Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Microsoft Office
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: Inference, observation, research, current event, author’s purpose, support, evidence
Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
- Students will be able to identify credible science sources for information on current research and cite the source properly using the MLA/APA format
- Students will be able to read and dissect a scientific article by identifying the author's purpose using claims and support from the article.
- Students will be able to concisely state the author's purpose and relate the information to the current topics of the classroom.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
MLA format for citations
Reading comprehension (lexile level of 855L+)
(if needed... )
Vocabulary: support/observation, claim/inference, citation
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
How does the article relate to the information we are currently discussing in class?
What is an inference the author states within the article?
What observations from research does the author give to support the inference?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
A Powerpoint will be given explaining MLA format and actively engaging students with samples of various credible scientific websites to obtain articles and a refresher on observations/support and inferences/claim with examples.
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
A scientific article will be teacher selected from online prior to the student practice.
The sample article will be read as a class and completed as requested by the teacher in order for the students to practice correct technique and ask questions.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
Students will read, answer questions, and present an article roughly once a month based on the changing classroom lessons.
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Students will submit one article from the 4 completed throughout the semester to be evaluated on the learning goals stated (Rubric 2).
Students will create a portfolio with 4 complete current events and analyses throughout the semester.
Students will choose to submit one of the four to be assessed by the teacher with an attached rubric (Rubric 2).
Poll students on knowledge of MLA format
Review inferences and observations examples through Powerpoint presentation
Feedback to Students
Rubric assessment during peer presentation both teacher and audience (Rubric 1)
Accommodations & Recommendations
- Students with no Internet or Library access will be given hardcopy research magazines provided by the teacher.
- Blind students will be read the article allow or asked to use technology to hear the article information. Student will be required to analyze article verbally if need be.
- ESOL/ELL students, depending on English skill level, will be allowed to present in Spanish AND English for comfort of the student (and a learning opportunity for the audience). Leeway will be given to grammar of sentence structure but not MLA format. A translation program will be suggested for student articles in any language.
Students will have a plethora of options not limited to the following:
- Complete more research about the current topic
- Encouragement to complete own research which can lead to science fair project
- Write their own article (based on classroom laboratory or personal option)
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Microsoft Office
Special Materials Needed:
- Article Sources (ask school librarian for options provided by school)
- Students can use I-pad/tablet apps, cell phones, computers, etc.
Additional research magazines for students without Internet/Library access (Nature, Science, etc.).
Print student worksheet (4/student each semester).
Print many copies of Rubric 1 for peer evaluation during presentations (2-3/student presentation each month).
Possible print sample article for each student to view while reading.
Multiple attachments are provided to aid in this lesson.
Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Katlyn Wicks
District/Organization of Contributor(s): SeminoleDistrict/Organization of Contributor(s): Seminole
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
Access Privileges: Public
* Please note that examples of resources are not intended as complete curriculum.