Lesson Plan Template Implementing Reading Strategies in Your Content Area Name: Megan Connor Content Area: Language Arts Grade Level: 10/11 What is the topic of your lesson plan? Making Predictions: Setting a Context for A Midsummer Night’s Dream by examining trailers for the play. What are the specific instructional objectives of your content area lesson? Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies 1. Apply reading comprehension strategies, including making predictions, comparing and contrasting, recalling and summarizing and making inferences and drawing conclusions. Reading Applications: Literary Text 6. Recognize characterizations of subgenres, including satire, parody and allegory, and explain how choice of genre affects the expression of a theme or plot. Assessment: How do you know if you have been successful? In other words, how do you intend to document the effectiveness of your lesson and your students’ mastery of concepts? This entire lesson is a pre-assessment for the Midsummer Night’s Dream unit. Post-assessment of the pre-assessment: whole class prediction of what A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about What is the text you intend to use for this particular lesson (rationale and annotated bibliography)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esyannfYsSM This trailer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream uses child actors and emphasizes the role of fairies within the play. http://youtube.com/watch?v=limHDVrAAas This trailer emphasizes the conflicts between the two pairs of Athenian lovers. While magic is mentioned at the end of the trailer, fairies make no appearance. http://youtube.com/watch?v=jrwy5Up6jZQ&feature=related This trailer introduces the Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena. It portrays each of the characters by showing clips of the characters in different situations and emotional states. These clips are devoid of dialogue so the audience must infer character personalities and plot from the images alone. Rationale: Prediction serves a vital role for students. First, it begins to activate their prior knowledge of the subject. Second, it engages and motivates the students. By spending an entire day on predictions, I hope to ease my students’ fear of Shakespearean language as well as get them excited about the play. Also, by putting these predictions in the context of movie trailers, I will be using a text with which students are more comfortable. READING TARGET: Survey the text. Review the reading benchmarks to determine the skills needed to successfully understand the text you are using. Identify benchmark(s) you could address in your lesson. Literary Text Standard: A. Analyze and evaluate the five elements (e.g. plot, character, setting, point of view and theme) in literary text. C. Recognize and analyze characteristics of subgenres and literary periods. Note: The students will use their knowledge of the five elements of literary texts to determine the subgenre of the work and ultimately make predictions about the play. What particular reading strategy is appropriate for your instructional objectives and reading target? Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (brainstorming and predicting only) In planning your lesson, consider the following three points: Pre-Reading • How do you intend to set a purpose for reading? • What do you intend to do to tap into your students’ experiences or prior knowledge? • Are there any specific vocabulary words the students need to understand the text they are about to read? I will begin to construct the purpose for their reading the trailers by asking them the questions: What is the purpose of a trailer? After generating these ideas, I will ask the students to think about the different elements that are used to achieve these purposes as we watch a trailer. We will then brainstorm a list of elements trailers use to introduce a film to the audience. This list will become the context for their reading of the different Midsummer Night’s Dream trailers. During Reading • What strategies do you intend to use to help students remain active readers? Are you making students aware of the strategy? • Are you going to read aloud, model strategies, stop periodically to check comprehension? • How can you keep students engaged with the text? From their reading, the students will have to make predictions for the larger text the trailer represents. The students will have to remain active readers in order to make these predictions. After Reading • What do you intend to do to get students to reflect on what they have read? • Do you revisit the original purpose for reading and the instructional objectives? The students will have to reflect on their reading and the prediction they made in order to create a whole class prediction for what A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be about. Before we even begin reading the play, the students will have an idea of what it is about. Lesson Procedure Hook/Anticipatory Set 1. Ask class: What is the purpose of movie trailers? 2. I will tell the students that while we are watching the trailer I want them to think of the different elements the trailer uses to achieve that purpose. 3. Watch the Vantage Point movie trailer 4. As a class, we will brainstorm what elements trailers use to introduce the audience to the movie’s story. I will write the elements on the board. Examples: *color *costumes *music *movement *narration *camera angles Lesson Body 5. Explain the next portion of the class: small group work. I will split the class into three groups. Each group will have to watch a different Midsummer Night’s Dream movie trailer 6. Using the elements we came up with, the students will predict what the story is about based upon the trailer. 7. Each group will choose a speaker to present their results. 8. Each group will present their predictions (show trailer to the rest of the class first). Closure 9. We will make a class prediction of what we think A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about.
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