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Lesson Plan
Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Time: 9:50-10:50 a.m.

Class: Grade 6 (Groups: 601 & 602)

Duration: 60 minutes

School: Allion Elementary School

Lesson Plan

Unit: Novel Study - Loser by Jerry Spinelli


Broad Area(s) of Learning: Citizenship and Community Life
Learning Situation: Reading Comprehension

Group Size &


Materials

601: 24 students; 602: 26 students


Smart-board (jotting down student observations, writing instructions for
the required tasks, and watching a short YouTube video about the
elements of a story)

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, the students will be able to identify the
elements of a story and review their comprehension of the novel Loser
by Jerry Spinelli.

Competencies

Broad Area(s) of Learning:


Citizenship and Community Life
Subject Area(s):
English Language Arts Competency 1: To read and listen to literary,
popular and information-based texts
Students will construct meaning by applying appropriate reading and
listening strategies.
English Language Arts Competency 3: To represent her/his literacy in
different media
Students will use the information they get from the text on the
PowerPoint as well as the YouTube video and transmit that knowledge
through different forms.
English Language Arts Competency 4: To use language to communicate
and learn

Students will communicate in the language of instruction while


interacting in collaborative group activities.
Mathematics Competency 2: To reason using mathematical concepts and
processes
Students will apply the mathematical concept of addition in order to find
the sum of their points and determine the winning team of the game.
Cross-curricular:
Competency 1: To use information
Students will be using the information explained in the PowerPoint
Presentation to recognize the five basic story elements. Evidence of their
learning will be later demonstrated through a game of Jeopardy.
Competency 5: To adopt effective work methods
Students will have to work effectively in order to perform the task. To do
this, they will have to be good listeners, raise their hands, and speak
when appropriate.
Competency 8: To cooperate with others
Students will participate in teams throughout the game. To effectively
participate, they will have to cooperate with one another by respecting
their peer when he or she is talking. Also, they will need to be respectful
if someone on their team answers a question incorrectly.
Competency 9: To communicate appropriately
Students will communicate appropriately when they are state their
responses to the activity questions.
Professional
Competencies and
Goals

Professional Competency 1: To act as a professional inheritor, critic and


interpreter of knowledge or culture when teaching students.
Teaching this lesson will deepen and broaden my thinking about teaching
and learning as well as my purpose, role and actions in those
undertakings. Teaching a group of students is different from watching
someone teach. This experience will allow me to be more aware of what
my role is in the front of a large classroom. In developing my approach
to teaching, I will grow and become more competent in the practices and
disciplines that are essential for effective teaching.
Professional Competency 2: To communicate clearly in the language of
instruction, both orally and in writing using correct grammar, in various
contexts related to teaching.

During this lesson, I will demonstrate this competency by ensuring that I


communicate, not only clearly in the English language, but also at the
appropriate level of my audience. I will be facilitate the task by using
simple language so that comprehension is ensured.
Professional Competency 4: To pilot teaching/learning situations that are
appropriate to the students concerned and to the subject content with a
view to developing the competencies targeted in the programs of study.
I will help students acquire knowledge and concepts in an interactive
way. The game incorporated in the lesson will allow them to grasp
concepts easily without even realizing that theyre learning.
Professional Competency 6: To plan, organize and supervise a class in
such a way as to promote students learning and social development.
I will demonstrate this competency by ensuring that everyone gets an
opportunity to participate in the class activity, therefore contributing to
their teams efforts. My follow-up questions throughout the short
presentation will promote an active and social learning environment.
Professional Competency 7: To adapt his or her teaching to the needs and
characteristics of students with learning disabilities, social
maladjustments or handicaps.
I will demonstrate this competency by varying the difficulty of the
questions in the game activity.
Professional Competency 8: To integrate information and
communications technologies (ICT) in the preparation and delivery of
teaching/learning activities and for instructional management and
professional; development purposes.
I will do this by integrating technology into the lesson, through
demonstrative videos and the use of a Smart Board.
Professional Competencies 9, 10, & 11:
- To cooperate with school staff, parents, partners in the community, and
students in pursuing the educational objectives of the school.
- To cooperate with members of the teaching team in carrying out tasks
involving the development and evaluation of the competencies targeted
in the programs of study, taking into account the students concerned.
- To engage in professional development individually and with others.
In planning and doing this lesson, I will be open to productive feedback

from my cooperating teacher as well as my McGill supervisor. I also will


present this lesson plan to my CT before implementing it so that
professional and pedagogical choices could be discussed in order to
improve my practice. I hope to develop a teaching and learning
opportunity for the students and myself. In addition, this lesson plan
works around and compliments the unit of novel study that the students
are already currently working on.
Professional Competency 12: To demonstrate ethical and responsible
professional behaviour in the performance of his or her duties.
In teaching this lesson, I will become more aware of my own values as a
teacher. I will be able to understand and reflect on my image as a model
and authority figure. I will respect student ideas when they answer or
make guesses, thereby promoting a warm classroom environment where
students are not afraid to make mistakes.
Icebreaker
(3:00 minutes)

Introduction:
(10 - 15 minutes)

I will start off the lesson with a short slide show that introduces the basic
elements of a story. This will be a refresher for students who have
forgotten what they are: character, setting, plot, conflict and resolution. I
will use a short cartoon YouTube video that summarizes some of the
elements of a story in order to capture the attention of both visual and
auditory learners. I decided to start this way because I want to use an
interactive method that fosters the interests of the students.
Proceeding the short video, I will reiterate the elements explained in the
video as well as some of the elements that werent mentioned: conflict
and resolution. The explanation will be accompanied by the text
throughout the PowerPoint slides.
After each element is explained, I will monitor students learning by
asking them to apply what theyve learned to the story of Little Red
Riding Hood.

