Lesson Analysis & Assessment

Content Area/Topic: English/Language Arts: Main Idea of Text

Title of Lesson: "What is the Main Idea" with online tutorial & quiz

Intended Audience: 4th Grade

My GPS for which I would adapt this lesson:
ELA4R1 The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a
warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational
f. Summarizes main ideas and supporting details.

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.
Content, subject matter, and technology involved is all appropriate for the age level and goals for this grade level. Students' performance will be benefitial for higher level development.
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.
New literacies will be introduced in this lesson when students are able to chose a selected text in their reading level range to show their understanding of reading comprehension by finding the main idea of the passage with supporting details.
Integrates the learning goals.
  • Communication
  • Production
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Content
  • Problem-solving
  • Inquiry/research
Several goals are integrated in this lesson such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and appropriate content knowledge by interactivng with the online tutorial and quiz, and also by completing a concept map after their reading.
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).
Materials provided are varied accordingly. Students will have the opportunity to complete lesson with a graphic organizer concept map, an online tutorial resources, and a selected reading book.
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.
Students will work on this activity independently, therefore all the roles and tasks will be completed individually. Connections are related to real life situations in the online tutorial.
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.
Technology being used ineffectively is not likely in this lesson. The online interactive tutorial and quiz does not allow students to get distracted and wonder to another internet site.
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.
Accomodations for ESOL or special needs students are specified on my lesson overview.
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.
A graphic organizer such as a concept map of the main idea is an appropriate assessment for this particular lesson. Students will get a "grade" on their online tutorial and quiz results, but it will not be as important as what the take from the experience. The quality of the answers provided on the concept map will be the determination of the student's grade.

Give a summary of the strengths (2+), weaknesses (2+), and the changes (3+) you would make to tailor this to your class.

-This lesson can be completed at a students own specific pace. I think that is such a strong quality for this lesson that it should be said twice.
-Students can complete this assignment and lesson at their own pace!
-Also, students can be aware of their confusion and misconception will working through the tutorial and quiz.

-Students will be given assistance, but the majority of this lesson is student-led and individual work. This might lead to a few problems of students be slightly mis-guided during their reading.
-The online tutorial and quiz does not have an audio feature for students with visual imparities or struggling readers to participate.

-If I could modify the online tutorial, I would have the tutorial and quiz read out-loud for audio effects.
-After the fact, I have come to the conclusion that the concept map needs a bit more meat. It could use more cues or something.
-Also, to enhance the lesson and make it more technologicaly-enriched, I'd have the students complete the concept map on the Word processor program and then printed before submission.