Lesson Analysis and Assessment

Lesson Analysis & Assessment

PART 1: Lesson Analysis

Content Area/Topic: Social Studies/Westward Expansion

Title of Lesson (hyperlinked): Westward HO!

Intended Audience: 5th grade

My GPS for which I would adapt this lesson:

SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

d. Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.

The lesson...


Your Review Comments

Works toward appropriate goals.
  • Content and technology standards are mentioned.
  • Standards seem appropriate to grade level and content area.
  • Objectives align with standards.
  • Tasks focus clearly on obtaining the objectives.
There are not any technology standards listed with this lesson plan. There are content area standard with this lesson plan. The standard are not Georgia Performance Standards, because this lesson is from Michigan, but the Michigan standards are listed on the lesson plan. The objectives go along with the standards that are listed.
Requires the use of higher order thinking skills and "new" literacies.
  • Students are asked to do more than memorize or understand.
  • Media, visual, communicative, technological, mathematical, and/or other nontraditional literacies are addressed.
In this lesson plan, students are going to create a powerpoint with the information that they have collected about thier topic.
Integrates the learning goals.
  • Communication
  • Production
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Content
  • Problem-solving
  • Inquiry/research
The students are working in groups on this project, so they will need to be able to communicate with their group members. They will work together to produce a powerpoint that the teacher has given them the instructions for that explains what is expected of them. The students need to be creative in thinking how they are going to set up their presentation. They also need to do research on their topic, and fill in everything that is expected of them to find. They need to make sure that the content they find is what the teacher is looking for.
Includes a variety of resources.
  • Students have choices of materials at different levels.
  • Materials are available in a variety of modes (e.g., graphics, sound, text, video) and media (e.g., books, films, photos, computer).
The students use the internet, encyclopedias, and they are able to go to the library to find additional materials about their topic.
Engages all students actively in authentic tasks.
  • Students have roles/tasks to perform throughout the lesson.
  • Connections are made between the task and real life.
  • Students must actively search for answers to essential questions.
The teacher gives the students a list of things that are expected of them to find for the assignment, and what is supposed to be included on the powerpoint. There wasn't anything that the students would use to make connections to theirown lives. The questions that they are what the teacher has given them to include in their presentation.
Uses technology effectively, efficiently, and as a learning tool.
  • The technology makes the task more authentic.
  • The technology makes the task easier to accomplish.
  • The technology helps the students learn faster than without it.
  • The technology is secondary to the content and goals.
I think the technology's role in this lesson is to give the students practice in using the technology. I think also that the technology will make the assignment fun for the students. It will give them the sense of ownership. They can designe the powerpoint look the way they want to. It will make the assignment easier, becasue the students are doing a hands on activity, and they are going to go over the information more than once through this assignment.
Addresses the needs of a variety of students, including ELLs (English Language Learners) and students with physical or other challenges.
  • All students can access task instructions.
  • All students can access task materials and resources.
  • Students have different ways to accomplish the same objectives.
This assignment is done in class. The teacher provides each student with the instructions, and the rubric. The materials are provided in the classroom and the library, and there are instructors in both places to help the students find what they are looking for.
Includes appropriate assessments.
  • Assessment is aligned to the standards and objectives.
  • Assessments are fair for all students and not based on one ability (e.g., writing).
  • Assessments allow students to show what they know/can do rather than what they cannot.
The students are given a rubric that explains where all of their points will come from. They are also given a checklist to make sure that they include everything. The assessment just makes sure that the students include what is needed. It doesn't have anything to do with how they design the slides. The teacher has outlined everything that needs to be done, and the students have to fill in what is asked of them.

Give a summary of the strengths (2+), weaknesses (2+), and the changes (2+) you would make to tailor this to your class.

Strengths: This assessment introduces the use of powerpoints to young children. I feel this lesson will also teach children how to do effective research. Since this lesson is done at school, the students can receive help from instructors that they may not be able to receive at home.

Weaknesses: This lesson plan does not match any of the Georgia Standards, but it will onces I make my changes to match a Georgia 5th grade standard. The students are mainly teaching themselves, and I would want to change this to a review activity instead.

Changes: I would need to change the subject to match the Georgia standard that I selected. When I was searching for a lesson to do none of the Georgia standards matched, so I found this lesson with the intention of changing the topic from Western Expansion to immigration to the United States from other countries. I feel I can do the same thing that this lesson did with the Western Expansion and just change around some of the content that is asked for in the powerpoint. In my weaknesses, I mention that the students are teaching themselves, so to fix this I would want to teach all of the information that I am asking to the students myself, and then as a review assignment, the student could do this lesson and expand on what they already know.

PART 2: Assessment

Assessment #1
Assessment Method
When Used
Instrument (include written, attached, or hyperlinked on this page)
Project Guide
Will keep students on track, and it
will help them understand what the
teacher is looking for.
During the creation of the

Assessment #2
Assessment Method
When Used
Instrument (include written, attached, or hyperlinked on this page)
Grading Presentation
To formally assess what the
students have created.
After the presentations are done,
and the checklists are turned in.

Goody Gumdrops

o What was I supposed to accomplish and how?
I was supposed to analyze an online media lesson plan, and tell its strengths and weakness. Then, I was supposed to modify the lesson plan and create 2 assessments to go along with it.
o What did I learn (growth/progress)?
I learned ho to tell if a lesson plan I find online is good enough to begin with or I need to make changes to it before I use it, so that my students needs are addressed.
o What should I have done differently?
I should have worked harder on this assignment. I should have taken more time in developing my assessments. I should have also used better strategies when fixing the lesson plan found online.
o Why is this artifact important to my targeted career?
It is important to know what makes up a good lesson plan. Today, teachers find lesson plans that have already been created, and they use them in the classroom. As a teacher it is important that I know whether or not the lesso plan I have found is as great as it sounds, or if I need to make changes to it to fit the needs of my classroom.