Lesson Plan

What does it mean to be a hero?

Students will explore the idea of hero by discussing their thoughts, reading nonfiction novels on "everyday" heroes, and collaborating to create a graphic novel on the person about whom they read.
Melissa I.
Classroom teacher
Chickahominy Middle School
Mechanicsville, VA
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...define what a hero means to them.

SWBAT have read independently a book of their choice on an everyday hero.

SWBAT understand the time period discussed and the conflict the character(s) faced.

SWBAT understand and describe all elements of the plot within the novel.

SWBAT work collaboratively on Google Classroom to create a graphic novel which parallels the novel they read.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Popplet
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In groups of 4-5, students will create their own Popplet defining Hero.  They are to define what a hero is, what a hero is not, examples of heroes, and historical references.  One student will record the discussion under each category of the teacher created Popplet.  When students are finished, the teacher will complete a class Popplet, presented on the SmartBoard, taking ideas from each group's Popplet.

Student Instructions

In groups of 4-5, students will create their own Popplet defining Hero.  They are to define what a hero is, what a hero is not, examples of heroes, and historical references.  One student will record the discussion under each category of the teacher created Popplet.

2 Direct Instruction (Reading)

Activity: Reading

Over a period of 10-12 class blocks, students will read nonfiction novels about heroes.  Students are in groups of 2-5 and discuss their progress, summarize their reading for the day, and share an Aha! moment from the independent reading with the group.

3 Guided Practice--Creating Graphic Novels

Explain to students they will now explore the most important ideas from their novel and create a graphic novel using these elements.  They must have a clear beginning, middle, and end.  They must include a script, artwork, and color.  Show the YouTube video "The Spoke Out: The Dina Babbitt Story" exploring the use of color, transitions, words/font, and plot.  Go over the attached Google Presentation slides on script writing for students to see how text should fill their pages.

4 Independent Practice

Students will determine the elements of the plot from their novel they want to include in their graphic novel.  

Students will work collaboratively to create a script for their novel using Google Classroom.

Students divide the work to illustrate their novels.

Novels should be at least 5 pages in length.

Student Instructions

Choose scenes for the group graphic novel.

Create a script, illustrate, and frame your work on pages to be pieced together for submission.

5 Wrap Up and Assessment

Students will turn in graphic novels and complete a museum walk to see novels created by classmates.  Students will complete their self evaluation and teacher will complete the attached rubric for assessing the product students created.