ELA 7 & 8

First Trimester
Journeys and Survival


Big Ideas:
Individual survival in challenging environments requires both physical and emotional resources.
Using informational writing about a historical time, place, or people enriches our understanding of a fictional portrayal of the same time period or events.

Guiding Questions:
How do individuals survive in challenging environments?
How do culture, time, and place influence the development of identity?
How does reading different texts about the same topic build our understanding?
How do writers use narrative techniques t cnvey characters' perspectives?

The texts that the seventh and eighth graders use are:
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Walking Home by Eric Walters
Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams