Lesson Plan

Designing Effective Websites (communication and design)

Students design effective websites on really anything--if they have developed their own company, researched a topic of interest, conducted research in the community, etc.
Susan M.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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Students will be able to...

Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (can be extended depending on grade level)

English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Hook

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Discussion and access prior knowledge on what we know about effective web design. 

2 Direct Instruction

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Various media (articles, videos, images) to be analyzed, discussed, reflected upon, etc. This tool allows for much flexibility in how you want to approach in direct instruction/investigation/exploration. 

3 Guided Practice

Students research and collect various websites to analyze--bookmarking, notetaking, etc. This is also used to begin planning and thinking about their website. Edmodo could be used for online discussion. 

4 Independent Practice

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This is one example of an online platform to be explored. One thought is to use a group Diigo and let the students explore and find various platforms they like and bookmark them. 

5 Wrap-Up

Student reflect on their process--what worked, what didn't. They also might workshop each other's websites for feedback and improvement.