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Lesson Writer

kwalstein New User
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I will be introducting lessonwriter.com to a group of middle/high school English teachers.  Does any one want to offer feedback on this site.  Any thoughts?  do you use it in your classroom and how do you use it?  Thanks, Karen

  • Re: Lesson Writer
    StephenC New User
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    Hi Karen,

     

    Thanks very much for presenting LessonWriter.

     

    I'm the developer and regularly present sessions of different lengths, from half-hour demo's to full-day PD trainings. Here are some tips and materials.

     

    Procedure

    Whatever the setting, the introduction is key. Here's what I do:

    1. Define a reading lesson. (I use this National Institute of Literacy definition.)
    2. Distribute print-outs of web pages and discuss the steps needed to make a reading lesson from that content.
    3. Distribute print-outs of LessonWriter lessons, prepared from those same webpages. ( If there's time, I have the pariticpants match the parts of the LessonWriter lesson to the components of a reading lesson and discuss how long it would take to prepare these lessons.If I'm in a hurry, I point it out myself.)
    4. Show the demo movie.

     

    Materials

    I use math and science content for the handouts because it makes the literacy-across-the-curriculum advantages so clear. You can download pdf's of my materials here:

     

    I always emphasize:

    • print options. "printer friendly", "plain text", "set page-breaks". Some teachers think they have to use the whole lesson in one class, but with "set page breaks" it is easy to divide the lesson and present it over several days.
    • sheltered instruction options and accommodations
    • the Classes features: there are some amazing scaffolding and differentiation tools, especially in combination with the differentiation groups and Bloom's prompts. This 1-minute Bloom's Prompts video shows how LessonWriter facilitates higher-level thinking exercises in lessons. Users do have to register for the Classes features, but all the services for individual teachers are completely free.

     

    I hope your presentation goes well!

    Thanks

    Stephen

    If you have time, please show the No Administrator Left Behind video.

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