Mark BoatmanInterdisciplinary Curriculum Lesson – For 7th GradeStandard:1. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine atopic and convey ideas,concepts, and informationthrough the selection, organization, and analysisofrelevant content.a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing whatis to follow; organize ideas, concepts,andinformation, using strategies such as definition, classification,comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings),graphics(e.g., charts, tables), and multimediawhen useful to aiding comprehension.b. Develop the topic with relevant facts,definitions, concrete details, quotations,orother information and examples.c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesionand clarify the relationships amongideas andconcepts.d. Use precise language and domain-specificvocabulary to inform about or explainthetopic.e. Establish and maintain a formal style.f. Provide a concluding statement or sectionthat follows from and supports theinformationRelevant Ideas for Meeting the Core Writing Standard:Reading: Group Investigation - In groups of three, students will write an essayreviewing a novel or chapter of a novel, explaining the characters, the plot, theclimax, etc. Each student will write about one of the criteria above, and thencollaborate to form a well-structured essay.Math: Students will write a step-by-step summary of how they solved an algebraproblem. The focus will be on how each step led to the equation’s solution. Thinkabout including transitions between each step, conveying your thought process.Science: Students will research a species within the family of vertebrates, and writean informative report explaining the basic information of the animal. Be sure to userelevant and specific vocabulary, as discussed in the textbook, to explain youranimal.
Social Studies: Students will explain the Constitution in a short essay, why ourfounders developed a set of rules/laws of the land, and then explain how theConstitution relates to rules of the classroom, and the purpose of those rules. Besure to include quotations, and a timeline.Art: Students will compile their artwork throughout the semester and create aportfolio of the artwork and brief explanations about each piece.Cooperative Learning: Think-pair-share – Students can think to themselves about aspecific topic that is introduced, pair with another student, and then collaborate tocome up with a well-structured informative report about the topic, and present it tothe class. This fosters participation and involvement, and allows the students toreally think and analyze before putting anything down in writing.Differentiated Instruction: Orbital Studies – Students can conduct independentinvestigations into a topic of their choosing. For example, pick an article from the“World” or “Local” section of the newspaper. Students will select an article of theirchoosing, and explain/expand on the article through research, and then write outtheir findings in a well-organized article that they author. I can help guide studentsif they need some advice or examples.