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Author: Tiffany Bishop
System:Tuscaloosa City
School:Eastwood Middle School
Lesson Plan ID: 33174
Title:

A Note of Thanks: Explanatory Writing

Overview/Annotation:

The students will compose a thank you note using the following RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) model.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 

Content Standard(s):
ELA2013(7) 1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.7.1]
ELA2013(7) 2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. [RL.7.2]
ELA2013(7) 4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. [RL.7.4]
ELA2013(7) 12. Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events). [RI.7.3]
ELA2013(7) 15. Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others. [RI.7.6]
ELA2013(7) 21. Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.7.2]
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

  • I can determine the elements of plot
  • I can determine the theme of a text
  • I can write explanatory text to analyze relevant content
Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

  • chart paper (anticipation guide)
  • blue or black pens
  • jumbo sticky notes
  • sticky notes
  • card stock paper for thank you note

 

 

Technology Resources Needed:

  • laptop
  • projector
  • document camera
Background/Preparation:

Students should have read and comprehended the short story "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes.

Procedures/Activities:

Before:

1. Anticipation Guide

Create a T- Chart on chart paper or white board

(See attachment)

2. Objective Summary

Think about a time that someone did something nice to and for you. Perhaps this person protected you from getting the punishment that you very - well deserved. Write about your experience. Who was involved? What should have happened? How was it resolved?

During:

Following the included rubric, create a Thank You Note (RAFT)

Complete a RAFT

Role Roger

Audience: Ms. Luella Bates Washington Jones

Format: Thank You Letter

Topic: Thank you for providing me with such a unique and unforgettable experience.

P.S. 7.2

(see rubric)

After:

Revisit the Anticipation Guide. Support/Refute your anticipation with textual evidence.


Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. ThankYouNoteRubric.docx
AnticipationGuide.docx
Assessment Strategies:

Assess students with rubric attached.

Before activity, During Activity, as well as After activity will be assessed using attached rubric.

Extension:

Students could write a similar thank you note to the person they referenced in their before activity, following the same rubric attached.

Remediation:

Students who do not master standards through this activity will be reassessed using an altered assessment method.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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