Lesson Plan : Gandhi: A Memoir by William Shirer

Teacher Name:
 Paula Lindsay
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Gandhi's appearance, personality and beliefs, and their contribution to India's Independence.
Content:
 Mahandas Gandhi's appearance, personality and beliefs (civil-disobedience), memoir (excerpt) / Teacher generated handout of 31 vocabulary words questioned during reading: radiated, puckish, foibles, deceptivefrugal, brisk, dhoti, cliche, homely, egotism, arouse, lathis, scorn, etc. and FCAT example of short response question, answer and rubric evaluation.
Goals:
 Historical Awareness II.5.A.a. Understand current and historic events from the perspective of diverse cultural and national person. Cultural Awareness: V.2.A.a Give examples of cultural diffusion in history. Cultural Awareness: V.4.B.a Investigate and analyze the roles of an individual in supporting human rights. Global Perspecivie: VI I.A.a Analyze the influence of a select culture on world civilizations. (Discussion)
Objectives:
 Explain and cite examples of the causes and effects of imperialism. (Question #8) Cite examples that illustrate cultural diffusion. (Question #7) HW As a representative from the UN, write a speech convincing two warring countries of the superiority of civil-disobedience, including an historical exam
Materials:
 Handouts: Understanding What You Read Handout/Vocabulary and FCAT example answer similar to question 7, rubric provided. White board/marker (Summary of 4 point rubric, later teacher's sample of 4 point answer to question 8.)
Introduction:
 Focus on title and author: Students discuss what they know about Gandhi. Memoir: a record of facts and events written from personal knowledge or special information. Discussion of picture of Gandhi, description. (Read response questions.)
Development:
 Teacher reads introductory paragraph and suggests class underline 1931, first meeting Gandhi, favoring nonviolence, achieve independence form Great Britain (discuss where Great Britain is and other names associated with area - United Kingdom includes Ireland and Scotland and England.
Practice:
 Volunteer and selected students read excerpt aloud while class follows and underlines important numbers, descriptions, unknown vocabulary - emphasis on single word or few word underlining. Discussion after each paragraph of what was underlined and vocabulary.
Accommodations:
 Read excerpt aloud. Check for understanding through discussion. Use of board for visual, if necessary.
Checking For Understanding:
 Discussion of multiple choice answers and questions, eliminate two. Review HO with vocabulary and example of short response from FCAT similar to question 7 and its evaluation.
Closure:
 Read response questions aloud. Explain for focus and expectations (use of quotes). Answer the two response questions.
Evaluation:
 (Extended activity - exchange papers and classmate grade according to rubric.) Grade response questions according to rubric. Review example of 4 point rubric answer using quoted text. Check for understanding.

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