Social studies are usually a subject students find boring. The lesson created is meant to get every student excited and wanting to learn more. This lesson plan is about the Middle Ages or the Medieval Times. This was a time where things were different. People dressed and spoke in a different way. There were lords, ladies, and knights; castles, moats, and fighting. What student could be bored learning about this era?
Most educators do not make new lesson plans they change ones by adding instructional strategies. The more ways an educator teaches the better off the students are when it comes to learning. Not all students learn by listening to a lecture. There are visual learners, kinesthetic learners (hand-on), and auditory learners. If an educator can reach out using all of these styles most if not every student will learn what is being taught. Intelligence has been separated into different parts; “linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal behaviors” (Hardman, 2011). Knowing this as an educator a lesson plan should incorporate auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners, thus covering all areas.
This lesson plan did include differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction focuses more on the students and how to teach them. The school must make sure “that teachers focus on process and procedures that ensure effective learning” (Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006, p iv) for numerous students in the class. Teaching Middle Ages needs the use of the student’s eyes, ears, and hand. Students learn more and have fun when they can use more senses.
The activities in the lesson plan has an auditory part. This part is when the educator reads the story “The Knight at Dawn” by Mary Pope Osborne. This is a short story that must be read the day before of even that day in ELA. There was not enough time to read that story and complete the lesson. The students also had the vocabulary words written out on the board. These words were: jousting- a tournament where knights fight to practice and show off their skills, crusades- immense journeys of hundreds of thousands of knights and travelers walking to Jerusalem, or the Holy Land, to fight and win for the Christians; Renaissance-1500-1800 Europe followed the medieval era; moat- a deep/wide trench around a castle filled with water; chivalry- a person of honor, generosity, and courtesy; indentured- a person who is made to work for another, typically in exchange for some payment; and peasants- poor uneducated farmers. This part was boring for the students.
The visual section was when the educator showed the pictures of old castles, lords, ladies, and knights to them. The pictures of the land (maps) surprised them. There were “no Wal-marts, skate parks, movie theaters, or even fast food places” shouted by many students. Students definitely needed more time to look and talk about them. They became a distraction while the lesson proceeded. ...