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Lesson Plan

Date: April 3/17


Subject: ELA B30 Grade: 12
Topic: Essential Question (from unit, if applicable):
- How can we use language arts to create positive change in the world?

Materials:
- YouTube video: How (and Why) Donald Trump Tweets by Nerdwriter1
- www.twitter.com
- Social Action Through Twitter handout

Stage 1- Desired Results you may use student friendly language


What do they need to understand, know, and/or able to do?
- Select, use, and evaluate deliberately a wide variety of before, during, and after strategies to communicate meaning when representing
- Apply accurately and effectively the language cues and conventions to construct and communicate meaning when representing.
- Create and present a visual or multimedia presentation persuading an audience to act on an issue using presentation techniques most
appropriate to audience and purpose
- Identify a variety of conventions and/or techniques appropriate to a visual or multimedia form, and explain how these will help
communicate specific aspects of intended meaning.
- Analyze how media messages are constructed, for what purposes, and using which tools, characteristics, and conventions.

Outcome(s):
CC B30.2: Create a visual or multimedia presentation that suits the topic, purpose, and audience; teaches others about a global social issue;
and persuades them to act on the issue in a responsible manner.

PGP Goals:
2.4 ability to use technologies readily, strategically and appropriately
- Adapting Twitter and social media into a learning opportunity and incorporating it into the curricular expectations

Stage 2- Assessment
Assessment FOR Learning (formative) Assess the students during the learning to help determine next steps.

- Uses of language strategies and cues in the twitter feed, ideas being presented

Assessment OF Learning (summative) Assess the students after learning to evaluate what they have learned.

- N/A

Stage 3- Procedures:

Motivational/Anticipatory Set (introducing topic while engaging the students)


- Ask students if they are familiar with or have ever used twitter. Ask them to simply define its content and its use. Are there any regular
users in the classroom? If so, what is your primary use for it? What kind of people do you follow? (2-3 min)
- Watch How (And Why) Donald Trump Tweets YouTube video (7 min)
- Ask students if they were aware of any of these strategies, have you wondered why such uses of twitter can be so effective, and why
someone would use twitter in this way (2-3 min)

Main Procedures/Strategies:
- Introduce main task: with a partner, select a social cause or issue (minor or otherwise) relating to something around the school and
develop a position on it (or address something that is not an issue that you feel should be); go onto your twitter accounts (create one if you
do not have one) and tweet about your issue, including the hashtag #ELAB30 (emphasize the use of strategies, such as those identified in
the YouTube video); have class share twitter handles and follow each other and encourage them to reply to tweets on other issues (~20
min)
- Allow time for students to work through the activity; pull up twitter timeline of the hashtag and keep refreshing to show the live feed (~20
min)

Adaptations/Differentiation:
- Students will be able to use phones for this activity, though if they do not have phones they will be given permission to use a school
computer
- Other Twitter examples can be shown to students through a projector for those that require more visual aid with this assignment
- Students will be asked to contribute to this assignment for the rest of the unit, so those students that need more time will not be restricted
to the time period of this class

Closing of lesson:
- Reflect on the activity: Of the tweets you saw, were there any particularly effective? What strategies did you employ? What strategies did
you notice in other tweets? What other social media platforms can be used similarly? What effective examples have you noticed through
people you follow or through media? Emphasize the importance of language in these platforms (~ 10 min)

Social Action Through Twitter


With a partner, select a social issue (even if it is minor) within the school, such as: class breaks too

short, lack of support for sports teams, classes are too long, classes are too short, not enough dress up
days, etc. If you are feeling particularly driven, raise an issue that may not even be seen as an issue yet

that you feel people should care more about. Make the people care!
Once you have your issue, each go onto your twitter accounts and begin tweeting about your

issue. If you do not have a twitter account or prefer not to use yours for this activity, then create a new

one. Be sure to reflect on the types of word uses, language cues, and speech strategies you saw in the

YouTube video and that we have covered previously. You are not restricted to proper spelling and

grammar. It is your issue to address, so use the language that you think will be most effective. With

every tweet, include #ELAB30.


Share your twitter handles with the teacher and the class, then follow your classmates. Check all

tweets with #ELAB30 and reply to any issues that catch your eye. Also pay note to the strategies and

language cues of your classmates. Mention them in your own tweets if you think itll be effective.
Now go digitize your issue! #ELAB30