative


Resources or Projects: Ch. 10 Holt book




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Inside the Story


Unit Topic Concept

A fictional story has many components. By recognizing these components, a student will gain more understanding of the story and more insight into the author’s purpose in writing the story.

Unit Essential Questions

What are the five components of a fictional story and how do these components work together to create a cohesive story?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Plot

CONCEPT 2: Summarizing

CONCEPT 3: Context Clues

Concept 4: Argumentative Paper

LEQ: How do the five components of plot work together to develop the author’s purpose?

LEQ: How can summarize help me to understand the story and allow me to evaluate style and purpose?

LEQ: When new vocabulary is introduced, how do I use context clues to understand the meaning of the word?

How does fear drive people’s behavior?



Vocabulary:


Exposition

Retelling

Sentence clues

Claim

Rising action

Introduction

Prefix/suffix

Thesis

Climax

Characters

Root or base word

Argument

Falling action

Conflict

Connections

Counter-argument

Resolution

Complications

Context Clue

sources

Plot

Climax

Annotation

MLA

Setting

Resolution

Connotation

Counterclaim

Problem/Conflict

Personal response

 

Tone

Trait

   

Supporting Idea

     

Tone

     

Style

     

Relevant Details

     

Summarize

     

Supporting Idea

     

Conflicting Viewpoint/Evidence


Resources or Projects: Holt Literature Book, Movie Clips for examples, Argumentative Paper (Fear), “Duffy’s Jacket”, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”

 
 
 
 

Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Breaking Down Reading


Unit Topic Concept

The ability to take a piece of fiction and nonfiction and break it down into its many parts requires many strategies that students already have and ones they need to learn.

Unit Essential Questions

What strategies can I use to help me identify and explain the main ideas and relevant details in a fictional piece of text, particularly characterization?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Good Reader Strategies

CONCEPT 2: Direct Characterization

CONCEPT 3: Indirect Characterization

CONCEPT 4: Theme and Figurative Language

LEQ: When I am reading, I should be “thinking about my thinking”. What does that mean?

LEQ: How does an author give us information about a character?

LEQ: Where else do we get information on a character, besides what the author tells us?

LEQ: How do we determine the theme of a story based on information from the text and the figurative language used?



Vocabulary:


Solving words

Information from text

Appearance

Theme

Monitoring and correcting

Tells us

Action and speech

Inferences

Gathering

Illustrations

Thoughts and feelings

Author’s Purpose

Maintaining fluency

dialogue

Other character’s reactions

Alliteration

Predicting

Character Perspective

Inferences

Hyperbole

Summarizing

   

Simile

Synthesizing, analyzing, and critiquing

   

Metaphor

Good Reader Strategies

   

Personification

TttT

   

Soliloquy

Think Alouds

   

Sonnet

     

Stanza

     

Verse

     

Evidence



Resources or Projects: GRS strategies, Movieclips, Literature Book, “The Smallest Dragonboy”, “Narcissus and Echo”, “The House on Mango Street” (excerpts)




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Putting It All Together


Unit Topic Concept

Reading a novel independently is a requirement of all 7th graders. For this unit; however, students are placed into book groups which will give them the opportunity to analyze different components of their book and also learn how to work as a group member. Working in a group is an important aspect of any future job.

Unit Essential Questions

When reading a novel, how do my own experiences, what I learned in class, and the dynamics of group discussion allow me to better understand the meaning and purpose of a piece of literature?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Analysis of Story

CONCEPT 2: Group Dynamics

CONCEPT 3: Advertisement

Project

LEQ: How can a book be analyzed for better understanding?

LEQ: What demands are placed on an individual when working within a group?

LEQ: How do you sell a novel that increases interest in your audience?



Vocabulary:


Predictions

Secretary

Skit

Quotes

Grader

Poster

Character Traits

Job Assignments

Mobile

Author’s Purpose

Reading Responsibility

Commercial

Good Reader Strategies

Accountability

Book Jacket

Vocabulary

Consensus

Radio

Story Elements

Completion

Video

Symbolism

Listening Skills

Powerpoint

Poetry

Communication Skills

 

Visual Images

   

Literary Devices

   

Tone

   

Book Jackets

   

Resources or Projects: 11 different novels (“Treasure Island”, “White Fang”, “My Side of the Mountain”, “Bat 6”), computers for author research,




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: 8 Parts of Speech


Unit Topic Concept

Understanding of the basic parts of a sentence begins with knowing how nouns, pronouns, and adjectives are used to create interesting sentences for the reader.

Unit Essential Questions

How do I identify and use nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in sentences to help me as a writer?

How do I identify and use verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in sentences to help me as a writer?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Nouns

CONCEPT 2: Pronouns

CONCEPT 3: Adjectives

LEQ: How are nouns used to name persons, places, things, and ideas?

LEQ: In what ways do I use pronouns to replace the use of nouns?

LEQ: What jobs do adjectives perform to increase clarity for the reader?



CONCEPT 1: Verbs

CONCEPT 2: Adverbs

CONCEPT 3: Prepositions

CONCEPT 4: Conjunctions

CONCEPT 5: Interjections

LEQ: After identifying the subject, how do we develop the predicate?

LEQ: What can we do to help clarify the verb?

LEQ: How can we be clearer with the basic information found in a sentence?

LEQ: How can we vary sentence length without making run-on sentences?

LEQ: How can emotion be added to a sentence?



