Group Essay on Social Movement Lesson Plan
This links to a publicly viewable google document of a lesson plan for having EFL college students in Japan start a group essay on a social movement. The students already have Google accounts and are instructed how to make shared documents in Google Drive and how to open accounts and share bookmarks using Diigo.
This may be useful for teachers teaching English writing at university in Japan.
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Scott Pangrazzi (Teacher (K-12))
Thomas, this lesson seems like an excellent way for your students to interact using English on both a formal and informal matter. I like the idea of using GoogleDocs as a method of communication. They will be able to see each others' work and use the comment portion of the resource to properly share feedback that will be beneficial.
Having students discuss social issues using English as a second language is an excellent idea because often discussions on these issues forces people to use words from the lexicon that are common and conversational. Also, it can serve as a good opportunity for students to analyze how much do they know about the major issues of their country.
The only suggestion I would have for improvement is one I often mention about projects that require some knowledge of background information. How are they going to research their social issue? How are they going to document this research? If it is to be a formal English paper this may be a good time to introduce MLA format and have them use it cite their information. Also, a discussion about appropriate and relevant sources is necessary as well.
There are no technical remarks that I have for this lesson plan.
Lindsay Silver (Teacher (K-12))
I really like this lesson plan. I think that it is very well thought out in design. I like that the students are working together in groups face to face as well as collaborating online. I think that this will help the students make more mearningful connections. It will also help them learn together about online resources that will be helpful to them in the future.
One thing that I think you should include in the plan is an overview of what diingo is. I have an idea but others may not be familiar with what it is or how to use it for their classrooms. I think if you could give a basic overview about diingo and its features it would make using this lesson easier.
Another thing that I think would be beneficial to the students is for them to share the information they have learned with each other. I think that they should be required to look over so many projects and comment on them or else have them do some sort of presentation so that the other students can learn from each of the group.
I would include the link to diingo in the lesson plan so that it is easier to access the site. This way you can just click on the hyperlink and be taken directly to where you need to be. I think it could save time while working on the project.