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Middle School: English Language Arts


    *Digital Citizenship Integration
    These Slam Dunks are REQUIRED —for all students in Grade 6 ELA classes as part of the BCPS Growing Up Digital initiative and Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence. See the Digital Citizenship Integration Resources folder in ELA Grade 6/ELA Grade 6 GT Course Maps for an Implementation Overview outlining suggested Unit integration; Slam Dunk links and Quizzes; and additional Lessons/Quizzes on Digital Drama and Gender Stereotypes Online. ELA teachers should collaborate with their Library Media Specialist to coordinate implementation and instruction for these Digital Citizenship Slam Dunks and Lessons.

    Grade 6

    • NEW Bionic Dreams (Slam Dunk)
      How have recent developments in the field of bionics advanced human health?
    • Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers  (Slam Dunk)
      How did community and culture influence Cesar Chavez’s development and perspective?
    • Dedicated Animals  (Slam Dunk)
      Aside from being companions, how have animals served humans?
    • Creative Credit & Copyright (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship Integration How can I control and improve my digital footprint and identity?
    • Digital Footprint & Identity (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship Integration How can I control and improve my digital footprint and identity?
    • NEW Exotic Animals (Slam Dunk)
      Why are some exotic animals illegal to own as pets?
    • Disaster Strikes! Survival and Relationships in The Cay  (ORM)
      How are people and their relationships affected by a disaster?
    • Esperanza Rising  (ORM)
      How does an understanding of the historical and cultural background of Esperanza Rising enhance your reading of the novel?
    • Extreme Fear: Focus on Phobias (ORM)
      How can conducting research affect your opinion of a phobia?
    • Gary Paulsen (Slam Dunk)
      How do our experiences shape who we become?
    • Meet the Olympians 1 (Slam Dunk) How well did the author characterize the Greek gods and goddesses in the novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief?
    • Online Safety (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship Integration
      What measures can I take to stay safe online?
    • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (ORM)
      How does learning about the historical period help you to better understand the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?
    • Strategic Searching & Evaluating Sources (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint*
      Digital Citizenship Integration How can I conduct efficient and effective online searches and evaluate the quality of sources I find?

    Grade 6 Advanced Academics

    • Creative Credit & Copyright (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship IntegrationHow can I control and improve my digital footprint and identity?
    • Digital Footprint & Identity (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship Integration How can I control and improve my digital footprint and identity?
    • Dystopian Inspiration (Slam Dunk)
      How do events in an author's life and times shape or influence his/her writing?
    • Mark Twain: Biographical Criticism  (Slam Dunk)
      In what ways are texts influenced by the life experiences of authors?
    • Meet Mr. Shakespeare  (ORM)
      Who was William Shakespeare, and how did he become one of the most popular and influential authors of all time?
    • Meet the Olympians 2 (Slam Dunk)
      How well did Edith Hamilton characterize the Greek gods and goddesses in the text Mythology?
    • Naturalism in Literature   (Slam Dunk)
      How is the theme of naturalism depicted in literature?
    • NEW One Crazy Year (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint*
      How did the events of 1968 shape American culture?
    • Online Safety (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint* Digital Citizenship Integration
      What measures can I take to stay safe online?
    • Power of the Pen: Writers as Agents of Social Change  (ORM)
      How can writers serve as agents of change in society?
    • Screenplay, Take 1!  (Slam Dunk)
      How do I create a dystopian society screenplay?
    • Strategic Searching & Evaluating Sources (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint*
      Digital Citizenship Integration How can I conduct efficient and effective online searches and evaluate the quality of sources I find?

    Grade 7

    • Epidemic Experts 1  (ORM)
      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)
      How does the setting in Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun compare to contemporary Baltimore County?
    • The Miracle Worker (Slam Dunk)
      Why did the author title this play The Miracle Worker?
    • We Are Our Choices  (ORM)
      How did the choices made by a famous Marylander have a significant impact on his/her life?

    Grade 7 Advanced Academics

    • NEW Epidemic Experts 2 (ORM)
      How can I use historical facts about an epidemic and narrative writing techniques to create historical fiction?
    • NEW George Orwell's Animal Farm (Slam Dunk) PDF | PowerPoint*
      How do historical and political movements inspire and influence writers?
    • NEW Hidden Figures (Slam Dunk)
      How are arguments developed in an effective way?
    • Raisin in the Sun   (Slam Dunk)
      How will application of the sociological approach help you to understand racial tensions in Chicago in the 1950s?
    • Setting the Stage: The Taming of the Shrew   (ORM)
      What information do theater group members need in order to stage an authentic production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew?

    Grade 8

    Grade 8 Advanced Academics

*PDF versions of Slam Dunks have been created to enable direct links to some BCPS digital content. If you wish to modify the Slam Dunk lesson, edit the PowerPoint file, and then save it as a PDF and post the PDF on a Lesson Tile.