“Back to School” Lesson Plan Teacher(s): Lisa Jenkins Subject: ELA Grade: 6th-8th Lesson Title Back to School Supplies - What Could you do Without? Featured Newsela Article Teen's plan to save and donate a few stray pencils, grows to thousands (1080L) Learning Objective Example statement(s) about what students will learn from this particular activity. Today I am learning … about the value of everyday tools I use to further my education. So I can … have a perspective on what others around the world need, that may be simple to me. I know I understand when…I can describe empathy and consider others when making decisions. Students will be able to … begin brainstorming about the idea of empathy, defining their class community and realizing the importance of tools in our everyday lives. This ties to 21st Century Learning Skills -.communicating, collaborating, critical thinking, problem-solving. Learning Standard Common Core Standards Include the standard that this activity helps teach. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.C Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion. 21st Century Learning Skills Learning and Innovation Skills: Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future. Lesson Content How will you introduce the lesson to your students? How will you teach them the skills they need to be successful? How will you allow students to practice the skills they learned withNewsela’s Write + Quiz feature? How will you assess mastery? Introduction: ● Begin this lesson series by asking students to use their pencil to brainstorm what the word empathy means. They can write the definition, draw images, connect to an idea, etc. Any technique that works for brainstorming. ● Next, show the headline picture in the article “Teen's plan to save and donate a few stray pencils, grows to thousands” and ask students to add to their brainstorm. ● Ask students in groups of 3-4 to share their brainstorm and inferences about the picture. Have each group come up with one common idea to share with the class about the word empathy and inferences/pre-reading for the picture. ● After 7-10 minutes, ask each group to share their ideas. ● Either the teacher or a student recorder add common themes/ideas to a class note catcher about empathy. Modeling: ● Begin reading the article (1080 Lexile) out loud and write your own thoughts with the highlighter tool. Capture ideas just in the first 3 paragraphs that relate to empathy, ideas you wonder about or questions you may have. Student Practice: ● Ask students to read the article with a partner, and also annotate along their reading. Have students use the highlight tool in the Newsela article as their annotation notes. Partners can be assigned homogeneously according to lexile ranges. Ask students to also add any ideas about empathy to their brainstorm if the article gives them any additional ideas. ● As students finish their reading, use the “write” tool and ask students to answer the question based on a quote in the article: What is your “foundation to learn”? What do you need to be successful in school/in a class? **You will have to rewrite this question in the Write tool, BEFORE your lesson begins. Guided Questions: ● What is empathy? ● What makes individuals act on their ideas? ● What is your “foundation to learn”? What do you need to be successful in school/in a class? Wrap Up: ● Provide time for all groups to add to their brainstorm, if needed. ● Next, ask students to share their ideas about what they need to be successful in this class. What learning conditions are ideal? In the article, we learned that in other countries, students need just a simple writing tool to be able to go to school and learn, something we probably take for granted. (A fun experiment would be to see how many pencils/pens you can find in the hallway after school that day to show them how many priceless tools you found just discarded in your school). ● This may continue to the next day, or if you have longer, begin noting ideas from the class so that students and the teacher can begin thinking about what the learning community members “need” in order to learn in this class. This can serve as a great start for class rules and reminders. Assessment: ● Students will complete their definition of empathy. ● Students will show their thinking by annotating the article for important ideas, questions and connections to concern for others/empathy. ● All lessons should include the reading quiz to assess comprehension (it is at the teacher’s discretion to use it as a grade or simply to inform instruction). Accommodations What scaffolds can be included to support learners? Can you anticipate different reading levels for students? Providing a partner for students who need additional support would be best utilized with another student who is one reading level above the student needing support. They can help break down the main ideas and record the partner’s thinking in annotations. Teachers can also pre-select/highlight 5 sentences from the appropriate Lexile, and ask students to type a response to just the teachers question/comments. Each teacher question/comment can target a different focus - empathy, community of learners, and a fact about students in another country. Extensions How can you support high level learners? Can you anticipate reading levels and Writing Prompt to challenge? This video is to build student interest in the background of pencil design. Students can watch this video prior to or after the article reading. Student Question to consider: Do you think the value/cost of a pencil is equal to the process and resources it takes to make a pencil? How a pencil is made Video The Write prompt challenge - What tool or resource do we regularly use and discard that you believe might be valuable in other places around the world? What do you think motivates a student like Kyle to act on an idea?