This set of classroom materials and lesson plans explores the topic of Social Media and Teens. It challenges students to explore multiple types of media and diverse perspectives on a topic. These materials may be used as a 'Topic of the Week' or as a mini-unit on informational texts.
The student packet includes interdisciplinary activities that ask students to analyze graphs and infographics, read and annotate texts from diverse perspectives, reflect on multimedia- and more! Students will need access to laptops or tablets during one day of lessons (though teachers may also project them).
Lesson plans are aligned to CCSS and Tennessee State Standards and include student 'I Can' statements. The Tennessee Standards are listed in the lesson plans, but message me if you would like the CCSS standards and I can edit the document for you. The lesson plan and quiz document is editable.
A rough sketch of the lessons and materials (Topic Explorations follow a similar format, though the activities may vary):
Day 1: Students analyze, write about, and discuss graphs and infographics on the topic
Day 2: Students read and annotate two texts with varying perspectives on the topic, as well as write about, complete text-dependent questions for, and discuss the texts
Day 3: Students explore a variety of media and work towards synthesis, working to identify bias, appropriate evidence, and point of view
Day 4: Students write to analyze and synthesize in preparation for the next day's classroom discussion, debate, or activity
Day 5: Students are active listeners and participants in a formal discussion (this activity will vary from topic to topic but will include socratic seminars, debates, mock speeches, etc.), take a quiz on their learning, and reflect on their work in writing
This download includes:
- A student packet (includes graphs and infographics, 2 or more articles or excerpts, text-dependent writing prompts, and graphic organizers for activities)
- 5 45-minute lesson plans
- Additional discussion questions
- A one-point grading rubric for teachers
- Links for all multimedia
- A brief 3 question quiz for students with a variety of DOK level questions