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Jessika Richter
Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

English Interactive Whiteboards and Lesson Plans

Promethean Planet- interactive white board


This is a link to an interactive community site. The site is complete with lesson plans and activities that center around the use of an interactive white board.

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Halloween and Prepositions Notebook

Students learn to identify Halloween vocabulary and use it in a Halloween scene. They describe the locations of the Halloween items using prepositions. They eventually write about the scene in sentences and then a paragraph. The lesson is in Notebook software and meant to be used with a SmartBoard.

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Victorian Women Lesson

A SMART Notebook lesson about Victorian era women. This item is used to introduce the novel. If you have a subscription to UnitedStreaming, the video about the Bronte sisters complements this nicely.

This resource is part of the Jane Eyre Unit collection.

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China Is So Much Better Satire Lesson

This is a SMART Notebook file to accompany the satirical essay "Now I Know How Much Better China Is!" The essay compares and contrasts China with the US, and although the speaker seems to favor China, the odd evidence points at the satire. This lesson brings students through a literal interpretation, and then a deeper understanding of the author's true message and purpose.

This resource is part of the Satire Unit collection.

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Robust Vocabulary for The Color of My Words and Confetti

Students are introduced to new vocabulary and write their own definitions as well as creating images to help with comprehension.

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Concept Maps: Lesson Plan 4

I have redone Mary Eloise Velasco Lesson Plan 2 on Concept Maps.

Students will identify and create concept maps to further understand the idea of graphic organizers, while using the classroom smart board. Constructing these maps will help students separate ideas, places, etc. into different categories.

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A Modest Proposal

This lesson introduces the historical context of 17th-18th century England in a PowerPoint and then asks students to read Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal". Following this reading, students will be analyzing key passages for elements of satire and then presenting their findings by marking their passage for the whole class using the SMART board.

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The Hero's Journey (2 of 3)


"The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that you can find in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters" (readwritethink.org). All students are fairly familiar with heroes from childhood stories, so background knowledge can be activated to identify and understand the hero’s journey. To understand and implement this story pattern in a personal way will allow for greater insight and development into writing strong fiction and nonfiction stories in the future.

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

The student will be able to identify the key elements of a Hero's story.

The student will create and complete a Hero's story based upon the key elements of a Hero's story.

Guiding Question:

How does one go about creating a Hero? What makes a good story plot outline for a Hero?


Notebook paper for brainstorming, adequate computers for word processing as well as the following computer resource for mapping out the Hero's Journey:


For the class example, the above file will be filled out as a class using a SmartBoard.


1) Teacher hands back the graphic organizers and reviews the elements of a Hero with students. 2) Teacher gives lecture on the story arc of a Hero, using example from historical and modern times. 3) Students then go online to fill out the interactive tool 4) Students print out their storyline, and then begin writing the first draft of their story using this story map. 5) Students will post the first draft of their story on Google Docs.


To receive full homework credit, students must post their story on Google Docs by 11:59pm that evening.

Benchmark or Standards:

LA.910.1.7.3: The student will determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

Revising Works

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson students will be able to successfully revise a recently submitted assignment.

Guiding Question:

Using the grammar, vocabulary etc that you have learned throughout the nine weeks and the lesson of today how can you improve this previous work?


  1. Computer/Internet
2. Smartboard

3. Overhead Projector

4. Old Writing assignment of each student


1.Class will begin with an example of an over-exaggerated bad writing sample. Sample will be provided via overhead projector where students will take turns reading different sections of the paper. This activity will help students understand the importance of revision and how easily it is to make mistakes when you don't revise your papers.

2. We will then proceed with a lesson on revision using the http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/ website. Using this online writing lab students will be taught how to properly edit a paper. How to effectively transition between paragraphs, eliminate wordiness, creating strong thesis statements etc.

3. A more realistic "bad" writing sample will be provided to the class using an overhead projector. (The"bad" writing sample will include mistakes that are a direct reflection of the things that the students have learned to perfect/avoid when writing a paper).

3. As a class we will go through making the necessary corrections to the assignment.

4. Quick introduction/tutorial on how to place information on a google document.


Students will be required to revise a writing that they have submitted earlier in the semester. Not only will they be required to turn in the revised work, but also write a 300 word response as to why the changes they made were beneficial in making their work better. Provided the link earlier in class students will also be required to submit both the old/revised assignments on a google document so that they can see the revisions that their classmates have made.

