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Need Ideas! Formal Observation: 8th Grade ELA

Jan 29, 2013 10:58am

Hi all! Its that time of year again, my formal observation. I am trying to figure out which lesson I would like to teach. I want to make sure that it is common core and rigorous enough. I teach 8th grade ELA to a special education class. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Assessment / Common Core / Differentiation / Digital Literacy / Engagement / Planning


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    • Feb 18, 2013 6:04pm

      I teach 7th grade and co-teach special education. This year for my observation, I focused on getting students to push their writing to include relevant descriptive details (sensory details). As a fun lesson, I projected a "menu" with really well written items with absolutely no relevant detail. (i.e, the pasta is as soft as heaven and the sauce has the best spices in the world...) Then I asked students to choose their meal and write about why they ordered it. I had a pasta dish, a meat dish, and a seafood dish. What the students soon realize is that even those who picked pasta have different pastas and different sauces. I then projected a picture of my "dish" which was squid ink pasta with ground pig knuckle sauce... we had a discussion about the lack of detail and then kids made their own menus. They love the lesson because it's engaging but it really teaches them about imagery.