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English 7th February

English 7th Grade

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Working Conditions: historical and modern day

Working conditions include multiple factors and have significant effects on the lives of workers

Closely reading and discussing one excerpt of a longer text helps to deepen your understanding of the text as a whole.

What are the working conditions, and why do they matter?

How does the reading one section of text closely help me understand it better?


(1) RL.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.
(1) RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Analyze photos videos and quotes to find a central theme

Synthesize the ideas of classmates

Analyze how plot, character, and setting interact in Lyddie

Using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words

Analyze sections of text to deepen understanding of the plot

Break word into parts to determine its meaning

Clarify and extend understanding of the setting of Lyddie by watching a video about mill towns


abolitionist person in favor of having slavery abolished, or made illegal
apothecary druggist with the power to prescribe medicines
apprentice young person who worked for a set number of years in exchange for room and board while learning a trade
bandbox light paper box for caps and other light articles
bobbin spool on which thread is wound
broadside sheet of paper printed on one side
calico coarse cotton cloth with a printed design on one side
certificate honorable discharge
cravat kind of necktie
doffer child millworker who watched spindles fill with thread and then replaced them with empty ones
flax plant whose fibers are used to make linen cloth
gentry people of high social rank
fortnight two weeks
homespun cloth woven of yarn spun at home by hand
loom frame or machine used to weave yarn or thread into cloth
scrivener clerk whose job was writing or copying documents
seamstress woman who makes her living by sewing
shift woman's undergarment, like a slip
spin make plant or animal fibers into thread
tinderbox box containing the materials needed to make sparks to start a fire
turnout factory walkout; strike
warp and weft warp threads run lenghtwise in a loom, weft threads are passed across the warp
servitude slavery; compulsory service or labor
adversary enemy
beholden in debt to
obliged forced by strong reasons to do something
complex group of related buildings
radical more extreme that usual
plaits braids

Readers notes

World cafe charts

Essay draft

Revised essay

Exit ticket

Essay Plan

Analyze evidence in model essay

Analyzing structure of the model essay


PBS David MacAulay's video, Mill Times (5:21-8:46) (Use the presentation option on this site) reading lists


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