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Sample 7th grade lesson plan for use with the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (WV), utilizing backward design.

This is a sample lesson plan created using backward design, to be used with a 7th grade literature class, emphasizing West Virginia CSOs and requirements, and focusing on the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

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Backward design assists in making the planning of lessons a less hit-and-miss opportunity and more of a calculated process with room for improvement and adjustment. For the purpose of this design plan, the lesson centers around a seventh grade literature class. For this lesson, the students will read the story Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
The goal of the unit is in keeping with the requirements set forth by the state of West Virginia. For seventh grade Language Arts these CSOs are as follows:

"RLA.O.7.1.1 compare/contrast connotation and denotation to understand and enhance meaning of words, sentences and uncomplicated passages.

RLA.O.7.1.2 use Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of words, understand words, change word meanings and generate new words appropriate to grade level, recognize that knowledge of the origins and history of word meanings enhances understanding of a word's meaning.

RLA.O.7.1.3 classify the defining characteristics, build background knowledge and apply reading skills to understand a variety of literary passages and genres by West Virginia, national and international authors: fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, fantasies, biographies, autobiographies, science fiction, tall tale, supernatural tales

RLA.O.7.1.4 use pre-reading strategies (e.g., ...

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