UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, HEALTH AND REHABILITATION
LESSON PLAN FORMAT


Teacher’s Name: Mr. Brookings
Date of Lesson: 6
Grade Level: 9 /10
Topic: Civil War



Objectives

Student will understand that the Impact the Civil War had on the development of the United States
Student will know the most important events of the Civil War which lead to the beginnings of our Nation
Student will be able to analyze the aspects which led to the end of the Civil War

Maine Learning Results Alignment

Maine Learning Results: Social Studies- E. History
E1. Historical knowledge,concepts,themes and patterns
Grade 9- Diploma" Civil war and Reconstruction"
Students understand the major eras,major enduring themes and historic influences in the united states and world history including the roots of the democratic philosophy,Ideals and institution in the world.

Rationale: Students will know the most important events of the Civil War which lead to the beginnings of our Nation


Assessment

Formative (Assessment for Learning)
The instructor will ask the students to create a Venn Diagram from two important events during the War, in the middle the students will think deeply about the similarities and write a paragraph explaining them.


Summative (Assessment of Learning)

Xtranormal 200 points: Students will be assigned 2 teammates whom, as a group, will create an Xtranormal which help enlighten the class and the students about the aspects, events, and people which helped end the Civil War. The Xtranormal can include as many characters as you want, just know you will have to pay for more than two. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.





Integration

Technology: Students will be assigned 2 teammates whom, as a group, will create an Xtranormal which help enlighten the class and the students about the aspects, events, and people which helped end the Civil War. The Xtranormal can include as many characters as you want, just know you will have to pay for more than two. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.

Art: Students will need to include historical images along with explanations of those Images in their Xtranormal. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.

English: Students will need to be competent in all English related materials, such as reading, writing, and forms of citation. Plagiarism is by law not allowed so there will be no room for it in my class.






Groupings

Students will use the concept of circle the sage. The teacher will first ask the class who knows anything about the subject before the lesson is taught. Those students who do will be spread throughout the class, and the students who were previously put in groups will circle the student and ask questions about what the student know and takes notes(no students from the same group will circle the same "sage") students will then reconvene in their groups and share what they learned from the sages.



Differentiated Instruction

Strategies
Verbal-Linguistic: Students will have group discussions about events discussed in class.
Logical/Mathematical: Students will be asked to create a timeline of the important events
Visual/Spatial: Students will be shown a movie/tv show which covers events specific to the lesson.
Bodily/Kinesthetic: Students perform in class, roles of the historical figures which were invaluable in ending the war and uniting the nation.
Intrapersonal: Students will pick a letter from a soldier and write a synthesis about the letter and how it relates to the lesson.
Interpersonal: Students will be assigned a team member in class and they must develop a speech which they believe could have helped end the war and unite the nation.



Modifications/Accommodations
I will review student’s IEP, 504 or ELLIDEP and make appropriate modifications and accommodations

Attendance is mandatory, missing a class will result in you missing something you wish you had known. However, absences do occur. The homework due on that day will be accepted whenever completion is possible, however you will want to get it done as soon as possible because each thing we do will have an effect on the next lesson we cover. While in class, students are expected to be enjoying themselves and paying attention to what is being talked about in the lesson because you never know what you might miss and need to have for an assignment or test. Homework will be given sparingly, only when it is a must to the lesson. I will try my best to make the homework as enjoyable as possible.

Academic Integrity: School is like solitaire. When you cheat, you only cheat yourself. Follow the academic codes of conduct, you don't want to end up literally paying for your mistake.
Late Work
The homework due on that day will be accepted whenever completion is possible, however you will want to get it done as soon as possible because each thing we do will have an effect on the next lesson we cover. Therefore, late work will be accepted whenever completion is possible.However, a point system will be in place that will allow students to get 2 extra points on their final grade if 85% their homework is passed in on time.
Redo's
Redo's are available. Each student who so chooses, may redo any test that they feel they could have achieved a higher grade. However, for the student to fully understand the material they must meet with me to go over each question they got wrong. I will be available to help with each question. I will replace the retaken test grade with the original.


