Unit Plan for Unbroken and Farewell to Manzanar, Common Core Aligned


seventh grade common core standards lesson planCheck Out This Seventh Grade Common Core Standards Lesson Plan for the ELA Classroom

By Cameron Pipkin

This is an awesome seventh grade Common Core Standards lesson plan for the ELA classroom. I found it on the Illinois State Board of Education website, though I’m not sure exactly where they got it.  

This seventh grade Common Core Standards lesson plan is a full 47-pages long, and covers everything from reading outlines, activity plans, writing prompts, and teacher questions. It walks you, step by step, through a week’s worth of lessons on Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar

Most importantly, the questions and assignments here help students develop the skills they need to become college and career ready. This lesson aligns to a number of the Common Core Standards:

Reading: Literature (RL) (for seventh grade Common Core Standards lesson plan)

RL.7-8.1

RL.7-8.2

RL.7-8.5

RL.7-8.6

Reading: Informational Texts (RI)

RI.7-8.1

RI.7-8.2

RI.7-8.3

RI.7-8.6

RI.7-8.7

Writing (W)

W.7-8.1

History/Social Studies (RH)

RH.7-8.1

RH.7-8.2

RH.7-8.4

RH.7-8.5

RH.7-8.6

RH.7-8.7

RH.7-8.9

Language (L)

L.7-8.4

This seventh grade Common Core Standards lesson plan also fills a deeper learning objective, and helps students put what their world into historical context:

As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII.

Let me know how this lesson plan works out for you! I’d love to hear your take on it. Click here to download the lesson plan.