Lesson Plan:

Who Was Alvin Ailey?

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August 31, 2015
by Tiffany Talibah Mance

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to analyze a text and formulate questions related to the text.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Begin the lesson by asking the students to identify someone that they admire.
  • Tell your students that authors sometimes write biographies about people that they admire.
  • Explain that bio means life and graph means to write, making a biography the written life history of a person.
  • Tell them they are going to read the biography of a man that many people admire.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Pass out the Star graphic organizer.
  • Tell your students that when they read, they should be asking who, what, where, when, and why about the information in the text.
  • Instruct your students to come up with additional questions based on the information in the text.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Read aloud the Clara Barton text.
  • As you read, ask the 5 W questions. Have the students use the Star graphic organizer to record the sample questions.
  • Using the subheading on the worksheet, point out Clara Barton's role as the founder of the American Red Cross. Explain that this answers the "who" question.
  • Come up with an example question based on that fact, such as: Who was the founder of the American Red Cross? What else did Clara Barton do?
  • Continue to guide the students through the remaining questions.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Tell the students that they are going to use specific details from the text about Alvin Ailey to formulate questions.
  • Inform them that once the questions are complete and are apporoved by you, they are to switch papers with a partner and correctly answer the questions.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Instruct your students to write a summary paragraph based on the answers to the questions.
  • Support: Have your students answer the 5 W questions without creating additional questions.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Check the answers that were given to the students' questions.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have a student go to the front of the class and pretend to be the teacher by asking the class the questions that she created.

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