"Red Scarf Girl" Newspaper Project
A literary understanding of the Cultural Revolution in China
California State Content Standards
The following standards are met through this project:
ELA.7.1.3. Clarify word meanings through the use of definition, example, restatement, or contrast.
ELA.7.2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Structural Features of Informational Materials
ELA.7.2.1. Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, instructional manuals, signs).
ELA.7.2.2. Locate information by using a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents.
ELA.7.2.3. Analyze text that uses the cause-and-effect organizational pattern.
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.7.2.4. Identify and trace the development of an author's argument, point of view, or perspective in text.
ELA.7.2.5. Understand and explain the use of a simple mechanical device by following technical directions.
Expository Critique
ELA.7.2.6. Assess the adequacy, accuracy, and appropriateness of the author's evidence to support claims and assertions, noting instances of bias and stereotyping.
ELA.7.3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
Structural Features of Literature
ELA.7.3.1. Articulate the expressed purposes and characteristics of different forms of prose (e.g., short story, novel, novella, essay).
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.7.3.3. Analyze characterization as delineated through a character's thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; the narrator's description; and the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters.
ELA.7.3.5. Contrast points of view (e.g., first and third person, limited and omniscient, subjective and objective) in narrative text and explain how they affect the overall theme of the work.
Literary Criticism
ELA.7.3.6. Analyze a range of responses to a literary work and determine the extent to which the literary elements in the work shaped those responses.
ELA.7.1.0 Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.7.1.1. Create an organizational structure that balances all aspects of the composition and uses effective transitions between sentences to unify important ideas.
ELA.7.1.2. Support all statements and claims with anecdotes, descriptions, facts and statistics, and specific examples.
ELA.7.1.3. Use strategies of notetaking, outlining, and summarizing to impose structure on composition drafts.
Research and Technology
ELA.7.1.4. Identify topics; ask and evaluate questions; and develop ideas leading to inquiry, investigation, and research.
ELA.7.1.5. Give credit for both quoted and paraphrased information in a bibliography by using a consistent and sanctioned format and methodology for citations.
ELA.7.1.6. Create documents by using word-processing skills and publishing programs; develop simple databases and spreadsheets to manage information and prepare reports.
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.7.1.7. Revise writing to improve organization and word choice after checking the logic of the ideas and the precision of the vocabulary.
ELA.7.2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.7.2.2. Write responses to literature:
a. Develop interpretations exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight.
b. Organize interpretations around several clear ideas, premises, or images from the literary work.
c. Justify interpretations through sustained use of examples and textual evidence.
ELA.7.2.3. Write research reports:
a. Pose relevant and tightly drawn questions about the topic.
b. Convey clear and accurate perspectives on the subject.
c. Include evidence compiled through the formal research process (e.g., use of a card catalog, Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, a computer catalog, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries).
d. Document reference sources by means of footnotes and a bibliography.
ELA.7.2.5. Write summaries of reading materials:
a. Include the main ideas and most significant details.
b. Use the student's own words, except for quotations.
c. Reflect underlying meaning, not just the superficial details.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.7.1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions
Sentence Structure
ELA.7.1.1. Place modifiers properly and use the active voice.
ELA.7.1.2. Identify and use infinitives and participles and make clear references between pronouns and antecedents.
ELA.7.1.3. Identify all parts of speech and types and structure of sentences.
ELA.7.1.4. Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage (e.g., pronoun reference).
ELA.7.1.5. Identify hyphens, dashes, brackets, and semicolons and use them correctly.
ELA.7.1.6. Use correct capitalization.
ELA.7.1.7. Spell derivatives correctly by applying the spellings of bases and affixes.