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SPED 875 Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Plan Template

Unit Title Social Skills: Compassion and Empathy
Subject Area Writing & Computer Technology
Lesson Title How to use skits and computer programs to learn social skills
Length of Lesson 30 minutes
Audience Description Number of students: 20
Race: Various ethnicities
English Language Proficiency: yes
Gender: varies
Exceptionalities: 1
Cultural Considerations: yes
Other information: The students come from diverse backgrounds, which is why I make a
conscious effort to display multicultural images and names in our assignments.
IEP Goals (where When given a task card students will demonstrate compassion. STUDENTS will create a scene
available) about compassion in 2 out of 3 trials.
Given within the reading material, STUDENTS will provide definitions of social skills in at least
2 out of 3 trials.
Objectives All students can identify compassion and empathy.
Most students will display compassion.
Some students will be able to create a digital world that depicts empathy.



Assessment (formative The assessments will be given in a whole group format as a quick check. The assessments will
and/or summative) also be given in a center format to provide the students with choices.
Center 1: Digital Sentence Review
Center 2: Netiquette board game
Center 3: Keyboarding (
Center 4: Empathy (peekville game)
Resources (texts,
technology, materials, Worksheet guide:
etc.) Compassion worksheet
Technology: writing software
Teacher laptop
Student computers
LCD Projector
Scissors, glue, pencils, markers, crayons, and worksheets

Incorporation of other Other subjects being covered during the lesson are: literature, writing, science, and art
subject areas
Introduction # of minutes:___2___
(Anticipatory set,
thinking device, advance Today we are going to discuss compassion and empathy. Using your thumb show me
how much you know about compassion and empathy.
organizer, lesson
“hook”) We are going to watch a video about compassion, and then we will discuss what we
think about it with a buddy.
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Description Rationale
UDL principle & description (at least 1): Explain your reason for choosing the UDL
Engagement: Students will discuss compassion and
empathy with a buddy. They can also learn
additional information from their peers.

Lesson activities # of minutes:30

(Content, methods,
strategies, procedures,
formative assessment) Students will review compassion and empathy using a teacher directed video.
Students will discuss compassion after the video.
Questions: How would you show compassion to a friend?
Can you describe a time you showed someone compassion?
Students will be provided with a situation card. They will make up a skit to display compassion
and empathy.
Students will pick centers and complete them for the remaining time in the period (4 choices).
They will be reminded of showing empathy and compassion while working with others.
Student’s Centers:
Center 1: Digital Sentence Review
Center 2: Netiquette board game
Center 3: Keyboarding (
Center 4: Empathy (peekville game)
Assessments are built into the introduction, centers (formative), and conclusion.

UDL Description Rationale:

Anchoring prior knowledge using imagery

Multiple media via the computer, pictures, graphic organizers,

movement, and video are being utilized

Expression & Provided students alternatives in the requirements for rate, timing,
speed, and range of motor action required to interact with
instructional materials, physical manipulatives, and technologies.

Engagement Provided students with choices on how to reach the objectives

Peer interaction is encouraged during center time; they are aware

that they can work with a buddy and help each other out

Closure # of minutes:____5___

Students are provided with a feedback link and questions they can ask their buddy.

What did you find interesting about the skits?

What do you have questions, comments, or concerns about?
Do you think there is someone in the class that shows a lot of compassion? If yes, then who?
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UDL principle & description (at least 1):

Principle 1) Provide multiple means of representation: To reduce barriers in learning it is

essential to ensure that key information is being taught to accommodate a variety of learners.