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Nonfiction Text Structures

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Jennifer Esch (Teacher (K-12)), Feb 26, 2013

Regarding ease of use; I appreciate that this lesson plan opens right up into a Google Doc, making it easy to view, print, download or copy to a new document.

The summary of the lesson plan on MERLOT is excellent.  Not only did I know what to expect, the suggestions of how to use the lesson helped me consider various scenarios as I read through the lesson plan.  This enabled me to contemplate the lesson’s use much easier than had the suggestions not been given.

I like that this lesson is flexible enough that it can be used at the beginning, middle or end of a unit.  It addresses a real problem (i.e. heavy focus on fiction in ELA courses) not only by instructing students on how to recognize features in nonfiction texts, but also by enabling them to understand how they can apply what they learned to a wide range of content areas.  I appreciate the variety in tasks and assessments throughout the lessons, as it allows for students to showcase their acquired knowledge in methods that are their strengths and deepen their understanding of the content by completing assessments that may be less natural for them.

I would have liked the method to be more detailed, but overall really enjoyed this lesson plan.  It seems that it will provide valuable content and has enough technology and opportunities for collaboration to fully engage students throughout its entirety.

Technical Remarks:

The technology use seems appropriate and as though it will enhance student learning (as opposed to adding technology for the sake of technology).  It is well thought out with multiple software/application options depending on what the school has access to.

I did not have any technical issues as I worked through the lesson plan.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes