UNIT ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
• What is identity and how is it shaped?
• How do we identify and analyze themes?
• How do texts vary in their approaches to similar themes?
• "Identity Theft" by Gary Soto
• "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting
• "Mirror Images" *Short File "Alice was here"
• "Names Nombres" by Julia Alvarez
• "Charles" by Shirley Jackson
• "Identities" by W.D. Valgardson
• Rachel Dolezal NEWSELA articles
• “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto
SKILLS COVERED: Annotation (Symbols, Keys, Reasoning), Usage of Textual Evidence (Citing, Embedding), Addressing All parts of Multiple Step Questions, Accurate Academic Word Choice (Restating the Question), and Conventions including Using Complete Sentences (Capitals, Usage, Punctuation, *Spelling).
ELAGSE7RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range
ELAGSE7RL1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
ELAGSE7W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
ELAGSE7W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic
ELAGSE7L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.