According to Social Constructivist Theory specific to learning English as a second language, students who use authentic communication will master the language more quickly than those who learn it out of context. This involves both listening and speaking to understand and convey meaning.
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Using the Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) Lesson Plan Template, you will create a social skills lesson plan based on the Social Constructivist Theory in which students will practice understanding and conveying a message to a peer or group of peers. For this lesson, you will assume the role of the ELL teacher and create a social skills lesson plan for a small resource class (between three to seven students) of only ELL students where students will practice listening and speaking in order to convey a message which can be (but is not limited to) completing a task, following directions, or sharing information with a peer.
The following components are required in your lesson plan:
Introduction: Describe student and lesson information including:
Social skill being practiced.
One specific, measureable learning objective.
ELL Students: Describe the population of ELL students in this social skills class (this should be based on your school district’s demographics).
Standards: Discuss the Common Core State Standard(s) (or your state’s standards) and English Language Development Standard(s) that are addressed in this lesson.
Anticipatory set (Warm Up) –Explain how you will “tap into” students’ cultural backgrounds of experience and knowledge to introduce new material.
Guided practice – Explain how will you introduce and guide students through new learning material. Be sure your lesson is learner-centered, meets the varying proficiency English, is culturally sensitive, and integrates standards.
Independent practice – Create a partner or small-group activity (please explain how the groups will be formed or partner chosen) that uses instructional technology, which can include, but is not limited, to computers, SMART board, or a tablet app. In addition, explain how will you have students document their interaction (for example a drawing following directions, written answers to interview questions, or a completed task).
Closure – Describe how you will bring everyone back as a group to review the information and check for understanding.
Generalization: Explain how you will provide opportunities for generalization (practice outside the classroom) at the conclusion of the social skills lesson. What tools will you use to document your students’ progress?
Reflection: Reflect on the generalization practice and how it is culturally sensitive and addresses multiple learning styles.
The lesson plan will be three to four pages in length (in addition to the title and reference pages) using APA format. Be sure to use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the text.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
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