Lesson title: The Meaning of Life Time: 45 min. / Days: 5
Content Area: Language Arts Grade: Seventh
7.10(A) use his/her own knowledge and experience to comprehend (4-8);
7.10(F) determine a text's main (or major) ideas and how those ideas are supported with details (4-8);
7.10(K) answer different types and levels of questions such as open-ended, literal, and interpretative as well as test-like questions such as multiple choice, true-false, and short answer (4-8);
7.11(A) offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to texts (4-8);
7.11(B) interpret text ideas through such varied means journal writing, discussion, enactment, and media (4-8);
7.11(C) support responses by referring to relevant aspects of text and his/her own experiences (4-8);
7.11(D) connect, compare, and contrast ideas, themes, and issues across text (4-8).
7.12(B) recognize the distinguishing features of genres, including biography, historical fiction, informational texts, and poetry (4-8);
7.13(C) use multiple sources, including electronic texts, experts, and print resources, to locate information relevant to research questions (4-8);
7.13(F) produce research projects and reports in effective formats for various audiences (6-8);
7.15(A) write to express, discover, record, develop, reflect on ideas, and to problem solve (4-8);
7.15(D) write to entertain such as to compose humorous poems or short stories (4-8);
7.15(E) select and use voice and style appropriate to audience and purpose (6-8);
7.18(H) proofread his/her own writing and that of others (4-8);
7.19(A) apply criteria to evaluate writing (4-8);
7.20(E) present information in various forms using available technology (4-8);
7.20(G) follow accepted (MLA) formats for writing research, including documenting sources (6-8).
7.5(C) present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays to communicate (4-8);
1(A) demonstrate knowledge and appropriate use of operating systems, software applications, and communication and networking components;
2(A) demonstrate proficiency in the use of a variety of input devices such as mouse/track pad, keyboard, microphone, digital camera, printer, scanner, disk/disc, modem, CD-ROM, or joystick;
2(D) develop strategies for capturing digital files while conserving memory and retaining image quality.
5(A) identify, create, and use files in various formats such as text, bitmapped/vector graphics, image, video, and audio files;
5(B) demonstrate the ability to access, operate, and manipulate information from secondary storage and remote devices including CD-ROM/laser discs and on-line catalogs; and
6(C) demonstrate the ability to identify the source, location, media type, relevancy, and content validity of available information.
7(D) demonstrate proficiency in the use of multimedia authoring programs by creating linear or non-linear projects incorporating text, audio, video, and graphics;
11(B) design and create interdisciplinary multimedia presentations for defined audiences including audio, video, text, and graphics; and
Summarizing and Note Taking
Questions, Cues and Organizers
Information Seeking Strategies
Location and Access
Use of Information
various (depending on activities chosen)
Library Portal (online databases) Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (book by Wendy Mass)
This lesson is designed to create interest in reading the Lone Star title, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. The teacher/librarian will give a short introduction about the importance of reading - and will remind students that the best books are those we make connections with. The students will be provided a handout of the TIC TAC TOE lesson (given one week to complete - longer if the teacher does not give full class time each day). The handout is self-explanatory. Rubrics are provided for grading / evaluation.