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Sequencing Lessons

Aug 31, 2013 10:52am

As a new teacher I am still getting the hang of sequencing my lessons. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or examples of how they sequence their classes by month, quarter, or year? What does this look like in your planning process?

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-12
  • Planning

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    • Sep 8, 2013 5:53pm

      Great question and one I imagine many first year teachers grapple with -I briefly ran through your States educational requirements before risking a idea-I can't help but wonder what grade level are you focused on and are you leaning toward Core or 21st Century or both? -Are you working with advanced students? Expected to differentiate? What is a typical class period-How much time daily are you allotted with the students? Assuming you are back mapping or spiraling from a Big Idea-Let's say a Persuasive Essay-Or let's be specific and use your State's model "Site leaders will coach teachers to develop motivational writing topics and practices much like the Lincoln-Douglas debates found in speech meets; but rather than speaking, students will learn to write arguments focused on discipline-specific content and cite specific textual evidence to support their analyses. (Simultaneously, teachers will be taking the online research course and helping their students integrate that information from digital resources into their writing.) "

      Prior to sequencing you might be asking what do my students need to accomplish this goal-What do they bring with them as learners, -And what is a fair enough amount of time to pace the learning so sustainability is achieved-A few years ago there was quite a debate over how relevant retention time students demonstrate as they move through critical thinking activities .

      I see four strands- ELA;history;written debates and embedded research.
      First objective-Who was Lincoln and how did his views relate to Douglas-Opening questions are your best planning resource-They provide insight into what strategies or supports you will bring to the classroom-

      1. Informational text evolving from a historical perspective; Research and helping students delve into challenging text ;but isolating relevant points
      2. Speech writing or a persuasive stance-
      3. Group work -Creates a community of learners?

      Let me suggest my favorite resource-www.tntp.org