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Writing in the Content Areas Version: 2010-2011

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Unit Name: A01 Family Connections

Essential Question

  • How do families teach us about ourselves?
  • What do parents pass on to their children?
  • What are the differences between fiction and nonfiction?
  • Why do good readers use visualization?
  • What are the elements of a short story?
  • What descriptive words would you use to describe a classmate?
  • How can using visuals and captions help the reader understand a reading?
  • What is a biography?
  • Why do readers paraphrase?
  • How do genetics impact your life?
  • How does recognizing roots help you understand unfamiliar words?

    Enduring Understanding

  • Understand the elements of a short story.
  • Contrast fiction and nonfiction readings including biographies.
  • Use visualization and imagery to increase understanding of texts.
  • Use descriptive language in writing.
  • Paraphrase facts from informational texts.
  • Write following standard format and conventions.
  • Topic 1

    Family Connections -Short Story-"My Korean Name" by Leonard Chang-Pages 9-13

    Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • annoyed,
    • scared
    • surprised
    • traditional
    • wise
    • belong
    • role
    • tradition
    • academic
    • content
    • literature
    • visualize
    • objectives
    • background
    • prior knowledge
    • preview

    Topic 1 Standards and Elements


    Delivery/Response to Presentations
    ELA8LSV2.a
    ELA8RC4 Context
    ELA8RC4.a
    ELACTLSV2
    ELACTLSV2a
    ELACTLSV2b
    ELACTRC2a
    ELACTRC3c
    ELACTRC3d
    ELACTRL1a
    ELACTRL1c
    ELACTRL4b
    ELACTW1
    ELACTW1b
    Writing Genres: Response to Literature
    WS1
    WS2
    WS4
    WS5

    Topic 2

    Family Connections- Informational Reading (Social Studies)-"Home Life in Ancient Greece" by Melanie Ann Apel-pages 18-20.

    Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • belong
    • role
    • traditions

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    Comprehension/Informational Text
    ELA8R1 Comprehension/Literary Text
    ELA8R1.a
    ELA8R1.d
    ELACTC2b
    ELACTLSV1a
    ELACTLSV1d
    ELACTLSV3c
    ELACTLSV3h
    ELACTRC3d
    ELACTRC3e
    ELACTRC4b
    ELACTRL1a
    ELACTRL1b
    ELACTRL5b
    ELACTW4b
    WS1
    WS2
    WS4
    WS5

    Topic 3

    Family Connections - Informational Reading (Science)-"Genes: A Family Inheritance"-pages 35-39.

    Topic 3 Vocabulary

    • ancestor
    • environment
    • generation
    • inheritance

    Topic 3 Standards and Elements


    Comprehension/Informational Text
    ELA8R1.b
    ELA8W1 Writing Organization
    ELA8W1.a
    S7L3
    S7L3.a
    WS1
    WS2
    WS4

    Topic 4

    Family Connections- Biography-"Pride of Puerto Rico" by Paul Robert Walker-pages 44-46.

    Topic 4 Vocabulary

    • hero
    • honest
    • proud
    • serious
    • truth
    • personality

    Topic 4 Standards and Elements


    Delivery/Response to presentations
    ELA8C1 Standard English Usage
    ELA8C1.b
    ELA8C1.d
    ELA8C1.g
    ELA8LSV2.a
    ELA8LSV2.b
    ELA8LSV2.g
    ELA8R1 Comprehension/Literary Text
    ELA8R1.b
    ELA8R1.c
    ELA8R1.e
    ELA8R2 Vocabulary
    ELA8R2.b
    ELA8R3 Fluency
    ELA8R3.c
    ELA8RC3 Vocab in Content Areas
    ELA8RC3.a
    ELA8RC3.b
    ELA8RC3.c
    ELA8RC4 Context
    ELA8RC4.a
    ELA8RC4.b
    ELA8RC4.c
    ELA8W1 Writing Organization
    ELA8W1.a
    ELA8W1.b
    ELA8W1.c
    ELA8W2 Writing Genres: Narrative
    ELA8W2.c
    ELA8W2.i
    ELA8W4.c
    WS1
    WS2
    WS4
    WS5

    Unit Vocabulary

    • visualize
    • image
    • conclusion
    • recognize
    • fiction
    • nonfiction
    • character traits
    • motives
    • plot
    • characters
    • characterization
    • contractions
    • setting
    • theme
    • simple present tense
    • present progressive tense
    • singular nouns
    • plural nouns
    • lifestyle
    • personality
    • Punnett square
    • genetic traits
    • dominant and recessive genes
    • complex
    • simplify
    • purpose
    • inform
    • entertain
    • biography

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