Grade: 7 and 8
Disciplines: English Language Arts (Writing)
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: "Individual Responsibilities within a Community" (Grade 7)
Lesson 2: "Qualities of a Successful Person" (Grade 8)-by Vanessa Mills
Overarching Question: As lifelong learners, how can we improve and sustain the quality of our communities in an ever-changing world?
Essential Question: How Does Literacy Impact Our Quality of Life and Community?
Unit Summary: Students will be reflecting on their life experiences as well as determining the roles and qualities that will lead to success. This will lead them to question their goals for class as well as their personal goals.
Lesson 1: Students will review the writing process by thinking and writing about their responsibilities as a citizen
Lesson 2: Students will brainstorm and write about the qualities of a successful person
Suggested Time Allowance: 3 days
E2a- The student produces a report that: develops a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on the subject creates an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context includes appropriate facts and details excludes extraneous and inappropriate information E4a-The student demonstrates an understanding of the rules of the English language in written and oral work, and selects the structures and features of language appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context of the work E4b-The student analyzes and subsequently revises work to clarify it or make it more effective in communicating the intended message or thought. The student’s revisions should be made in light of the purposes, audiences, and contexts that apply to the work.
Education for Sustainability Core Content Standards & Performance Indicators: B1-Articulate the rights and responsibilities of democratic participation in both local and global contexts B6- Demonstrate their awareness of human choices and their consequences, using their own choices as exemplars I 22- Engage in goal setting/future envisioning 25- Determine the rights, roles and responsibilities associated with achieving success
What are the enduring understandings?
Our daily practices affect our surroundings.
We need to set goals for ourselves if we envision a better future.
Reading and writing empowers us to make changes.
What will students know?
terms like sustainability, productive, short-term goal, long-term goal, citizenship, ownership
three steps to become more active citizens
what are goals and how to establish them
What will students be able to do (performance tasks/evidence?
Write an essay following the writing process
Evaluate personal choices
Brainstorm and write their academic and personal goals