Development
(30 45 minutes)

Closure

After, weve gone through the five basic elements of a story, the students
will participate in a game of Jeopardy based on a book weve been
reading for our Novel Study: Loser by Jerry Spinelli. The categories that
the students will have to choose the questions from will include some of
the elements of a story (See Appendix A). The class will be divided to
make three equal teams for the game. The procedure for the game will be
explained as well as the rules for successful participation.
After finishing the game (if time permits), we will read the next one or
two chapters of the novel Loser through a session of shared reading.

Assessment and
Differentiation

This is a follow-up review of what weve been reading in the book so


far; therefore, this lesson will not be formally assessed. Nonetheless,
active participation is something that I will aim to encourage in order to
ensure student learning. In terms of differentiation, the game is set up in
a way that gives students responsibility in choosing their own difficulty
level. Thus, the challenge is not forced upon them. In our group, there is
a student that uses a hearing device that I will wear to make sure this
student receives the information accurately. There is one other student
that is dyslexic. For that student (and for all the students), everything that
is in my PowerPoint slides and the questions to be answered during the
Jeopardy game will be said orally in addition to being displayed visually.

Appendix A:
Loser Jeopardy Game Layout
Points
100

Characters
What is
Zinkoffs
first name?

Answer:
Donald

Setting &
P.O.V.
Where does
most of the
story take
place?

Answer:
School

Conflict

Plot

True or false:
Everybody
gets along
with Zinkoff.

True or false:
In the
beginning of
the book,
Zinkoff is the
most popular
boy in
school?

Answer:
False

Comprehension
& Vocabulary
What is a
Clunker?

Answer: An old,
rusty car

Answer:
False
200

True or
False:
Zinkoff hates
school.

Answer:
False

True or false:
The
protagonist
(main
character) lives
in a fancy, rich
neighborhood.

Answer: False

What made
Zinkoff stand
out from the
rest of his
classmates on
his very first
day of
school?

True or false:
One day,
Zinkoff goes
to school on a
Saturday.

What does Mr.


Z call all of his
new cars?

Answer:
Honeybug
Answer: True

Answer: He
wore a big
giraffe hat.
300

True or
False: Recess
is Zinkoffs
favourite part
of school.

True or false:
When Zinkoff
is not at school
he is always in
the park.

Answer:
False

Answer: False

True or False:
Zinkoff gets
angry when
his teacher
tells him to
take off his
hat.

Answer:
False
400

Describe
Zinkoff using
two
adjectives.

Answer:
Answers may
vary

Zinkoffs first
time being
bullied
happens during
_______.

What was
Zinkoffs
punishment
for his
outbursts of
laughter in
class?

Answer:
Recess
Answer:
Wearing a
yellow button
on his shit
that says I
can Behave

500

What is the
name of
Zinkoffs
baby sister?

Where was
Zinkoffs
giraffe hat put
away?

Answer:
Polly

Answer: In the
cubby

One evening,
Zinkoff was
sent to bed
early because
he was doing
something
that made
eating dinner
too
hazardous.
What was

What did
Where or what
Zinkoff do for is Jabip?
his new
neighbor?
Answer: It was
used in an
Answer:
expression as a
Bake him a
place far away;
cookie, a
a word Zinkoff
Snickerdoodl finds hilarious
e
What
happened to
the gift
Zinkoff made
for his
neighbor?

Answer: It
fell on the
floor.

Every time,
Zinkoff is
extremely
excited, he
thrusts up his
hands and
yells
_________.

Answer:

Is Zinkoffs
main problem
behavourial or
social?

Answer: Both,
but mainly
social

What does it
mean when
Zinkoffs
teacher says she
has had students
with bad writing
skills, but
Zinkoff is in a
class of his own.

Zinkoff
doing?

Yahoo

Answer: Zinkoff
is the worst of
the worst in his
writing skills.

What does
Zinkoffs
mother
reward him
with?

What is an
antonym for
Loser?

Answer:
Laughing
600

What is the
name of
Zinkoffs
teacher in
Grade 1?

Answer:
Miss Meeks

Is the story
written in first
person
narrative
(meaning the
main character
tells the story)
or is it written
in third person
narrative)
someone else
tells the main
characters
story)

What made
Zinkoff
jealous of his
baby sister
when he first
saw her?

Answer: She
had gotten
two stars at
once.

Answer:
Silver stars

Answer:
Answers may
vary

Answer: Third
person
700

What is the
name of
Zinkoffs
new
neighbor?

Answer:
Andrew

What kind of
work does
Zinkoffs
parents do?

Answer:
Mother telemarketer;
making phone
calls from
home. Father mailman

Zinkoff has a
stomach issue
that causes
him to
________.

Answer:
Vomit

Name two
consistent
themes for
the book
Loser.

Answer:
Answers may
vary

What is a
synonym for
Loser?

Answer:
Answers may
vary

References
Elements of a Story [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=lnUnxzNZzk8
MELS, Quebec Education Program, Preschool Education, Elementary Education. Retrieved
from:http://www1.mels.gouv.qc.ca/sections/programmeFormation/primaire/pdf/educprg2
001/educprg2001.pdf