Lesson plan

Lesson 9 - Write a Compare and Contrast Essay: Plan an Introduction

teaches Common Core State Standards RL.7.9 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/7/9
teaches Common Core State Standards W.7.2.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/2/a
teaches Common Core State Standards W.7.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/5
teaches Common Core State Standards W.7.9.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/9/a
teaches Common Core State Standards W.7.9.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/7/9/b

Lesson 9 - Write a Compare and Contrast Essay: Plan an Introduction

To learn more about this lesson and English Language Learner considerations, read the Lesson 9 Narrative and Lesson 9 Teacher's Guide for ELLs found under the Additional Materials tab.

Focus Standards (These are the standards the instruction addresses.)

  • CCSS.RL.7.9NC.RL.7.9CCSS.W.7.2.aNC.W.7.2.bCCSS.W.7.5NC.W.7.1.gNC.W.7.2.hNC.W.7.3.gCCSS.W.7.9.aCCSS.W.7.9.b

Supporting Standards (These are the standards that are incidental - no direct instruction in this lesson, but practice of these standards occurs as a result of addressing the focus standards.)

  • CCSS.RL.7.1CCSS.RI.7.1NC.RL.7.1NC.RI.7.1CCSS.W.7.4NC.W.7.4CCSS.W.7.6NC.W.7.1.aNC.W.7.2.aNC.W.7.3.aCCSS.W.7.10CCSS.SL.7.1NC.SL.7.1CCSS.L.7.6NC.L.7.6

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can plan the introduction of a compare and contrast essay with a strong focus statement.

Purpose of Lesson:

  • In this lesson, students first engage in a Language Dive to unpack a model focus statement. Then, students begin their compare/contrast essays by drafting an introductory paragraph.

In Advance:

  • Ensure there is a copy of Entrance Ticket: Unit 2, Lesson 9 at each student’s workspace.
  • Review the Informative Writing checklist to become familiar with what will be required of students over the remainder of the unit. 
  • Preview the Language Dive Guide, and consider how to invite conversation among students to address the language goals suggested under each Sentence Chunk Strip (see Materials list). Select from the questions and goals provided to best meet students' needs. 
  • Post the applicable Anchor Charts (see Materials list).

 Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display and assign the lesson and new digital materials to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device.
  • Be sure students have access to Similarities and Differences: A Long Walk to Water and “The ‘Lost Girls’ of Sudan” Note-Catcher (assigned in Lesson 8, used in Lessons 9-13).
  • Be sure students have access to their Unit 2 Digital Vocabulary Log.
  • Be sure students have access to their Unit 2 Digital Independent Reading Journal in order to complete the homework assignment.

New Digital Materials to Assign:

  • Informative Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (students will access this digital material in Lessons 9-13)
  • Informative Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (triangle) (students will access this digital material in Lessons 9-13)
  • Informative Writing Checklist (students will access this digital material throughout Lessons 9-13)

Vocabulary: 

  • Academic (Tier Two): focus statement, introduction
  • Domain-Specific (Tier Three): N/A

Materials from Previous Lessons:

Teacher

  • Close Readers Do These Things Anchor Chart (one for display; from Unit 1, Lesson 4, Opening A)
  • Academic word wall (one for display; from Unit 1, Lesson 1, Opening A)
  • Domain-specific word wall (one for display; from Unit 1, Lesson 1, Work Time B)
  • Similarities and Differences: A Long Walk to Water and “The ‘Lost Girls’ of Sudan” Note-Catcher (Example for Teacher Reference)(from Unit 2, Lesson 8, Work Time B)
  • Criteria of an Effective Informative Essay Anchor Chart (one for display; from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Work Time A)
  • Criteria of an Effective Informative Essay Anchor Chart (For Teacher Reference)(from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Work Time A)
  • Work to Become Ethical People Anchor Chart (one for display; from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Opening B)
  • Work to Become Ethical People Anchor Chart (Example for Teacher Reference) (from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Opening B)

Student

  • Vocabulary log (one per student; from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Opening A)
  • A Long Walk to Water (text; one per student; from Unit 1, Lesson 1, Work Time C)
  • “The ‘Lost Girls’ of Sudan” article (one per student and one for display; from Unit 2, Lesson 1, Work Time A)
  • Similarities and Differences: A Long Walk to Water and “The ‘Lost Girls’ of Sudan” Note-Catcher(one per student; from Unit 2, Lesson 8, Work Time B)
  • Compare and Contrast Model Essay (one per student and one for display; from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Work Time A)
  • P​​​ainted Essay® template (one per student and one for display; from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Closing and Assessment A)

New Materials:

Teacher

  • Entrance Ticket: Unit 2, Lesson 9 (Answers for Teacher Reference)
  • Language Dive Guide: Compare and Contrast Model Essay, Paragraph 1, Focus Statement (For Teacher Reference)
  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay, Focus Statement Note-Catcher (For Teacher Reference)
  • Informative Writing Checklist (Example for Teacher Reference)
  • Informative Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (Example for Teacher Reference)

Student

  •  Digital device for each student
  • Entrance Ticket: Unit 2, Lesson 9 (one per student)
  • Online or print dictionaries (including ELL and home language dictionaries; one per small group of students)
  • Index cards (one per student)
  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay, Focus Statement Sentence Chunk Strips (one per pair of students and one for display)
  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay, Focus Statement Note-Catcher (one per student and one for display)
  • Informative Writing Checklist (one per student and one for display)
  • Informative Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (one per student and one for display)
  • ELL: Informative Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (triangle) (optional; see Teacher's Guide for English Language Learners)
  • Homework: Focus Statements (one per student; from Homework Resources)

 

 

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