Lesson plan: What is freedom?Describe what students already know about this inquiry: The previous week students wereintroduced to searching for books using Destiny. In Social Studies they are learning about historyand wars. In Language Arts they are learning about the aspects of poetry such as rhythm, rhyme,alliteration, figurative language, etc.Essential question(s) that guide(d) this inquiry: What does freedom mean?In Willingham’s book read for LIBS 6142, he describes the story structure of a good lesson.Describe how one of the four Cs was an important element of your lesson.What you want students to be able to do at the conclusion of this inquiry: At the end of the lessonI wanted students to be familiar with the different aspects of poetry and for them to listen to theemotion and expression used when reading poetry. I also wanted students to learn to use thecomputer to locate the library catalog, enter search items, and locate items in the library. Iwanted to get them interested in the topic of freedom and to think about it in terms of their dailylives.Materials/resources needed for inquiry: paper, pencils, computers with internet access and librarycatalog, speakers, paper copy of Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou, cut into stanzasDescribe the inquiry lesson:Hand out paper and pencil to each student and ask each student to write down what freedommeans to them. • Have students read their papers aloud to the class. In whole group discuss and elaborate on the meanings and differences in how we see freedom. • Listen to Harriet Tubman, read by Maya Angelou, and discuss how it was read- emotion/rhythm and meaning. http://www.freedomarchives.org/downloads.html • http://www.freedomarchives.org/audio_samples/Mp3_files/Harriet_Tubman.mp3 • Using the overhead, read the poem Universal Freedom, by George Krokos. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/universal-freedom-is/ Stop throughout to discuss the properties of poetry-stanza, rhyme, rhythm, word choice, and using context clues to figure out meaning. • Hand each student a stanza from the poem Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/still-i-rise/ Have students read their stanza quietly to themselves and write their interpretations/what they think it means. Have students read their stanzas out loud and discuss interpretations as a group.
• Assign groups of 2 students to each computer. Have students locate and open the card catalog and use the keywords freedom, poetry, or search for a biography about a person who fought for freedom. Have students scroll through each category and identify the number of books available, titles, and call numbers. After searching all of the given categories, have student chose 1 of the books and find it in the library.Standards:Common Core State Standards: English Language ArtsR.CCR.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical,connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning ortone.R.CCR.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.NC Essential Skills: Social Studies5.C.1.4 Understand how cultural narratives (legends, songs, ballads, games, folk tales and artforms) reflect the lifestyles, beliefs and struggles of diverse ethnic groups.P21 Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingMake Judgments and Decisions • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processesAASL Standards for the 21st-century Learner:1.1.7 Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions,main and supporting details, conflicting information, and point or view or bias.NC/DPI draft standards for Teacher-Librarians:Standard 1: Teacher librarians demonstrate leadership, advocacy, and collaboration.Standard 2: Teacher librarians demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning and promoteeffective instructional practices in a 21st Century learning environment.Standard 3: Teacher librarians facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive 21st Centurylibrary program TL as a Media Program Facilitator.
Standard 4: Teacher librarians build a learning environment that meets the instructional needs ofall students.http://it.ncwiseowl.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4500932/File/resources/NCSLMA2011/TLProfessionalSTANDARDS.pdf