Lessons and Artifacts

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”.
    -Albert Einstein

Here are  a few lesson plans that I have developed over the past few years.  Please feel free to take a look and make use of the resources. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have

The following lessons are from my PACT (Performance Assessment for California Teacher) portfolio in Fall 2010. The primary central focus of this learning segment is  reading with fluency and expression. I also developed a secondary focus of reading and comprehending a fictional text. Throughout the course of this learning segment, students were  exposed to story elements (i.e. story sequencing, character,  setting, and plot), which was meant to enable them to understand the text in a meaningful manner, as well as how vital reading with expression and fluency is for a proficient reader.

My motivation behind incorporating a reader’s theater into this lesson segment was to drive students to WANT to participate, for it is undeniable how crucial student’s motivation to participate is to the success of any learning segment. In addition, through developing a reader’s theater, students had the opportunity to practice repeated oral readings of an engaging and pattern predictable text, and also receive guidance from an instructor.

Please use your courtesy Visitor’s Pass (code) as a login to the Visitors Area for a by-invitation-only viewing of each of these lessons.

1. Go to http://college.livetext.com

2. In the Visitor’s Area, enter this code CF29CD19

Below you will find a brief summery of each lesson, as well as student work samples and assessment tools.

Lesson #1: Meet the Three Billy Goats! Oh, and the Troll. 

This is the first lesson in the learning segment; the learning tasks within this lesson will focus on two things:

-Engage in a storybook read-aloud by making predictions, listening to the story during reading, and making observations about the characters.

-Demonstrate an understanding of text structure by sequencing a story through beginning, middle, and end pictures.

https://c1.livetext.com/doc/7885993

Lesson #2: Story Soup

The learning tasks within this lesson will focus on two things:

-Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characters, setting, and plot in the story.

-Students will understand what a reader’s theater is.

https://c1.livetext.com/doc/7885995

Lesson #3: Practice Makes Perfect

The learning tasks within this lesson will focus on two things:

-Students will review story elements of the text.

-Students will practice oral fluency and reading with expression.

https://c1.livetext.com/doc/7885996

Lesson #4: Reader’s Theater!

Finally, the culminating lesson! The learning tasks within this lesson will focus on two things:

-Students will demonstrate their ability to read with fluency and expression

-Students will participate in a reader’s theater of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”

https://c1.livetext.com/doc/7885997

Student Work Samples and Assessment Tools:

Student A:

Tri-Fold Assignment. High ability level student.

Character cards- assessed informally for participation and on-task behavior

Reader’s Theater Rubric Assessment

Student B:

Tri-Fold Assignment. At-level student, also ELL; not receiving special services

Character cards- assessed informally for participation and on-task behavior

Reader’s theater rubric assessment

Student C:

Tri-fold assignment. Struggling student; not receiving special services.

Character cards- assessed informally for participation and on-task behavior

Reader’s theater rubric assessment

 

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