Lesson Plan #: AELP-INT0097
Submitted by: Katherine McCarthy
School/University/Affiliation: Springfield Middle School, Oreland, PA
Date: March 12, 1999
Grade Level(s): 8, 9, 10
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
Duration: 2 Week reading time outside class/5 classes with some daily homework.
Description: A multidisciplinary unit focused on biography/autobiography.
- Identify the dream of the biography’s subject and the strategy to achieve that dream.
- Culminating activity for Black History Month, Women’s History Month or as a part of a unit on artists, musicians, scientists, writers etc.
- Students will be able to write meaningful dialogue.
- Students will be able to evaluate material from several sources.
- Students will depict what they know about the biography’s subject.
Materials: Student select biographies; Paint/construction paper/paper cups/ plastic eating untensils.
- Students select books to be read outside of class — DON’T SELECT CELEBRITIES OR SPORTS FIGURES.
- Students give a brief report answering Who? What? When? Where? Why? questions on their biography’s subject. Classmates take notes as these could be potential guests at their dinner party.
- Create a Guest List:
-no more than 6 guests at least 4
-2 historical guests (from oral reports)
-2 family members
-and the host
- Write what you know about your guests and tell why you’ve invited them.
- Plan a menu for your guests. Consulting various cookbooks, decide what you would prepare for your guests. Consider giving each dish a name related to your biography subject.
- Using play format, write the converstion between your dinner guests. Be certain that everyone has a chance to speak and that you reveal what you know about them.
- Create a sample place setting for your dinner party. Create a place mat, china pattern, cup decoration reflecting the motifs of your subject’s life.
Assessment: Individual parts can be graded or the entire project can be evaluated as a portfolio. Students can present the project in the form of a Science Fair, inviting other students, teachers and even their parents to appreciate their work.