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The Blind Side: Expository Writing

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Capri Day
System:Tuscaloosa City
School:Southview Middle School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 881
Title:
The Blind Side: Expository Writing
Digital Tool/Resource:
The Blind Side video clip
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This video clip is from the movie The Blind Side. This clip shows the main character, Michael, attempting to submit an analytical response/essay on a reading if his choice, "Charge of the Light Brigade." This clip shows his ability to think through a text and previews the "mental" writing process. It is a great introduction activity to work to set a purpose for a lesson and show the importance of being able to write these types of texts, as Michael's future depends on the success of this last writing assignment.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
20 ) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.7.1]

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. [W.7.1a]

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. [W.7.1b]

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. [W.7.1c]

d. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.7.1d]

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. [W.7.1e]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.20- Compose an argument to support a claim by stating a claim, providing facts or reasons supporting the claim, and providing an appropriate conclusion related to the stated argument.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 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]

a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison or contrast, and cause and effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.7.2a]

b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. [W.7.2b]

c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. [W.7.2c]

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.7.2d]

e. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.7.2e]

f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. [W.7.2f]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.21- Compose informative or explanatory texts by stating a topic, providing facts or details, and providing an appropriate conclusion related to the topic.


Learning Objectives:

Students should be able to notice the main character's thought process as he writes the essay and to discuss the importance of being able to write information/expository texts based off of the visual example we watched.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:

Before starting to dive into expository/informational writing with students, the teacher will show the above clip from the movie The Blind Side.

As students watch, the teacher can ask thought provoking questions, such as "How do you know that he is thinking about what he is writing?" "Why is it important that he write this essay well?" "Why is it important that you, as students, know how to write essays?"

Assessment Strategies:

Teachers will measure the effectiveness of the lesson introduction through observation of discussion. Teachers may also choose to make an exit slip that asks, "What is the importance of being able to effectively write an informational/expository text?"


Advanced Preparation:

It is recommended that the teacher become familiar with the movie and explain to students that this essay holds the future for Michael in the movie. It would be helpful to let students know that Michael's football scholarships depend upon his grades which are reflective of his writing abilities.

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