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ELA 2012 G7:M4A:U2:L12

Mid-Unit Assessment, Part II: Research Task: Comparing and Contrasting Texts

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Long Term Learning Targets

  • I can contrast how multiple authors emphasize evidence or interpret facts differently when presenting information on the same topic. (RI.7.9)
  • I can conduct short research projects to answer a question. (W.7.7)
  • I can generate additional questions for further research. (W.7.7)
  • I can gather relevant information from a variety of sources. (W.7.8)
  • I can use search terms effectively. (W.7.8)
  • I can evaluate the credibility and accuracy of each source. (W.7.8)
  • I can quote or paraphrase others' work while avoiding plagiarism. (W.7.8)
  • I can use a variety of strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases. (L.7.4)

Supporting Targets

  • I can contrast how two authors emphasize different evidence on the topic of screen time.
  • I can gather relevant information from sources.
  • I can correctly paraphrase information I gather from "Guest Opinion: Step Away from the Screen."
  • I can generate strong supporting research questions.
  • I can use search terms effectively to gather relevant information about screen time.
  • I can evaluate a source's accuracy and credibility.
  • I can consult a dictionary to determine or clarify the meaning of a word.
  • I can use a dictionary to verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase.

Ongoing Assessment

  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2

Agenda

AgendaTeaching Notes

1. Opening

A. Entry Task (15 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2 (28 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Collect Assessments (2 minutes)

4. Homework

A. Continue independent reading (at least 20 minutes).

  • This lesson continues the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment begun in Lesson 11.
  • Students will complete Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part II, which assesses RI.7.9, W.7.7, W.7.8, and L.7.4. In this assessment, students compare two texts. One of the texts is "Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?" from Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part I. Be sure you have it prepared to distribute again today.
  • Consider giving struggling students more time to complete the assessment.
  • The New York State 2-point rubric has been included for reference as you grade.
  • The overall grading system and the date of return of this assessment have been left to your discretion. The more quickly an assessment is returned, the more useful the feedback is to the students.
  • Post: Learning targets.

Materials

  • "Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?" (assessment text from Lesson 11; one per student)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2: Simulated Research Task: Screen Time (one per student)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2: Simulated Research Task: Screen Time (answers, for teacher reference)
  • New York State 2-point rubric (for teacher reference)

Opening

Opening

A. Entry Task (15 minutes)

  • As students enter, distribute the first text to read for the assessment: "Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?" Direct the students to reread the text.
  • When they are finished, invite them to read the learning targets:

*   "I can contrast how two authors emphasize different evidence on the topic of screen time."

*   "I can gather relevant information from sources."

*   "I can correctly paraphrase information I gather from 'Guest Opinion: Step Away from the Screen.'"

*   "I can generate strong supporting research questions."

*   "I can use search terms effectively to gather relevant information about screen time."

*   "I can evaluate a source's accuracy and credibility."

*   "I can consult a dictionary to determine or clarify the meaning of a word."

*   "I can use a dictionary to verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase."

  • Point out that students have been practicing all these skills in the previous lessons. Ask them to locate a learning target that they also practiced while using their researcher's notebook and raise their hand when they have found one. When most hands are up, cold call several students. Listen for them to name any of the learning targets.

Work Time

Work Time

A. Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2 (28 minutes)

  • Assure students that there are no tricks to this assessment; it follows what they have been doing in Lessons 1-10. Point out that there is another text, "Guest Opinion: Step Away from the Screen," on the assessment. They will read it and respond to it, and then they will compare the two authors' use of evidence.
  • Remind students that everyone needs to remain silent until the entire class is finished, and that this commitment is how they show respect for each other--it is nonnegotiable. Write on the board: "If you finish early, you can ..." and include suggestions they made in Part 1.
  • Distribute the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, Part 2: Simulated Research Task: Screen Time to each student. Remind them that they can and should refer to their texts as they complete the assessment. Tell them you will be concerned if you do not see them rereading as they complete the assessment.

Closing & Assessments

Closing

A. Collect Assessments (2 minutes)

  • Collect students' assessments. Congratulate them on having completed it. Point out students who showed positive test-taking strategies such as rereading the text, reading the questions several times, or crossing out answers they know are incorrect.

Homework

Homework
  • Continue independent reading (at least 20 minutes).

 

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