Extensions

Xtranormal 200 points: Students will be assigned 2 teammates whom, as a group, will create an Xtranormal which help enlighten the class and the students about the aspects, events, and people which helped end the Civil War. The Xtranormal can include as many characters as you want, just know you will have to pay for more than two. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.






Materials, Resources and Technology

  • Laptop
  • Xtranormal account
  • Venn Diagram
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Notebook




Source for Lesson Plan and Research

http://www.xtranormal.com/-Students will use this site to create their final project for the lesson

-My own Knowledge

-Classroom textbook

- http://civilwar.com/
I will use websites like this to help further the knowledge of the students. Websites like these will help clarify information that may not be in the book.


Maine Standards for Initial Teacher Certification and Rationale


Standard 3 - Demonstrates a knowledge of the diverse ways in which students learn and develop by providing learning opportunities that support their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and cultural development.
Rationale:
Students will be shown copious amounts of diverse ways to learn. Whether it be through using the eight intelligences, or by relating students likes to the material being covered. Each lesson will be approached using modern technologies and contexts. Students will engage in peer related activities and discussions, along with a line of communication between myself and students. I will help students to truly understand all material presented to the best of my abilities, and base many lessons around cultural developments which will lead to better understandings by students. I will strive to create a caring and comfortable environment for each student to learn to the best of their abilities.



Standard 4 - Plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, curriculum goals, and learning and development theory.
Rationale:
The Civil War and Reconstruction will be the topic of discussion in class, the material will be presented to the students and multiple,creative ways of learning will be introduced. Goals for students to achieve will be clearly laid out. Material will be presented to the class in such a way that will help each student learn at their highest level. Information will be given logically and sequentially helping learning and developmental theory. The goal of this lesson is to have the students better if not master their understanding of one of the most prolific eras in all of U.S history. Through application of the students will build upon ideas I have given them, along with create new ideas in order to further their understandings, students will show off what they have come up with by designing a blog.





Standard 5 - Understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies and appropriate technology to meet students’ needs.
Rationale:
Verbal-Linguistic: Students will have group discussions about events discussed in class.
Logical/Mathematical: Students will be asked to create a timeline of the important events
Visual/Spatial: Students will be shown a movie/tv show which covers events specific to the lesson.
Bodily/Kinesthetic: Students perform in class, roles of the historical figures which were invaluable in ending the war and uniting the nation.
Intrapersonal: Students will pick a letter from a soldier and write a synthesis about the letter and how it relates to the lesson.
Interpersonal: Students will be assigned a team member in class and they must develop a speech which they believe could have helped end the war and unite the nation.




Standard 8 - Understands and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and support the development of the learner.
Rationale:
Formative (Assessment for Learning)
The instructor will ask the students to create a Venn Diagram from two important events during the War, in the middle the students will think deeply about the similarities and write a paragraph explaining them.


Summative (Assessment of Learning)

Xtranormal 200 points: Students will be assigned 2 teammates whom, as a group, will create an Xtranormal which help enlighten the class and the students about the aspects, events, and people which helped end the Civil War. The Xtranormal can include as many characters as you want, just know you will have to pay for more than two. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.



Teaching and Learning Sequence

I will arrange my class in the form of an "H". Using tables or desks I will create two lines closest to the walls of the classroom. Depending on how many students I may need to use 2 -3 tables or 5-6 desks to create the lines. These two lines will be the outside of the "H", on the inside I will place two tables or 3-4 desks. These desks and chairs will serve as the connector in the "H". However, I will separate the tables or desks in the middle evenly so that there is a gap between them. This gap will serve as the "pathway" that each student will need to take to reach the front of the class. Students will not sit in their seats for more than ten minutes, and depending on time and students this constraint is up for revision. Each student will never have the opportunity to face away from the board.