Vocabulary:

COMPOUND

PERSONAL

ARTICLES

PROPER

REFLEXIVE

DEMONSTRATIVE

COMMON

INTENSIVE

WHAT KIND?

CONCRETE

DEMONSTRATIVE

WHICH ONE?

ABSTRACT

INTERROGATIVE

HOW MUCH?

COLLECTIVE

INDEFINITE

HOW MANY?

 

RELATIVE

 

ACTION VERB

WHERE? WHEN?

RELATIONSHIP

COORDINATING

EMOTION

LINKING VERB

HOW MUCH?

OBJECT

CORRELATIVE

, OR !

HELPING VERB

HOW OFTEN?

PHRASE

SUBORDINATING

 

MAIN VERB

HOW LONG?

SQUIRREL

FANBOYS

 

TRANSITIVE

HOW?

     

INTRANSITIVE

TO WHAT EXTENT?

     
 

LY

     

Resources or Projects: Ch. 10 and 11 Holt book




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Communication Between Speaker and Audience


Unit Topic Concept

Understanding how to give and follow instructions will prepare students to meet challenges in the real world.

Unit Essential Questions

How do I give clear instructions that will communicate my process effectively?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Topic

CONCEPT 2: Writing an Essay

CONCEPT 3: Making a Speech

LEQ: How do I choose a topic that I am interested in but also maintains interest in my audience?

LEQ: How do I write my process essay that maintains consistency and correct grammar usage?

LEQ: How do I give a speech that conveys information in a way that my audience can use the information?


Vocabulary:


Topic

Attention grabber

Audience

Evaluate topic

State your topic

Purpose

Audience/purpose

Reason to learn

Structure

Gather and organize

Materials

Notecards

Materials/steps

Steps

Body language

Chronological order

Conclusion

Visual aids

 

Advice on how to be successful

 

Resources or Projects: Speech Youtube Video



Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade: 7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Writing from the Heart


Unit Topic Concept

Reading a novel is much different than creating a novel. Understanding the many components of a novel will deepen the appreciation for reading any type of book.

Unit Essential Questions

How do I generate ideas to create a book that is a representation of who I am as a writer?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Book Structure

CONCEPT 2: Actual Story

CONCEPT 3: Finished Product

LEQ: What does a finished novel contain that completes all of the elements of plot?

LEQ: What are the key components of a good short story?

LEQ: How do I make sure that I have everything necessary to have a finished product?



Vocabulary:


Front cover

Characters

Checklists

Spine

Setting

Peer evaluation

Back cover

Problem/conflict

Teacher input

Dedication page

Rising action

Examples of popular novels

Title page

Climax

Revision

Author’s page

resolution

 

Resources or Projects: Bare Books, Reading Workshop




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Writing in the Business World


Unit Topic Concept

Writing a letter is thought to be a lost art form or an unnecessary skill. However, writing a business letter is often a direct way of handling a complaint or request for information in a formal manner.

Unit Essential Questions

How do I write a letter that will be taken seriously and express my purpose in a succinct way?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Writing a business letter

CONCEPT 2: Addressing an envelope

LEQ: What is the format for writing a business letter and how do you make it specific?

LEQ: How do you address an envelope correctly that will be accepted by the postal system?



Vocabulary:


Return Address

Return Address

Date

Sent Address

Inside Address

Correct Spacing

Salutation

Stamp

Body of Letter

US Postal Service

Complimentary Closing

 

Signature

 

Typed Name

 

Resources or Projects: envelopes, sample business letters




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Future Goals


Unit Topic Concept

In preparation for future careers, students need a chance to explore different jobs. Because deciding on a career can be overwhelming, students need a chance to think about how their strengths can connect to a future career. Time to research and find connections is important.

Unit Essential Questions

How can my personality traits affect the direction I follow for my future career. What factors affect my decisions?


Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1:

CONCEPT 2:

CONCEPT 3:

LEQ: How do I narrow my career choices?

LEQ: How do I use the internet as a way to focus my search?

LEQ: How do I use career information to determine my future education?



Vocabulary:


personality traits

“Who Do You Want to Be?

Grades

skills

“Roadtrip Nation”

Scheduling

preferences

“My Next Move”

College/College Visitations

attributes

 

Academic/CPI/Honors/AP

   

Technical School

   

Apprenticeship


Resources or Projects: manilla folders, career websites




Learning Unit Planning Guide                                    

Grade:  7

Subject: English Unit Topic: Complements


Unit Topic Concept

Understanding of the basic parts of a sentence is just the beginning of understanding the dynamics of writing a sentence and then writing a really good sentence.

Unit Essential Questions

How does the type of verb I use affect the complements that follow?




Major Concepts/Lesson Essential Questions


CONCEPT 1: Predicate Adjectives

CONCEPT 2: Predicate Nouns

CONCEPT 3: Direct Objects

CONCEPT 4: Indirect Objects

LEQ: How does a linking verb affect the complement?

LEQ: : How does a linking verb affect the complement?

LEQ: How does an action verb affect the complement?

LEQ: How does an action verb affect the complement?



Vocabulary:

Linking verb

Linking verb

Action verb

Action verb

Adjective

Noun

Noun or pronoun

Noun or pronoun

Predicate nominative

Predicate noun

Direct object

Indirect object

Phrases

Clause

Simple, Compound, Complex

Vague Pronouns

Subject and Verb Agreement

Pronoun-Antecedent

   



Resources or Projects: Holt Book Chapter 13