English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • Digital Natives
  • Grade 11 ELA
  • Museums
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    Exhibit Creative Format

    Exhibit Creative Format


    In this lesson, students will finalize and set up their exhibits. This lesson is their opportunity to bring together all of their research and understanding into a creative format for other people to experience.


    • Read the lesson and student content.
    • Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.
    • If possible, prepare feedback for the artifacts turned in during the last lesson so you can give it to students during the independent work time of this lesson.

    Work Plan 7

    • Use these plans as a way to identify where to spend your last one-on-one time in this lesson.


    Before you begin work, take 5 minutes to write a plan for what you will do during the final work session.

    • With which of your classmates will you work?
    • What do you plan to accomplish in the work session?
    • What particular challenges have you risen to recently in this work, and what remains?
    • What areas did you identify as needing work in the last lesson’s activity? How will you address those today?

    Open Notebook

    Share your plan with the other members of your team and your teacher.

    Exhibit Review and Revision

    • Students have had many opportunities to identify exactly what they should work on in order to make an excellent exhibit today, so focus on preparing your classroom space for whatever physical exhibits your students have created and help them solve logistical problems.
      • ELL: ELLs may benefit from getting specific guidance around revision. Preview their writing and help them with the necessary changes. You can do this via individual conferences or small group meetings.

    Work Time

    Spend a few minutes exploring your own exhibit as if you’re a stranger to the material and try to anticipate your audience’s needs. Even subtle changes to your exhibit, like the wording on a placard or the placement of an object, can significantly change your audience’s perspective.

    • Review the elements of your exhibit and revise them as necessary. Pay particular attention to the flow of the story told by your introductory materials, placards, and concluding materials. You want your audience to walk away with a coherent experience and challenging new perspectives.

    Exhibit Status Update 7

    • You can use these updates to assess how well students integrated the feedback they gave themselves in the scoring activities of the previous lesson.


    Before the lesson ends, assess your work for the day by answering these questions.

    • With whom did you work?
    • What did you accomplish during the work session?
    • Do you feel good about the final status of your exhibit?
    • What did you do to address the weaknesses you identified in the previous lesson?
    • What did you do to build on the strengths you identified in the previous lesson?

    Open Notebook

    Exhibit Project Reflection

    • Encourage students to reflect on their own contributions and think deeply about how their ideas have evolved.
      • SWD: Some SWDs may need to meet with an adult to help them clarify their ideas. Others may be able to plan on their own, but may need help in getting their ideas down on paper, so they may need someone (adult) to do the writing.


    Write a reflection on your role in the process of creating the museum exhibit.

    Use these questions to guide your writing.

    • Do you feel you made a strong contribution to the project? Why or why not?
    • Do you feel like your perspectives have evolved since you wrote your argument essay? What new perspectives do you have on being a Digital Native?

    Open Notebook

    Share your reflection with your teacher.