After completing this week’s reading assignment, please answer the following:
When creating a unit or lesson by choosing activities and learning resources, how can you incorporate students’ interests? What are the benefits of considering students’ interests when creating your lesson plans?
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1. McKnight, K.S. (2014). Common Core literacy strategies for ELA, history/social studies, and the humanities, grades 6-12: Strategies to deepen content knowledge (grades 6-12). Retrieved from eBook Central (accessed through LIRN). If you are having trouble accessing eBook Central resources, please review the instructions: Finding a chapter in eBook Central Academic.
- Read chapters 7 & 8 (page 153-171) which focus on using technology in your activities and ensuring that you are using activities that prepare students for the future.
2. Parlin, R.L. (2009). Classroom teacher’s survival guide: Practical strategies, management techniques, and reproducibles for new and experienced teachers. Retrieved from eBook Central (accessed through LIRN). If you are having trouble accessing eBook Central resources, please review the instructions: Finding a chapter in eBook Central Academic.
- Read chapters 4 and 5 (pages 134-240) which provide multiple examples of activities to use in your lessons.
3. Ullman, E. (2011). How to plan effective lessons. ASCD Education Update, 53 (10). http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education-update/oct11/vol53/num10/How-To-Plan-Effective-Lessons.aspx
- This article outlines the different aspects to consider when creating an effective lesson for your students.