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Library Instruction Lesson LEARN Biography Research - Making Personal Connections Resource Title LEARN Biography Research – Making Personal Connections File Name LEARN Biography Research – Making Personal Connections.doc Resource Description This lesson asks students who are involved in (This is information biography research to make text-to-self connections about the resource.) with their famous person. It is part of a larger, collaborative 4th grade unit on “Famous Americans.” Standard AASL FCPS Strand AASL FCPS Indicator AASL FCPS Benchmark AASL FCPS SOL Eng 4.5; VS.5; VS.6;VS.9 POS Materials SMARTBoard file: LEARN Biography Research and (Books, files, links, Making Personal Connections.notebook graphic organizers, Blank copies of slides 3 and 4 (set for each student) databases, etc.) Lesson Length 30 minutes Keywords or key Biography;graphic organizer; Venn Diagram; T Chart; phrases SMARTBoard; text-to-self connections Year Created? 2008 Teacher Editable? XYes No Audience Librarian (Resources may have more than 1 audience.) Purpose Lesson Plan (Resources may have more than 1 purpose.) Create By Created by Pat Gualtieri (written by or adapted from) Grade Level Pre-K 7th Grade K 8th Grade 1st Grade 9th Grade 2nd Grade 10th Grade 3rd Grade 11th Grade 4th Grade 12th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade Adult LEARN Lesson Plan Biography Research - Making Personal Connections We have begun working on our biography unit, Link researching the lives and contributions of influential Virginians and other famous Americans. We have learned to use various resources to locate information and have taken notes. Today we will use a graphic organizer to record text-to-self connections to our famous person. Assessment: Project slide 1 of Notebook file: LEARN Biography Engage Research and Making Personal Connections.notebook. and Explain that the first step in making connections Educate is to brainstorm how you are the same or different than your famous person. Model using the T chart to list information about Harriet Tubman and a fictitious student. Discuss how some of the items listed are similarities and others are differences. Explain that once the list is complete, they will use the Venn Diagram to organize the information. Project slide 2. Model filling in the Venn Diagram by deciding what is the same or different between the famous person and the student. Assessment: Student Response Distribute copies of Slides 3 and 4 to each Active student Learning Remind the students that they will be using their notes to identify important characteristics of their famous person. Have them think about gender, living or dead, family, marital status, where born/lived, etc. Have them brainstorm personal similarities and differences to complete the T Chart Once the T Chart is completed, have them organize the information on the Venn Diagram Once complete, have the students save and print their documents. Assessment: Completed documents Ask the students to discuss how using a T Chart Reflect and Venn Diagram helped them organize their information. Ask several student volunteers to share their findings, especially the text-to-self connections they discovered about themselves and their famous person. Ask if they felt this activity made their research project more interesting. Explain that they will continue to be asked to Now make connections, either between texts, and themselves or the world. Encourage them to Then think about these connections as they read and/ or research topics of interest to them.
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