Video Enhanced Lesson Plan
Making Meaning: Esperanza Rising Chapter Review Using Screencasts
Students demonstrate their comprehension of theme, plot, imagery, figurative language, and character development in the novel Esperanza Rising by reviewing the videos for background information. Then they will collaborate in small groups to create Google Slides presentations that will be used to make screencasts reviewing a chapter of the book.
Content Area and Grade or Age Level of Students:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the theme of the novel, Overcoming Adversity, along with other literary elements by collaborating with two to three other students to:
Common Core State Standards:
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
Key Ideas and Details:
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Students are able to use the four Cs to a greater extent as follows:
The following materials will be used for this lesson:
Students have 1:1 Chromebooks in the English/Language Arts classes. Groups of 2-3 students will be required to cover the 15 chapters in the book. Teachers have a variety of options regarding grouping, whether student-selected or teacher-directed. I prefer supporting student choice in grouping, but that depends on the needs, maturity, experience in group work, and diverse learning profiles in each classroom. For classes and students, signing a group contract could be a step to take to ensure group collaboration and resolution of difficulties.
Learning objectives will be assessed:
Adaptations for Learners with Special Needs:
Adaptations for English Language Learners (ELL) and Learners with Special Needs include:
This lesson was developed using my experiences and knowledge gained while collaborating with teachers to create similar activities for my own students. I taught collaborative classes, including Learners with Special Needs as well as English Language Learners. YouTube videos selected were useful in structuring this lesson.
Guidance from Edtech 541 Instructor Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. was very helpful in directing me to create this lesson.