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, Lessons 2 through 5 only. The EBC unit focuses on Cesar Chavez's speech to the Commonwealth Club.
In this packet, you will find:
Lessons 2 - 5, broken into four separate activities (or four days)
1. Direct Lesson on complex Claims (with student-friendly examples such as "Dogs make good pets")
2. Organizing the components of a complex Claim
3. Full Teacher demonstration (to be made into a transparency or used on a document camera) of organizing a complex claim for writing (using a Cesar Chavez topic from another part of the speech)
4. Full taecher demonstration of my own Personal Revision Checklist, how I would approach writing my introduction, and how I would approach writing my conclusion
Student Worksheets to Accompany each lesson
Culminating Activities from the EngageNY curriculum
Culminating Activities that I designed for them using Bloom's Taxonomy
(*No Assessment Rubric for this packet as the writing piece is a summative grade, and our district requires the use of the EngageNY rubric.)
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 and post Student Packets for the lessons on the remainder of Modules 1 and 2.