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English 7th April

English 7

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Independent Reading

Workers are allowed  to form unions, and employers are not allowed to threatened them for doing so.  There is a law that says this.

Workers vote to have a union represent them.  Once they are represented by a union, the union negotiates a contract with the employer on behalf of the workers.

A contract is a legally binding document that workers and employers are legally required to follow.  It includes details like pay,hours, working conditions.

Reading Literary Nonfiction

How do working conditions change?

What role do consumers, governments, business owners, and workers play in improving working conditions?

How does a speaker develop and organize this central claim?

How can primary and secondary sources complement one another in helping us understand history?

Why do you think Abraham Lincoln wanted to free enslaved African Americans?

How did Lincoln's views on slavery affect the United States?



(1) RH.5-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
(1) RH.5-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
(1) RH.5-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
(1) RL.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.
(1) RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
(1) RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

Analyze the interactions between individual, events,and ideas in a text

Effectively engage in discussions with diverse.

Determine a theme or central ideas of an information text.

Analyze the organization of an informational text (including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas

Cite Text Evidence

Inferences and Supporting Details

Main Idea and Supporting Details


Interactions Between Individuals

Interactions of Ideas in Text

Word Choice

Connotation and Denotation

Context Clues

Figurative vs. Literal Language

Analyze Text Structure

Author's Point of View

Persuasive Technique

Evaluate Evidence

Compare and Contrast Texts

Engage in Collaborative Discussion





Commonwealth Club Address Structure

Students' annotated texts of Commonwealth Club Address

Mid Unit Assessment

Text Dependent Questions

Analyzing the Structure of Chavez's Wrath of Grapes Speech

Cite Text Evidence


Comprehension Check

Word Maps


Text of Commonweatlh Club Address by Cesar Chavez. 

Mid Unit Assessment: How Chavez Develops His Claims in the Commonwealth Club Address

Video to coincide from teaching


Reading part of a children’s book called Harvesting Hope: The Story of César Chávez, by Kathleen Krull, a PBS video, Fight in the Fields. reading lists


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