Content: Language Arts
Focus: 5 Paragraph Essay
Activity: The lesson I observed today was part of a unit. Lynn's students are taught a 5 paragraph essay as part of the district curriculum. As part of the brainstorming, students created, shared, and then e-mailed them to Lynn. Lynn entered them into Wordle.
After examining the word clouds, Lynn modeled how to generate statements from the topics. Next, students each generated 8 statements and e-mailed them to the teacher who compiled a list of statements for the students.
Today, Lynn opened the period by reviewing the process and the 5 paragraph essay graphic organizer in a keynote presentation. Each student has a copy of the graphic organizer on their individual laptop. Students are asked to choose a thesis statement and search online for information relevant to their statement. Before beginning their searches, Lynn puts up a slide and explains:
- use of stickies for note taking,
- citations from the web
- appropriate note taking format - no paraphrasing
The lesson ends with the students exporting the stickies to a text document and e-mailing to the teacher along with any information on difficulties with the process today.
- so what are you thinking?
- are you thinking positive or negative?
- that's kind of broad
- how can you narrow it?
- prior knowledge