Week of January 3

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Weekly Overview:

This week, scholars launch into a unit focused on understanding Biographies and Autobiographies.

Through a Text Analysis Workshop, we will read, discuss, and write about various forms of non-fiction, including: memoir, personal narrative, autobiography, and biography.

This week (on Wednesday, Jan 4), scholars also have an opportunity to participate in an AIMSweb assessment. More details, below.


Common Core:

RI 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language
RI 6: Determine an author’s point of view in a text
RI 9: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another


Weekly Plans:

Tuesday, January 3:

  • DO NOW: Academic Vocabulary Worksheet
    Key Academic Vocabulary: achieve, characteristics, obvious, appreciate, conclude
  • Larger Than Life (pg 800)
    Introduction to Unit 7 – Life Stories
  • Preview Unit Goals (pg 801)
    Goal Areas Include: text analysis, reading, writing and language, content vocabulary, academic vocabulary
  • Begin Text Analysis Workshop, (pg 802) – Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 1
    Characteristics of memoirs, personal narratives, autobiographies, and biographies


Wednesday, January 4:

  • AIMSweb Testing for all scholars in 6th ELA Today
    This is a web-based (online) Academic Improvement Measurement System

    • AIMSweb gives educators the insights they need to help students learn
    • AIMSweb helps us identify areas of needed improvement, monitor progress, and set goals


Thursday, January 5:

  • Scholars read and analyze a model biography text: “from J.K. Rowling” (pg 803)
  • Scholars read and analyze a model memoir text: “from No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War” (pg 803)


Friday, January 6:

  • Learn and Review: Literary Language and Devices in Nonfiction Narratives (pg 804)
    Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 2

    • Imagery – language that appeals to our senses
    • Figurative Language –makes an imaginative comparison; not meant to be taken literally
    • Simile – compares two unlike things using ‘like’ or ‘as’ in comparing
    • Metaphor – directly compares two things without a comparison word
    • Tone – the writer’s attitude, or how the author feels about the subject or topic


This Week’s Homework:  Review Vocabulary (Unit 2 and Unit 7)


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