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MonsterLessonPlan#1
Subject:EnglishII
Topic:BloggingwiththeText
Objectivesand(standards):
1. SWBATresearch(2.1Analyzeideasandinformationfromtextandmultimediaby
formulatingquestions,proposinginterpretationsandexplanations,andconsidering
alternativeviewsandmultipleperspectives)
2. SWBATGather information from print and multimedia sources to prepare for discussions; draw
on evidence that supports the topic, text, or issue being discussed; and develop logical
interpretations of new findings. (M.C. 1.1)

3. SWBATwriteclearlyandjuxtaposebetweenantwoauthorsaswellasthemselvesand
dosoclearlyusingStandardEnglish.(Use noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial,
prepositional, and absolute phrases and independent, dependent, noun relative, and adverbial
clauses to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writingL 4.1e)

Purpose:
Inthislesson,studentswillbeexposedtoBloggerandotherbloggingwebsites.Studentswilluse
thosewebsitestogainanunderstandingonwhatitmeanstobeabloggerandhowtheycanuse
thatenvironmenttoexpresstheirthoughtsandopinionsinbothapublicandprivateforum.
Procedures:(Pleasenotethattheseproceduresaretobedoneonceforeachstudent)
Introduction:
Thislessonwillbeginwithmeaskingthestudentsabouttheirweeksincewelastmet.Iwillthen
askthestudenttobrieflydiscusswithmeaboutwhatwedidlastweekastogagetheir
understandingandabilitytorecalldetailsabouttheintroductionofthetext,Monster,whichwe
willbeworkingwithduringthisunit.(5Minutes)
Development:
1. SSR(20min)
StudentswillbegintheclassperiodbyhavingSilentSustainedReadingfor20
minutes.Duringthistime,studentswillbeaskedtoreadthefirst30pagesofthetext
thereasoningforthisissothattheyareabletogetanunderstandingofhowthe
bookiswrittenaswellasreadtheintroductiontoSteveHarmonslife.Asstudents
arereading,Iwillhavethefollowingquestionsprojectedforthemtothinkabout:
Howisthisbookwrittendifferentlycomparedtootherbookswehaveread
thisyear?
Whatdoyoufindmostinterestingaboutthistext?

WhatareyourinitialthoughtsonSteveHarmon?Doeshedeservetobein
jail?
Whatfactorsdoyouthinkcausedhimtobeinprison?
2. BloggingforaPurpose(30min)
Beforewebegin,IwillgooverabriefPPTforthestudentsonwhatbloggingisand
howitcanbebeneficialintheclassroom.Wewillseeafewexamplesofblogs,both
professionalandpersonal.
Next,aswebegintoworkwiththetext,itisimportanttonotethatoneofthethemes
thatwewilldiscussinthistextistheimportanceinknowingandunderstandinghow
ourlifedecisionscanaffectourlivesbothpositivelyandnegatively.Studentswill
workonunderstandinghowtheirdecisionscanaltertheirlifeplans.Todothis,we
willworkwithblogs.StudentswilleachhaveaniPadorlaptopinwhichtheywill
haveaccesstobloggingsites(primarilyEduBlog.com).Duringthisindependent
researchtimestudentswillbeworkonidentifying3differentarticlesthathavea
similarthemeorconnectiontoMonster.Samplethemesare:
Poorlifedecisions
LifeinPrison
Regret
TrialsandTribulations
Asstudentsarereadingtheirblogs,theywillbeaskedtocompletetheBloggingfora
Purposeactivitysheet,whichwillbeusedlaterintheunit.Oncestudentshavecompleted
theirownresearch,theywillmoveintothecreativewritingphase.
3. Creativewriting(30min)(ApplemanTexttoself)
Thecreativewritingphasewillconsistofstudentscreatingtheirownsmallblog.
StudentswillcreateaccountsonBlogger.comandtheywilltaketheirworksheetthey
haveusedtoanswerquestionsabouttheblogstheyhaveresearchedandusethatsheet
againtowritearesponsetooneoftheblogstheyhaveresearched.Theirblogsshould
consistofwhattheyagreedanddisagreedwithfromtheblog.Also,studentswill
needtoconnecttheirbloggingtothebookthinkingabouthowtheblogtheyfound
relatestoSteveHarmoninMonster.Thisneedstobeoriginalcontentwrittenbythe
students.
Conclusion:(5min)
Studentswillcompleteatickettoleave.Theywillbeaskedtosummarizeonethingthat
theyagreedordisagreedwithintheirblogaswellaswriteaboutwhattheyfoundtobemost
difficultandwhattheyenjoyedmostaboutthisassignment.Itisimportanttogagestudents
understandingonthisnewtechnologyandIwanttoknowifweneedtospendmoretimeonit
beforeweadvancetothenexttechnology.
Materials:
MonsterbyWalterDeanMyers
iPads/LaptopCart


Evaluation:
Aftermeetingwithstudentsfortheday,theywillbeassessedbasedontheircompletingthe
bloggingactivity.Iwillnotgradestudentsbasedoncorrectness,butbasedontheir
participationintheactivitiesassignedfortheday.

Accommodations:
KaylaWaters:SinceKayladoesnotattendschooloften,Iwanttotryandaccommodateheras
muchasIcansothatsheisabletogetherworkdone.Iwillprovideherwithatemporary
broadbandreceiversothatshewillhaveaccesstoInternetifshedoesnotcometoschool.This
wayshecanhaveaccesstotheworkthatshemissessinceweareina(mostly)technologydriven
school.Kaylaisprovidedwithalaptopthroughschoolandwiththetemporarybroadbandaccess
shewillbeabletocompletetheworkinclass,butifneedbe,shecandoitathometoo.Since
todaysactivitiesrequireacomputershewillhavethataccess.
JuanCarlos:IwillensurethattheblogsthatareusedareinbothSpanishandEnglishjustincase
Juanprefersit.Hewillhaveaccesstomultipleblogsfrommultipleethnicitiessothatheisable
torelatetotheactivitythatheisdoing.Iunderstandtheimportanceinmakingsurethatstudents
connectwithanassignmentsoIwouldwanttomakesurethatifJuanwants,heisableto
selectfromblogswrittenbyHispanicauthorsaswell.
Reference:
Appleman,Deborah,andMichaelF.Graves.ReadingBetter,ReadingSmarter:Designing
LiteratureLessonsforAdolescents.Portsmouth,NH:Heinemann,2012.Print.