Melody Casey
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
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    Education Standards

    GEDB The Power of Literacy: Creating Change (Lesson 4 of 4)

    GEDB The Power of Literacy:  Creating Change (Lesson 4 of 4)


    Students will be able to explain how interactions between individuals, events, and ideas have influenced change for others. This lesson was developed by Kimm Murfitt as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.            

    Lesson Plan


    Students will be able to explain how interactions between individuals, events, and ideas have influenced change for others.


    Learning Tasks and Practice

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    • Students will determine central ideas on the concept of illiteracy and will cite several pieces of textual evidence to support their analysis.
    • Students will analyze and discuss the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
    • Students will acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.

    Teaching Point:

    Let’s  analyze how the interactions between individuals, events, and their ideas influence change. One way readers can think through this type of work is to use thinking stems like these:

    • ____________________ understood ________________________ and that knowledge resulted in ___________________.
    • Because ________________________ was able to ____________________________ it helped/created ________________________.
    • __________________________impacted____________________________ and therefore ______________________.

    Lesson Procedures:

    -Small Group Work Students will be given the text Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes. They will be asked to choose one of the sections as a small group. They will then use the thinking stems to analyze how the person highlighted in the text created change for their particular group. A class chart will be created after the groups are finished.

    -Analyze-Ask students to view the tedtalk on Laura Boushnak, a Palestinian photographer whose work is helping literacy and education reform for women in the Arab world. While they complete an initial viewing, they can capture notes on the obstacles the women of the Arab world face. After a share out discussion, the students can view the clip a second time in order to analyze how her interactions have created change using the same thinking stems.

    Tedtalk Clip

    ***Lesson Extension

    If students are blogging in your classroom, this is an opportunity for them to share their knowledge of the importance of literacy in our world and what they have learned from others about the importance of taking action for change.  They would share their plan for taking action in regards to literacy education.

    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

    Write a short reflection in your notebook where you explain:

    -Why did Laura Boushnak need to understand the perspectives people in different parts of the Middle East hold in regards to literacy?

    -How did Laura Boushnak use her understanding to create a solution.

    -Explain how we can use her work as an example for our own lives.  In others words, what does this understanding teach you about becoming a global problem solver?  If your class is not currently blogging, provide an audience either by presenting to another grade level, parent panel, etc. where they can present what they have learned about being a problem solver and how they plan to take action in regards to literacy education.