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Encouraging Reading Level Improvement in H.S.

Teachers Name: Justin Keith Lesson Title: Using Cutting Edge Technology to Improve High School Student Reading Skills Subject/Course: Reading Grade Level: 9-12th grade

Approximate Time Frame: 6 hours over 3 Weeks Stage 1 Desired Results


Competency/Objectives: The learner will understand that high school student reading skills is a gap that needs to be closed, become familiar with cutting edge technology that can help high school students improve their reading skills, understand how to use cutting edge technology to improve the reading skills of high school students regardless of class/course/subject. The ISTE NETST states that all classroom teachers should be prepared to meet the following standards and performance indicators. 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-toface and virtual environments. 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETSS. 3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. 5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

Established Goals:
Understandings Learners will understand that... Essential Questions: high school student reading skills is a gap that needs to be closed

1. What is the current average reading level of Effingham High 1

Learners will know Learners will be able to

School Students? 2. What are some cutting edge technologies that can help high school students improve their reading skills? 3. How can reading be taught in all classes/courses/subjects utilizing technology? That reading can be taught in all classes/courses/subjects utilizing technology. determine cutting edge technology that they feel comfortable utilizing in their classroom and then utilize that technology in their classroom.

Brief Summary of the Unit:


The instructor will introduce the high school students reading skill level according to CCRPI, research supporting the use of technology to improve reading skills in high school students, and cutting edge technology that can help high school students improve their reading skills. The instructor will explain how cutting edge technology can improve the reading skills of high school students regardless of class/course/subject. Learners will be responsible for altering one of their current lesson plans in their subject area to utilize technology that will help improve the reading skills of high school students. Learners will present their altered lesson plans to the class.

Stage 2 Assessment Evidence


Performance Task: Learners will examine selected research articles, videos, and websites to better understand how technology can be used to improve the reading skills of high school students. Learners will also alter one of their current lesson plans in their subject area to utilize technology that will help improve the reading skills of high school students. Learners will also present their altered lesson plan to the class. Performance Task Statement: Learners will work independently and collaboratively to complete a unique lesson plan for their subject area utilizing technology that will help improve the reading level of high school students. Learners will technology to help improve reading skills can be used as part of understand a lesson that the learner would usually teach without much alteration. Learners will be able to alter existing lesson plans to incorporate technology that will help improve the reading skills of high school students.

G.R.A.S.P.S. Goal(s):
(Scenario for Assignment/Project)

Identify a current lesson plan that can be altered Alter the lesson plan to include technology that will help improve the reading skills of high school students. Present their altered lesson plan to the class Work independently on a unique lesson plan while collaborating with others in the class. Teacher, supervisor/department head, and students

Role:
(Learners role)

Audience:
(Who will see this information? It can be the teacher only.)

Situation:
(How individually, partners, groups the goal will be accomplished.)

collectively as a class individually collaborator Learners will examine selected research articles, videos, and websites to better understand how technology can be used to improve the reading skills of high school students. Learners will alter one of their current lesson plans in their subject area to utilize technology that will help improve the reading skills of high school students. Learners will present their altered lesson plan to the class. group participation-group discussions, on task behavior, helping others and listening comparison between original lesson plan and altered lesson plan observed teaching of the altered lesson plan

Performance:
(What will the learner do?)

Standards:
(The criteria for success and how it will be assessed.)

Key criteria to reflect Performance Tasks:

Checklist (comparison between original lesson plan and altered lesson plan) 4

Examples: Rubric, Checklist, etc. Other Evidence Summarized (tests, essays, work sample(s), etc.

work samples peer evaluation self evaluation

Stage 3: Learning Plan, Experiences, and Instruction:

UbD Lesson Plan


TEACHER: Justin Keith CLASS: Professional Development DATE: Summer 2013 UNIT: Reading Skills

LESSON TITLE: Using Cutting Edge Technology to Improve High School Student

Reading Skills
Information from Stage 1: Desired Results Unit & Competency The learner will understand that high school student reading skills is a gap that needs to be closed, become familiar with cutting edge technology that can help high school students improve their reading skills, understand how to use cutting edge technology to improve the reading skills of high school students regardless of class/course/subject. The ISTE NETST states that all classroom teachers should be prepared to meet the following standards and performance indicators. 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-toface and virtual environments. 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETSS. 3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. 5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Teachers continuously improve their professional 5

practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Enduring Understanding(s): Essential Question(s): Learners will understand that high school students reading skill level is a gap that needs to be closed 1. What is the current average reading level of Effingham High School Students? 2. What are some cutting edge technologies that can help high school students improve their reading skills? 3. How can reading be taught in all classes/courses/subjects utilizing technology?

Learning Activities: Consider the WHERETO elements The Instructor will The Learner will lead a discussion on the current learn what the average current W
Where are we going? What is expected?

reading level of ECHS students and how using cutting edge technology can help improve reading skills.

reading level of ECHS students is and how utilizing technology can help improve reading skills. examine the CCRPI results on the GADOE website and reflect on how reading impacts scores across all areas. gain a better understanding of how cutting edge technology to improve reading skills can be used by altering an existing lesson plan. consider other existing lesson plans that may be easily modified. complete peer and self evaluation forms.

H
How will we hook (Introduce this to) the learners?

examine the CCRPI results on the GADOE website.

E
How will we equip learners for expected performances?

use selected research articles, videos, and websites

R
How will we rethink or revise?

review altered lesson plans and offer suggestions and discussion prepare peer and self evaluation forms.

E
How will learners self-evaluate and reflect their learning?

T
How will we tailor learning to varied needs, interests, and learning styles?

use videos, individual work, group work, and lecture.

work independently while collaborating with other learners in the class. complete the desired steps of the Instructors activities.

O
How will we organize the sequence of learning?

presentation of research and videos, presentation of altered lesson plan project, project completion, and project evaluation/reflection

Information from Stage 2: Other Evidence Sufficient and Revealing Evidence of Understanding: Briefly explain if and how it will be used. Informal Check: question/answer session monitor progress while working on project Observation/Dialogue: Offer suggestions Quiz/Test: Academic Prompt: Performance Task/Project: Other: Special Needs: Modifications: as needed group discussion about videos and research complete lesson plan alteration project present lesson plan alteration project

Accommodations: work with students at different technological skill levels

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