Lesson Six

Lesson Design

Introduction

In the past few years, much has been written about "effective practices". As good teachers know, there are some basic "effective" practices that should be incorporated into all lessons and some "best" practices that are appropriate to a specific subject area.

Objectives

  • Identify effective practices in lessons that integrate primary sources
  • Determine the most effective ways to assess prior knowledge for your grade level or subject area.

 

Activity 1

Following is a list of "effective" practices that summarize what we all know and strive to include in our lessons and activities:

  • Students are actively engaged in problem solving, inquiry or exploration of a topic.
  • Students are required to use critical thinking skills (analysis, drawing, conclusions, etc.)
  • Students are involved in decision making or have an opportunity to actively participate in the classroom
  • Lessons build on prior knowledge
  • Lessons increase students' knowledge and awareness of global issues and/or local, national or international environment
  • Students' understanding and skills are measured by multiple assessment tools
  • Teachers use inquiry based approaches to lead students to understanding of concepts or time periods
  • Primary sources used in this lesson are age appropriate (reading level, length and interest)
  • Students are involved in activities which strengthen historical thinking skills (understanding bias and points of view)
  • Accommodations are evident for learning styles and learning needs

Read the following article on effective practices and reflect on how well you include some of these practices, which ones you feel are more important and other things that you feel should be included when considering effective practices and lesson design.

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When you finish reading the article, click on Lesson 6, Activity 1 - "Questions" under "Assignments".

 

3. Save it to the desktop and complete this activity.

4. Submit Lesson 6, Activity 1 using ReggieNet

To Submit an Activity:

Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 6, Activity 1" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

 

*Go to Activity 2.

 

Activity 2

Choose a lesson from the link below and complete the Lesson 6, Activity 2 - "Effective Practices Checklist" activity. Please be sure to include the name of the lesson you are reviewing.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/

3. Save it to the desktop and complete this activity.

4. Submit Lesson 6, Activity 2 using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 6, Activity 2" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

  

*Go to Activity 3.

Activity 3

Before you begin to teach new subject matter it is a good idea to know what prior knowledge your students have about the subject. A simple inventory, KWL chart, or a pre-test can help you determine the range of knowledge within your classroom and help you structure appropriate activities.

Click on the Lesson 6, Activity 3 - "Questions" or locate the file in the list of "Assignments".

3. Save it to the desktop and complete this activity.

4. Submit Lesson 6, Activity 3 using ReggieNet

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 6, Activity 3" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

 

*Go to Lesson 7.