This lesson can be adjusted for use with other grade levels. It aligns with the following standards:
Writing Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Text Types and Purposes
Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Students will be writing short informative and explanatory texts about the nature and purpose of their app. They will be informing the assessment panel about what makes their app unique and how it can be used to educate people about September 11th.
Production and Distribution of Writing
Standard 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
While students main assessment will be their presentations, students must write in order to address the task of designing an app and students must explain all relevant details of their app including its appearance, features, details, expected main uses and outcomes.
Language Standards 6-12
Knowledge of Language
Standard 3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Students will be making a “pitch” to a panel of app designers and must show knowledge of language when presenting their app and when listening to professional feedback.
Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12
Comprehension and Collaboration
Standard 1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Students will be engaging in collaborative discussions with their partners and with their larger groups in order to build on one another’s ideas and develop a stronger app. Collaborative discussions will help students wheedle down their ideas and focus on what essential components their app should include.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Standard 4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Students will be presenting their app ideas to an audience which will hopefully include app designers. In order to do this, they will need to have extensively researched and planned their app and will need to put their ideas and suggestions in a logical order and accurately describe the app they are trying to sell. They will also need sufficient facts and details to promote their app and to explain how that app can stimulate learning and engagement about 9/11 where ordinary conversation fails.
Standard 5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, and sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
Because of the nature of student’s tasks, they will need to become extremely familiar with multimedia. They will need to show and demonstrate how different aspects of multimedia will function in their app (video, sound, pictures and possibly music if appropriate) and will be expected to include that multimedia in their presentation.