Bat 6

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Grade Level(s):  
Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
EL.05.LI.01
EL.05.LI.05
EL.05.LI.06
EL.05.RE.01
Lesson Plan Details
Duration: 
several weeks, depending on individual school schedules
Objective: 
Students will: -- use teacher-made Inspiration file to access background information as they read Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff. --identify character qualities/traits and their effect on the development and outcome of the story --compare and contrast characters --identify factors that influence the characters' points of view --use Edmodo --develop a system to keep track of each character as they read. -- reenact the Bat 6 game and collaborate to create a podcast in which each student represents a character and reads a key passage from that character's perspective.
Resources: 
Laptops or computers, Garageband, Inspirations software, classroom set of Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Preparation: 

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

  1. Create Inspirations file with age-appropriate links to the following topics: 
  • Japanese in Hood River
  • Author information
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Japanese internment
  • softball terms

2.  Divide students into two teams, representing the communities portrayed in the novel

Instruction: 

In this lesson, the teacher will...

  • guide students in making connections to self, to world, and to texts previously read in class
  • review importance of setting (time and place) as it relates to the novel. This book was written by a Hood River author and is set in the Hood River  community.  It takes place in the same era as The Star Fisher, which students have  just finished reading.
  • introduce the novel 
  • set up Group in Edmodo
  • present overview of project, including the final Garageband presentation
  • facilitate daily discussions about the text 
  • generate daily questions for Edmodo with focus on character 
  • work with students to create a reading fluency rubric
  • organize and referee the final Bat 6 game 
Assessment: 

Students will demonstrate thorough understanding of character as evidenced by daily Edmodo responses.  Students will use class-generated rubric to assess oral reading fluency.

ATTACHMENTS
Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3D. Analyze, evaluate, and summarize information or data and report results.
Digital Citizenship: 
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.