Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)

Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
Nonfiction Literature Unit on Orcas (Tied to Blackfish)
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(1 MB|26 pages)
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This is a non-fiction ELA unit based on orcas that can be tied to the film Blackfish. The unit has pre-reading activities to get students interested in the activity. It includes highly structured MLA citation help (appropriate for the 7th and 8th grade level--which is generally being exposed to MLA for the first time). It includes: a visual pre-reading game, pre-reading group questions, survey, deeper reading analysis, plenty of margin space for the annotation of the article, "The Killer in the Pool" by Tim Zimmerman (found on the web), text structure analysis from the inverted pyramid, pros and cons chart, Blackfish movie notes and question space, and thesis statement sentence frames.

My students were highly engaged from this structured lesson.

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Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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26 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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