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MS ELA ORM-Slam Dunk Index

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  Middle School: English Language Arts



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Grade 6 ELA 

  • American Graffiti (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How has graffiti art influenced American culture?

  • Bionic Dreams (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How have recent developments in the field of bionics advanced human health?

  • Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How did community and culture influence Cesar Chavez’s development and perspective?

  • Civil Disobedience (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How did civil disobedience shape the Civil Rights Movement?

  • Dedicated Animals  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    Aside from being companions, how have animals served humans?

  • Disaster Strikes! Survival and Relationships in The Cay  (ORM)  CourseArc
    How are people and their relationships affected by a disaster?

  • Esperanza Rising  (ORM)  CourseArc

    How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of Esperanza Rising enhance your reading of the novel?

  • Exotic Animals (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    Why are some exotic animals illegal to own as pets?

  • Extreme Fear: Focus on Phobias (ORM)  CourseArc
    How can conducting research affect your opinion of a phobia?
  • Gary Paulsen (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How do our experiences shape who we become?

  • Juneteenth: You Be the Judge (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
    Should Juneteenth be recognized as a federal holiday?
  • Meet the Olympians (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How well did the author characterize the Greek gods and goddesses in the novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief?

  • Naming Traditions and Brown Girl Dreaming (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How do names and naming traditions reflect cultural values? 

  • Overcoming Obstacles (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How have people overcome obstacles to find success?

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (ORM)  CourseArc

    How does learning about the historical period help you to better understand the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?

  • Sundown Towns (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How have segregation practices like "sundown towns" continued to affect American people's lives and communities? 

 

Grade 6 ELA - Advanced Academics

  • American Graffiti (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How has graffiti art influenced American culture? 

  • Careers in Sports and Space (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    Do the benefits of a career in sports or space outweigh the risks?

  • Civil Disobedience (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How did civil disobedience shape the Civil Rights Movement? 

  • Dystopian Inspiration (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How do events in an author's life and times shape or influence his/her writing?

  • Going Ape: A Look at Primatology (Slam Dunk )  PDF | PPT*
    What is the global impact of the study of primates?
  • Juneteenth: You Be the Judge (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
    Should Juneteenth be recognized as a federal holiday? 
  • NEW Media Depictions (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT* | Schoology Lesson** 
    How are individuals and groups depicted in the media?

  • Meet Mr. Shakespeare  (ORM)  CourseArc

    Who was William Shakespeare, and how did he become one of the most popular and influential authors of all time?

  • Meet the Olympians - AA (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How well did Edith Hamilton characterize the Greek gods and goddesses in the text Mythology?

  • Naming Traditions and Brown Girl Dreaming (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How do names and naming traditions reflect cultural values?  

  • One Crazy Year (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How did the events of 1968 shape American culture?

  • Power of the Pen: Writers as Agents of Social Change (ORM)  CourseArc

    How can writers serve as agents of change in society?

  • Screenplay, Take 1!  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How do I create a dystopian society screenplay?

  • Sundown Towns (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How have segregation practices like "sundown towns" continued to affect American people's lives and communities?
  • Two Lives Changed: I Will Always Write Back (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How are Zimbabwean and American cultures both similar and different?

 

Grade 6-8 Reading Research

  • Unit 1: Connecting to Research: Unsolved Mysteries (ORM)  CourseArc
    How can I determine the validity and reliability of sources to develop a position about an unsolved mystery?
  • Unit 2: Making Cultural Connections (ORM)  CourseArc
    How do fictional texts authentically reflect cultural beliefs and practices?
  • Unit 3: Making Scientific Connections (ORM)  CourseArc
    How has a scientifically-enhanced invention changed and developed over time? 
  • Unit 4: Making Artistic Connections (ORM)  CourseArc
    How are narrative elements reflected in traditional vs. graphic texts?

 

Grade 7 ELA

  • Achieving Greatness through Bold Actions (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT
    How have bold actions allowed kids and teens to achieve greatness? 

  • Epidemic Experts (ORM)  CourseArc

    How do the time period, location, and people's roles in a society impact their response to an epidemic?

  • Exploring Setting in A Raisin in the Sun (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How does the setting in Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun compare to contemporary Baltimore County?

  • The Miracle Worker (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    Why did the author title this play The Miracle Worker

 

Grade 7 ELA - Advanced Academics

  • Epidemic Experts - AA (ORM)  CourseArc

    How can I use historical facts about an epidemic and narrative writing techniques to create historical fiction?

  • George Orwell's Animal Farm (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How do historical and political movements inspire and influence writers?

  • Hidden Figures (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How are arguments developed in an effective way?

  • NEW Inspiration: A Poet's Life and Themes (Slam Dunk) PDF | PPT* | Schoology Lesson** 

           How might a poet's life experience influence themes in their work? 

  • Raisin in the Sun  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How will application of the sociological approach help you to understand racial tensions in Chicago in the 1950s?

 

Grade 8 ELA

  • American Civil War: Background Research for Historical Fiction  (ORM)  CourseArc

    How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of the American Civil War enhance your reading of historical fiction?

  • Farewell to Manzanar (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    What kind of emotions did the internees feel as a result of living in the camps?

  • Mind Your Manners!  Learning Civility (ORM)  CourseArc 
    Should students be required to take classes in manners, etiquette, or civility?

 

Grade 8 ELA - Advanced Academics

  • All the World's a Stage: Western Drama from Ancient Greece to Shakespeare's England (ORM)  CourseArc
    How did Western drama evolve from ancient Greece to Shakespeare's England?

  • The Book Thief  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    Is The Book Thief a better example of historical fiction, postmodernism, or magical realism?

  • Dickens in Our Day (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How do contemporary artists use their creative works as a vehicle for social criticism?

  • Dracula (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    How is the Gothic mode used to create suspense within the reader?

  • Human Made Monsters (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How are society's fears reflected in the monsters we create? 

  • Humor in The Princess Bride (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How does the author employ literary elements in The Princess Bride in order to create humor? 

  • I am Malala (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT

    What cultural factors would impact a young girl in Pakistan in 2012?

  • Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!  (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*

    Is a revolution a justifiable means of changing the power structure in a society?

  • Little, but Fierce: Allusions in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How do authors reuse and reinvent old stories? 

  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy: Setting & Suspense (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How does the setting contribute to suspense in the novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy?

  • Refugee (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PPT*
    How do the experiences of refugees transcend time and place?

  • Slavery and Abolitionism  (Slam Dunk) PDF | PPT*

    How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass enhance your reading of the novel?