Q2W3, October 31 – November 4

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Summative Informative Essay Text and Task

TeacherJanna Rodgers
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level7
Week #3
Unit of InstructionInformative Writing/Inspired by Nature
Standard(s) Taught

Analyze the impact of setting on character development and plot in a literary text. (ELA.7.R.1.1)

Apply knowledge of context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine connotative and denotative meaning of words and phrases, appropriate to grade level. (ELA.7.V.1.3)

Write expository texts to explain and analyze information from multiple sources, using relevant supporting details and logical organizational pattern.  (ELA.7.C.1.4)

Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate to grade level. (ELA.7.C.3.1)

Use digital tools to produce and share writing. (ELA.7.C.5.2)


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will write and informational essay.

Students will build background knowledge, expand vocabulary, and make predictions before reading The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

Students will track evidence to prepare for argument writing.

Classroom Activities


Monday and Tuesday

Anticipation Stations – students will rotate through 6 stations designed to increase background knowledge of the 1960’s, expand vocabulary, and make predictions.



DEAR time OR write summative informative essay (DUE FRIDAY)


  1. Read ACT 1 of “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” by Rod Serling.
    • Students will be assigned a role and will read the script together as a class.
    • Students will track evidence using a graphic organizer.
  2. Finalize and submit final draft of informative essay (summative grade)
Assignments Due

Informative Essay “Courage and Heroism” (Summative)

Past due – Bike Trail Essay Outline (formative)

Additional Resources

Informative Essay Instructions

STEP 1: Breakdown the prompt

1.Box your signal words.

2.Label your topic and point.

3.Write synonyms and examples for words in the prompt.

4.Flip the prompt and brainstorm possible answers.


STEP 2:  Read passages and sort relevant evidence

1.Use three column chart to sort evidence into main ideas

2.Once you have your main ideas, write your thesis statement (remember your thesis answers the prompt and introduces your main ideas)


STEP 3: Create and outline

1.Use the template on Classroom Connect to organize and plan your writing.


STEP 4: Type your essay in Word (vportal)

1.Must include an introduction with thesis, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 

2.Be sure you have 2 pieces of evidence per paragraph and that your elaboration doesn’t just restate the evidence.


STEP 5: Turn in your essay

1.Share to rodgersj@ivyhawnschool.org (change the “specify who can edit” option to “anyone with this link”

2.Final essay due Friday, November 4th.