Benchmark or Standards:


Why Is Knowing How To Be An Effective Writer Important?

This lesson was created using a framework developed by the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.

Lesson Summary:

GradeUnitLesson NumberClass Periods
7, 8The Dynamics of Systems & Change:  Goal Setting, Baseline Writing Assessment, Writing Process 1Several


This lesson will begin to address several of the performance indicators under the Education for Stustainability (EfS) Standards associated with The Dynamics of Systems & Change.  Even though this lesson is designated for the initial baseline assessment for writing, students will begin to generate ideas where they start to think along the lines of understanding how there are various functions in and requirements for the classroom, school, and community that make up a system that is ever-changing.  They will also learn that decisions that they make affect not only themselves, but those around them as well.  Decisions about expressing themselves through writing will be discussed.  Students will identify the interrelatedness between how becoming a thoughtul and powerful writer enhances one's ability to  become an effective communicator.

Overarching Question:

How does literacy impact the quality of our life and community?

Essential Question:

How does goal setting empower us to become effective writers / (communicators)?
Guiding Question(s):

1.) What are goals?
2.) What does it mean to set a goal?
3.) Do you know the difference between a long term and a short term goal? If so, what is the
4.) Do you think that you have ownership in your education? For example, where you go to
school, what you learn, how you learn, the teachers you have, the peers you have?
5.) Does whether or not you think you have ownership influence how you
set your goals and whether or not you accomplish them? For example, if you think that you
don't have a choice about coming to school and doing your work, if you set a goal, will you
achieve it?
6.) Will establishing goals for your writing allow you to feel like you have ownership in your learning
as opposed to your teacher establishing goals for you? Why or why not?
7.) What is writing?
8.) What is good writing? bad writing?
9.) What are some things that a good writer does?
10.) Have you ever thought about your writing as far as what you do well and how you could improve?
11.) Does writing matter outside of the Language Arts classroom? If so, how? If not, how?
12.) What is the function of writing in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies?
13.) What are the similarities and differences with regards to the use of writing in school? for personal reasons? for business purposes?

Resources & Materials:

Example writing, example goals, sentence frames (if needed), writer's notebooks, pencils, edit symbol handouts w/ examples, SmartBoard, etc.

Learning Opportunities, Activities, & Procedures:

Class TimeLearning ActivityProcedures
Day 1 Introduction DiscussionDefinition of goals.  Long term and short term.  Proceed to guided questions and group work.  Activity. 
Day 2Continuation...Students will discuss the relationship between setting goals and success or failure.  Activity.

Instructional & Environmental Modifications:

Students will answer questions individually and or collaboratively based on their level of English proficiency.

For dual language students, everything will occur in English.

For bilingual students, scaffolding will be necessary based on the needs of the students which will vary. Some instructions, discussions, handouts, and writing samples may be done in Spanish on a student to student need-based option.

Assessment(s) & Scoring Criteria:

Standard Being AddressedSpecific Performance IndicatorAssessment Instrument(s)Scoring Criteria
E 2a: Student develops a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on a subject.Evaluate the validity and accuracy of information, ideas, themes, opinions, and experiences in texts.1.)Informal/Diagnostic assessment through group discussion.
2.) Formal assessment through writing sample.
Writing assessment rubric.
The student demonstrates a basic understanding of the rules of the English language in written work and selects the structures and features of language appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context on the work. The student demonstrates control of: grammar, paragraph structure, punctuation, sentence construction, spelling, and usage1.)  Informal/Diagnostic assessment through group discussion.

2.)  Formal assessment through writing sample. 
 Writing assessment rubric.


Long Term Goal
Short Term Goal
Various Terms Associated With Editing Symbols


My hopes for this lesson include students learning about goals and their importance as well as how to set them.  This lesson will tap on goal-setting in a general sense and then narrow down very specifically to writing.  Even though this lesson focuses on goal setting with regards to writing, hopefully the idea of goal setting will transcend all core subjects and their lives.  Ideally, students setting their own goals will allow them to become motivated to take ownership in their learning allowing them to monitor and track their achievement towards meeting established goals.  By establishing a baseline assessment, students and teachers will be able to track and evaluate student progress throughout the year.  Students who become more goal-oriented will become better writers, better students, and better citizens.  Students who see that they are accomplishing their goals will develop a higer level of self-efficacy which should yield a positive impact on their lives.

Student Work: