Lesson Plan : The Johnstown Flood

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. Shuris
 Grade 6
 Literature Activities

 Understanding A Text/Expository Non-Fiction
 Subject matter: In 1881 a dam was repaired in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It fails in 1889, leading to one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. Key vocabulary: levees, seeping, floodplain, reservoirs, yearned, awed, crested
 General Goal(students with special needs): to develop and increase reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary identification, understanding, and usage. Specific Goal: to understand an expository non-fiction story by locating in the text (give page number/paragraph) specific answers to questions asked, order events, and summarize the main idea and details of the story
 -to summarize the main point of a selection and restate important information (Standard 8.22, 13.17) -to read and understand a text (expository non-fiction) -to sequence events of story in correct order (Standard 8.21, 13.15) -to gain background knowledge of the Johnstown Flood of 1889 -to develop understanding, identification, and usgae of new vocabulary from a non-fiction text (Standard 4.17)
 overhead projector, transperancie: (1) vocabulary (word/visual), (2) story frame, (3) template-Everyone Read To..., various worksheets from intervention manual (pages 40-43)
 State purpose of lesson (goal/objectives)-- Introduce story (title/author) and type of text-expository non-fiction; Focus on illustration on page 79-What do you think is happening? Background Knowledge-What is a flood? dam? Have you ever heard of the Johnstown Flood of 1889? Define/identify new story words.
 Use "Everyone Read To..." template to fill in (question/answer) as teacher ask questions aloud; Teacher models first one- Everyone read to... find out the setting or where and when the story takes place?
 Teacher and students (with teacher scaffolding)continue asking questions (ideas written out ahead of time)and answering them to analyze text together and to sequence events (main idea/details) of the non-fiction text. Reading strategies to discuss-adjust reading rate and reread to clarify.
 Follow individual IEPs; Some students have trouble writing-accept oral responses and/or cut back on written work (less workshetts); Scribe for some students. Read test questions aloud; peer reading of story; peer editing of written work.
Checking For Understanding:
 oral reading; story discussion; written responses to story frame, questions, vocabulary context clues, and homework. Weekly assessments-phonics, vocabulary, comprehension- literal and inferential questions, both multiple choice and essay type.
 Restate our objective to the lesson. Did we meet our goal and objectives? What did we learn about the Johnstown Flod of 1889?
 Assessment of oral reading fluency and comprehension of questions being asked. Identification, understanding,and usage of new vocabulary words; Responses to questions and individual participation in class discusion; Homework (focus skill review)- summarize and paraphrase worksheet p.42

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