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  1. 1. Price 1 Wesley Price CI-350-102 Dec 10, 2013 ASSURE Method Assignment I chose to develop a lesson plan based on the third scenario. [Teaching Activities of the fourth of July to Russian students that just arrived to the United States, ages 10 to 19, 15 in total .8 males and 7 females. They are all mildly to severe vision impaired.] A Analyze learners The first thing I would need to learn about my Russian students is whether or not they spoke English. Gaging their visual impairments by locating medical records and hearing the testimony of people familiar with the children is the next essential step. With that determined, I would begin to analyze them on a more individual level. I would try to guage their energy and attention levels by observing the students when they were together, outside or before class. The final and least personal form of analysis would be to study the educational practices in Russia. This would give me a sense of the types of lessons they would recognize. S State objectives This is the most straight forward step in the ASSURE method. It simply requires making inquiries about the standards to which a state holds its students. This can be done by visiting the local office of the board of education or by asking an official of the institution where the students
  2. 2. Price 2 would be taught. The only unusual aspect to these inquiries would be to ask whether or not nonEnglish speaking students are held to ordinary standards. My objective would be: The fifteen students will discuss, act out, and describe the activities of the fourth of July with 100% accuracy through the use of audio recordings and materials designed to aid the visually impaired. This will be accomplished in a week’s time. S Select Methods, Media, and Materials At this stage, I would assess the personnel and equipment available. I would particularly stress the issues of visual impairment and language barriers. The first thing I would hope to find would be services which could act as translators. Learning basic Russian as well as the key vocabulary for the lesson could be a tremendous asset in such a case. Braille instructions might also be helpful. I would search the internet audio recordings that the students couldlisten to. To explain fireworks I would use objects of different temperatures and textures to give a sense of color and movement. I would utilize Voki by having a Russian speaker record their translation of my lesson, for the students to listen to. This could also be accomplished with a podcast or YouTube resource. Technology would be the key to overcoming the language barrier. I would illustrate the reason for celebration, by making connections from the King to a Tsar and the rebels with the Bolsheviks. More common materials would be the things I would use to teach the concepts. Uncooked rice, pompoms, and objects of varying temperatures would be key to describing fireworks. A sample of common food and drink from celebrations would also create concrete reference points for learning. U Utilize Media and Materials
  3. 3. Price 3 Utilization in this method means to put one’s methods, media, and materials to use. The key to my lesson would be audio recordings and common materials like foods, uncooked rice, pompoms, and objects of varying temperatures. I would use temperature to explain the concept of color and let the rice and pompoms illustrate the movement of fireworks. These could give the students the information that the fourth of July is a celebration and even how fireworks function. This fundamental knowledge of the fourth of July would prepare them for the immediate effect of the holiday; in other words, they would be able to recognize it in life. The braille and translations would be used to explain the historical origin and contemporary importance of the holiday. The recordings would provide the students with clear foundations in the background and customs of the day. R Require Learner Participation This aspect of the lesson would require the students to communicate verbally to one another and myself, via a translator. Having the students learn The Star Spangled Banner and other songs related to the holiday would get them involved in the lesson, interested in the subject, and introduce them to fundamental English. Finally, the experience of a fourth of July celebration would bring the ideas discussed in class into real life practice. E Evaluate and Revise To evaluate the students’ progress, I would have them write individual accounts of the lessons, in a blog which I would follow. I would have the students revise the lesson themselves. This would be accomplished by breaking them into supervised groups where they could compare their accounts and create a presentation for the class. I would also revise the lesson by studying the success or failure of each part of the lesson.

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