Lesson Plan

Studying World Alphabets

Building Content Knowledge & Connecting the Curriculum
Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
P.S. Is 54
Bronx, United States
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Students will be able to explore seven world languages writing systems ( Roman, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Morse Code)  in order to compare and contrast ways they are similar and different. Students will pick one language to study the history of people, culture and development from inception to present day. Students will highlight the literary accomplishments of writers from that specific language and present an interactive report to their peers.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Grades 4 – 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Building Understanding: The Hook and Direct Instruction

Teacher will read a book about how Morse Code affected a person's life. The teacher will make a timeline about it's creation at inception and significant events pertaining to how Morse Code saved people throughout American history.

Student Instructions

Students will select a language from the Alphabet app to create their own timeline of that language. Students will also be asked to note  significant people in their timeline as well as historical events.

2 Guided and Independent Practice

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Teacher will show various timelines and then model how to use HSTRY with respect to relevant dates, events, places and people.

Student Instructions

Students will use HSTRY to create timeslines. Students will add audio, text, visuals and videos to make it engageing. They will interact, comment and provide feedback for their peers for improvement.Students will use a variety of media to highlight important biological, historical or literary events in chronological order.

3 Differentiation

Teacher will demo how places used to look. For example the Twin Towers and 9/11. Many children do not know the history of the day in history. Teacher will show how Morse Code may have been used to intervene and it's possible effect on the day.

Student Instructions

Students will seach and explore their personal history and of family/ relatives to the places, people and event in the timeline. Then a brief written piece will be created as to it's relevance.

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Remind children that each of them can be a leader and make change. Language is important and plays a part in culture, events and history.

Student Instructions

In a culminating showcase, students will use their digital presentations to teach and scaffold other students, classes and parents.