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Overview:
The purpose of this lesson is for students to be exposed to, understand, and begin using common American-English idioms. Students will practice using the idioms through speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities.
Subject:
English Language Arts
Level:
Upper Primary, Adult Education
Grades:
Grade 4
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Date Added:
01/28/2016
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0
Language:
English
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

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Joanna Stratman
on May 12, 12:52pm Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Superior (3)

Students were working collaboratively, communicating effectively, constructing viable arguments and critiquing others, and applying discrete knowledge and skills to real-world situations. The teacher modeled the idioms first, and then encouraged students to use them during the lessons. Students were very enthusiastic about idioms because they felt they were becoming a part of our shared American culture by learning them. There are plenty of opportunities for deeper learning.

Joanna Stratman
on May 12, 12:52pm Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Strong (2)

If I teach this lesson the next time, I will spend some more time on the "warm-up section." This is because while many students were clear on what idioms are, some students were confused by the words "literal" versus "figurative." Next time I will spend more time explaining the difference and introduce more "practice" idioms during the warm-up. This is so all students will be on the same page before we begin the lesson.

Joanna Stratman
on May 12, 12:52pm Evaluation

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching: Superior (3)

The materials were created over a few years of teaching idioms, and have been tested in the classroom. Students were especially excited by the PowerPoint, which contained teacher created pictures. All the materials worked well together and for different groups of students (especially high beginners to advanced students).

Joanna Stratman
on May 12, 12:52pm Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Strong (2)

The assessment is adequate, but the next steps are not entirely clear. Next time it would be beneficial to include other remedial activities for teachers to use if the assessment shows students need more review.

Joanna Stratman
on May 12, 12:52pm Evaluation

Quality of Technological Interactivity: Strong (2)

The technology in this lesson centers mainly around Activity 2, where students use iPads to record a brief dialogue they have written. The lesson receives a 2 because it was a strong component of the lesson. Many students were engaged and enthusiastic about recording themselves, but others were apprehensive. Next time it would be great to target the students who are more apprehensive and give them one-on-one support with the technology.

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Degree of Alignment2 (1 user)
Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter2.5 (2 users)
Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching3 (2 users)
Quality of Assessments2 (2 users)
Quality of Technological Interactivity2 (1 user)
Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises2 (2 users)
Opportunities for Deeper Learning3 (2 users)

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