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ELA 2012 G8:M1:U1

War Coming Close to Home

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Lesson 1Making Inferences: The Fall of Saigon

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Review Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time 

A.  Gallery Walk/Inferences (10 minutes)

B.  “Mix and Mingle” and Thinking  about Details (15 minutes)

C.  Connecting Details and Inferences to Guiding Questions (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Exit Ticket (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  None

  • Careful listening to students’ inferences
  • Observation of student participation
  • Admit and Exit Ticket
  • Hosted Gallery Walk
  • Mix and Mingle

Lesson 2Launching the Novel: Character Analysis of Ha

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: Orienting to the Novel’s Text Structure (10 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Introduce “Things Close Readers Do” Using “1975: Year of the Cat” (15 minutes)

B.  Answering Text-Dependent Questions: “1975: Year of the Cat” (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: Adding to Our “Things Close Readers Do” Anchor Chart (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Reread “1975: Year of the Cat,” add to notes, and read pages 4–9 for gist

  • Answers to text-dependent questions
  • Students’ notes: “Who Is Ha?”

Lesson 3Inferring about Character: Close Reading of the Poem “Inside Out” and Introducing QuickWrites

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: The Gist Mix and Share (5 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets and Add to the Things Close Readers Do Anchor Chart (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Close Reading: Poem, “Inside Out” (15 minutes)

B.  Guided Practice: QuickWrite (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Reread pages 4–9 and complete QuickWrite 1

  • Answers to text-dependent questions

Lesson 4Considering a Character’s Relationship with Others: Contrasting Ha and Her Brothers

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: We Learn More about Ha by How She Speaks about the Papaya Tree, and about Her Brothers (5 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Rereading the Text and Answering Text-Dependent Questions: “Papaya Tree” (12 minutes)

B.  Discuss QuickWrite 1 and Create Small-Group Anchor Chart: “Who Is Ha?” (13 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief 5 minutes)

B.  Preview Unit 1 Recommended Texts List (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read pages 10–21 and complete QuickWrite 2

  • QuickWrite 1 (from homework)
  • “Who Is Ha?” small-group anchor charts
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Chalkboard Splash

Lesson 5Mid-Unit Assessment: Getting to Know a Character: What Details in the Text Help Us Understand Ha?

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: Gallery Walk about “Who Is Ha?” (10 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets (3 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Getting to Know a Character: What Details in the Text Help Us Understand Ha? (30 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief (2 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read pages 22–41 and keep adding details about Ha to your notes

  • QuickWrite 2 (from homework)
  • Mid-Unit Assessment: Getting to Know a Character: What Details in the Text Help Us Understand Ha?
  • Hosted Gallery Walk

Lesson 6Building Background Knowledge: Guided Practice to Learn about the History of Wars in Vietnam

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Sharing Exemplar: A Classmate’s QuickWrite 2 (5 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets: Distinguishing Informational Text from Historical Fiction (5 minutes)

3.  Work Time

A.  Inferring Based on a Map and Previewing Informational Text: “The Vietnam Wars” (10 minutes)

B.  Read-aloud and Guided Note-taking: Section 1 of “The Vietnam Wars” (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Preview Homework and Read-Aloud (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Reread Section 1 of “The Vietnam Wars,” complete Section 1 note-catcher, and read one new assigned section

  • Students’ questions and notes for section 1 of the text
  • Think-Pair-Share

Lesson 7Building Background Knowledge: Small-Group Work to Learn More about the History of Wars in Vietnam

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: Reviewing Homework (8 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Modified Jigsaw, Part I: Key Vocabulary and Questions (15 minutes)

B.  Modified Jigsaw, Part II: Sharing our Summaries (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: Adding to Our “Things Close Readers Do” Anchor Chart (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Reread Section 4, “The Fall of the French,” complete the questions and notes, and complete QuickWrite #3

  • Students’ questions and notes for their assigned section of the text
  • Jigsaw

Lesson 8Development of the Plot: Impending Danger and Turmoil

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader and Review Learning Targets: Examining theIncreasing Danger Right Before the Fall of Saigon (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Rereading “TV News” and “Closed Too Soon”: Using the Text to Understand the Crisis in Ha’s Home (20 minutes)

B.  Rereading “Two More Papayas” and “Promises”: What Matters to Ha? (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: Exit Ticket (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read pages 42–47 and complete QuickWrite 4

  • QuickWrite 3 (from homework)
  • Oral responses to text-dependent questions
  • Double Arrow graphic organizer
  • Exit ticket
  • Admit and Exit Ticket
  • Jigsaw

Lesson 9Building Background Knowledge: Vietnam as a “Battleground in a Larger Struggle”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Review of Results from Mid-Unit 1 Assessment and Review Learning Targets (10 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Reorienting to Informational Text and Read-Aloud of Section 5 of “The Vietnam Wars” (15 minutes)

B.  Guided Note-taking on Two Key Paragraphs: Vietnam as a “Battleground for a Much Larger Struggle” (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Exit Ticket (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Complete the “Questions and Notes: A Battleground for a Much Larger Struggle”; reread and annotate Section 5, “Doc-Lap at Last”

  • QuickWrite 4 (from homework)
  • Students’ annotated texts

Lesson 10Building Background Knowledge: The Impending Fall of Saigon

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Sharing Annotations of “Doc-Lap at Last” and Review Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Reading for Key Details: “Three Threes in a Row” (20 minutes)

B.  Determining the Central Ideas of “Doc-Lap at Last” (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: Returning to Brother Quang’s Quote (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read pages 48–60 and complete QuickWrite 5

  • Students’ annotated texts
  • Three Threes in a Row note-catcher

Lesson 11Character Analysis: How Do Personal Possessions Reveal Aspects of Characters?

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: How Do Possessions Reveal Something about a Person? (10 minutes)

B.  Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Jigsaw, Part I: Focus on Different Characters in “Left Behind” (20 minutes)

B.  Jigsaw, Part II: Small-Group Discussion: What Do Their Possessions Reveal figabout Ha and Her Family? (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief (3 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Complete QuickWrite 6 and read independent reading book

  • QuickWrite 5 (from homework)
  • Students’ annotated text
  • Write-Pair-Share
  • Jigsaw recording form
  • Jigsaw

Lesson 12Examining How Word Choice Contributes to Tone and Meaning: Close Reading of “Wet and Crying”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader and Review Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Write-Pair-Share about “Wet and Crying” (10 minutes)

B.  Guided Practice: How Word Choice Contributes to Tone and Meaning (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief and Discussion: What Happens to Hope? (10 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read pages 61–69 and complete QuickWrite 7

  • QuickWrite 6 (from homework)
  • Write-Pair-Share note-catcher with text-dependent questions
  • Think-Pair-Share

Lesson 13Comparing Meaning and Tone: The Fall of Saigon in Fiction and Informational Text

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader and Review Learning Targets: “Saigon Is Gone” (8 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Word Choice, Tone, and Meaning: “Saigon Is Gone” (10 minutes)

B.  Listening to a Read-aloud of the Transcript of “Forgotten Ship” (15 minutes)

C.  Word Choice, Tone, and Meaning: “Forgotten Ship” (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief (2 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Reread and annotate both the poem “Saigon Is Gone” and the transcript from “Forgotten Ship”

  • QuickWrite 7 (from homework)
  • Word Choice, Tone, and Meaning note-catcher

Lesson 14End of Unit Assessment: How Word Choice Contributes to Meaning and Tone

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  End of Unit 1 Assessment: Examining How Word Choice Contributes to Meaning and Tone in Literary and Informational Text (40 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief (3 minutes)

4.  Homework

  • End of Unit 1 Assessment

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