Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary
Grade:
2
Tags:
  • IRPELA
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Creating an E-book of Biographies of Famous People with Disabilities (AIG IRP)

    Creating an E-book of Biographies of Famous People with Disabilities (AIG IRP)

    Overview

    After the whole class science unit of study on sound, which includes biographical information about Helen Keller, the AIG students will select an additional famous person with a disability to research. They will engage in research and write a short biography of their selected notable person to be compiled in a class e-book. They will also increase their leadership and social skills through presenting to the whole class. This lesson was developed by NCDPI as part of the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project. This lesson plan has been vetted at the state level for standards alignment, AIG focus, and content accuracy.

    Lesson Overview

    Brief Description of Lesson/Task/Activity: Concept: Diversity
    After the whole class science unit of study on sound, which includes biographical information about Helen Keller, the AIG students will select an additional famous person with a disability to research. They will engage in research and write a short biography of their selected notable person to be compiled in a class e-book. They will also increase their leadership and social skills through presenting to the whole class. 

    Time Frame: Two weeks

    Type of Differentiation for AIGs:

    • Enrichment
    • Extension
    • Acceleration

    Adaptations for AIGs:

    • Process
    • Product

    Explanation of How Resource is Appropriate for AIGs: AIG students are highly curious and capable of researching extended topics. They will be motivated by choosing their own topic/person to research and will benefit from the collaboration with their peers in creating the class e-book. AIG students will build social and leadership skills with their peers when they present their research and product to the whole group. They will deepen conceptual knowledge of diversity in our world. They will also be inspired through gathering the facts about real world, notable people who have overcome disabilities to achieve great accomplishments. This complex task will extend the regular classroom study of Helen Keller during a second grade science unit on sound and encourage depth of knowledge.

    Needed Resources/Materials:

    • Free Ebook publishing site such as E PubBud: http://www.epubbud.com/
    • List of famous people with disabilities: http://hcdg.org/famous.htm
    • Computers with internet
    • Books about famous people with disabilities. ie:
      • Kent, Deborah. Extraordinary People with Disabilities. Children's Press. 1997

    Teacher Notes: You will need to provide a list of famous people with disabilities. It will also be helpful to share guidelines regarding the information the students will need to gather about each selected person (i.e.: birth date, birth place, early life, disability, major accomplishments or contributions, interesting facts, inspirations).

    Stage 1: Engage

    After the whole class has studied the biographical information about Helen Keller as part of the science unit on sound, meet with the AIG students to explain this extension project. 

    Brainstorm famous people they already know about with disabilities. Ex: Beethoven became deaf, Einstein had a learning disability, F.D. Roosevelt had polio

    Provide a list of people from which the students will choose. (great website listed in the resources section) 

    Stage 2: Elaborate

    Group the AIG students for collaboration to determine who should be included in the book. Encourage emphasis on the concept of diversity, so they should include people from diverse occupations, cultures, age groups, types of disability, etc. 

    • Share a list of information the students will need to gather in order to write a two page, informative biography for the class e-book, including a summary paragraph to emphasize the inspiration they gain from their researched notable person.
    • The two page spread they create will also need a photograph. 
    • Provide time for internet and library research. 
    • Guide the students as they take notes.
    • How will you introduce the topic of your selected person?
    • How will you use facts and definitions from texts you read to develop your main points in your informative text?
    • How does your concluding statement summarize the topic?
    • Help them cite the sources they use.

    Students will also collaborate to create a conclusion for the book. They should include personal connections or information about people in their own lives with disabilities, not just notables.

    Stage 3: Evaluate

    The completed e-book will be shared with the whole class. The individual pages will be assessed using a rubric with 1- 4 points possible in each area:

    • Introduction,
    • Completeness of information gathered and facts included to develop main points presented about the contributions of the historical figure,
    • Concluding paragraph,
    • photograph,
    • sources cited, 
    • collaboration, 
    • and personal connections 

    The AIG student presentation of their e-book will also be assessed for speaking and listening skills:  Presentation of information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style of the e-book.