Lesson Plan : Graduated Drivers Licensing

Teacher Name:
 Edwards
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people 15 to 20 years of age, causing roughly one-third of all fatalities in this age group.
Content:
 The article discusses a need for graduated driver licensing, new drivers typically go through a three-stage process that involves their gradual introduction to full driving privileges. By restricting when teenagers may drive, and with whom, graduated driver licensing allows new drivers to gain much-needed on-the-road experience in controlled, lower-risk settings.
Goals:
 Students will be able to draw conclusions about the need for graduated driver licensing and make inferences about teen driving behaviors. Students will be able to make generalizations about future safety statistics if the licensing requirements were changed.
Objectives:
 R11.A.2 Understand non-fiction appropriate to grade level Make inferences, draw conclusions, and make generalizaions based on text.
Materials:
 http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/newdriver/SaveTeens/sect1.html -scrap paper for votes
Introduction:
 Teacher may choose to partner with school/local newspaper over the lack of coverage on this critical topic. Local police officer could be invited in to discuss car crashes involving teens. Car crashes are the leading cause of death amongst teens.
Development:
 Students are asked the following multiple choice question: What do you think is the leading cause of death amongst teens? a. cancer b. suicide c. car crashes d. drowning Students submit responses into a jar and teacher reads some of the responses aloud.
Practice:
 1. Students are divided into groups and each assigned a paragraph to read. 2. Inferences, generalizations and conclusions are identified within each paragraph and presented by one of the group members. 3. Whole class discusses three deadly factors: -Inexperience -Risk-taking behavior and immaturity -Greater risk exposure Comes up with a list of ways to reduce these factors and draw conclusions about how risk of driving might change with graduated driver licensing.
Checking For Understanding:
 1. What are the three factors linked to higher fatalities in teen drivers. 2. What is the conclusion the author makes in preventing many of theses fatalities? 3. Who might be able to bring more awareness to this topic and how?
Closure:
 1.Teacher submits writing samples to selected agency. 2.Students are asked to share the most compelling thing they learned or how the article relates to them.

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