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WVSU LESSON PLAN FORMAT (Updated 1/13)

Teacher Candidate Amanda Carpenter


Date September 30, 2015
School
South Charleston High School
Grade/Subject 9th Grade/English
Unit Topic
Lesson Topic Structure of a 3.8 Paragraph
Lesson 1
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES/ STUDENT OUTCOMES
1. Students will determine correct sentence order of a 3.8 paragraph.
2. Students will correctly identify 3.8 paragraphs using examples
while completing guided class activity.
3. Students will create a movie review using the correct 3.8
paragraph model.
WV CSOS
1.

ELA.9.W.C10.1

produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style
are appropriate to task, purpose and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing
types are defined in Text Types and Purposes.) (CCSS W.9-10.4)

NATIONAL STANDARDS
MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
Overall Time 45 Minutes
Time Frame 5 Mins. Pre-test
2 Mins. Intro to lesson
5 Mins. Teacher Led Discussion on 3.8 Paragraph
5 Mins. Class activity on identifying correctly written 3.8 paragraph
20 Mins. Individual Movie Review Assignment
5 Mins. Post Test
3 Mins. Closure
STRATEGIES
Teacher Led Discussion, Class Led Discussion, Guided Class Activity,
Creative Writing, Individual Work
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION/ ADAPTATIONS/ INTERVENTIONS
Graphic Organizer and handout Visual learners and Non-Strategic
learners
Lecture auditory learners
Creative writing Hands on, creative learners

Guided Class Activity - Reinforcement for the struggling learner


INTRODUCTON PROCEDURES:
Pre-test on 3.8 paragraphs (Objective 1)
Introduction to 3.8 Paragraph
Teacher Led Discussion on 3.8 Paragraph (Handout)
PROCEDURES:
Class Guided Activity on identifying correct 3.8 paragraphs by looking at
examples on the class handout (Objective 2)
Individual assignment conducting research, filling in graphic organizer, and
writing movie review using 3.8 paragraph model (Objective 3)
CLOSING PROCEDURES:
Retake the pre-test (post-test) to see if they made any improvements
(Objective 1)
Close lesson by reviewing lesson concepts and asking for any questions on
what was discussed today
ASSESSMENT: Diagnostic
Pre-test on 3.8 paragraph (Objective 1)
ASSESSMENT: Formative
Guided Class Activity - identifying correct 3.8 paragraphs by looking at
examples (Objective 2)
Individual assignment conducting research, filling in graphic organizer, and
writing movie review using 3.8 paragraph model (Objective 3)
Post-test on 3.8 paragraphs (Objective 1)
ASSESSMENT: Summative
No Summative Assessments at this time
MATERIALS
Pre-test/Post-test
3.8 Paragraph Handout
Printouts of individual assignment
IPads
Blank Paper
Pencils
EXTENDED ACTIVITIES
If Student Finishes Early
He/She can look online and try to find examples of well and poorly written 3.8
paragraphs
He/She can play a class grammar game they have downloaded to his/her
IPads
If Lesson Finishes Early
I will have the class share their reviews out loud

They can look on line and try to find well or poorly written 3.8 paragraphs
If Technology Fails
I will skip the research section and they can just write their own opinions
about the movie the choose
POST-TEACHING
Reflections
The lesson went very well overall. It was a 45 minute lesson and it took the
students 43 minutes to complete. The students were very engaged and very well
behaved. The students were not afraid to ask for help when needed. I polled them
to see who enjoyed the activity and all but 2 students said they enjoyed it. All
students but 1 completed the activity in the time allowed and he has a LD so I gave
him an extra 10 minutes to work on it while the other students moved onto what
the cooperating teacher had for them to do. Only 1 student exhibited behavior
problems. She got into an argument with another student. I was able to stand in
between the two students desk and calm the problem down before it escalated. I
noticed she did better when I practiced close proximity with her. So I frequently
walked past her desk while she was working and if she was getting off task I was
able to easily redirect her with verbal prompts.
One thing I would have done differently with this lesson is to have explained topic
and closing sentences more thoroughly. I would explained how to use transition
words more thoroughly. After assessing the class activity, only 2 students properly
used transition words when introducing their point sentences.
Data Based Decision Making
After looking at the results of the data, I have concluded that the class progressed
overall. All but one student improved. The portion of the concept that was taught
that may need to be revisited at a later time is the difference between a topic
sentence and a closing sentence. 8 of the 22 students got these two sentence
mixed up on the assessment. I believe with a little more guided practice, the
students will master this concept.

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Pre-Test

Post-Test

Name:_____________________________

Pre-Test

Directions: Refer to the 3.8 paragraph model, arrange the sentences in the order you
believe to be correct and place the correct number sequence on the blank line provided.

