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Lance Paradis EDU 5170 Lesson Plan 10th Grade Global History Class

Standards: NYSED Content Area Standards Standard 2: World History -

Students use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.

ITSE technology standards

Standard 1: Creativity and Innovation -

Students demonstrate creative thinking construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Standard 3: Research and Information Fluency -

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information

Standard 6: Technology Operations and Concepts


Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Learning Objectives: -

Students will investigate the causes of World War I and be able to identify the reasons behind the entangling of alliances that led to the outbreak of war. Students will be able get an idea about the various events of World War I and when they occurred.


Students will utilize the interactive online tool to gather and evaluate useful information as it applies to World War I and then demonstrate their understanding of the interactive tool by completing the activity.

Introduction to Learning Activity: -

Today we are going to begin our unit on World War I. This lesson will be an introductory look at World War I allowing us to obtain some information about the war. To start off everyone needs to log on to a computer and go to my website. Go to and press control F and type in Paradis. Then once on my webpage go to the resources tab select American Battle Monuments Commission. Once at the homepage of the American Battle Monuments Commission, scroll down to the bottom and click on the link for “World War I- A Visual History.”


Once into the interactive map and timeline, click on the prewar years at the bottom. Then click on each picture and read the text and watch any videos that accompany it.

Then proceed to do the same as you advance through the timeline. Please jot down notes into Microsoft Word, this will be easier to use than re-visiting the website. Upon completion of the interactive tool and note taking, open up Microsoft Publisher. Using Microsoft Publisher create a newsletter, so select Newsletters folder on first page that pops up. Then select the type of design that you would like for your newsletter. Once you have selected a newsletter style or design, open that up. Now using the interactive tool and your notes select two events that occurred during World War I in the same year and create a newspaper with these two events being your news stories. Do not just copy and paste information from the interactive tool onto the newsletter. Be creative with your storytelling. It should read how a newspaper reads, or at least close to it. You can use Google to find images, however verify that the images you are selecting are accurate. For your “inside this issue,” you can attempt to search for other things occurring in Europe during the same year or you can leave it blank, that’s up to you. Be creative with your special points of interest. Refer to the example on my website under the resources page should you need one. Fill in the news stories. Between the two stories there should be a minimum of 200 words.

Provide Information: -

Lesson should take at least 1 40 minute class if not 2 full classes. It should not however, extend past two classes totaling 80 minutes. Anything that is not completed

in class is due for homework. Any student that has not finished note taking on the interactive map/timeline after day one cannot move on to Microsoft publisher until he/she has finished with the map (becomes homework). Students will all need their own computer. If there is not enough, pair up students but no more than 3 to a group. Together they should view the interactive but take notes individually via their notebooks. Websites and software needed o o o Microsoft Word o Microsoft Publisher

Provide Practice: Students can practice their content knowledge and use of technology for this lesson through ungraded exploration of the interactive map/timeline and through note taking via Microsoft Word. Students will also be allowed to submit their newsletter first ungraded for initial feedback (if submitted before the end of class on the second day, end of class means last two minutes of class). They then have until the beginning of the next class to hand in the final version for grading. Students who do not submit a first draft before the end of class on the second day will not have opportunity to get ungraded feedback. Provide Knowledge of Results:


Throughout the entire exercise I will walk around observing students using the interactive, taking notes and writing their newsletters on Publisher. I will be available to help and answer any questions but at the same time should also ask students random questions about what they are working on to see if they understand what they are seeing and doing.


After students complete the interactive, I will check their notes (ungraded but using a rubric I would use for a graded notebook check) to be sure that they have all the content included and the notes are coherent and show understanding. I will fill out a quick check sheet for each student’s notebook and hand it back to them. Students who do not finish notes until last minute can be given a note to come back to the classroom to pick up his/her notebook before the end of the school day.

Review Activity: I will not provide an actual review activity; instead I had the students create their own review activity through note taking on the interactive. Students can review these notes for creating the newsletter and for the future unit test on World War I. Methods of Assessment: Content knowledge will be checked through the graded newsletter submission. It will also be checked at the end of the unit by a unit test on World War I. Technology knowledge will be checked through the thoroughness of the note taking (demonstrating they were able to use the interactive and Microsoft word) and the graded newsletter. Also, competency will be checked by observing students using the technology and asking them questions about how they did certain things.

Rubric for Notes Content

5 points Excellent

4 Points Good

3 Points Fair Fairly thorough. Lacking some

2 Points Decent Not very thorough. Lacking a good amount Covers a few topics

1 Point Poor Not thorough at all. Lacking a lot

Very thorough. Pretty Lacking thorough. practically Lacking a little nothing Covers All topics Covers Most topics

Topic Coverage

Covers Some topics

Covers very few topics

Rubric for Newsletter Content

5 Points Is very thorough, concise and accurate

4 Points Is pretty thorough, fairly concise and accurate Pretty good use of Publisher, good images and decent writing style

3 Points Lacking a little, maybe a little inaccurate at times Good use of Publisher, includes images, writing is a bit dry but still good Grammar is good, a few mistakes 1-2 errors Fair

2 Points Does not cover the topic’s content well, can be inaccurate Not proficient at Publisher, images are not used or not accurate, style is ok Grammar is fair, more than a few mistakes A few errors Decent

1 Points Does not cover the topic’s content, has many inaccuracies Publisher wasn’t used or wasn’t used well, images are not used or inaccurate, style is poor Grammar is poor, many mistakes More than 5 errors Poor

Total _____/5pts


Excellent use of Publisher, images, and writing style



Spelling Total

Grammar is perfect, no more than 1 mistake No spelling errors Excellent

Grammar is pretty good, just a couple mistakes No more than 1 error Good


_____/5pts _____/ 20pts