Category Archives: S1: Content Driven

Use of reading, written and oral communication, and technology

Reading & Writing in the Content Areas

The attached documents attest to my ability to deliberately plan lessons in which social studies content is combined with reading and writing strategies. The topic and assessment were carefully chosen based upon a number of factors including state standards in social studies and writing. I also liked the idea of giving students step by step instructions to formulate this essay; reseach shows that determining cause and effect for particular events helps comprehension. Additionally, I felt that the use of graphic organziers could be particularly helpful in this process. By providing students with a well-planned process for how to accomplish their final product, they know what to do in order to succeed and I have integrated reading and writing into the social studies classroom in a meaningful way.

Cause and Effect Essay Lesson Plan

Cause and effect PowerPoint

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Filed under S1: Content Driven, S3: Integrated across content areas, T2: Intentionally planned

Unit Plan

The attached documents are a unit plan written for an eighth grade social studies classroom. Studying indistrialization, urbanization, and immigration  is an important part of United States history, and this unit was designed to give students important information while encouraging them to make personal connections and think critically. The first document is the unit plan, which includes Desired Results, Assessment Evidence, and a Learning Plan. The second includes several corresponding lesson plans that include more detail about the specific lessons.

This unit plan was created using a backwards planning method, which we learned about in General Teaching Methods (EDU 6135) through our text, Understanding by Design. I started my planning with establishing clear objectives and defining the unit’s essential questions and enduring understandings. I then proceeded to create more detailed performance tasks and lesson plans.

Approval Standard S2 is “aligned with curriculum standards and outcomes,” focusing on “student learning targets and progresses to meet them.” My preparation of this unit plan demonstrates my competency in this area in that, first and foremost, I constructed this unit plan with specific standards and goals in mind. I chose several assessments and skills that students would know and be able to do by the end of the unit, and I create daily lesson plans to help accomplish that goal.

Unit Plan Part 1

Unit Plan Part 2

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Filed under L1: Learner centered, S1: Content Driven, S2: Curriculum Standards & Outcome, T2: Intentionally planned, T3: Influenced by multiple instructional strategies