Lesson title: Presidential Decisions Time: 50 min. / Days: 3
Content Area: Language Arts Grade: Eighth
8.13(B) use text organizers, including headings, graphic features, and tables of contents, to locate and organize information (4-8);
8.13(C) use multiple sources, including electronic texts, experts, and print resources, to locate information relevant to research questions (4-8);
8.13(E) summarize record and organize information from multiple sources by taking notes, outlining ideas, and making charts (4-8);
8.13(F) produce research projects and reports in effective formats for various audiences (6-8);
8.13(G) draw conclusions from information gathered from multiple sources (4-8);
8.13(H) use compiled information and knowledge to raise additional, unanswered questions (3-8);
8.13(I) present organized statements, reports, and speeches using visuals or media to support meaning (6-8).
8.23(A) analyze the leadership qualities of elected and appointed leaders of the United States such as Abraham Lincoln, John Marshall, and George Washington;
6(A) determine and employ methods to evaluate the electronic information for accuracy and validity;
6(B) resolve information conflicts and validate information through accessing, researching, and comparing data; and
7(A) plan, create, and edit documents created with a word processor using readable fonts, alignment, page setup, tabs, and ruler settings;
7(D) demonstrate proficiency in the use of multimedia authoring programs by creating linear or non-linear projects incorporating text, audio, video, and graphics;
10(A) use productivity tools to create effective document files for defined audiences such as slide shows, posters, multimedia presentations, newsletters, brochures, or reports;
11(B) design and create interdisciplinary multimedia presentations for defined audiences including audio, video, text, and graphics; and
5(C) use on-line help and other documentation.
9(B) resolve information conflicts and validate information through research and comparison of data.
11(A) publish information in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, printed copy, monitor display, Internet documents, and video;
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Summarizing and Note Taking
Questions, Cues and Organizers
Interactive Teaching and Learning
Goal Setting and Providing Feedback
Information Seeking Strategies
Location and Access
Use of Information
Organizer (see attached). Might also include posterboard, paints, MsWord, Publisher, PhotoStory, depending on the final product.
An encyclopedia such as World Book.
ABClio American History is the primary database resource. Click here to view the preselected resources in the Research Lists.
Otherwise, Biography Resource Center can be used along with NetTrekker and the Gale databases.
Print resources include biographies on the presidents. If preselecting, be sure to check the index to see if the event is covered. Also, individual titles on the event are used. Please see the bibliography in the attached file for specific titles.
Group the print resources according to the topic, making them available to the students
Divide the students into groups of 4 and provide 2 organizers to each group
Have the students form groups of two and research the background of the issue. Once done, they should return to their groups of four to compare and contrast their findings. The students will need to reconcile and correct any differences in their initial research.
Separate groups of four into two again. Half of the group researches the online resources and the other the print resources.
The final product can vary. Possibilities include: