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Using Web 2.0 graphic organizers to plan and produce expository writing: UDL enhanced

Using Web 2.0 graphic organizers to plan and produce expository writing: UDL enhanced

This is a goal-directed instructional design lesson plan tailored for English Language Learners in grades 4 and 5. Students will use web 2.0 graphic organizers to plan and produce expository writing, specifically to plan and produce a how-to video. The lesson plan includes links to related tools, as well as sample rubrics to be used for assessing student-created projects. This plan can be easily altered for various grade levels, as well as varying abilities and content areas.

UPDATE: This lesson has been made accessible to more learners by applying the UDL guidelines. This document includes potential barriers of the lesson and how to overcome those barriers. In addition, this lesson includes many features of the UDL principles as a way to include a variety of learners.

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Cris Guenter
Cris Guenter (Faculty)
4 years ago
The additions to this lesson plan that discuss the barriers and how they might be overcome is useful for the student teachers at my university to see.
Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Marcy Hyde
Marcy Hyde (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

This lesson does a nice job of hooking students into the activity right away. Not only is the actual hook interesting and engaging, but students are encouraged to help draft the rubric by which they will be assessed. This lesson also allows students to work with Web 2.0 technologies which could be used across their learning in other courses.

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Located in Google Drive

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Kollette Bordeaux
Kollette Bordeaux (Student)
5 years ago

In this lesson, ELL students use online graphic organizers using Web 2.0, to prepare to write an expository piece, a how-to video on Voicethread. This lesson would great for non-ELL too! Students work collaboratively with help from peers and teacher. Students work with the teacher to create a rubric, allowing for them to fully understand what is expected of them. Knowing how to organize, plan, and compose expository writng is a very useful skill that can be applied to real-world performance.  The author applies UDL principles which discusses potential barriers and how they can be over-come which is very helpful for educators to use in their own classrooms.  Students will be motivated to do this activity through the use of common activites that are familiar to them and the opportunity to share their completed project with peers.  This is a well organized lesson plan that upper elementary teachers could use in their classrooms

 

Technical Remarks:

Students must have access to computers, Web 2.0, and Voicethread.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Edith Erickson
Edith Erickson (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

In this lesson, ELL students use online graphic organizers to prepare to write an expository piece, a how-to video on Voicethread.  Students work with the teacher to create a rubric, allowing for them to fully understand their expectations. The students would easily hooked by the "peanut butter and jelly" introduction, getting them excited to write a how-to. The steps of the lesson are easy to understand and would be used just as easily in a non-ELL environment. 

Technical Remarks:

Students must have access to Creatly or SchematicMind, and Voicethread. If access isn't available, other tools could be substituted. 

Time spent reviewing site: 8 minutes