For the first time I need help with a lesson. I'm usually really good at come up with them.
This is my spring evaluation, and although I don't think my contract renewal rides on this, I do want to do the best I can, and I think it might make a difference in next year's renewal.
It's high school English, grade level 9-12.
We've done a persuasive writing unit, but we had so many interruptions.
It's been 3 weeks, and basically I focused a lot on persuasive techniques and the students are writing a persuasive essay. This upcoming week will be the 3rd week and the end of the quarter.
The last 2 weeks had many interruptions which caused me to break up the lessons. We had 2 Fridays with field trips and 2 days of CAHSEE testing, where I had about half of the students in classes so we couldn't go on with the regular lessons, because the others would have missed it. We focused on persuasive techniques used in advertizing, showed a lot of videos, it all went well.
So. The only lesson idea I can come up with for Wednesday is an actual review for their test on Thursday. By Tuesday they should be done with their final draft for the essay. Obviously I can't have the principal observe a lesson where the students are writing on their own the whole time.
These are the things I came up with:
- review definitions and characteristics of logos, pathos, ethos.
- what makes an argument weak or strong.
- show them some commercials and have them analyze for effectiveness, how logos/pathos/ethos were used, etc. (I already have a lot of commercials downloaded, and we ended up not using them)
- I was thinking about finding 1 or 2 speeches about the topic they wrote about (should the drinking age be 18 or 21). There's plenty on Youtube. give them criteria and analyze for effectiveness, techniques, etc.
That's about it. The class time is only 48 minutes. My P said the lesson doesn't have to be a model/guided practice/independent practice type, anything will do. I don't have to give her a formal lesson plan, just basically something that will tell her what to expect.
The only additional thing I can think of is review some of the techniques I already did on the fieldtrip / CAHSEE days, like 'cardstacking', 'name calling', and have them also analyze speeches and commercial with those. We can also talk about how they can be used in essays (although shouldn't, and why, etc)
How can I make this into a great lesson? I don't want anything out of the ordinary because students that can throw students off, and don't want to do group work, not even partner work. This is a very big class, and chose it because they were my best class for a long time, then got off track but now they're ok. The other class I thought about using is a much smaller class, and the whole thing kinda drags. I know I'll get a much better result with this class, but don't want to use partner work with them.
Any ideas are appreciated!
My P already thinks my lessons are great, so I don't have to impress her so much, but I also don't want to let her down