Our district adopted the EngageNY curriculum for both math and ELA starting this year. The materials are free through the EngageNY website, but the materials only consist of Teacher Instructions.
My 7th graders needed something much more concrete.
So I began a system of creating Student Activity Packets for each and every lesson, which include graphic organizers for each activity, writing assignment break-downs, vocabulary practice worksheets, etc. I've also been designing and revising a method for assessing the material. Currently, I collect the classwork as a packet, and use the Cover Sheet to show the students what skills they're doing well with and which they still struggle with. This assessment works for both Reading Closely and Evidence-Based Claims (Mini-Units).
This packet accompanies EngageNY's 7th Grade ELA Evidence-Based Claims Mini-Unit, or EBC as my students call it, Lesson One only. The EBC unit focuses on Cesar Chavez's speech to the Commonwealth Club.
In this packet, you will find:
Lesson One, broken into four separate activities (or four days)
1. Characteristics of Claims,
2. Text-Specific Question for the beginning of Chavez's speech,
3. Determining Relevant and Compelling Evidence
4. Teacher Demo outline for an Evidence-Based Claim
Student Worksheets to Accompany each lesson
Teacher Notes for the Lesson
Assessment Rubric for this packet to be graded
I currently have packets for the entire Reading Closely Mini-Unit and the first lessons for Module 1: Unit 1 on Sudan. Check back later in the year as I will continue to develop the lessons for the remainder of Modules 1 and 2.