Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Making A Difference

By Mary Limbach
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"Why are some people considered heros?"


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Hero Composition & Presentation

Instructional Time: 2 hours a day for 2 days each week for 2 weeks.

Students will transfer notes from the Hero Virtual Note Cards into complete sentences forming a brief paragraph. The paragraph will explain why the individual they chose is a hero and how they met the criteria.

Using a Power Writing graphic organizer, the students will see how the information collected translates into a topic sentence, three details, and a summary sentence.

The instructor will model using her own note cards, how to begin with the details (or answer to the 3 questions), add the main idea, and provide a personal connection which becomes the summary sentence.

The students will then take their notes and complete the Power Writing graphic organizer. This serves as their first draft.

After students have completed the first draft, they will be shown the expectations for editing their work including: proper capitalization & punctuation, complete sentences, and details that support their topic sentence. Students will edit their own work first and then share it with a peer who will use the guidelines to assist their partner in editing the piece. Partners will also provide two strengths and one suggestion when editing someone's paper. Students and teacher will work through this process until the first draft is sufficently edited.

Upon completion of the editing phase, students will type a revised version into an Appleworks word processing document.

Following the typing, students will copy pictures from their note cards into the writing piece.

From there, all the individual pieces will be consolidated into a calendar by the instructor. The pictures of both the heros and students will be imported into slides inorder to make a Power Point Presentation.

Students will rehearse their writing pieces in order to read them as part of an oral presentation which will be performed for other classes in the school. As students recite the information about each hero, a picture of the student and hero will be displayed on a screen behind them. As the reader switches, the pictures will as well. Before the visiting classes leave the presentation, they will be given a calendar containing information from the presentation and asked to be a hero to themselves and someone else.

A rubric will be used to assess individual progress throughout the project.

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Language Arts/English
Grade 2
ELA.2.3. Applies knowledge of grammar, usage and other writing conventions to ensure reader's
ELA.2.3.A. Writes complete sentences.
ELA.2.3.B. Uses the computer to create a final written product.
ELA.2.5. Applies writing strategies to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
ELA.2.5.H. Writes reports (e.g., using simple facts).
ELA.2.5.I. Uses technology as a tool to develop writing.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.2.6. Uses listening and viewing strategies in a variety of situations to gain information and
ELA.2.6.A. Uses appropriate listening etiquette (e.g., posture, eye contact with speaker).
ELA.2.7. Demonstrates speaking skills to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
ELA.2.7.C. Contributes to group and class discussions.
Instructional Technology
Grade K-2
Basic Operation and Concepts
IT.K-2.1. Demonstrates knowledge of basic instructional technology concepts and operations.
IT.K-2.1.F. Opens and quits an application.
IT.K-2.1.G. Saves and backs up files to a disk, hard drive or file server.
Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
IT.K-2.6. Understands ethical uses of technology.
IT.K-2.6.A. Demonstrates respect for the computer work of others.

1.Class Assessment FormotherHardware:

2.Individual Assessment FormotherHardware:

3.Power Writing OrganizerHandoutpowrwrtng.cwk

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations, Student Work, Peer Review, Rubric/Checklist