Over the course of my student teaching, I taught various lessons mainly focusing on teaching a skill to students that they could utilize in future learning endeavors.
Tone vs. Mood Lesson
The videos that accompanied this lesson helped show the difference between the mood and tone of a video.
Scary Mary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5_0AGdFic
Mary Poppins Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOfH7uEojKk
Audience Awareness Lesson
Title: Hey, Audience! Are you Aware?
Grade Level: 10th (General/Advanced)
Time Frame: 80 minutes
Designed by: Taylor Agee, Instructional Design Text, and Night
Materials: Night novel, PowerPoint, YouTube, journals
Essential Questions/ Big Ideas: Authors write with a purpose in mind. Every text is geared toward an audience.
10.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze literary texts of different cultures and eras.
10.5 The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction texts.
Knowledge Outcomes: (Students will know…)
- Students will know that the author often writes with an intended audience.
- Students will know that a writer’s language and tone is based solely around their readers.
Skills/Process Outcomes: (Students will be able to…)
- Students will be able to identify who the author is writing to based on the message of the text.
Concept Outcomes: (Students will understand that…)
- Students will understand that the writing style will automatically change depending on who the audience is.
- Students will understand that being aware of who the author is writing to gives you a better understanding of how to read the text.
- Introduction: Students will come into class and sit down. We will begin class by watching two different movie trailers. These two trailers will be vastly different. I will ask the students who the first movie trailer was designed for? How do you know? Do you think the trailer was appropriately designed for this audience? What about the second movie trailer? Who do you think the intended audience was for this trailer? How can you tell? What was different about this trailer from the first one? (10 min)
- The Secret Life of Pets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJhQKXNsPnQ
- Captain America: Civil War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGfhS1hfTWw
- Superman vs. Superman: Show the trailer for the same movie but show a different version of it with different music and images.
- Audience awareness, what is it? Students will be asked to explain what they think audience awareness is. Students should understand that different situations should require different actions based on those who are participating or witnessing the event. The author will use various tones and differing language when trying to convey a certain message to a particular group of people.
- This will be the students’ notes for the day along with a provided handout that will help guide them. Around the room, there will be different scenarios like the real estate agent scenario below where students must identify who the intended audience is based on what the characters are doing or what the people are being presented with, and the format of writing. Audience Awareness Inventory: Students will be given a sheet that outlines who the intended audience is for each passage. Each student must identify who the audience is, or who the author intends for the audience to be. The students will also be asked to consider why the author is writing to this specific group of people in the first place. (30 minutes)
- Example: Real Estate agent is showing a man a house that’s for sale. What parts of the house will she show him when trying to convince him that this is the perfect house for him? Is it the kitchen? No. Is it the bedrooms? No. How about the garage? Yes. What about the basement? Sure.
- Example: Real Estate agent is showing a woman a house that’s for sale. What parts of the house will she show her when trying to convince her that this is the perfect house for her? Garage? No. Closet? Yes. What about the kitchen? Yes.
- Car Cane commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BerjmgPcXbQ
- Practice: Students will be given a scenario where they have accidentally hit the principal’s car in the school parking lot. For this activity, students must write a paragraph like they were texting their best friend about the incident. Then, the students will write another paragraph, but this time it will be to the principal. The last paragraph they must write is to their younger sibling explaining what happened. Students will be able to see the difference in their tone and style of writing based on who their audience is. We will discuss as a class how each letter differs based on who they are writing to. (15-20 minutes)
Independent work: Students in the general class will be asked to identify the intended audience for Elie Wiesel’s Night during the reading for today pages 55-68. They will be given a sheet asking them questions about who they believe to be the intended audience for them to answer while completing the reading .Students in the advanced class will be given a section from Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, and a selection from one of his speeches. With this, the students must identify whom the writer is directing their work (age group, gender, educational level, geographical location, etc). The students will highlight, circle and underline words from the text that give them any indication as to who the intended audience may be for each text and then compare and contrast how the two pieces written by the same author. (25-30 minutes)