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Endless Steppe Project

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 Technology Connected Lesson Plan

 

 

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Author: Ruby McLean and Mandy Richey                              

Lesson title: The Endless Steppe Project

 

 

Subject/grade: 6th Grade Honors Language Arts/6th Grade Social Studies

 

Specific subject: The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig, World War II, the geography of Eastern Europe/Russia/the former USSR

 

 

Time/duration: 1-2 weeks work will be conducted both inside of class and outside of class during regular curriculum instruction in 6th Grade Honors Language Arts.                           

Overview: Students will create a multi-media project covering various aspects of literature and social studies relating to The Endless Steppe and 6th Grade Social Studies (literary themes, writing using quotations from literature, historical perspectives from WWII, geography of Eastern Europe/Russia/former USSR, etc.)                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Christian perspective: Many of Jesus’ teachings dealt  with how people should treat each other – eg. Matthew 22:  “Love others as well as you love yourself”.  One of the reoccuring themes of The Endless Steppe is “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”.  Through study and examination of the Endless Steppe, students will be exposed to examples of human behavior when the teachings of Christ are not observed.  These examples will give students a clear picture of how  Jesus’ teachings can be applied to the world.   

 

 

Learning goals:                                  

Students will be able to:

 

1.      Incorporate quotations from the assigned literature within the project

 

2.      Compare and contrast

 

3.      Integrate themes cross-curricularly

 

4.      Present ideas verbally with classmates

 

5.      Practice effective group skills

 

Lesson objectives:                                                     

Students will:

 

1.      Use the High School media and laptop labs to research information.

 

2.      Use word processing and desktop publishing tools to create a multi-media project.

 

3.      Collaborate with partners.

 

4.      Use critical thinking skills to integrate learning in Language Arts and Social Studies.

 

Student prerequisite skills:                                                                                                                               

Use of internet, word processing skills, desktop publishing, read The Endless Steppe, have studied WWII and the geography of Eastern Europe/Russia/former USSR.   

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Technology, resources, materials:                                                                                                   

Laptop Lab, High School media center,art materials (if chosen to be used in creation of multi-media project)

 

Procedures:    

 

1.      Students will work in groups of 3-4.  Students will choose their own groups.

 

2.      As a group, students will produce a multi-media project that...

 

  • compares and contrasts characters from The Endless Steppe.

     

  • compares and contrasts the basic tenets of capitalism and communism.

     

  • researches the movement of Jews to Russia during the Holocaust.

     

  • researches the geographic elements (physical geography, climate, economic activity) of Eastern Europe/Russia/former USSR during the Holocaust.

     

3.      Each student will choose to work on one of the above listed elements of the project.  Students will research that

 

      element to create a section of the multi-media project. Each element must incorporate quotes from The Endless

 

      Steppe and research from the internet into a writing portion. Themes from the book must be included.  The project  

 

      should also contain visual elements and citation of sources.

 

4.      Students will present their multi-media project to their classmates.

 

5.      Following the presentations, students will evaluate the work of group members.

 

     

 

 

Assessment/Rubric:

The Endless Steppe Project

 

 

 

Names of Group Members:

____________________________________________

____________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

Character Portion

# of Points

 

Earned

 

Comm/Cap Portion

# of Points

Earned

Title

 

5

 

Title

 

5

 

Illustration/Visuals

 

5

 

Illustration/Visuals

 

5

 

Use of Quotes

 

5

 

Use of Quotes

 

5

 

Writing

 

15

 

Writing

 

15

 

Sources Cited

 

5

 

Sources Cited

 

5

 

Creativity

 

5

 

Creativity

 

5

 

Neatness

 

5

 

Neatness

 

5

 

Quality of  Element

 

5

 

Quality of  Element

 

5

 

Total for Element

50

 

 

Total for Element

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rel/Holocaust Portion

# of Points

 

Earned

 

Geography Portion

# of Points

 

Earned

Title

 

5

 

Title

 

5

 

Illustration/Visuals

 

5

 

Illustration Visuals

 

5

 

Use of Quotes

 

5

 

Use of Quotes

 

5

 

Writing

 

15

 

Writing

 

15

 

Sources Cited

 

5

 

Sources Cited

 

5

 

Creativity

 

5

 

Creativity

 

5

 

Neatness

 

5

 

Neatness

 

5

 

Quality of  Element

 

5

 

Quality of  Element

 

5

 

Total for Element

50

 

 

Total for Element

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total of all Elements

200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation Grade

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Evaluations

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE

250

 

 

 

 

 

 

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