Lauren Pate CEP 811 Lesson Plan
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Christina Duguay (Teacher (K-12))
This is a really nice lesson that I believe would engage students. The simple words scavenger hunt in relationship to the Mayan and Aztec cultures should invite some interest I would think. And top it off with searching the web seems to be fun for kids. With the alternate ways of presenting information many students would be reached. UDL 1.2-1.3. If the websites are narrated and have many visuals that too would combat a literacy barrier as well.UDL 2.2 and 3.1. Using the analitical strategy of compare and contrast will help bring forth more understanding. I also feel the guidance throughout the lesson is adequate enough that students will feel accomplished and have the support they need to reach the lesson's goal. I also like that this lesson is a shared lesson in which students work with a partner to help reach their completion of work. It's a little more of a group effort, UDL 8.3.
I'm wondering when students will have the computer time needed for this lesson? Is this something that they can take to the computer lab? I also think that partnerships could be based on a higher performing student with a lower performing student, helping to keep the pair on task.
Danielle Bigi (Teacher (K-12))
I think that overall this is a very good lesson plan. I really liked how you used the UDL idea of having students look at interactive websites to complete this assignment. That will reach all of your students, whereas if you had simply asked the students to look at worksheets or a book, many of the students would have been excluded. Additionally, I like the pedagogical and UDL approach that you took in having the students work in a partnership and as an entire class. That could make a big difference for some students that need that kind of support. I think that you made good use of the internet through this project by having the students look at interactive websites, not just those that have plain text. Another UDL feature that I thought was great about this lesson plan was the idea that you are allowing students to choose how they develop their final statement. This will be a great asset to those students that may have more difficulties with writing or speaking.
One aspect that I would have liked to see a little more UDL emphasis was on the technology resources available to students. Are the websites that you are using able to read the text to the students for those that may have decoding issues? Could you provide modified keyboards for those students that may have difficulites using a regular keyboard?
Overall, a great lesson plan!
I like how you added the comments about the UDL principles in the side of the document. It made it much easier to read that way.