In this lesson, students read biographies about Clara Barton, Helen Keller, and Anne Frank to learn about their achievements. The purpose of this lesson is to build background knowledge so students can understand how the achievements of these influential people connect to the quotations that were analyzed in the previous lesson. Collaborative groups identify actions within the biographies that show great heart. In the next lesson, students analyze how knowing about a person’s life reveals deeper meaning about his or her great heart.
This example lesson showcases best practices already existent in the unit as well as refinements made in collaboration with the ELSF review team. The lesson is annotated to highlight highly supportive lesson features, including rationale and accompanying Guidelines which provide information on why the features are effective for ELs (and all students). Some of the features highlighted showcase learning opportunities that apprentice ELs into valued academic practices.