_____

The horrifying events that take place throughout the film


capture the audience and drops them right into the
middle of the action as if they are experiencing the
terrifying events themselves.

_____

The second reason is the breath taking graphics.

_____

It is a nail biting adventure that keeps you on the edge


of your seat throughout the whole movie.

_____

More than any other movie, Everest is my favorite of all.

_____

The footage throughout the movie made you feel as if


you were actually there on the mountain with all the
other climbers.

_____

Finally, the real life story line sucks the viewer right in.

_____

Everest is the best movie of all times

_____

First, Everest was the best movie because it was


action packed from beginning to end.
Post-Test

_____

The horrifying events that take place throughout the film


capture the audience and drops them right into the
middle of the action as if they are experiencing the
terrifying events themselves.

_____

The second reason is the breath taking graphics.

_____

It is a nail biting adventure that keeps you on the edge


of your seat throughout the whole movie.

_____

More than any other movie, Everest is my favorite of all.

_____

The footage throughout the movie made you feel as if


you were actually there on the mountain with all the
other climbers.

_____

Finally, the real life story line sucks the viewer right in.

_____

Everest is the best movie of all times

_____

First, Everest was the best movie because it was


action packed from beginning to end.

The 3.8 Paragraph Model


A 3.8 paragraph is a paragraph that makes three points in the following eight sentences:
1. The topic sentence, which clearly states what the writer wants the reader to know or
understand after reading the paragraph. This idea is the controlling idea. In an essay, the
topic sentence of a body paragraph should directly support or develop your thesis
statement.
2. The first general statement, the first point supporting or developing the topic
sentence. Use transition words such as first, second, third, next, finally, etc
3. The first set of details, supporting the first general statement or point.
4. The second general statement, the second point supporting or developing the topic
sentence. Use transition words such as first, second, third, next, finally, etc
5. The second set of details, supporting the second general statement or point.
6. The third general statement, the third point supporting or developing the topic
sentence. Use transition words such as first, second, third, next, finally, etc
7. The third set of details, supporting the third general statement or point.
8. The concluding sentence that restates what the writer wants the reader to know or
understand after reading the paragraph (i.e., the controlling idea).

A general example of the 3.8 paragraph utilized in writing:


The fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. First, it is the most beautiful of the four
seasons. The leaves of the trees seem to explode into glorious colors: reds, oranges, golds, and
browns. Next, the temperature in the fall is perfect. The days in the low seventies let people
comfortably wear whatever clothes they like, and the nighttime temperatures make for a great
nights sleep. Finally, my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, is in the fall. It provides a
few days off in the middle of the first months of school to visit with friends and family while
enjoying delicious food. More than any other season, the fall is my favorite time of year.
The fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. It is the most beautiful of the four
seasons. The temperature in the fall is perfect. And my favorite holiday of the year,
Thanksgiving, occurs in the fall. The leaves of the trees seem to explode into glorious colors:
reds, oranges, golds, and browns. The temperatures in the days are in the low 70s making it
comfortable for people to wear whatever clothes they like. Thanksgiving provides me with a few
days off from school so that I can visit with friends and enjoy delicious food. More than any
other season, the fall is my favorite time of year.
Which paragraph is correct???? Why???
Name:______________________________

Review it the 3.8 way!!!


1.

Pick a movie you have recently seen that you either love or hate.

_________________________________________________________
2. Using your IPads, search on goggle to find three different movie reviews
about your chosen movie. The review can either be a critic review or a user
review. In your own words write down a short statement the critics have
said about your chosen movie on the lines below. Remember all three
reviews need to be either negative or positive, not both.
1. ________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________

3. ________________________________________________
3. Now use the reviews to fill out the 8-Sentence Accordion Paragraph
Worksheet on the back of this page.
4. Once you have completed your Accordion Paragraph worksheet, you are
now ready to write your own 3.8 paragraph movie review. Write your 3.8
movie review using the information from your Accordion Paragraph
Worksheet on a blank sheet of paper. Remember to follow the correct
format of the 3.8 paragraph model.
19 Points

8 Sentence Accordion Paragraph Practice


Topic Sentence (State your movie title and whether you loved it or hated it)

Reason/Critic Review #1

Remember to use transition words


Such as First, Second, Third, Next, Finally, etc

Explanation of reason/review

Reason/Critic Review #2

Remember to use transition words


Such as First, Second, Third, Next, Finally, etc
Such as First, Second, Third, Next, Finally, etc

Explanation of reason/review
Conclusion (Restate
Topic Sentence)
Explanation
Reason/Critic
Review or
#3reason/review
Remember to use transition words
Such as First, Second, Third, Next, Finally, etc