Lesson Plan : Light Pollution

Teacher Name:
 K. Patten
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Persuasive-Photo Essay
Content:
 What are the characteristics of an effective Photo Essay versus a report. How are they effective in persuading their audiences.
Goals:
 -To expose students to a Photo-essay. -Compare and contrast the characteristics of effective reports. -Students will develop criteria for an effective report.
Materials:
 Lighting the Night Sky Disc Laptop computer Projection machine Student worksheets Examples of photo essays Report to read Venn diagram Chart paper Highlighters
Introduction:
 1.Link this lesson to previous lessons we have been studying in this unit. 2.Discuss the idea of persuasive text. Have the issues we've been studying been persuasive or informative?
Development:
 1.What is a Photo essay?- Introduce definition. 2.Think-pair-share-What is Light Pollution? 3.Read Photo essay chorally, students focus on the characteristics of a photo essay. 4.Record characteristics on chart paper. 5. Read photo essay again, this time pausing to discuss the photos and text. 6.Introduce photo essay assignment.
Practice:
 1.Guided reading- Meet with small group to listen to reading of report for fluency and comprehension. Lead students in a discussion on characteristics of a report. Record ideas. Students record ideas on Venn diagram. Students will highlight any unfamiliar text, and the group will discuss strategies to find the meaning of the word. 2. Table activity- groups will rotate through an activity that allows them to look at two more examples of photo essays. They will complete a workshop that requires them to give input into the effectiveness of the photo essays and the components found in a photo essay.
Accommodations:
 1. Will work with the struggling readers in a guided group. 2. Using a combination of visuals, partner discussion, guided practice, group work and independent work to reach different learning styles.
Checking For Understanding:
 1. Students will present what they think makes an effective report based on their study of various styles. 2. Students will create a photo essay.
Closure:
 1. Students will write a reflections on their findings to present at the beginning of class the following day.

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