ELA 6-8 Eleven

ELA 6-8 Eleven

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis...
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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Essential and guiding questions: 

Text-Dependent Questions:

  • Comprehension: What details in the story suggest why Rachel feels so strongly about the sweater?
  • Significance: What moments did you find most compelling? Explain.
  • Interpretative: At the conclusion of the story, Rachel is wishing she was 102—or anything but 11. What is the author trying to say about age?
  • Interpretative: Rachel says, “I wish I was invisible but I’m not. I’m eleven and it’s my birthday today and I’m crying like I’m three in front of everybody.” What do you think she means?
  • Analytic: What methods does the author use to explain the process of growing older?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

  • Struggling readers can be supported in understanding this text by pre-teaching vocabulary words.
  • They can be engaged in thinking about one of the text’s issues by asking them to discuss the question, “If you could be any age, what would it be? Why?” Audio and graphic organizers can assist in making inferences.