Starting next week, all 7th grade students will begin the very first ELA unit of study, Change and Acceptance. Throughout this unit students will read, analyze, and respond to various texts which connect to the themes of change and acceptance. In adherence to the Common Core State Standards, we will be completing Close reading to help students gain a deep level of comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will be analyzing the development of the theme of change and acceptance across various texts, comparing and contrasting character experiences, as well as determining the impact of points of view in narration. They will be responding to the texts they encounter. Throughout the unit, students will be sharing their analyses and research findings with their classmates through various means. The goal by the end of this unit is for students to have deep, meaningful, and personal answers to the following essential questions:
1. What traits are needed in order for a character to face and accept change?
2. What motivates a character to chance or remain the same?
3. What is necessary in order for a character to arrive at acceptance?
4. How do characters handle change (self/others)?