Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
  • 7th ELA
  • Context Clues
  • Perspective
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • The Watch That Ends the Night
  • Titanic
  • Tone
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    7th Grade ELA: Titanic 1-The Ominous Iceberg (meaning and tone)

    7th Grade ELA: Titanic 1-The Ominous Iceberg (meaning and tone)

    Overview

    Students will first use VR headsets to gain some background knowledge about Titanic. They will begin this story by examining the tone of the iceberg and they will then apply these skills to analyze the tone of other characters in the text. They will then create a Storyboard to create a character they think should be added to the story. They will create the character and use appropriate word choice to show tone.

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering Design Process

    Project Description

    Name of ProjectThe Ominous Iceberg (meaning and tone)
    Subject Area 7th ELA
    Targeted StandardsRL 7.4 -: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; analyze the impact of rhymes and repetitions of sounds on meaning and tone in a specific line or section of a literary work.
    Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorHow do I determine the meaning of words and analyze the impact of tone on the development of a character?How do I analyze the impact of rhymes and repetition on meaning and tone?
    Project SummaryStudents will first use VR headsets to gain some background knowledge about Titanic. They will begin this story by examining the tone of the iceberg and they will then apply these skills to analyze the tone of other characters in the text. They will then create a Storyboard to create a character they think should be added to the story. They will create the character and use appropriate word choice to show tone.
    Estimated Time5 hours
    Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)Text: The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf, VR headsets, Storyboard That
    TagsTitanic, The Watch That Ends the Night, perspective, context clues, tone, rhyme, repetition, 7th ELA,

    Project Outline 

    AskHow do we determine a character’s tone? -Students will start with some background information, by visiting the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland (where Titanic was built) through a Google Expeditions VR field trip (need VR headsets). -Students will work through a Peardeck presentation to help them understand the types of context clues, and how to analyze word choice, repetition, and rhymes to show the impact on tone.
    ImagineStudents should think about how different characters use different words that show their tone. As they read the Prelude, they should think about different tones and one that you think is missing from the story.
    PlanStudents should plan their Storyboards to show the character they have created and the words they have used to create meaning and tone. They should also add repetition or rhyme and explain the impact of using these techniques.
    CreateStudents will create a Storyboard using careful word choice to produce a certain tone. Students should also add their rhyme or repetition and they should be able to explain the impact of these techniques.
    ImproveStudents will meet with a peer editor in class to proofread their work and to discuss improvements in word choice, rhyme or repetition to create a better tone for the character.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents will watch several of the Storyboard presentations in a gallery walk format. They will leave constructive comments for each person. Once done, students will read the comments and write a reflection about how they might have provided better words or used better techniques to show the tone.  
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsStudents who may struggle might need to work with another student to share ideas and feel confident about their ideas. Students who are struggling with tone might benefit from a list of different tones, and words that might fit with that tone. Extension: Students who need an extension might work on two different characters and how these two different tones are created and how they impact each other.

    Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

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    Pretest Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FNXUOT1dngs7hNBUJHjDrriBgQZoXuR5MxLO5Vc2K4k/copy

     

    Post-test Link:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rNlnt9xdozunUA9EpepgdF2h-VG_IgqI_1Dm8BeoIwI/copy

     

    Credits or Modified From

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    Additional Resources / Help for teaching this lesson

    Tutorial for StoryboardThat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkgNAMDL_sM

     

     

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    Teacher Comments of what worked / did not work well

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