Touro University, Gibbs Technology Integration Unit Launch PageType only in the gray areasTeacher Name: Michael AlgerProject Title: Of Mice and Men Thematic Photo Scavenger HuntProject Subject(s): Genglishography StudentsGrade Level(s): 9Goals & Objectives: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of the themes from Of Mice and Men.Emerging Trend: Social Media/Blogging TumblrEssential Question: How are the themes from the literature we read relevant and prevalent within our own society?Scaffolding Questions: What is a theme? What are the main themes in Of Mice and Men? What is a metaphor? What is symbolism? What are some examples of images from our own society that can metaphorically or symbolically relate to the themes from Of Mice and Men?Approximate Length of Unit (days, weeks)Two Days (Block classes: Two periods per day)Unit Summary and Sequence of Events – give daily details:Day 1: Define Theme. Determine main themes from Of Mice and Men. Notate pageswhere the themes are developed. Students will make a list of the themes with pagenumbers tracking the themes throughout the story. (This could be done via jig-sawto reduce the amount of time spent on searching for quotes. The class could bedivided into groups, with each group responsible for reporting out on one theme atthe end of the session.)Day 2: Discuss and define metaphors and symbolism. Provide examples of somemetaphorical, visual representations of one of the themes. Provide the assignment:In small groups, students will use camera phones to go on a photo scavenger huntaround campus. Students will take pictures that relate to themes from Of Mice andMen, upload them to Tumblr, and explain in the caption which theme they relate to(including a reference to page numbers where the theme appears.)Accommodations for Differentiated InstructionLearning Challenged A learning challenged student will need extra checks forStudent: understanding of the concepts of theme, metaphor, and symbolism. A strong group pairing will help with the assignment. If a group is filled with learning challenged students, a modified assignment may be appropriate.Gifted Student: A gifted student should be encouraged to seek connections that are “beyond the obvious.” Additionally, a gifted student will make a strong pairing for a learning challenged student—especially because during the scavenger hunt the
Touro University, Gibbs students will be periodically beyond the immediate supervision/assistance from the teacher.ELD Student: An ELD student depending on level of language fluency could receive any of the accommodations for a Learning Challenged Student as well as additional support reading of the text in search of themes.IDENTIFY STANDARDS – Select two or three standards from each category andcopy/paste them into this documentSpecific CA Content Standards:Literary Response and Analysis3.2 Compare and contrast the presentation of a similar theme or topic across genresto explain how the selection of genre shapes the theme or topic.3.5 Compare works that express a universal theme and provide evidence to supportthe ideas expressed in each work.Specific ISTE Tech Standards for Teachers:1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and CreativityTeachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology tofacilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers: a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and AssessmentsTeachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessmentincorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context andto develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers: a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
Touro University, Gibbsd. provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.Specific ISTE Tech Standards for Students:1. Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, constructing knowledge, and developinnovative products and processes using technology. Students: a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes. b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.5. Digital Citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technologyand practice legal and ethical behavior. Students: b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supportscollaboration, learning, and productivity.
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Touro University, GibbsSummative Assessment (Paste rubric or create with table tools)REFERENCES – List websites, books, magazines, and other resources used tocollect content information for this unitYou may link to Delicious or online portal