Lesson Plan

Creating a Think-Aloud

Students analyze a text rhetorically and then explain their thinking
Victoria C.
Online Independent Study Teacher
Vista Visions Academy
Vista, CA
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My Grades 9, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...rhetorically analyze a text using Google Docs and then use Screencastify to create a think-aloud that explains their thought process as they interacted with the text.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 12
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1 Step One

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Students use the comment feature in Google Docs to annotate the text as they read.  This first reading is a simple interaction with the text where they make some simple connections (text to self, text to text, text to world, etc.)

2 Step Two

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For the next reading, students will focus on the rhetorical strategies that we have been studying (ethos, logos, pathos; purpose, tone, diction, claim, evidence)

3 Step Three

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Once they have completed this, they will use Screencastify to create a screencast of their annotation.  They explain their thinking and elaborate on their annotation.

4 Step Four

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Students share their screencasts with a classmate who will watch it and complete a Google Form where they identify all of the strategies that the student used and make comments about the quality of their analysis.

5 Step Five

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Students see the form and then complete a reflection in Docs where they can agree or disagree with what their classmate stated.  Finally students share their screencast and reflections with the teacher.