Lesson Plan

Scholastic upFront Magazine: Non-Fiction E-Portfolio (Theme)

This e-portfolio will require students to trace a theme throughout non-fiction articles. Students will organize their ideas in an electronic portfolio via Google Sites.
Gina M. L.
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Montour High School
McKees Rocks, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
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Students will be able to...

1. Organize ideas and use transitions to link articles/texts

2. Analyze a common concept, topic, or theme with concrete facts and quotes

3. Analyze tone

4. Trace the development of a theme/central idea

5. Evaluate a classmate’s perspective, reasoning, and evidence

6. Present information and findings with evidence and visual aids

English Language Arts
Grades 10
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Choosing a Theme

Activity: Investigating

Students will choose a theme to follow through the Scholastic upFront (non-fiction) Magazine articles. This is a cumulative activity and thus students should have annotations & article summaries from throughout the year. Students will use these articles to choose the theme which they want to analyze. 

2 Article Selection

Students will use Scholastic's upFront Magazine to choose five articles which follow the chosen theme. Students will annotate and summarize the information in the articles to be included in their e-portfolio. 

3 Theme Identification/Description

Students will use the annotations and summaries from the previous step to identify, describe & analyze the common theme for discussion. Students will compose a text-connection for the articles to show the inclusion of the theme as the articles relate to one another. A final evaluation of the theme and articles will be defined as a concept within the student presentation. 

4 Creation of E-Portfolio

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Students will create an e-portfolio to house the annotations, summaries & presentation. The students will use Google Sites as the main forum for the cumulative project. Students will create sections that include: 
1) Table of Contents 

2) Description of chosen theme 

3) Summary of five articles 

4) Theme/text connection for each article 

5) Final evaluation tracing a theme/concept 

6)MLA Works Cited 

5 Presentation of E-Portfolio

Students will present the final e-portfolio via Google Sites. The overall chosen theme, text-connections and articles summaries will be shared. The main "look-for" on the rubric will focus on the analysis of the theme and the text-connections which bring the presentation to fruition.