Our district adopted the EngageNY curriculum for both math and ELA starting this past 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, which include graphic organizers for each activity, writing assignment break-downs, vocabulary practice worksheets, Power Point Presentations for background information, etc.
This resource is a graphic organizer for the Discussion Appointments. Students spend ten minutes creating their partnerships for the duration of the learning unit to ensure ease when moving into collaborative groups later. As a tip, I found myself forgetting which class had already gone to "loom partners" so I keep the four partnerships on the board, and put a check mark next to the one we used today so I don't forget where we are. :)
I currently have packets for the entire Reading Closely Unit, (Antarctica), Evidence-Based Claims (Cesar Chavez), Module 1 (A Long Walk to Water) and Module 2A (Lyddie). Check back later in the year as I will have to design packets for Module 2b.