Writing a Conclusion Submitted By: Michael Feher

EDRL 442: Teaching Literacy 1 Nevada State College - Fall 2012 Instructor: Karen Powell

Lesson Title: Writing a Conclusion CCSS: W.4.3e

Submitted By: Michael Feher

B. Summary of the Lesson Plan (1-2 sentences)  Students will read a fictional story handmade by the teacher. Upon completion of the reading, students will create their own ending to the story. This will be a two day lesson. C. Student Population (3 bullet points)  Grade level – 4th grade  Skill level – above level  Grouping – small group, independent work D. Materials (bullet points)  Handmade story, “Rescuing the Princess”  Pencil/Pen  Expectation sheet for students  “Chocolate Brother” story Objectives  Common Core State Standard  W.4.3e -- Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.  Learning Targets Reasoning Target

1. Students must develop an appropriate conclusion to a story. E. Procedure (numbered steps) 1. The above level group will meet with teacher after whole group instruction. 2. First, teacher will present short story. This story will not have a conclusion. Students will take turns reading the story. After finishing the reading, students will brainstorm ways THEY would have the story end. They will be encouraged to ask each other questions about their endings and why they would end it the way they did. Keep this part light and fun. Be creative. 3. Students will then be given a short story hand written by the teacher. Students will asked to read the story alone. Much like the first story they read, this story too does not have a conclusion. The writing ends right at the climax. Students will be required to finish the writing. 4. Students will be given a paper that explains the requirements of their writing. It will be explained that this is a creative writing piece and they should think outside the box. Assessment (answer all questions)  Teacher will be grading the conclusion the students have written. Students must write at least two more paragraphs to the story with at least four sentences in each paragraph. Students will be docked points for not reaching those requirements. Students will also be
Fall 2012 Karen Powell- Instructor

EDRL 442 – Teaching Literacy 1 ASSIGNMENT: Enrichment Activity for a Writing Lesson

Lesson Title: Writing a Conclusion CCSS: W.4.3e

Submitted By: Michael Feher

docked points for misspelled words. Student’s conclusions must have some resemblance to the hand written story by the teacher. There must be a correlation to what I have written and what they have written. The majority of the grading will be based on their conclusion’s content. F. Reflection (answer all questions)  Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest to teach? Explaining what the students will be doing should be simple to do. All they’re doing is writing a conclusion to a story and thinking outside the box.

Which part of the lesson do you think will be the most challenging to teach? This lesson should not be too difficult to teach. The directions and expectations are straight to the point. The only difficult will be having the students use their creativity. Teaching to the entire class what a conclusion is and why it’s used might be challenging. What lesson or concept should be taught prior to this lesson? What a conclusion is. The students doing this assignment need to know what makes an ending “appropriate”.

How will you follow up this lesson? Re-group the above level students. Have them share their conclusion and why they chose to go that route. I could even have them blind vote on the best story ending. The winner could present their ending to the class. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? One thing that might need to change is the story I will be providing them. I personally think it’s a good story for 4th grade students, but if the feedback I get on the story isn’t positive, I may need to change the story I give them.

When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? The most difficult part was finding a story for the students to use. I looked online for short stories, but couldn’t find anything. Luckily I’ve used this story in previous classes.

EDRL 442 – Teaching Literacy 1 ASSIGNMENT: Enrichment Activity for a Writing Lesson

Fall 2012

Karen Powell- Instructor