Digital Literacy Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan #1

Showcase Poetry through Tumblr

Materials:

  1. Computer
  2. Tumblr account

Procedure:

  1. Each student should create a tumblr account.
  2. Have the students write three different types of poems. They could be Haikus, free verse, limericks, odes, sonnets, etc. Each poem should be a separate post.
  3. Below each poem, the students should define what type of poem they chose and what inspired them to write it.
  4. Have the students choose a relevant image to upload with their poem.
  5. All poems should be uploaded with the following hashtags: #[Studentsfirstname]poetry #MsFlemingclass and each poem should have separate hashtags that identify the type of poem written (ex #Haiku, #limerick, etc)

ESOL modifications:

  1. Instead of writing their own original poetry, students can choose poetry from a list of famous poets. Below each poem, they should be able to identify and define the type of poetry and write a couple sentences about the poet who wrote it. They should still upload an image alongside it and use the same hashtags as the rest of the class.

Essential Question:

  1. How can poetry be shared through a widespread audience?

Standards:

  1. 1112.W.2.6 (Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.)
  2. 1112.SL.2.5 (Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Plan #2

Create the Soundtrack of a Novel

Materials:

  1. Computer
  2. Tumblr account
  3. Spotify account (*optional* spotify is only required if you want to play more than 10 seconds of the song or if you want better quality.)

Procedure:

  1. Have each student create a tumblr account.
  2. Have students pick a novel that they’ve previously read and create a 5 song soundtrack that would coincide with their book.
  3. Each post can only include one song. Choose the audio button in your post, find the song you want and click it. The songs with a green circle are from Spotify and require an account to play the full version. The songs with an orange square are from Soundcloud. They can play the full version for free but they might be remixes, covers, or have background noise.
  4. Under the song, write a brief description of 3-5 sentences on why you chose that song for your soundtrack
  5. Choose 4 more songs and repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Tag each post with #[studentsfirstname]soundtrack, #MsFlemingclass

ESOL modifications:

  1. Students can choose songs from their native language and provide a brief description in English about why they chose it.

Essential Question:

  1. Can music bring out emotions in the same way books can?

Standards:

  1. 1112.SL.2.5 (Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.)
  2. 1112.RH.3.7 (Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Plan #3

Writing stories and Constructive Criticism

Materials:

  1. Computer
  2. Tumblr account

Procedure:

  1. Have students create a tumblr account.
  2. Each student should write one short story of 300-500 words. They should begin by writing their first paragraph with an introductory hook. After they write their hook, they will press enter to create a new line, then click the + button. After the + button, they will click the fifth button over (which looks like a rectangle with three dots in the middle) to add a “read more” break in their post.
  3. Students will finish writing their stories after the read more break.
  4. Once done, the students will publish their stories with the following hashtags: #[studentsfirstname]shortstory, #MsFlemingclass
  5. Students will then search for their classmates’ short stories and reply to at least 2 other students with a paragraph of constructive criticism.
  6. Students must tag their replies with #[studentsfirstname]reply, #MsFlemingclass

ESOL modifications:

  1. Students should write a story consisting of 100-300 words.
  2. They should reply to 2 other students with a short paragraph of constructive criticism.

Essential Question:

  1. What is the importance of constructive criticism and how can it improve your writing skills?

Standards:

  1. 1112.W.2.6 (Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.)
  2. 7.SL.1.1 (Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.)
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