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Problem (Project)-Based Learning

The objective of this lesson is to help students understand and apply the concept of historic chronology. The teaching model to be used is Problem-based Learning.

I will present this lesson using different techniques from verbal ones to the audio-visuals use. Stages of the lesson include defining the main terms of the topic: culture and civilization – 5 minutes. Use a folktale or legend to illustrate how people in world communities exchange elements of their cultures. These are values, ideas, beliefs, and traditions – 20 minutes. Use either music or artifacts to highlight historical events – 10 minutes.

This lesson aligns with state standards by providing students with an opportunity to learn about the social, political, geographic, economic, and historical characteristics of the world’s peoples and cultures. It is aligned with grade standards as it is linked with the content and skills of grades 6, 9, and 10 (K-12 Clinical Practice Resources, 2013).

I will differentiate instruction that is appropriate to the needs of students; for instance, for the students who are English language learners I would use simple English vocabulary and maintain fluency in the same. I would also use the technique of impromptu questioning to remind students of the key information in the topic; this should cater for all students with different learning abilities (Mannion, 2011).

A challenge that might arise when implementing this lesson is lack of concentration from the students. I would overcome this by using flipcharts and inviting guests to talk about their cultures. I would also make the students present a folk-song or dance from a different community.

I will help students learn research-based strategies for monitoring their comprehension by giving them assignments like writing a letter to convince someone to settle in a foreign land. I would also help them to learn new vocabulary words by providing them with the written prompts that will keep reminding students of new learnt words.

Instructional and technological resources that will be used in this lesson include the use of audio-visual aids to show the students a video illustrating the historical events of different communities in the world. The use of artifacts like sculptures, paintings, and maps will be necessary to tell the stories of a particular community’s culture and where they are found in the world.

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