Day 1
  • Begin class with attendance and settling them down 5 min
  • Begin class with the hook, I will create a comic life 20 min
  • Start class discussion about the end of the civil war, reasons why and how35 min
  • I will end today's class by asking to begin a speech that they feel would have helped end the war 20min

on the first day I will be discussing the circumstances around the end of the Civil War. To begin the class I will show them a comic life detailing the most important events the led to the uniting of the nation. This will be quite a long Comiclife, however I will try and make it as engaging as possible. Students will use a flow chart to write down the main point of the lesson that day and then will go with the "flow" adding thoughts, questions and information which will help explain the topic. Students will use the concept of circle the sage. The teacher will first ask the class who knows anything about the subject before the lesson is taught. Those students who do will be spread throughout the class, and the students who were previously put in groups will circle the student and ask questions about what the student know and takes notes(no students from the same group will circle the same "sage" students will then reconvene in their groups and share what they learned from the sages. Near the end of the lesson I will ask the students to begin creating a speech which they believe would have helped end the war if it were given at an in front of an audience. A speech Abraham Lincoln would have given to help end the war would be a good example.
Explore, Equip, Experience, Hook, Tailors: Verbal, Interpersonal

Day 2
  • I will take attendance and settle the class 5 min
  • I will continue the lesson and go more in depth about specific people and events which led to the end 60 min
  • I will introduce the Xtranormal project and have students log on and create their accounts, which will be free. Each student will be assigned a partner 10 min
  • I will assign the homework that night which will be critical to the lesson 5min

On the second day, I will again hand out a flow chart and students will use the flow chart to write down the main point of the lesson that day and then will go with the "flow" adding thoughts, questions and information which will help explain the topic.Students will choose their favorite event which was explained in class and create an outline for a paper which they will be writingThe Instructor will then review the outline and give feedback and suggestions for a more in depth paper. The instructor will ask the students to create a Venn Diagram from two important events during the War, in the middle the students will think deeply about the similarities and write a paragraph explaining them. Also, for homework, Students will be asked to create a timeline of events which lead to the end. As well as find a letter from a soldier on either side and synthesize it, they will be asked to relate it to the lesson.
(Rethink/Refine),(Rethink/Revise),(Evaluate), Tailors: Visual, Intrapersonal

Day 3
  • I will start class off with attendance 5min
  • I will then show a quick video chronicling the end of the Civil War 25 min
  • Once the movie is over, I will have written up a script and I will ask students to act out the roles of the historical figures most prominent in ending the civil war 50min

on Day 3 I will show the students the quick video which will chronicle the main events and people who were an integral part in the end. I will also explain to the students that the next class day will be one where they will present their Xtranormals. During the acting out, I will have students pick out of a hate to determine their role so that I am not bias towards anyone students who may be better actors. However, each student will get their turn to speak and have a role. Students will understand the Impact the Civil War had on the development of the United States, also Students will know the most important events of the Civil War which lead to the beginnings of our Nation.
What, Why, Where Tailors: Visual, Bodily Kinesthetic

Day 4
  • Attendance 5 min
  • Xtranormal Presentations 75 min

Xtranormal 200 points: Students will be assigned 2 teammates whom, as a group, will create an Xtranormal which help enlighten the class and the students about the aspects, events, and people which helped end the Civil War. The Xtranormal can include as many characters as you want, just know you will have to pay for more than two. Each group must hit on at least 3 important events, aspects or people and give detailed information.

Evaluate, Tailors: Interpersonal



Content Notes
-The Lesson will include information which I feel to be most pertinent to the topic at hand.
- I will incorporate the reasons why the Civil War came to an end, as well as how.
-In May , the Remaining Confederate forces surrender. The Nation is reunited as the Civil War ends. Over 620,000 Americans died in the war, with disease killing twice as many as those lost in battle. 50,000 survivors return home as amputees.




Handouts
Venn Diagram
Flow Chart
Rubrics for project