Technology Integration Lesson Plan: “Power Verbs!” Name: School: Date: Carol Webb Memorial Middle School June 12, 2002 Subject Areas Grade Level: Lesson or Project Duration English Language Arts Seventh Two weeks Technology Required What software and hardware are needed for this lesson or project? Internet connected computers, word processing software, spreadsheet software Technology Level Teacher Student Novice Novice Intermediate Intermediate Advanced Advanced Lesson or Project Topic What is the topic? What is the title? “Power Verbs!” (Using strong action verbs in writing) Critical Question Addressed What specific question(s) will be answered? How can I make my writing come alive? Lesson or Project Goals and Objectives What will students experience and be able to do as a result of this lesson or project? The student will write using strong action verbs. Curriculum Connections What specific curriculum learning outcomes will be addressed in this lesson or project? (TEKS) 7.15 Writing/purposes. The student writes for a variety of audiences and purposes and in a variety of forms. The student is expected to: (H) produce cohesive and coherent written texts by organizing ideas, using effective transitions, and choosing precise wording (6-8). 7.18 Writing/writing processes. The student selects and uses writing processes for self- initiated and assigned writing. The student is expected to: (E) edit drafts for specific purposes such as to ensure standard usage, varied sentence structure, and appropriate word choice (4-8); Technology Connections What technology skills and/or goals will be addressed in this lesson or project? 126.12 Technology Applications TEKS, Grades 6 – 8 (4) Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. The student is expected to: (A) use strategies to locate and acquire desired information on LANs and WANs, including the Internet, intranet, and collaborative software; (7) Solving problems. The student uses appropriate computer-based productivity tools to create and modify solutions to problems. The student is expected to: (A) plan, create, and edit documents created with a word processor using readable fonts, alignment page setup, tabs, and ruler settings; (B) create and edit spreadsheet documents using all data types, formulas and functions, and chart information; Lesson or Unit Starter What will you do to introduce the lesson or project? Are the connections to the curriculum and technology clear? 1. Ask students, “What is power?” Discuss. 2. Ask students, “Who has power?” Discuss. 3. Ask students, “What are the traits of something/someone that is powerful?” (strong, effective, forceful, etc.) 4. Tell students, “You can put many of these ‘Power’ traits in your writing! We are going to use the Internet to discover how to use Power Verbs to make your writing much more powerful and meaningful!” Student-focused Activities What activities will your student do during this lesson or project? 1. Let GrammatiCat explain action verbs: http://www.csc.calpoly.edu/~ebrunner/GrammatiCat/Guide/Guide.html Go to Active Verbs, Secrets, Secrets of Verbs, Static Verbs, and Smart Verbs. Take notes as appropriate. 2. Go to The Action Verb, Grammar Bytes for more information http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/actionverb.htm Take notes as needed. 3. Return to GrammatiCat, Inspiration, click on the face a literary genius, locate two sentences that use strong action verbs, and copy/paste them into a Word document. Use the Word highlighter to highlight the strong action verbs. Be sure to use quotation marks around the quote. Record the author’s name, the name of the Web site, and the URL. Repeat this for all six of the literary geniuses. See Example #1. 4. With a partner, make a table (in Microsoft Word) or a spreadsheet (in Microsoft Excel) that compares twenty sets of “Boring Verbs” and “Power Verbs.” See Example #2 – Table and Example #3 – Spreadsheet. 5. Create a composition about a self-selected topic; be sure to use (and edit for) strong action verbs. See Rubric. Resources Word Choice, Six Traits of Good Writing, Bainbridge Tutor http://www.halcyon.com/evrob/tutor/StyleSheet/Word%20Choice%20(Traits).htm The Grammar Gorillas http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/index.html GrammatiCat http://www.csc.calpoly.edu/~ebrunner/GrammatiCat/Guide/Guide.html The Action Verb, Grammar Bytes http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/actionverb.htm “Verb: That’s What’s Happening” Schoolhouse Rock – Grammar Rock http://www.apocalypse.org/pub/u/gilly/Schoolhouse_Rock/HTML/grammar/verb.html Put Active Verbs to Work for You http://tgeorges.home.attbi.com/write/les12.htm Hardware, Software, Web, CD ROM Other (Print, Human, etc) Internet connected computers Example #1 – Quotations Word processing software Example #2 – Table of Verbs Spreadsheet software Example #3 – Spreadsheet of Verbs Rubric – Power Verbs! Writing Rubric Student Assessment How will you assess the extent to which the students have achieved the goals and objectives? Use the Power Verbs! Writing Rubric to assess the final writing piece.
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