Deconstructing the Task: Skill-Building and Skill-Using
8 Digital Literacy lesson plan.
How can we facilitate meaningful and personalized instruction of digital, language, and literacy skills at the same time? I'd like to invite you to evaluate a lesson plan against the strategies outlined in CLB: ESL for ALL, 2015. Access the document to peruse the strategies on page 23.
Please review the LP and use the table below. Think what you would do differently based on your context. This is an individual learning activity.
For convenience, the lesson plan is reproduced below.
ESL Literacy Lesson Plan: What's the weather like today in Toronto?
3 hours (regular time for hour classes) including 2 ten minute breaks
What's the weather like today in Toronto?
Real life task:
Use the web to check the weather (on the weekend or next 5 days) in the city where you live
By the end of the lesson learners will have
- checked and recorded current temperature in Toronto;
- checked and recorded weather conditions (e.g., sunny, cloudy, showers) in Toronto;
- watched and confirmed their recorded temperatures with a weather forecast video;
- checked and recorded the weather in their hometown if other than Toronto;
- discussed their notes with a classmate;
- getting things done
- comprehending information
- comprehending instructions
- locate and open a web browser
- access a website
- locate necessary information based on text, numbers and pictures
- use tabs to browse through text
- launch, pause or replay a video
- reading sight words (e.g., Toronto, weekend, Sat, Sun, cloudy, showers, sunny)
- navigate formatted text
- record information in a chart
- knowledge and understanding of the calendar
- understanding of temperature
- degrees C
Learners can use the same digital reading path to check the weather in different cities, at different times, outside the classroom, at home, teach their children how to do it by making a fun game, play a game with children at home, use when needed before planning a trip, etc.
Learners have already turned on the computers.
Activity 1: whole class, explicit instruction
Project the computer screen and ask learners to locate a web browser. Double click on the browser to open it. If used double click check with learners if they now how many times they have to click the mouse to open the browser. Ask learners to locate the search box. Ask them if they remember or have recorded somewhere the class website (http://literacyesl.blogspot.ca/) Ask them to spell it while you are typing it in the search box.Direct learners attention to '.ca' in the web address, ask for its meaning, and elicit 'Canada'. Once the blog opens, ask learners to locate the weather box (on the right, blue box, a number, a picture, etc.). Prompt with questions and the cursor to elicit as much information as possible (e.g., What's the weather like today? What is the city? What is the country? What is the current temperature? Is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, cool, cold?).
Activity 2 (Individually with instructor's support):
Distribute the worksheet with digital task 1 (see attachment #2). Ask learners to follow the steps and fill in the chart individually. Support where necessary. Encourage learners to check their notes with a classmate sitting next to them.
Activity 3: whole class explicit instruction
Run open class feedback on the previous learning activity. Get learners attention to the screen. Follow the steps from Digital task 2.
Activity 4 (Individually with instructor's support):
Distribute the worksheet with digital task 2. Ask learners to follow the steps and fill in the chart individually. Support where necessary. Encourage learners to check their notes with their neighbors.
Activity 5: whole class explicit instruction
Run open class feedback on the previous learning activity. Get learners attention to the screen. Follow the steps from Digital task 3.
Activity 6 (Individually with instructor's support):
Distribute the worksheet with digital task 3. Ask learners to follow the steps and fill in the chart individually. Support where necessary. Encourage learners to check their notes with their neighbors.
Activity 7 (Pair work with instructor's support):
Ask learners where they are from (hometown or country). Elicit the spelling of hometowns and write them on the w/b for reference. Ask if learners know what the weather is like back home. Instruct learners to work in pairs. Distribute the worksheet with digital task 4.
Extension Activity 8 (Individually with instructor's support): Run open class feedback on the previous learning activity. Project the screen. Show the play video icon. Elicit what it means. Instruct learners to play the video as many times as wanted. While watching, learners pause the video and take notes of familiar words and numbers. After watching the video, they share their notes with a neighbor and then with the whole class. Distribute worksheet with Digital task 5 for additional support.
Checklist: Project the checklist on the screen. Complete it together. Discuss how learners can apply what they learned outside the classroom. Suggest ideas (e.g., show your children how to check the weather, make it a fun game at home, check the weather before planning a trip).
Flexi stage: time permitting or for more advanced learners
Learners practice weather terms, questions and answers using online flashcards (quizlet.com) posted on the blog: http://literacyesl.blogspot.ca/2013/05/whats-weather-like-today.html